I would like to take a few minutes to introduce myself. My name is Jim Watling and I live near Lansing, MI. On all the reef boards I use the name "jimsflies". One of the things I love most about the hobby are the online forums. I'm positive if it hadn't been for forums, I would have become bored with the hobby by now. For me the ability to make new friends, share, discuss, buy, sell, and trade adds to the hobby in an exponential way.
I have spent the past year contemplating starting a forum. Finally about two months ago, I decided to try to get my idea off the ground. In my search for the perfect domain name...no easy task, given that most anything you can think of is either taken or being held by scalpers...I was researching the name "CaptiveReefs.com" and came across CaptiveReefing.com. It is apparent that CaptiveReefing.com had a lot of activity at one point, but had waned in the past couple years. I contacted Dakar (CaptiveReefing's owner) and came to an agreement to purchase the forum. To signify a new start for CaptiveReefing.com, I also acquired the domain name CaptiveReefs.com and moved the forum to a new site. It is my hope to rebuild CaptiveReefing.com into the thriving community it once was.
It is unknown how many members and staff out of the 2,500+ registered users of CaptiveReefing may come back. But I plan to work tirelessly, to bring new life to the forum. I am planning to have contests, giveaways, add modules that will encourage participation, add forums for reef clubs, etc. to achieve the goal. I also plan to add site sponsors with expectation that they will help grow the community by donating prizes for the giveaways and provide banner advertising on their sites back to CaptiveReefs. I am also very open to any ideas that members and staff have. (I am not a IT or web programmer like Dave, so I am on a steep learning curve.)
Currently, CaptiveReefs.com has a copy of the CaptiveReefing database as of 8-15-09 installed. Any posts made after this on CaptiveReefing.com will not carry over to CaptiveReefs.com. Although there are numerous functional and cosmetic upgrades to be completed, please feel free to start posting on the new site. Your existing log-in from CaptiveReefing.com should be fully functional on CaptiveReefs.com. In the near future traffic coming to CaptiveReefing.com will automatically be redirected to captivereefs.com.
I look forward to meeting everyone and rebuilding the captivereefing community. Please share the news of the "new" forum with your reefing friends...forums are more fun with lots of people to talk, share, and trade with. Also if you get a moment please post in the Meet and Greet Forum
and tell us a little about yourself. We'd also like to hear about your current tank(s) in the Member's Tank
Please be sure to share word of the "new" forum with your friends.