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    Happy Birthday To Us - SkyUser 6 Years Old Today

    This is a discussion on Happy Birthday To Us - SkyUser 6 Years Old Today within the Website news forums, part of the SkyUser Announcements category; In case you were not aware, SkyUser is 6 years old today. Glenn and I decided to set this forum ...

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      Happy Birthday To Us - SkyUser 6 Years Old Today

      In case you were not aware, SkyUser is 6 years old today.

      Glenn and I decided to set this forum up one drunken night in August 2006

      At the time, we both wanted to sign up to Sky Broadband, which was due to launch later that year, and so we attempted to make a one stop website for similar minded people, to congregate and help each other out.

      Little did we think back then, that we would ever achieve as much as we have managed to do, so far. WOW - Nearly 60k of members.

      Over the past 6 years, we have seen members come and go, members who have been helped and members that have themselves got involved, in the day to day running of SkyUser.

      We would like to thank all of our moderators, Saturday, Reddwarfcrew, Isitme, Scubbie, Tezcatlipoca, and mikey4020 with a special recognition, to hugsie and Wheelie, and all the other previous moderators who are no longer with us in an official role, but were with us at the beginning, when we first launched back in 2006

      Also, we would like to thank our 58,956 odd members, for taking the time to sign up and take part in our fantastic journey. Between us all, we have managed to transform an idea into one of the most successful unofficial help and support websites on the net, along with the most helpful of members, who always help each other out, and without any strings, share their vast amounts of knowledge.

      We would also like to say a special Thank You to those of you that are (unofficially on here) Sky Staff that take the time to post as well as to try and help our members out, we do appreciate what you do!

      We have tried to constantly evolve and take on board suggestions from our members and then go ahead and implement those changes that you guys and gals wanted to see. We have not always achieved quite everything, but what we have managed so far is down to all of our members helping out together, of which we are very proud.

      We would also like to say a big thank you to Sky - for offering a great prize of a Sky+ HD 1TB Box for one of our lucky members to win in our competition launched today to celebrate our 6th Birthday. Details on how you can enter are further down this post.

      What's the future for SkyUser?

      Since day one, Glenn and I have wanted to break the mould of an unofficial ISP Help and Support forum. To this end, we have always tried to get on with Sky themselves, as one day we would like to see active participation and the latest news and information made available to our members.

      The good and bad comments are here to stay and no one would ever make us change the format of what we do now, not for any money. We do not want to encourage or actually enforce any type of censorship to any of our members, and we fully support both positive and negative posts, as long as they do not contain any swear words.

      We have implemented a few changes over the past few weeks, including upgrading to the latest version of Forum Software that we use, this will be further improved and even more tools added to our website, over the next few months.

      We also promise you all that we will continue to listen to our members and do our very best to keep all of you happy and bring to you, an even greater help and resource site in the future. For us this is still just the beginning for SkyUser!

      Some Interesting Statistics over the last 6 Years.


      • Over 58,955 members, our member sign up rate averages 9823 new members per year
      • Over 21,573,583 visits to our website (since 14/12/06 as we do not have the stats available from 5th August 2006 any longer)
      • Over 63,463,701 pageviews (since 14/12/06 as we do not have the stats available from 5th August 2006 any longer)
      • Over 15000 unique visitors per day
      • Loads of emails, every day telling us off for not activating their SMTP accounts, thereby breaking their Broadband. Some are funny, some are just abusive.
      • The most replied to thread ever is The official It's Friday thread with 2564 replies
      • The most viewed thread ever is Sky Router Setup/Configuration with 798,583 views
      • The member with the most ever posts is Isitme with 26,361 posts under his belt



      On behalf of us all at SkyUser, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all at 'Sky Broadband' a very happy 6th birthday as well as us, here's to the next 6 years.

      Once again, THANK YOU to you all, for helping make SkyUser what it is today!

      Glenn and Ged and the SkyUser Team.




      Ok - Competition time.

      What do I have the chance to win?


