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Discussion in 'BYC Website & Forum Feedback & Announcements' started by Nifty-Chicken, Jun 27, 2007.

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  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    BYC History

    • 1999: – A child gets some chickens and his dad creates www.BackYardChickens.com
    • Late 2000: – Around October a message board is created on the BYC website using UtlimateBB http://web.archive.org/web/20001001010446/https://www.backyardchickens.com/
    • April 2001: – The forum forum software is changed to ikonboard http://web.archive.org/web/20010410072809/https://www.backyardchickens.com/
    • Early 2002: – The forum is moved from being hosted on the BYC site to being hosted on a 3rd party site.
    • Late 2002: – Cindi (chickchair) is elevated to Admin status at the new forum
    • Dec. 2004: – Rob (Nifty-Chicken) gets his first chickens and scours the net for info. Finds BYC and a great group of people who are crazy passionate about raising egg-laying machines!
    • Dec. 2004:– Rob starts two new threads on the old BYC and gets a TON of great help from super amazing members.
    • Early 2005: – Rob goes back to the old forum and discovers his first thread is gone... turns out old threads are automatically deleted! Rob was upset to loose all the great info he received and quickly created a backup of the second thread so it wouldn’t ever be lost: http://www.nifty-stuff.com/chicken-coop-forum.php
    • November 2006: – Rob tries to get onto BYC and can’'t. Goes to the old forum and discovers it has been down for a few MONTHS. Rob becomes the new owner of BYC and is determined to grow the site and community [​IMG].
    • December 2006: It takes about a month to transfer the domain and get the site contents, and upload / update the site to work on the new servers.
    • January 11, 2007 – The site is re-launched and the new BYC forum is unveiled: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/3/welcome-to-the-backyardchickens-com-forum-newsletter-archive

    UPDATES:


