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The History of CAA

Postby Mr. Rogers » Sat Oct 23, 2004 9:50 pm

I think we need to make Ashley write us something about the history of CAA. How she got the idea, put it together, and how it went from a small board to a huge board with over 2,300 members. all that stuff. :brow:
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Postby c-girl » Sat Oct 23, 2004 9:57 pm

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Postby ssj2gohan61 » Sat Oct 23, 2004 10:36 pm

umm i think i read something about it somewhere once before but i forget where and what it said so yes Ashley please do give us a new piece of history...thanks
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Postby Mr. SmartyPants » Sat Oct 23, 2004 10:36 pm

i demand an explanation on the birth of caa!
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Postby CDLviking » Sat Oct 23, 2004 10:59 pm

Looks like it's time for the monthly "How did CAA get started?" thread. :lol:
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Postby R. Zion » Sat Oct 23, 2004 11:01 pm

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Postby c.t.,girl » Sat Oct 23, 2004 11:04 pm

BIG TIME ROTFL!!!! you guys are so funny!!
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Postby christianfriend » Sat Oct 23, 2004 11:10 pm

yes..Ashley..give us some fact about caa..NOW!! JK!
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Postby Kura Ookami » Sun Oct 24, 2004 5:23 am

Ashley do not feel presured to write anything up on the history of CAA. By all means write something up if you want to, but i expect you're too busy to write too much. Having said that a history on CAA would be quite intresting. Again do not feel pressured into writing the history of CAA.
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Postby glitch1501 » Sun Oct 24, 2004 5:42 am

CDLviking wrote:Looks like it's time for the monthly "How did CAA get started?" thread. :lol:



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Postby Stephen » Sun Oct 24, 2004 9:30 am

Uh oh Ashley...the fans are clammoring.
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Postby Ashley » Sun Oct 24, 2004 10:23 am

It's a good thing I saved my reply the last time I answered this question. :lol:

Alright, August 2001 is when I first had the idea. It was inspired by a line I read in a Gilbert Morris book. I don't exactly remember the quote, but it did get me thinking about anime and how could I bring that area of my life under God's control. I had been on the internet for some time now and I was aware of little "cliques"; basically just small sites with a list of names. That's what CAA originally started out to be, a huge webring of Christian anime fans. For the first three months, it was very slow--there was only one other name on the list besides mine, and that was from my shinto-dabbling friend who felt sorry for me. Like the pilgrims, that "first winter" was pretty hard on me, and I nearly gave up on the idea. But for some reason (hindsight is a wonderful thing) I kept it alive. Slowly, word got around and more people joined. That next february or so, we had enough members to consider creating a group at MSN Groups-a small, free and very basic forum. Again, I cannot emphasize how small we were back then--there were maybe at tops 10-15 people that posted frequently. Archan (Josh) was the member I felt the closest to, so I made him assistant manager for when I was gone/busy with school work to help keep an eye on things. Shortly before that, Gypsy joined and brought along with her Aaron and Shatterheart (though under different names). When I was on a break from CAA, a fight broke out and Shatterheart made a very, very bold stand for what he believed was right. When I returned, I was taken aback by his post--just the confidence, the biblical-based argument, and the humility with which he said what he did. I immediately emailed him and asked if he would consider joining the staff with me. Thus, Shatterheart is the oldest staff member. ^^ After that, somehow we ended up talking to each other on the chat built in, and then I got to know Gypsy and Aaron really well too (we ended up becoming friends outside of CAA and to this day remain closer than siblings).

So we stayed at MSN, slowly growing day by day. We had lots of good memories tied up in that place, sort of like the couple that looks back fondly on their first apartment. No, it wasn't perfect, but it was home. Gypsy joined the staff too as we got bigger. By Christmas 2002, we had really outgrown the msn groups forum and were considering a forum like the one we have here. Shatterheart and I spent countless nights trying to upgrade the forums to “ikonboardâ€
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Postby agasfas » Sun Oct 24, 2004 11:34 am

Such a beautiful story.... :::sniff:::
Good history with only room to grow... :thumb:
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Postby Jasdero » Sun Oct 24, 2004 11:42 am

XD Now... the future of CAA... ^^
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Postby shooraijin » Sun Oct 24, 2004 12:12 pm

Stickied, since I'm sure someone will ask again. ^_^
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Postby Mithrandir » Sun Oct 24, 2004 9:07 pm

Good call...
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Postby c.t.,girl » Sun Oct 24, 2004 9:15 pm

wow! that's soooo cool! i just want to say if it hadn't have been for this place i think i would have fallen into a lot of bad things. thanks! :hug: :thumb:
[color="DarkOrange"]"The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things... hey... the good things don't always soften the bad things; but vice-versa the bad things don't necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant." -11th Doctor

"The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case." - Chuck Close[/color]
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Postby Stephen » Sun Oct 24, 2004 9:16 pm

Seems like only yesterday BOB? was running around Asking Riana to help him fix a multiple account messup caused by MSN....*laughs* Old Skool right here baby. \m/
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Postby c.t.,girl » Sun Oct 24, 2004 9:18 pm

huh? :eh: :eyebrow:
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Postby Swordguy » Sun Oct 24, 2004 9:36 pm

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I think someone has had their hand in this place.
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Postby ice122985 » Tue Oct 26, 2004 11:05 am

i just wanna say...

Thank God for CAA.

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Postby Sharon Rose » Tue Oct 26, 2004 11:57 am

Omg, that's a great story. Absolutely fantastic. I'm really glad I'm apart of this now.
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Postby Jman » Tue Oct 26, 2004 1:05 pm

Yeah Lets all make ashley right a master thesus on the history of CAA!

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Postby Sam*ron » Tue Oct 26, 2004 1:09 pm

What a cute story. SHATTERHEART! You rock! :rock: And Ashley, I really want to thank you for going through all that to get this. I luv ya!!!!! :hug:
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Postby Dragon Master » Tue Oct 26, 2004 1:13 pm

Hey! You forgot a part! "then on October 6, 2004 one of the most awesomist people joined the site, Dragon Master!" JK JK! No really thats awesome! Thank you Ashley and all other admins and mods for making this such a cool place!
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Postby Kinkosami » Sat Oct 30, 2004 1:23 pm

Hey thanks a lot for that info. I've been wanting to ask this question for a while, and now I finally have it answered. Thanks a ton! :thumb:
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Postby Madeline » Sat Oct 30, 2004 10:09 pm

That is so cool! ^___________^
CAA is so awesome...*hugs CAA*
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Postby Zilch » Mon Nov 01, 2004 9:28 am

(chuckles) Shatterheart IS going old skool. Well...I might as well, too...

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Postby Jeikobu » Fri Nov 05, 2004 10:44 am

Wow, really cool to hear how this board got started. I'm still a complete newbie here, but already I'm feeling more and more at home. May CAA continue to grow! ^^
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Postby Mr. SmartyPants » Tue Nov 09, 2004 8:32 pm

WAAAHHH that was so amazing! :waah!:
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