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Old December 1st, 2006, 10:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Some Veteran members may be aware of this and the staff however based on recent feedback Ive been receiving it seems less people are aware of this than I anticipated.
For those who dont know Mark AKA at the time Cobra sold PBF to a company called Vertical Scope. Im not sure how much info Mark gave out at the time so I wanted to start a thread to see if there where any outstanding questions regarding the acquisition. I think alot of the confusion is due to the username I am using which I beleive was at Marks request. I think it would be time that I change it. I was not involved with this forum at the time of the acqusition so my answers as to what happened at the time are very limited but Im sure I can acquire some details if need be.
I should also probably introduce myself to all of you. My name is Steve and I am the forum manager here at Vertical Scope. My duties involve Administrating aprox. 30 various automotive, sports and technology forums. I am very experienced in administrating and will be actively involved in your community however not always by means of posts. Not only am I here to provide you with suggestions and support, I will also be keeping you well informed on any upgrades, changes, bugs etc etc that would be relevant to your community.
Feel free to contact me any time via pm, through the traditional admin e-mail, as well as within this forum. I would appreciate good communication amongst each other and look forward to your suggestions and feedback.
If you have any further questions about myself or Vertical scope please do not hesitate to ask.
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Old December 1st, 2006, 11:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So Mark hasn't been posting, it has just been you? For how long?
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Old December 1st, 2006, 11:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have been posting for aprox 1 month answering a few tech questions and some discussion in the mod section.

Mark has not been here since he sold it as far as I know.
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Old December 1st, 2006, 12:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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When did he sell it?
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About 6 months ago?? Something like that.



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Old December 1st, 2006, 12:07 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It looks like it was about 9... March? I will find out exactly when
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Old December 1st, 2006, 12:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Just wondering, did he ever give any information as to why he sold it?
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Old December 1st, 2006, 12:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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He sold both PBF and snowmobileforum because he did not have enough time to dedicate to the site and felt that it would be better to have someone else keep them running rather than having them fall apart. Obviously there are costs in keeping the site u as well which may or may not have been a deciding factor.
I know that he was getting busy with other things though and he had the oppurtunity to sell it and made the decision to do so.
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Old December 1st, 2006, 01:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Wow...I don't know about the rest of the members here, but I must say I'm kind of shocked and a bit pissed off.

Not pissed off at you, Steve, but rather Mark. It's fine that he sold it and all that, but unless I missed something, I don't think a word of it was said to the PBF members. Am I wrong? If I am, I apologize and I'll shut up. But having been a member here for a few years, I feel kind of left in the dark by Mark. Sure, it's not a big deal, the forum is the same as always, etc etc. But the fact is it is the members who make this forum what it is, and it's always been that way. To leave us all out of something so important is kind of a jackass thing to do.

Anyways, welcome to PBF, I hope you enjoy our community.

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Old December 1st, 2006, 01:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I agree, as new as I am, I feel he should have at least let us know.
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Old December 1st, 2006, 01:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I would have to agree with your frustration but in the same sense I think we should be held somewhat responsible as well. We should have told you what was going on as well if Mark didnt. But maybe Im missing something here too, Im not sure why it was done this way therefore id rather not put blame on anyone since Im not sure. When we did the software upgrade I was receiving a few pms from members who thought I was Mark so I figured I should mention something. Same went for snowmobileforum last week.
We are going through a bunch of upgrades over the next few months. software (complete), servers (mid January), redesign (upcoming weeks) and I think you all should be a part of it and in the know rather than attempting to visit the forum and see that its down for an upgrade. Also we need to know what features you all would want to see happen as well so that I can start trying to make things happen.
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Old December 1st, 2006, 01:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Steve, I agree that you should change your username to avoid confusion.

You'll find that a majority of people are more than willing to give you input and suggestions. Also, I think I can speak for everyone when I say it's nice to see our administrative staff actually being active and working to improve the forum. Not to put down the admins from a while back, but it was rare to see them online, and even rarer to see updates and additions to the forum.

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Old December 1st, 2006, 02:04 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Atleast the forum will be getting better through all this. Welcome Steve!
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Old December 1st, 2006, 02:07 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Thanks for the welcome guys especially under the circumstances.
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Old December 1st, 2006, 02:42 PM   #15 (permalink)
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well, it seems pbf is in good hands at the moment. Nice to hear plans of a server upgrade!

I also can't remember any mention of a change of ownership. I think it would be best if you created your owner user name steve, would definilty make things clearer.
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Old December 1st, 2006, 03:06 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Old December 1st, 2006, 03:23 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I wonder how long it will take before someone makes a thread along the lines of "Who the heck is Steve and why is he an admin already??"...

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Old December 1st, 2006, 03:29 PM   #19 (permalink)
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oh ya for sure. well I changed my registration date I wonder if I should boost my count up too
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Old December 1st, 2006, 03:33 PM   #20 (permalink)
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lol yeah^(referring to jin)

Also welcome. Yeah i know what jin is saying its wierd all this time i didnt think i was reading posts but you i thought it was actaully Mark....Also it is nice to see admins and such keeping the forum clean and really doing there job. Over time i have really noticed they out of the many mods we have only a couple of them actual are on here daily. Some ive only seen post like once others ive never seen post.

Anways welcome!

I take it you probably don't paintball do you.
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haha youre kinda like a noob.........but not
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Old December 1st, 2006, 04:26 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I wonder how long it will take before someone makes a thread along the lines of "Who the heck is Steve and why is he an admin already??"...

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haha probably a few days, or until steve posts somewhere in the lounge. But yeah, I had no idea the forum had been sold, although I had some idea since actionvillage links were no longer censored, I figured that we must have lost our xpaintball sponsorship.
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Old December 1st, 2006, 04:58 PM   #23 (permalink)
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welcome steve



and i hope you hvae a good stay here at the forums.


and, do you paintball? or is this like a strictly technical administrative thing?

anyways yea i feel kind of left out because we had no idea what was going on here....
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Old December 1st, 2006, 05:08 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I have been out, I do not do it regularly. I have had no time for fun in the past 2 years or so but would love to get out again and more often.
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