    • 03/01/2007 - Bumper Sticker design contest begins
    • 03/03/2007 - New Smilies are added
    • 03/23/2007 - 1,000 Members!
    • 04/01/2007 - April Fools -BackYardCows launched
    • 04/20/2007 - BYC Personal Pages launched
    • 04/25/2007 - BYC Chat (version 1)Is Live
    • 05/08/2007 - BYC Bumper Stickers Finally Arive
    • 06/21/2007 – Big Category / Forum Reorganization
    • 07/14/2007 - New "Mark As Read" Feature
    • 07/18/2007 - BYC Personal Pages Upgrade
    • 08/09/2007 - BYC hits 100.000-posts mark
    • 09/15/2007 - 4,000th Members
    • 09/26 & 27/2007 - New Forum Moderators: speckledhen & silkiechicken
    • 10/06/2007 - Coop Design Contest Winners
    • 11/01/2007 - Private Messages added
    • 11/01/2007 - BYC Forum Sponsors
    • 12/08/2007 - BYC CHAT Version II
    • 12/16/2007 - New BYC "My Pet Makes Me Breakfast" Shirt
    • 01/26/2008 - 1 Year after BYC forum was opened to the public we hit 6,000 members !
    • 02/04/2008 - Double Private Messages
    • 03/09/2008 - 7,000 Member Contest
    • 03/10/2008 - 2 NEW BYC Moderators - MissPrissy & kstaven
    • 03/15/2008 - NEW BYC forum: Online Poultry Show
    • 03/15/2008 - NEW BYC Sister Site Launched: TheEasyGarden.com
    • 03/20/2008 - PM Storage increases by 25%
    • 03/25/2008 - Chillin With My Peeps Shirts Added
    • 03/29/2008 - 8,000 Members
    • 04/01/2008 - April Fools - BYC HACKED!!!
    • 04/16/2008 - 9,000 Members
    • 04/24/2008 - BYC snags 500,000-posts mark
    • 05/06/2008 - 10,000 Members + Free Image Hosting Added
    • 06/12/2008 - Buy Sell Trade Section Updated
    • 06/17/2008 - BYC Goes Green
    • 06/17/2008 - 12,000 Members
    • 07/03/2008 - BYC "My Pet Makes Me Breakfast" Coffee Mugs Released
    • 07/12/2008 - 2 More BYC Sister Sites: BackYardCows.com and SufficientSelf.com
    • 07/17/2008 - New BYC Section: Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances
    • 08/26/2008 - New BYC Facebook group
    • 08/29/2008 - 15,000 Members + 50% increase in PM storage
    • 09/20/2008 - 16,000 Members + DOUBLE Image Storage Space
    • 10/12/2008 - 17,000 members
    • 11/04/2008 - Huge forum reorganization
    • 11/14/2008 - New Feature: Links To Member's BYC Pages Under Avatars
    • 11/17/2008 - BYC Mentioned In Newsweek.com
    • 11/20/2008 - BYC-University Clothing Available
    • 11/24/2008 - 19,000 members
    • 12/08/2008 - New Forum Search Powered By Google
    • 12/21/2008 - 20,000 Members! + 30% Increase in Private Message Storage Space
    • 01/04/2009 - HomeMade Incubator Contest
    • 01/05/2009 - 2 New BYC Moderators! gumpsgirl & The Chicken Lady
    • 01/10/2009 - Announcing BYC Golden Feather Memberships
    • 01/11/2009 - terrielacy made a forum Administrator
    • 01/14/2009 - New Feature - Private Message Select: All , None
    • 03/14/2009 - 25,000 Members! = 25% More Image Storage Space!
    • 03/28/2009 - Member Profiles new feature: Geographic Location Info
    • 04/01/2009 - April Fools - Server Upgrade Good News / Bad News - Post Counts Lost
    • 04/17/2009 - Inception of the Buy Sell Trade (BST) Feedback System
    • 04/20/2009 - New Feature: Private Message Folders
    • 05/09/2009 - BYC Milestone: two million posts!
    • 05/13/2009 - New BYC Features: PM Notification & Mass Move
    • 05/19/2009 - New Feature: Collapsible Categories
    • 05/28/2009 - Advanced BYC Chicken Breed Database & System Introduced
    • 05/31/2009 - New Feature: Show All Topics - All topics started by a member
    • 06/11/2009 - Pass Along BYC Business Cards On Sale
    • 06/19/2009 - BYC Buddy Lists Introduced (credits to Golden Feather Members)
    • 06/23/2009 - BYC hits 35,000-member mark
    • 07/18/2009 - Full Color "My Pet Makes Me Breakfast" Clothing Line On Sale
    • 07/27/2009 - Raising Chickens For Dummies, The Official Book Of BYC, Released
    • 09/06/2009 - New BYC Moderator: Wynette
    • 09/07/2009 - BYC Wins Facebook Video Contest
    • 10/24/2009 - BSA Listings Feedback System Upgrade
    • 11/03/2009 - Three Million Posts!
    • 11/18/2009 - BYC 2010 Calendar On Sale
    • 12/02/2009 - BYC CookBooks Printed
