TheHelper Site History - 1st Official Blizzard Battle.net Forums MVP Story

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TheHelper Site History and the Official Blizzard Battle.net Forums 1st MVP Story

All the links on the Index should work. If you find any broken links, please post about it in this thread. I have tried to keep the entries in chronological order as best as I can. Ones that do not apply chronologically are at the end.

If you want to post about the Index itself, be sure to post in this thread. But if you have a comment about a particular section, please respond to that section's thread instead.

Prologue

The Blizzard Battle.net Forums MVP History Path Only
- to read just the MVP stuff.


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TheHelper Site History and 1st Battle.net Forums MVP
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The Earliest Archive.org Entry for the Site (May 8, 1999)

The Beginning

PatN

The Open Tech Support Channel on Battle.net Chat

Identity Theft

Different Logos, Banners, and looks throughout the years. Lots of information especially about early days 1998+

Wargasm!

Chile!

Rapmaster!

Logical_1

Dtere

The Usual Suspects -
Battle.net Open Tech Support Guild

Site Power Up - The very first forums and everything lost

thehelper - First Official Blizzard Battle.net Forums MVP

t'kron (The 2nd Blizzard MVP)

Dinobot/Negafox MVP!

The First MVPs -
thehelper, tkron and Dinobot aka Negafox

Tender Fury

The Open Tech Support Split

scmaker (Acehart ver 1.0) - the StarEdit Story

The Helping Edge Strategy Forum - Edgemaster and the Warcraft 2 BNE Tournaments

Vbulletin


Nuon-Dome

Ilendil - the final Staredit Help Forum mod and one of the first mods of the World Editor Help Forum

Darg - the founder of the World Editor Help Forums

Dmoz.org -
Volunteer Editor thehelper Editall/CatMV in the Open Directory Project - Top Level Games Editor

SDRyoko! - The Creator of the World Editor Tutorials

Acehart - Ver 2.0 - The World Editor Version!

SFilip

Vexorian


World Editor Tutorials

Special Membership

WC3 Hosted Mappers


The Great Crash

phyrex1an

Seth

Small Business Helper

TheHelper.net Map

The Helper Chat

The DOTA Template

Blizzard Spotlight Maps

Silkroad Forums - aka goodbye Ryoko and 56K

WoW - Life Sucking Demon

Ghan!

The Hive


TheHelper City - the MyMiniCity days...

Acehart (WE Version 2.0) has left the Building

Starcraft 2

Siretu - The Starcraft 2 Editor Forum Mod

The Current MVP Program

Sixen

Acehart - 4 Years Gone


kc102 aka Prometheus

RPDom - Another Site Split

XenForo

Tom Mai


FireCat - Origin - To Be Continued.

Other Stuff

The Helpers Stories - this site would be nothing without the forum members that volunteer for free to help here - the Helpers - these are their stories...

Notpron Walkthru - by far - the Most Viewed Thread in the Forums - over a million views as of 9/8/13


TheHelper.net Official Taco Day - August 8th

TheHelper.net Official Member Awards
 

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Sim

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> I am still not use to the VB4 Interface and accidently deleted the original post of this.

Rofl. Hope this one doesn't meet The Reaper(tm) too.

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So when approximately do you plan to write that?
 

FireCat

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I'm Just curious to see how the story continues? :p

Well, will there be Moar?
 

Wargasm

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i remember when i visited thehelper and posted as MVP on the blizzard boards... Some peeps at Blizzard got a heart attack that day.
Years later i met Bill Roper (who was then still with Blizzard) told me that they thought i hacked their system.

And actually Helper.. maybe you should throw in that story about that posting bot some russians made and got lose on the blizzard forums. that was some advanced AI back then ..
 

FireCat

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Some peeps at Blizzard got a heart attack that day.
Years later i met Bill Roper (who was then still with Blizzard) told me that they thought i hacked their system.
O shit, What specifically did you do? When you scared the crap out of them.
hmm lol
 

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I am not a good enough writer to tell these stories and give them justice. They are good though. Wargasm was in Holland as far as Blizzard knew then showed up posting with a MVP by his name from my house. I let him on my account and the only people that noticed were people watching that forum, the Blizzard people. He was actually at my house though visiting from Holland we hacked them the only way we could from the source they allowed. It was good stuff. Everyone was learning back then and Blizzard was really safe because they knew more, but when Wargy came in it looked like we knew something otherwise, something more and we were the Good Guys, and they wanted to know....

The whole thing really worked out well. It showed we were responsible with the MVP power and were just geeks like them messing with them. Good Stuff!
 

Ghan

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Many of these stories I have not heard myself. It would be great to hear a full site history. :) I've been around for more than 4 years now but it does not feel like much....
 

Sim

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Yeah, TH you might not be a good writer but nobody seems to care. :D

Just write!
 

FireCat

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Love is stronger than death even though it can't stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can't separate people from love.
It can't take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death.

Anyway

Yeah, TH you might not be a good writer but nobody seems to care. :D

Just write!
Yeah! QFT
 

Dan

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What was your name on the blizzard forums thehelper?
 

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You may also want to check this out, that was left out of the first post.

Negafox aka Dinobot resigns Blizzard MVP

And here's Negafox's (Dinobot's) blog.


Unfortunately, Blizzard had erased the old archived forums, so it's hard to find out by ourselves. However, proof in the blog tells us that "The Helper" is his account name at the time.

I had the hardest time keeping my mouth shut at that time. Dinobot was hired at Blizzard and he had to resign. He had a double life. I should have taken the job they offered me, that was one of the biggest mistakes of my life. I was married though with kids and the job was entry level in Cali - when I had mid level in H-Town. I should have went into the Gaming Tech Support in Cali since I ended up getting divorced anyway :)
 
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