The opinionated ramblings and muses of a weary web victim.
Tempus Fugit
Published on July 22, 2011 By Jafo In WinCustomize News

On July 24th, 2001 I received an email from Johanne Chaine [Alexandrie] informing me I'd been accepted as's newest Wizop.

The only reason I 'remember' the date is that somehow I managed NOT to lose the email after a decade of new systems/computers/whatever.

The list of CC's is a veritable who's who of the world of Skinning way back then.

iMike, Shoggot, Renato C. Veras Jr, Patrick Ford, Migellito, David Knott, Brad Wardell, Kris Kwilas, Snoopsoft, and Angela Marshall. [and sent by Johanne].

Those were the then Admins/Wizops prior to my promotion....and a pretty illustrious bunch they were, too.  {fortunately I was able to lower the standard... just to keep things real]...

Probably most now-a-days might not recognize the their nicks are...

iMike, Shoggot, treetog, T-Man, Migellito, DavidK, Frogboy, Nakor, Snoopsoft and Karmagirl [and Alexandrie].

Needless to say I'd known all of these 'guys' back before the beginnings of Wincustomize... we'd all 'migrated' [through necessity] from - our original social 'home'.

At that time a co called 'eFront' was effectively ruining the site [they couldn't differentiate between 'ruining' and 'running' - probably 'just' a typo], was under 're-invention' or had just done so, Deskmod appeared a little 'wobbly'....and a guy called Jark had just launched which was originally a haven for skinner refugees but fairly soon focussed more on its intended 'target'....any/all online artists generally.

So, that's the background...and the content of the email was....

"He is already a leader in the community!

I would like to welcome abord Jafo as our new wizop, I'm sure he will do
a great job on WinCustomize.

Congratulation JAFO you deserve it!

Johanne Chainé "

I kinda think Johanne had a soft spot for me...

One of the interesting names in the CC was 'shoggot'.  He was a long-time admin of [whereas I had only just become one a week before its demise [ I still claim there was no relation]], and one of his roles was being the single decider of what made it...or did not make it into skinz's wallpaper gallery.

I remember all those people simply trying in vain to get one passed....and particularly when Doreen succeeded [once]...

One job I took on as 'new Mod on the block' was to review all [then] 700 wallpapers in our gallery here and cull those with 'issues' and/or of particularly poor quality.... not a simple task on a 33.6k dialup at $2.00 per hour [back then].  The process probably cost me personally a hundred or so dollars...

Over the early days of Wincustomize the site's purpose [raison d'etre] evolved [as things do] and not to everyone's favour which led to one or two departures from our ranks, both generally and at 'admin' level.  Later, some of the crew focused on other projects, whilst both Brad and Angie were [mostly] happy to leave the day-to-day dramas-and-teen-angst in the Mods' hands.

On a side note, my new position had me in closer/more regular contact with DavidK and it was he who mentioned one night [my time] that a plane had just hit the World Trade Center.  Sharing such a moment with someone half a world away [in Canada] brings you close.  Unfortunately Dave's health has since deteriorated and he is unable to continue to interact online.


10 years later and actually nothing has changed, not really.

People still skin.

People still get uptight with each other.

People still submit simply horrible stuff and have it rejected.

People still complain about that.

People still expound they can cure the world/Stardock's failings/skinning's 'decline'/cancer.

People still get their bums kicked into oblivion [exiled].

People still entertain, interact and enjoy being HERE.


....and I still enjoy being HERE, too.

Here's to another 10 years....




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on Jul 22, 2011

Congratulations on being able to stay with it for 10 years, and even if nothing much has changed, here's hoping you can stay just a little longer. 

on Jul 22, 2011

You are old.....6 years at WC for me. 


You've been in moderation for 10 years...I hope they never "release" you!  


Jafo, if you ever leave, take me with you....     





(I thought this was gonna be another bitch thread about how long a wall was in moderation.)

on Jul 22, 2011

Congrats Paul on your milestone!       Here is to the next ten years I hope to be here enjoying them with you!

on Jul 22, 2011

(I thought this was gonna be another bitch thread about how long a wall was in moderation.)

Me too!  Here I thought Jafo had a submission from back in the day and had it stuck in moderation for 10 years and was really curious to see it.  (I've been boxing up all my stuff for my move to Oklahoma at the end of the month, thus seeing a lot of my old crap from 10 years ago--my brain must just be stuck in retrospection mode I guess).

Congrats on stickin' it out 10 years, Jafo!  I appreciate all that you do. 

on Jul 22, 2011

Thanks for all the years of srevice,  

on Jul 22, 2011

my what this place would be without you...cheers Jafo!

on Jul 22, 2011

Congratulations Jafo on a DECADE of moderation! Apparently you were gifted with the patience of a saint and the wisdom of Solomon (not to mention an extremely thick skin) to have lasted that long but A LOT of folks here really appreciate everything you do. Here's to another 10, at least....

on Jul 23, 2011

You poor bastard! Your a glutton for punishment. You need a hobby!

on Jul 23, 2011

Always good to be a part of a good community.  ...but I first misread your nick as "Jafy"


on Jul 23, 2011

Congratulations on the ten years. I went through the entire WindowBlinds gallery (on dialup) a few years ago, and there, in the very beginning of WindowBlinds skinning, I ran across some by someone named Jafo.......

on Jul 23, 2011

... for the next ten years

on Jul 23, 2011

You poor bastard! Your a glutton for punishment. You need a hobby!

We breed them tough in the land down under.

on Jul 23, 2011

Congratulations, Paul...........Here's to another 10 years........Perhaps a knighthood 

on Jul 23, 2011

Congrats Jafo. 10 years for me also (on the site).

on Jul 23, 2011

Cungratolatiouns, Jafo (I knouw you lave to spel cheque, so tehre ya go, my geeft to you )

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