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Celebrating 16 years of Pinside

By robin

4 months ago

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    #1 4 months ago

    Let's go back in time for a minute...

    It was Friday November 2nd 2001. The US president at the time was George W. Bush. Chances were high that you would hear Lose Yourself by Eminem on the radio. Cinemas were playing The Pianist and Panic Room and on TV people were watching a brand new CSI Miami (and also the first season of Top Gear). And if you liked videogames you were probably playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

    Vice City

    ...And Pinball fans were looking at the freshly released Stern game: RollerCoaster Tycoon. Remember the troll? Oof, me too.

    Rollercoaster Tycoon

    But much more happened that day... Somewhere in the morning, around 11am. After weeks of brainstorming for a cool name, I decided on registering the domain name Pinside.com. I had started building my own solid state pinball database a little while earlier and was now looking to turn it into a news and discussion site about pinball. Hosted from an old server in my garage,

    I worked on the site for every free evening I had. Pinside.com officially launched on November 18th 2002, almost a year later:

    Pinside as it looked in December 2002

    Yeah, nice choice on the colours, I know!

    You can still browse around the old site via the Wayback machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20030401090929/http://www.pinside.com:80/home.asp

    Fast forward 16 years and here we are today, with over 52,793 members and a gazillion posts (okay, actually I just counted them and there are 4,695,313) we are still going strong!

    Anyways, someone reminded me of this milestone (thanks fairground) and I decided to make a little celebration out of it. You don't turn 16 every day

    Flip on!

    #2 4 months ago

    Congratulations and thank you for all your work and efforts for the hobby.

    #3 4 months ago


    16 years is a long time. I've had 3 different careers in that same time frame .

    My oldest son is 14, so he didn't even exist then .

    #4 4 months ago

    Congrats Robin. Like I shared with you at TPF, your site is the finest enthusiast forum on the planet. Well done sir!

    #5 4 months ago

    Congrats Robin! I'm glad I've been around for a good chunk of that time, and look forward to many more years of pinball fun with all you crazy guys!

    #6 4 months ago

    Congratulations on the success of the site. I know for me it has been an eye opening experience. Thank you for that.

    #7 4 months ago

    Thanks Robin and congrats to Pinside!

    #8 4 months ago

    Congrats! And thanks for sharing the story

    #9 4 months ago

    Proficiat Robin !!!

    #10 4 months ago

    Pinside's now fair game in more than half of the U.S.... congrats!

    #11 4 months ago

    Wow how time flies by, these years have been going by quickly with all of the pinball talk going on. Your hard work and devotion has produced the best pinball forum in the world. I have noticed many people commenting on how great the format is compared to other forums. You truly have created something special and I really enjoy Pinside. I have met some great people and made some friends thanks to you. Congrats on 16 years! I look forward to the decades to come, these are exciting times!

    Thanks Robin

    #12 4 months ago

    Huge congrats and thank you from me as well Robin. Cheers to another 16 years!

    #13 4 months ago

    Congrats it has been a good ride so far.

    #14 4 months ago

    I saw the party hat and confetti on the logo before I saw this thread - I had pretty good guess it was an annual milestone. I wouldn't have guessed 16 - Congrats, Robin.

    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my replacement LED display boards for model H & model S Skee Ball

    #15 4 months ago

    Pretty great software you've written here Robin! Congrats on the anniversary.

    #16 4 months ago

    Awesome 16 years is a great milestone. 20 isn't far away...

    #17 4 months ago

    robin congrats.

    Who's the oldest active (non-staff) member?

    ... Altan

    #18 4 months ago

    Congrats Robin!

    #19 4 months ago

    Awesome job!!!!!

    #20 4 months ago

    Excellent work, this is one of the best forums online regardless of topic in terms of interface and presentation, and this milestone is a testament to that!

    #21 4 months ago

    Congratulations, Robin.

    Happy 16th Birthday, Pinside!

    Wish I'd known about it back in 2002. RGP was all I knew back then.

    #22 4 months ago

    Congratulations, Robin.

    Thank you for giving a us a great source of communication, for an incredible hobby.

    #23 4 months ago

    Well done.

    #24 4 months ago

    I was wondering what the confetti and party hat were about, thought someone goof'd when putting a Thanksgiving logo up haha

    Congrats!! Didn't even realize Pinside had started that long ago!

    #25 4 months ago

    well done..
    a great job on a site that helps many people get enjoyment from pinball and much more

    #26 4 months ago

    I think another round of donations is in order

    #27 4 months ago

    Mazel tov!

    #28 4 months ago


    #29 4 months ago

    Gefeliciteerd Robin and Martijn!

    #30 4 months ago

    Congrats, Robin! Awesome forum.

    ... but could you please add some programming code that will automatically reduce current pin for-sale prices back to 2002 values, k'thnx.

    Game on!

    #31 4 months ago

    Congrats!!!!! This site is a must for pinheads world wide!

    #32 4 months ago

    Happy Sweet 16 Pinside!

    You should be very proud of what you've created Robin.

    #33 4 months ago

    Thanks Robin for giving us a place of our own.

    #34 4 months ago

    Congrats Robin and Happy Birthday.
    What you have created will outlast us all and live for over 100 years! In 2118 a NIB Stern pro will be 40k, and we will still be complaining about the price increase.

    #35 4 months ago

    Happy birfday pinside!

    Thanks Robin for the awesome site, and the countless hours you spend keeping things in tip top shape!!

    #36 4 months ago

    Hi Robin
    Congratulations! 16 years ago you created a Big Bang in the pinball universe. Your creation allows us to contribute something in this pinball universe. Well done.

    #37 4 months ago
    Quoted from robin:

    Chances were high that you would hear Lose Yourself by Eminem on the radio.

    Hint on the next music pin?

    #38 4 months ago

    I found my first pinball machine. Then I discovered Pinside. And with all of the information in these pages I built my small collection of pins. I am having the time of my life chasing my pins, playing my pins, and restoring my pins. It would not have happened without Pinside.

    Thank you !

    #39 4 months ago

    Save me a slice of cake.

    #41 4 months ago

    Happy Birthday Pinside!

    You are doing a great job Robin!

    #42 4 months ago

    My only regret is not getting into the hobby sooner, or discovering this website sooner than 2012. Keep up the great work robin.

    #43 4 months ago

    Congratulations, and THANK YOU for such a great website! I know I've gained a lot through Pinside, whether it was buying or selling a machine or finding a local show. I'm very grateful!

    #44 4 months ago

    Today I learned I have contributed to .4% of Pinside's posts

    Congrats Robin, you really have a great setup here after all your hard work, this is probably the most advanced forum I've ever used in terms of great and thoughtful features.

    #45 4 months ago

    Congrats on 16 sweet years Robin

    #46 4 months ago

    Thank you for creating the best pinball website in the world.
    Love the Pinside!

    #47 4 months ago

    Congratulations Robin !

    Thank you Robin !

    LTG : )

    #48 4 months ago

    Congrats Robin on a great site! Hope there is many more years to come!

    #49 4 months ago

    Thank you Robin for creating Pinside.

    It's a fantastic achievement and a wonderful place for pinball enthusiests to get pinball news, congregate, share stories, seek advice and enjoy the hobby. It's thanks to you sir, that we have this meeting place for all pinheads. Thank you.

    #50 4 months ago

    Thank you for creating something wonderful and powerful. I have learned much of what I know about pinball through pinside or at least used the site to find an initial direction to find what I need.

    The site is stable- easy to use!

    Congratulations and cheers to a 32nd B-day party in 16 short years.

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