The History Of Phatooine

Phatooine has a long, sometimes sordid history.  If you care about the genesis of how we got here on 12/12/12 then this is for you…

 

The story …

I would be remiss if I didn’t state at the top that practically all of the early years information comes directly out of Sarc’s ”History Of Phatooine” post that has survived numerous server changes, and purges, etc.  Some things have been truncated and the years after 2005 were documented by current administration.    Unfortunately some dates, times, information has been lost over the years, but we’ve done our best…

Without further ado

Phatooine’s journey actually began on February 11th 2003 when a group of posters at TheForce.Net got fed up with all the dull and redundant threads as well as the troll type posting by people who created daily threads like Naboo=Dagobah to name but one. These four horsemen:

  • AgonyEngine
  • Captain_Sarcasm
  • RevengeofJohnnyNova
  • DarthBane420

went into a thread (entitled Rocks that’s all, just damn rocks) by the user JediOztralia and we all posted replies to him that were all somewhat…similar in tone. We were all fed up with the redundant threads that plagued the Episode III Spoilers Allowed (3SA) forum and decided to “band” together to combat this problem. Thus AoE was born.

AoE’s presence was felt immediately in 3SA and we decided to recruit some new members. CaptainObvious, Jedi Quinn, and Kiin Jaasin (Lord Tuvitor) were the next additions to AoE. Over the next 2 months we pulled some pretty underhanded things, but in virtually every case we directed our efforts against users who trolled, or spammed up the forum with redundant/ridiculous threads. As our reputation grew so did our membership. CrackVader, TyrannusRex, DarthSiren, BosskrulestheWorld, Shaft, Bezo, and DarthHones rounded out the group. There were many others who were apart of AoE but they were not clued in to exactly what we did and the stunts we pulled against the 3SA problem users. A lot of the things we were doing were bannable offenses for sure.

AoE functioned well and surprisingly the 3SA forum at TF.N started to resemble decent discussion. Though because of our antics we were starting to be targeted by TF.N moderators who saw us as doing more harm than good. Our first “casualty” of being banned for any length of time was AgonyEngine. He was entrapped by the mods and they used his PM conversation as a grounds to ban, though they set up the situation and read the PM’s which is overall a pretty shitty way to do things. Before AgonyEngine was banned we had already begun prep work on what would become Phatooine thanks to the genius that is Lord Tuvitor and one of his gracious friends who let us use some of his webspace free of charge.

During the entire month of June, Lord Tuvitor and AgonyEngine prepped the site for a “public” opening that would take place on July 1st. Phatooine started out great and we grew quickly as our “community friendly” atmosphere was much different than other sites where people tend to blend in and go unnoticed.

But that wasn’t the end of the story, it was just the beginning:

Important Dates in Phatooine History:

February 9th, 2003– AoE is born.

AgonyEngine, RevengeofJohnnyNova, CaptainSarcasm, and DarthBane420 are the founding members. DarthBane terms the phrase AoE and the group is born.

February 23rd, 2003– AoE has its first run-in with the regulars in the 3SA “Cantina” thread. Nova gets a 24hr ban.

April 22nd, 2003– AoE creates what would become one of 3 MSN sites and swells in ranks to 51 people who were either a Master, Apprentice, or “Ally”.

April 21st, 2003– The “Sideburns” thread is a huge hit at TF.N’s 3SA forum. Though it eventually got closed after a second version.

May 10th, 2003– AgonyEngine gets the 100,000th post in the 3SA Cantina sparking off a “War” between AoE and the regulars.

June 17th, 2003– AgonyEngine gets Permbanned from TF.N as he is entrapped by a user and then his PM’s are sent to the TF.N staff where upon he is banned.

June17th-28th, 2003– Phatooine is being tweaked by Lord Tuvitor in preparations for our Grand Opening.

June 29th, 2003– Phatooine.net is officially “Born.”

July 5th, 2003– People start to trickle in via random links at TheForce.Net, Phat opens officially to the public

July 13th, 2003.

July 7th, 2003– The “Fight Club” and “Filth Forum” are opened in an attempt to keep all the flames/baits in one area of the site and keep the rest of the movie forums sociable. Phat also bans a user for the first time ever: Darth Insano for trolling the site.

July 15th, 2003– Phatooine’s first Terms of Service is written by Obvy. It is later amended numerous times because of certain users.

August 11th, 2003– Because of increasing sock/troll attacks against the site we create the PhatSecurity ID and virtually all of our problems are resolved.

September 4th, 2003– Phat’s first “female” only forum is created: Women of Phatooine [WoP] Forum is headed up by Darth Siren and DarthSuccubus. Emperors Prize is voted “WoP’s” first Calender Boy.

