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Buzzjack Timeline


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In December 2003 a music site called Coolclarity (CC) (named after a racehorse) was created by Nigel (cooladmin) and he was joined by coder Phil (coolcoder). By the end of 2005, Phil had decided to start his own site as Nigel was a flop admin in the extreme. Phil confided in several Coolclarity members – Global Mod (GM) Mikey, member Kelly and ex GM JMan.

The new site was due to be launched at the end of February 2006, but a hitch with Phil’s internet meant the big launch was delayed. Some CC members – DSQ (later known as Helter Skelter), JMan and Histastic created a rival site called ChartClarity (then CHCMedia or just CHC). A lot of CC members joined chc over the weekend of 4 and 5 March 2006.

Phil then launched Buzzjack officially on 7 March 2006, although Phil created the website on 2 March 2006 (member #1), and Mikey and Kelly joined on 5 March 2006 (members 2 and 3). CC GMs Mikey and Jester resigned from CC immediately and joined Buzzjack, but the delay had resulted in two new sites not one – JMan, who was set to be a Buzzjack GM, decided to stay at chc, as did a fair few CC members.

This schism created various levels of ‘forum wars’ and rivalry during 2006 and 2007, but things calmed down and unfortunately chc ceased to be at the end of 2009. CoolClarity itself was torn apart and died off pretty quickly in 2007 after a few admin/GM changes (Craig and Lin were of note).



2006 Timeline


2 March 06 – Phil creates Buzzjack.

5 March 06 – Mikey, Kelly and JMan join

7 March 06 – The site opens for general registration.

March 06 – Site plagued by connection issues. Many people locked out – back servers blamed.

24 March 06 – First Buzzjack Rate. Hosted by long departed member Sid-O. Kelly crowned winner, with Jester 2nd and Phil 3rd. Threads here: http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?s...806&hl=rate and http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?s...603&hl=rate

April 06 – April Fools Day posts created by Mods:

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1) A Deal Or No Deal Story - The England Football World Cup Squad have turned down the opportunity to participate on the Game Show for Sports Relief due to a number of the players being superstitious - where the money prizes boxes are replaced by how far they (England) get in the competition.

2) Louis Walsh subliminal messages in his acts music - It has been claimed that B*Witched #1 hit "C'est La Vie" contained a subliminal message to "go buy Westlife", etc etc.

3) The reclusive singer Kate Bush is allowing her entire 2nd CD of Aerial entitled A Sky Of Honey to be secretly remixed by various Dance producers with plans for the tracks to be released firstly as white labels to Dance DJs before the remix album issued late summer. Already the first white label of this material - A dance Remix of the title track has been played on Radio1 (True Fact) by Pete Tong - this track has been rumoured to have been remixed by one half of United Nations (who had the big hit "Out Of Touch") producer & UK's Eurovision entrant Daz Simpson. (subtle Washing powder gag )

4) Simon Fuller & Simon Cowell are planning the Pop reality TV show to beat them all. Where the judges battle former contestants to see who is the best at judging singing talent. Will Young is apparently very keen to do it & is currently looking at freeing up his schedule for the second half of 2007 to be the nemesis of Simon Cowell. A 19 Spokesperson said Will has always thought that he could do a better job of spotting talent as he has always felt that Simon Cowell & Louis Walsh have got a certain preconception of what a pop idol should be. Former reality contestants Myleene Klass, Lemar, Cheryl Tweedy & Darius Danesh have rumoured to have been approached to be part of the ex-contestants team for this proposed show planned to replace X-Factor after three years in September 2007.


Some of these were sniffed out right away, but the reality TV show thread fooled a fair few members!

July 06 – Moderator lead revolution against Dubs. Most mods threatened to leave (Cassidy and Kelly were the main instigators), Admin E-motion (Ricky) was forced to ban Dubs despite her spamming being her only crime as a mass Mod walk out was threatened. Thread in Mods lounge.

1 August 06 – ‘Mole-gate’: Much discussion in the Mods lounge about a chc mole in our midst giving our huge secrets (!) away. TeresaBloom and a then very quiet Rooney were the main suspects and were interrogated. Turns out there was no real mole, but Rooney soon became a great poster. Thread in Management Resolved forum.

