LightZone Reaches 100,000 Registered Members!

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.

I think I speak for Doug, Masahiro, And so many others from the early days of the project when I say that this, to us, is an astonishing milestone.  Certainly Doug and I never dreamed in our wildest fantasies when we started this project that this would happen.  We thank everyone who has helped make this happen (read more by clicking the link below)

I also want to thank so many of you who early on and now over time have been such valuable forum members, and those of you who have contributed development skills for the program itself and the language modules.  I'll be doing a shout out to you later.  With a member base like this, I'm now going to slightly alter the sign-up message for new registrants to emphasize becoming true participants in the community we are trying to build.  In the early days our concern was solely to help those existing users who found themselves in the water when the Lightcrafts ship sunk, so Doug and I created this lifeboat.  Then we got to take it open source with help from Anton Kast, Pavel Benak, and a dedicated group of additional helpers. After that and up to now we have emphasized sheer numbers of sign-ups. As a side note:  there actually are many more who have downloaded the program, as many as 20,000 I think, before we initiated the registration process, which we initially did to try to slow down an intense flood of downloading that crashed our servers, after we were mentioned on several photography related websites and news services.

Therefore now it's time I think to go from "Hey, here's some free software" to "We are a community of self-supporting software users".  So you'll see some minor changes on the front page shortly, and possibly some other bits here and there.  I still have a significant web design review and change on my long to-do list, promised long ago but pulled off the stove---not even on the back burner---due to life's exigencies.  But now that at least gets back on the stove for me.

Thank you everyone, and a Happy Yule to You!