TheHelper Site History - 1st Official Blizzard Forums MVP Story

Sixen seems scared of, to comes back "with answers to all the questions" LOL
TheHelper City - the MyMiniCity days...

This is our city - give it some time to load. We have at least 8 Super Skyscrapers

Increase population
Increase industry
Improve the transport network
Increase security
Improve environment
Increase business

You can only click once per day.

This is a thread in the forum about the city - good old days

Here is the FAQ that I did for the game

I got into this big time for a while. Alot of the site at the time did too.

Ace even jumped in full force finding out some hack nobody knew about and was able to accurately predict what a city would look like based on its population. He hacked it all up

People from the MyMiniCity forums were begging Ace for info on how to do that. He said the only way he would tell them would be for them to use there Proxy tool to make us #1. They didn't, we never gave it to them. It was awesome.

More to come on this section.....
The First MVPs

One of the requirements of MVP used to be answering every question in the forum by breaking the Blizzard forum posting rules limits. To see every question on the whole page with your answer below it and no replies means success for then. I wish I could have taken screen shots of the amount of times I answered every question on the tech support forum and my red MVP lighted up the whole screen :) Then I saw t'kron do it. Then I saw Dinobot (Negafox) do it. Answered every question. Replaced the Blizzard Tech Support Person, basically we just cloned ourselves after Pat N and others. It was awesome days.

SFilip was one of our best World Editor Forum Helpers. He answered beautifully. He was around for a long time. He was there through much of the History of this site as written. I actually saw SFilip lurking a couple of days ago in the log so if you read this buddy post up on this thread. Let us know when you came to the site, how long you were here and what did while you were here. If you have any stories about Ace, Ryoko, Darg or other people from the past that would be excellent.
The Hive

The Hive is all the sections of the without the General Discussion stuff multiplied by 1000. They have (had) tons more users than us. The Hive, if I remember right, inherited all the content of w3srch or whatever that was. We also share two of there Administrators - Ghan being our main admin. We used to compete with them back in the Days of World Editor Greatness but they did much better on the hosted maps and project forums than we did. We had the World Editor Maps section on World Editor Help but that was never really integrated into the forum as it was a SDRyoko hack so we just never could get there. The two sites are affiliated and I used to have a Moderators login there thanks to Ghan. I haven't checked if that works in years and really have not thought the Hive in a while. Anybody have an update on these guys?

I remember back in the old days the Hive was being hosted on the owners own Cable connection - he had a fast one. He was in jeopardy of losing the connection so we were trying to see if we could them on our dedicated server at the time. We figured we could barely do it. We would have hosted them too if they went down. The site is/was a great resource. The scale of it though. It had so many users.....
Hive is still doing really well. They consistently have at least 1000 people online at a time and still get tons of traffic. I keep an eye on what's going on over there from time to time. :)
Haha I almost forgot about the mini city. I still can't believe how big it became (and only 1% unemployment/crime rate!) Didn't know that little tidbit towards the end either, pretty funny to read. :)

I first noticed Ghan when he had thousands of posts and huge reputation. He was totally under my radar. It got to the point though I noticed him and he was heavy into helping on the site and heavy into wanting to know servers. Ace was our server admin at the time. A job he initially did not want but was ultimately the only for the job. We were really busy back then during the World Editor days. After the Great Crash Ace stepped up.

I am not one for having all my eggs in one basket so I backed Ghan and give him access to the site along with Ace. Ghan was already a forum Administrator at the time so the only way up was site Admin. Then Ace left. Ghan jumped in and took over. It was not easy as Ace had the place tightened up to his advanced knowledge and Ghan's learning intensified.

Ghan was already an Administrator at the Hive and they ran the same forum software that we did. I think that he did not have the kind of actual server access he wanted as the site was hosted at its owners house on some super awesome cable connection.

When Ace left Ghan had full control of all things server

To be continued....

What is Ghan doing now all these years later?

I make a living managing servers now, partly thanks to experience I got here starting some years ago. My official title is "Infrastructure Server Engineer"
Updated with some more screenshots of site in the past and also added some more potential sections, RPG Stars, Nuon-Dome, phyrex1an, The Helper Chat. Moved some stuff around to better match the timeline of events.

Add Chiles Nuon-Dome forum integration, Linked up Chiles name to his section a couple of areas.

All changes were done to the main Index page.
General chit-chat
Help Users
  • No one is chatting at the moment.
  • Ghan Ghan:
    See how we like that.
  • The Helper The Helper:
    I do not see a way to go past the 1st page of posts on the forum though
  • The Helper The Helper:
    It is OK though for the main page to open up on the forum in the view it was before. As long as the portal has its own URL so it can be viewed that way I do want to try it as a regular forum view for a while
  • Ghan Ghan:
    Yeah I'm not sure what the deal is with the pagination.
  • Ghan Ghan:
    It SHOULD be there so I think it might just be an artifact of having an older style.
  • Ghan Ghan:
    I switched it to a "Standard" article forum. This will show the thread list like normal, but the threads themselves will have the first post set up above the rest of the "comments"
  • The Helper The Helper:
    I don't really get that article forum but I think it is because I have never really seen it used on a multi post thread
  • Ghan Ghan:
    RpNation makes more use of it right now as an example:
  • The Helper The Helper:
  • The Helper The Helper:
    What do you think Tom?
  • tom_mai78101 tom_mai78101:
    I will have to get used to this.
  • tom_mai78101 tom_mai78101:
    The latest news feed looks good
  • The Helper The Helper:
    I would like to see it again like Ghan had it the first time with pagination though - without the pagination that view will not work but with pagination it just might...
  • The Helper The Helper:
    This drink recipe I have had more than a few times back in the day! Mind Eraser
  • The Helper The Helper:
    Happy Thursday!
  • Ghan Ghan:
    I'm not so sure, there's still a lot of Thursday left for it to become unhappy.
  • The Helper The Helper:
    still a few hours
  • The Helper The Helper:
    Its Friday!!!!
  • Ghan Ghan:
    Thursday 7/10 would Thursday again
  • The Helper The Helper:
    New forum coming soon going to be for my friend Saylor who is blind and he is doing motivational speaking and has an internet radio show and podcast. I am going to put a forum to promote him and other inspirational speaker stuff going to have some good stuff in it.
  • The Helper The Helper:
    his audio only music mix
  • The Helper The Helper:
    it just makes sense right?

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