4 August 06 – American Britney fan and moderator Allysa resigns. The reason? It turns out that Allysa is in fact male not female and called Tyler not Allysa. Much gasping and hoo-hah follows, but it turns out that Tyler is in fact the same as Allysa but just a bloke. He still likes Britney to this day. Threads in Mods Lounge.

6 August 06 – Hacking of chc Mods Lounge by BJ Mods! Some BJ mods managed to hack the account of Karl (chc mod) and screenshots were taken of private threads. Various secrets were revaled and much plotting by chc to bring down BJ. BJ was not that innocent of course but the vague suspicions of trickery were laid bare. Much ruckus by BJ mods including requests to report chc to the OCC (for the record this was never done by BJ, despite rumours to the contrary) and bring the whole site down (somehow!).
Ricky managed to calm the waters and we all merely revelled in our secret chc knowledge for a while. Thread in Admin+ lounge.

September 06 – Second Rate. Highlights included drunken tomfoolery by Craig and the start of the Lounge posters vs Robbie Williams OF posters. A must read! Results: 1st Jester, 2nd Kelly, 3rd Mikey. http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?s...799&hl=rate and http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?s...959&hl=rate

November 06 – Main Forum Mods (MF Mods) and Optional Forum Mods (OF Mods) were split into MF Leaders and Moderators and OF Leaders and OF Moderators. The two Mod Lounges were changed for a lower one for Mods and OF Mods and a Leaders Lounge for the two types of Leader. The thinking behind Leaders was to split off the active mods to take the site forward and leave the others to mod the forums only.
A lot of spurned mods had headfits, but the plan went ahead and for a while (as is usual here) things went well. The whole Leader concept was dropped in 2008 and everyone went back to where they were before.

December 06 – Leona Lewis wins the X Factor. Buzzjack faints.


Other incidents of note in 2006:

Post Whore threads – for the ‘celebration’ of posting levels. For example – this is my 1000th post cheer.gif and the Daily Post Whores for daily posting celebrations. http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?s...p;hl=post+whore
Cassidy’s fake rate – possibly the funniest BJ thread ever as Cassidy rates members with 0 posts. http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?s...=7400&st=20
Creation of the Buzzjack Back Up Site (by Cassidy) and The Back Up Back Up site (by Rooney)
Buzzjack Big Brother – Separate forum created, Cassidy triumphant winner.
kink.gif born. Over used immediately.
Shoutbox created late 2006 – over used by Tyron immediately.
The rise of Boot and Immune games in OFs and Inc. chat threads in OFs (inspired by the Lambylove Inc. thread in the Mariah Carey forum)
Emoticon competition! TeresaBloom wins and teresa.gif is added
David: hey uk? Rooney: wuu2?
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2007


February 07 – Buzz hacked! A hacker from Anguilla hackety-hacked the site, logging in as Phil and being a general tinker. Ricky spotted it and thwarted him. Much hilarity on the back up site with this thread by a long departed member called Snowbaby: http://z14.invisionfree.com/BuzzJack/index.php?showtopic=470

February 2007 – Twinkle, a Robbie Williams OF poster, leaves the site. This was due to a ‘fight’ between her, Kelly and Graham. Kelly steps down as GM, but returned triumphant in April 07. Thread in Management forum.

April 07 – 1 million posts reached. The momentous occasion was reached by Craig with the post ‘please be me tongue.gifhttp://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?s...osts&st=140
For the record: 250,000th post = Aly, 500,000th post = Aly, 750,000th post = David, 1,000,000th = Craig.

April 07 – Third Rate. Not much occuring of not sadly except the introduction of posting rules. Craig clearly stayed sober. Results: 1st Jester, 2nd E-motion, 3rd Mikey.
http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?s...777&hl=rate and http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?s...828&hl=rate

May 07 – Phil steps down as Admin ohmy.gif Following some frentic planning, JBT was brought in from an Admin forum as a new BJ Admin. 4 months of chaos ensued where JBT and E-motion (Ricky) tried to change the way people posted and an obsession with new members and how the site was perceived to guests prevailed.

The following hailed our new order (post by e-motion):

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Welcome Jason(JBT),

I have great pleasure to announce that Jason becomes an admin and joins the management team today.

