Happy Birthday to Us!

Posting rules: It shouldn't need saying, but... play nice. Please keep your discussions civil. You can disagree, just don't be disagreeable. And, of course, all of the usual stuff like no spamming. Tex adds: I'll be rigorously enforcing this as we go along. We're probably going to be a small community in a little lifeboat, so we can't have members at each others' throats. This is for the sake of the project as a whole. So when you post, pretend you're speaking in person with your very wealthy auntie who has always treated you wonderfully and currently lists you prominently in her will. I won't be tossing anyone out of the forums because we are all in this together (except spammers: immediate membership cancelation), but I'll delete suspect posts right away.

Four years ago today, tex and I took the LightZombie.org web site live.

Three years ago today, Anton Kast joined the project and soon began negotiations that led to the release of the LightZone source code under the BSD open source license. At the time, we had between 200-250 registered members. Today, we have over 97,000 registered members, and should be crossing the 100,000 mark in the next few months.

If you're curious, here are a couple of postings that give a quick look at the early history of the project:

It's been a great journey, and we thank you all. Special thanks to Pavel Benak (Aries85) and his team who took the commercial LightZone 3.9 and remolded it to fit the open source world as LightZone 4.0, along with additional language translations from a number of contributors, and to Masahiro Kitagawa (ktgw0316), who's been our lead developer on the improvements in LightZone 4.1.

Doug and I continue to pinch ourselves

This has been  and remains a pretty amazing sequence of events, and for me it's hard to believe it's been 4 years.  To everyone who has helped on the development side, once again we can't thank you enough. To those who helped with long hours to get us started and sorted, a huge thanks. To Masahiro Kitagawa, it was wonderful to meet you (and Aya!) last month, and we owe you an incredible debt of thanks for sticking with the project this long.  To Doug---thank you for all you have done in the beginning, the middle (long after you had said you would stop), and now for coming back in in recent weeks to help with the spammers again.  And all this during a bumpy time for you (and I empathize, having endured that myself...).

And to all our forum contributors, who do daily work with technical support, thanks to you!  We are a vital community because of everyone.  So, Happy Birthday to us.

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