      • A rather funky Sky+ HD 1TB Box provided as a self install, ie you have to install it yourself
      • 123 via BACS or Postal Order to cover the HD subscription for 12 months


      Does it look nice?

      We think so. Have a look for yourself. You can see the full specs of the box on the Official Sky Website. Sky+ HD 1TB Box - The super-storage Sky Box | Sky Products



      How do I enter the competition?

      If you wish to enter the competition to win a fabulous 1TB Sky+HD Box, courtesy of Sky, for one lucky winner, who will also receive the equivalent cost of a 12 months Sky HD subscription for their new HD Box, courtesy of SkyUser via BACS - that's an amount of 123 - all you need to do to enter this competition, is match the following criteria and then answer the really hard question;


      • You must have been a member of SkyUser as at Midnight 4th August 2012 - Any entries from members who registered after this date are invalid
      • You must be an existing Sky TV customer (or in the process of being one) as the prize would be pointless otherwise - (There are no alternative prizes)
      • You must live in the UK as it is a self install box so it can be dispatched to you by Sky (we can tell you how to install it, if you win it)
      • You must answer the following question, whilst being logged into SkyUser, using our Contact Us Page and then selecting the SkyUser 6th Birthday Competition Entry button and then providing your answer, ie A) 1995
      • Incorrectly answered entries will be deleted on receipt
      • Only one entry per member, these members will be listed in this thread as and when they enter the competition
      • Extended Closing date for entries is Midnight 30th September 2012 - Entries made after this date, will be deleted
      • The judge's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into


      Here we go, here's the question, make sure you choose your answer very carefully.

      In which year, did Sky Broadband launch?

      A) 1995
      B) 2006
      C) 2012

      Click here to enter our competition and send us your answer to the above question.

      Good luck to everyone that enters, we will randomly select a winner hopefully sometime on 6th October 2012 and then let that person know by Email / PM asap
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      Re: Happy Birthday To Us - SkyUser 6 Years Old Today

      Entries received so far, if you are not down on the list and you have applied, then you have either got the answer wrong, or you have not been logged in whilst submitting your answer, or we just haven't processed it yet.

      If you do not meet any of those answers, and feel that your name should be on this list, then please let us know in this thread so that we can investigate.


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      Re: Happy Birthday To Us - SkyUser 6 Years Old Today

      And to think we got excited with 15 members in a week
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      Re: Happy Birthday To Us - SkyUser 6 Years Old Today

      Quote Originally Posted by SatDish View Post
      And to think we got excited with 15 members in a week
      Mmmm, excitement, Ged and members all in one sentence

      Happy Birthday.


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      Re: Happy Birthday To Us - SkyUser 6 Years Old Today

      Quote Originally Posted by dholdi View Post
      Mmmm, excitement, Ged and members all in one sentence

      Happy Birthday.
      lol - Careful.

      BTW - This competition is open to everyone who is eligible as per the criteria above, and just to confirm, Mods and Admin are allowed to enter as well. As the winner will be chosen randomly, hopefully by the person at Sky who has provided the STB so that there is no chance of anyone calling foul play on our behalf.


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      Re: Happy Birthday To Us - SkyUser 6 Years Old Today

      Happy Birthday Skyuser!
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      Happy birthday guys, you should be very proud of the sterling support your site provides.
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      Re: Happy Birthday To Us - SkyUser 6 Years Old Today

      I don't buy newspapers, but read skyuser at breakfast instead.
      It's far more friendly & informative.
      Happy birthday!
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      Happy birthday Skyuser, I signed up when you were only a month old. Where's that time gone!!!
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      Re: Happy Birthday To Us - SkyUser 6 Years Old Today

      Quote Originally Posted by andrewjr View Post
      Happy birthday Skyuser, I signed up when you were only a month old. Where's that time gone!!!
      Seconded! Where has that time gone indeed

      I joined 03/09/2006 as a prospective Sky Broadband customer wanting more info than was officially available and to get a finger on the pulse of what people were experiencing. In my opinion, Skyuser is THE resource to look at for info, knowledge, help, chat, rumour etc about all things Sky. Here's to many more birthdays to come...
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