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

The Helper

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

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Prolog

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

Oh Shi.. Don't wake the tiger!
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

Oh Shi.. Don't wake the tiger!
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
 

The Helper

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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

Administrator - Servers are fun
Staff member
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

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

Just write!
 

FireCat

Oh Shi.. Don't wake the tiger!
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

The New Helper.Net gives me great Anxiety... o.O;;
What was your name on the blizzard forums thehelper?
 

The Helper

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Staff member
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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  • Varine Varine:
    I think imma give four or five weeks of notice today to my boss, and see how much that backfires on me. I know he's struggling to hire anyone though, so it's like, do a couple weeks of interviews with me and then we'll have two or three weeks to train someone to take over for me. Hopefully he doesn't fucking let me go in like two weeks cuz that would really fuck me up right now
  • tom_mai78101 tom_mai78101:
    Wouldn't it be better if you give 3 to 4 weeks of notice? So that, at least you are guaranteed for 1 more week of paycheck to hold you over?
  • tom_mai78101 tom_mai78101:
    By the way, where are you moving to?
  • Varine Varine:
    Back to Idaho for the summer, then maybe Houston in August or so, my girlfriend or whatever we are loved it there
  • Varine Varine:
    I'm not sure yet, but my parents need some help cuz they're getting older and my mom has MS so can't do much anymore, so I'll be able to get their property fixed up so they can sell their other house. And the resort is stoked to have me back for the summer, cuz they always struggle with staff.
  • Varine Varine:
    I think it'll be alright, even if they cut me loose a bit early I do have some money and I know plenty of people that will lend me the few hundred bucks to get up there. I'm just catching up after last year still, if I have to kite some bills for a couple weeks it'll be fine.
  • Varine Varine:
    I hate my job but I do like one of my bosses, he does try really hard to get me what I need, and I want to make sure I leave with them comfortable with a new manager
  • Varine Varine:
    I like my coworkers for the most part too as much as I bitch about them, they just aren't reliable. As kids tend to be, I was a shithead at 19 and 20 too I'm sure, so
  • tom_mai78101 tom_mai78101:
    Good luck on getting things going.
  • Varine Varine:
    Eh, it'll be fine, I got it mostly planned out already. Roommates know, boss will know in about an hour when I go to work, I'll have a plane booked once we decide my last day, and I have a place to stay up there lined up for two or three months
  • Varine Varine:
    That all came together surprisingly easily
  • Varine Varine:
    I think I'm going to give 4 weeks, so that'll give me 2 more full checks probably, and then one more coming after I leave.
    +1
  • Varine Varine:
    All that shit came together really well suprisingly. My boss was upset cuz I am really good at my job suprisingly, but he's stoked that he got 4 weeks, plus one or two if he needs it, my flight's book in mid June, but I start my new job almost immediately so it'll be nice to have some time to chill and pack and get my rooms cleaned out. He actually gave me a dollar raise right after I gave notice to thank me for not being short or just leaving and making sure I can help interview and train someone to replace me. He is really cool, his food truck has just been a nightmare to run. I get my vaccine next week finally, allegedly Idaho will let me have my license back when I get there, and I have all my bills up to date so it should be an easy move this time around.
  • Varine Varine:
    Is anyone else getting server timeouts in the chat? I think it's on my end, my wifi adapter has been acting up recently
  • Varine Varine:
    100% my end, idk what it is though.
  • tom_mai78101 tom_mai78101:
    Just woke up. No idea.
  • jonas jonas:
    sounds great :) have fun in Idaho
  • The Helper The Helper:
    freaking Idaho
  • Varine Varine:
    Yeah it sucks up there, but it'll be a bit easier for the summer probably.
  • The Helper The Helper:
    When you get to Houston you will have your pick there is a huge shortage of good people to work in your field here. They are hiring everywhere and Texas is pretty much fully open.
  • The Helper The Helper:
    for anyone else following this yes I am in Houston so Varine and I will RL meet gotta love it! Looking forward to it!
  • jonas jonas:
    awesome
  • Varine Varine:
    I think I'll be back down here around August or September, probably, if not a bit sooner. I took my old job back for the summer, so it'll be a lot easier to save up a bit and have a bit of money to actually get situated again
  • Blackveiled Blackveiled:
    Come visit me I live in La Porte and work in Baytown xD
  • The Helper The Helper:
    I used to work in Baytown and commuted from North Houston every day. I freaking hated it the drive made me crazy. La Porte is a cool place I almost moved out close to NASA at one time and I have lots of friends who live out there.

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