While this might seem sudden - we in the management team have been getting to know Jason in the last few days. So far he has been making a wonderful impression indeed.
Jason's is from the Netherlands and so far has shown a a great amount of enthusiasm and energy for the BuzzJack community, suggesting a great many ideas and plans for the future.

He has very many skills ideal for the forum which include the following:
Plenty of free time to dedicate to BuzzJack
php coding ability and experience (php is the software language the forum uses)
Linux server knowledge
Excellent Media experience and media contacts
An open and understanding positive attitude
A good sense of humour!

And now it gets better because he has offered to fully host the BuzzJack site on a fast dedicated server which not only solves BuzzJack's ongoing financial situation but gives us great potential in growing the site in members and features going forward.

This appointment fills me with a great deal of optimism and in summary my feeling is this coming year is going to be the most exciting and interesting time on BuzzJack.

Please give him a big welcome and if you have any question or concerns please feel free to ask.


11 May 07 – New skin created by JBT using a dark blue colour scheme.

May 07 – Buzzjack Chat Room created by JBT. This allowed real time chat between members and even webcam use (more of that in a bit) and sound. This really brought some members together and allowed musical talent to flourish – Y!kes (Mykul)’s renditions of Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars was a highlight.

29 May 07 – A member called Matt. (aka Matt with a dot) hacks David’s account. David clearly not happy.

1 Jun 07 – Rooney and David vs the Chat Room - JBT thinks it is ‘funny’ to promote spam in the Lounge via truth or dare bets in the chat room. Such ‘gems’ as ‘xxxxl condoms’ and Josh stating he ‘wants to marry Jupiter’ follow. Rooney not happy as the Lounge was spammy enough, David unhappy too (again). However JBT thinks differently. Grumpy 4 page Leaders Lounge thread follows. Thread in Management.

2 Jun 07 – Mark (GM), dances with his top off on his webcam in the Chat Room to Scooch, Sex on the Beach, Daphne & Celeste, Dragostea Din Tei and a load of other cheesy songs. He was rather drunk. Thread: http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?s...room&st=100 Mark later deletes himself, survived the indident as a GM and was then later demoted.


8 June 07 – The madness of JON rears its head. JON was first noticed by his many announcements in Chart Chat about his upcoming games that never happened, and his fiasco compiling the futures releases thread. On this occasion, JON pretended to be called Paul and was talking to MSN to Slick and then Rooney about taking over the site. JON later creates a site called Chat-a-Lot and tried to buy Coolclarity. Thread in management.


July 07 – Slick sacked as GM by JBT for sticking up for Mods and Members against the new regime by JBT. Jester resigns as Admin.

August 07 – Buzzjack Big Brother 2 (renamed BJBB due to threat of suing by Endemol!). Relatively uneventful, Ryan wins.

August 07 - Gooddelta starts his much praised chart commentaries the week Robyn got to #1.

October 07 – JBT leaves the site, e-motion steps down as Admin, Phil returns, Slick and Jester re-instated. BJ gives a huge sigh of relief. Old skin returned, Chat Room closed.

October 07 – Buzzjack Song Contest (BJSC) created in Eurovision Forum. This fictional contest where you create your own country and enter a new song became so popular it was promoted to main forum status. Still running after going through many changes, scandals (mainly involving a pleb called Liam) and dry patches. First contest here: http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=57280

November 07 – Fourth Rate. No huge upsets except the visible lack of ‘Robbie Posters’. Results: 1st Ryan, 2nd Jester, 3rd Graham.
http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?s...960&hl=rate and http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?s...201&hl=rate


Other incidents of note in 2007:

Team RCD created by Rooney, Cassidy and David being Lounge Mods. Lounge renaissance follows.
Incidents between Craig and ThisCharmingMan (both now banned). Craig being accused of being a p****. Craig replying he is a successful businessman and not a kiddly fiddler thank you very much.
Craig passes over ownership of www.buzzjack.co.uk to Jester after buying it in 2006.
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The 2006-2010 ones are the same as those I posted in 2011 for the 5th anniversary - hope some new eyes enjoy though!
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SO MANY SMILEYS in those threads. Even from the clearly more sensible posters like Kelly. Forum culture was just unrecognisable back in 2006.
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Arguably my peak.
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Dry patches! How Rooooood! We have no such thing.