    • 03/02/2010 - BYC reaches a milestone 50,000-member mark; gives away 50% increased image storage space for everyone.
    • 03/12/2010 - 55,555th Member Contest
    • 03/16/2010 - Chicken Brooder Contest
    • 03/27/2010 - Chicken LORE (Laws and Ordinances and your Rights and Entitlements) project launched.
    • 03/27/2010 - New Feature: Breed Selection - Search Tool
    • 04/01/2010 - April Fools - New BYC Store Product: The EggCell !!
    • 04/18/2010 - BYC "Other Poultry" Breeds Database
    • 05/31/2010 - BYC Forum Platinum Poultry Membership, Introduced
    • 06/07/2010 - First Waterers & Feeders Design Contest
    • 06/15/2010 - New Feature - BSA Listings On BYC Homepage & Forum Index
    • 06/26/2010 - BYC Shirt Design Contest
    • 07/20/2010 - New Book: Building Chicken Coops for Dummies
    • 07/25/2010 - BYC Page Creator Update
    • 07/26/2010 - BYC Avatar Update
    • 08/20/2010 - BYC Chicken Coloring Book Contest
    • 09/01/2010 - New Contest: Promote BYC, Promote Your Website & Win a Free GFM
    • 09/03/2010 - Worst Chicken Molt Pictures Fall 2010 Contest
    • 09/19/2010 - The Online Most Annoying Rooster Crowing Contest
    • 09/25/2010 - New BYC Newsletter design
    • 09/25/2010 - Official BYC Poll - How many chickens do you have?
    • 10/13/2010 - 2011 BYC Calendar Now Available!
    • 11/13/2010 - New Recipes Section
    • 11/13/2010 - Recipe Picture Contest
    • 11/24/2010 - New Order of BYC Breakfast Clothing
    • 11/24/2010 - New BYC Temp Tattoos
    • 01/02/2011 - Guess when we'll hit 80,000 members
    • 01/25/2011 - Great New Forum Features
    • 01/26/2011 - Monthly BYC Trivia Challenge
    • 01/25/2011 - New Anti-Spam System
    • 02/01/2011 - Official BYC Chicken Coloring Book
    • 02/11/2011 - New Facebook Page
    • 03/04/2011 - HUGE BYC Contest – Pics W/ Tudy- FB Tags - Win A FREE Chicken Coop !
    • 03/09/2011 - Relaunch of the “Other Poultry” Breeds Database!
    • 03/10/2011 - Dummies Month = $5 Rebate on Raising Chickens & Building Chicken Coops
    • 03/17/2011 - Coop Page Contest Early 2011 - Winners Chosen!
    • 04/01/2011 - April Fools - NEW BYC Program & Partnership - Sell Your Extra Eggs!
    • 04/12/2011 - Phase 2 of the BYC Awards program
    • 04/16/2011 - Image Upload Upgrades
    • 04/19/2011 - BYC Winter Clothing Sale
    • 05/19/2011 - GFM Friend Appreciation Sale
    • 05/20/2011 - 100,000 BYC Members Contest
    • 06/25/2011 - The 2nd Official BYC Coloring Book Contest!
    • 07/14/2011 - Winter in July Clothing Sale in the BYC Store
    • 07/25/2011 - Coop Page Contest 2011
    • 08/24/2011 - Coop Contest Winners Announced!
    • 09/22/2011 - 7 Million Posts on BYC!
    • 09/23/2011 - Rate pictures for the 2012 BYC Calendar
    • 10/04/2011 - Official BYC Contest: Worst Chicken Molt Pictures - Fall / Winter 2011
    • 10/27/2011 - 3rd Annual New Year's Day Hatch!!
    • 10/30/2011 - BYC 2012 Calendar
    • 11/18/2011 - BYC 2012 Calendar Ready For Ship!
    • 12/28/2011 - The BIG BYC Coop Cleanup
    • 01/07/2012 - HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT - BYC Software Conversion
    • 01/11/2012 - The NEW BYC!
    • 01/11/2012 - Your Picture Here on BYC
    02/01/2012 - Mahonri's 3rd Annual, BYC Easter Hatch-a-long!
    02/07/2012 - BYC Survey - Trying to better understand our users!
    02/12/2012 - BYC Article Writing Contest
    02/23/2012 - The Do-It-Yourself thread
    03/25/2012 - The New 5 Year BYC Award!
    03/27/2012 - Coop Page Contest Fall/Winter 2011 - WINNER!
    03/27/2012 - Top Coops on BYC
    03/30/2012 - Comb photo contest
    • 04/01/2012 - April Fools - New Forums / Sections - Exotic Backyard Animals
    • 04/11/2012 - BYC on the Front Page of CNN.com



    This is a super high level overview of over 14 years of history. If there are main points that should be added or changed, please PM me.
     
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2013
  2. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    BYC History has been updated. If we left out anything related to big news on the site, please let me know via PM. [​IMG]
     
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