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Such eventful years. Things were brilliant here then - such a great small community (but so may pointless smilies in posts as Eyes has mentioned).
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So sad we can't access these threads sad.gif
edit: Wait, I'm a mod now drama.gif
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QUOTE(Treeoftemptation @ Mar 6 2016, 07:23 PM) *
AMAZING.

Thanks Lee biggrin.gif
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QUOTE(Jester @ Mar 6 2016, 07:21 PM) *
Such eventful years. Things were brilliant here then - such a great small community (but so may pointless smilies in posts as Eyes has mentioned).


Who remembers TODAY'S POST WHORES? A thread where we all just posted countless items of rubbish.

ALSO: Didn't Sid-O (creater of the first rate on here) turn out be some random old guy?
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That sounds like you made the Posters' Chart a COMPETITION.
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QUOTE(Rooney @ Mar 6 2016, 07:29 PM) *
Who remembers TODAY'S POST WHORES? A thread where we all just posted countless items of rubbish.

Yep, at least we tried to post rubbish in one place. Well, mainly!

I still miss the many FeelGoodLoveInc threads in my Blur & Gorillaz Forum.

Remember when we all thought you were a mole? Ha!!
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QUOTE(Eyes @ Mar 6 2016, 07:30 PM) *
That sounds like you made the Posters' Chart a COMPETITION.


I think it was a regular occurrence that posters were hitting 4 figure post counts for the week - totally serious!
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QUOTE(Eyes @ Mar 6 2016, 07:30 PM) *
That sounds like you made the Posters' Chart a COMPETITION.

Indeed it was. You're getting the idea now! It was like a race of pointlessness.
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QUOTE(Jester @ Mar 6 2016, 07:31 PM) *
Yep, at least we tried to post rubbish in one place. Well, mainly!

I still miss the many FeelGoodLoveInc threads in my Blur & Gorillaz Forum.

Remember when we all thought you were a mole? Ha!!


Yes!! I still remember to this day the post David made in the staff forum, he was in proper bitch mode!!!

Just baffling to think how paranoid everyone got over an internet forum rotf.gif
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QUOTE(Jester @ Mar 6 2016, 07:31 PM) *
Indeed it was. You're getting the idea now! It was like a race of pointlessness.


http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?s...1327&st=120

Also includes a sneak peak of Tyron pre-Trashlexis.
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QUOTE(Rooney @ Mar 6 2016, 07:35 PM) *
Yes!! I still remember to this day the post David made in the staff forum, he was in proper bitch mode!!!

Just baffling to think how paranoid everyone got over an internet forum rotf.gif

That was a fun evening. We were so scared chc would find us out, and then that Emotion would tell us off. Then we went into paranoid overload as you were a mod and hadn't posted much!
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QUOTE(Jester @ Mar 6 2016, 07:41 PM) *
That was a fun evening. We were so scared chc would find us out, and then that Emotion would tell us off. Then we went into paranoid overload as you were a mod and hadn't posted much!


Even poor Teresa Bloom was up on the chopping board.. think of all the signatures she made everyone!!
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QUOTE(Rooney @ Mar 6 2016, 07:45 PM) *
Even poor Teresa Bloom was up on the chopping board.. think of all the signatures she made everyone!!

Oh yeah! Teresa Bloom! She was so nice and we ripped right into her. She almost got sent off to Guantanamo Bay sad.gif
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QUOTE(Rooney @ Mar 6 2016, 07:39 PM) *
http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?s...1327&st=120

Also includes a sneak peak of Tyron pre-Trashlexis.

I tell myself that it was fine as we were ALL many fathoms more dreadful (even so FUCKING HELL there really is nothing worse than watching a 15 year old posting drunk)

It's interesting actually - over on the likes of Moopy et al forum culture was pretty much infinitely more emoticon-based in the mid-00s too whenever old threads come up. I wonder whether it's to do with the collective age of forums being lower at the time or whether it was just down to all the internet being less self-aware back then.

OMG Teresa. She never DID recover from 'the incident'
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