September 20th, 2003– Emperor’s Prize becomes Head Admin.

September 29th, 2003: Hurricane Juan makes landfall in Nova Scotia crippling Phatooine’s original host: cyberdjs.com. Exile from stable servers begins later that week as Phatooine resurfaces using the GLOBAT company as a host, purchased by Emperor’s Prize. One month later GLOBAT is given the boot in favor of GISOL. Both server companies functioned quite well initially, but turned out to be terrible in the end.

October 4th, 2003– 1st ever Phatooine “gathering” is held in Crownsville/Annapolis.

November, 2003 The month of November was spent on Project: Meiosis. That project became the Phatooine Network on December 1, 2003 and included the FA, AC and Starbase: Phatooine.

November 4th, 2003– AgonyEngine begins prep work on Phatooine’s Episode III “synopsis” or timeline.

December 1st, 2003– The Adventurers Club, Starbase Phatooine, and Fandom Alliance affiliate sites are all opened and linked via database to the public.

December 10th, 2003– The website Slashdot.com posts Phatooine’s Episode III timeline thanks largely to Lord Tuvitors reputation as a poster there. Phatooine is innundated with over 800 guests before our server “craps out”.

December 17th, 2003– AgonyEngine comes back and tries to bring about a “coup” and go back to the non-legitimate AoE ways. EmperorsPrize and Lord Tuvitor decide to pull the plug and shut down the site.

December 18-26th, 2003– Sarc takes over payments for Phatooine’s server and assumes the Head Adminstrators role. The Adventurer’s Club is given to Emperor’s Prize to do with as he pleases and all Staff is contacted to see if they would like to come back. Everybody decides to come back but DarthMinx. AgonyEngine is also PermBanned from the site, though would still continue to be a “problem”.

December 27th, 2003– TOS Language is “rewritten” to allow for a more “freedom of expression”. Mild cursing is now allowed, though only the Non-Agressive words are permitted.

December 31st, 2003– Emperor’s Prize takes over the Adv. Club, The AC is no longer tied to Phatooine via the database.

January 4th, 2004– Women of Phat [WoP] Forum is deleted.

January 11th, 2004– Emperor’s Prize writes a brand new Revenge of the Sith timeline to replace AgonyEngine’s. It is the very first timeline script presented on any major Star Wars website. Also the Front page news forum is created and a brand new user group, the “Editors” is created.

Febraury 27th, 2004– Phatooine sees an influx of users due to TF.N’s owner, Phillip Wise, creating drama at his site and pissing a lot of people off. Multiple TF.N mods resign [Though 1 "Head Admin does resign but comes back] HeHeHe….

March 6th, 2004– The “Blue Yoda Society” comes to Phatooine. Lord Tuvitor resigns as Phatooine’s webmaster.

March 22nd, 2004– Emperor’s Prize rejoins the site as an Administrator and also serves as Phatooine’s Webmaster.

April 21st, 2004– Tegarend is approached by “Tahiri” about creating a Podium type forum for serious topics.

May 10th, 2004– Fight Club Forum is renamed “Anger Management”. New name is picked via a contest in which Mutt&Solo wins.

May 21st, 2004– Celebration III early stage prep work is begun. Brainstorming begins about a possible table/booth at the convention.

May 31st, 2004– Emperor’s Prize does a major Re-design of the Adv. Club

June 17th, 2004– Cloud City Collectibles is our first “Affiliate” program website that we join.

June 29th, 2004– Phatooine celebrates its 1 year Anniversary. 8)

July 22nd, 2004– Phatooine’s “Gallery” Forum is created.

July 27th, 2004– Phat is shot down by GenCon for a possible Table at Celebration III. CleverlilMinx comes in to assist us with getting a table.

August 5th, 2004– “The Podium” forum, a place for serious political discussion and debate, is created and moderated by Urgent Jedi Picnic and Captain Obvious.

August 26th, 2004– Phatooine’s CafePress store is created by DarthSally.

October 1st, 2004– First posting of the “Top 100″ is made for the first time. User of the Month constest is created, Jadecca Jinn would be the first winner announced on 11/1/04.

October 12th, 2004– Phat Security user ID is “retired”. No longer a need for a fulltime security Admin., Mutt&Solo/CleverlilMinx accuse Admins of logging into Mutt’s User ID and deleting PM’s. It is later revealed that he is a complete idiot and forgot he sent said PM’s with a totally different user ID. Staff is innocent of any wrongdoing.

November 1st, 2004– The first ideas for HailBoards begins to form.

December 17th-20th– Spamfest idea is tried to spur posting. Is a semi success, over 7700 posts in two days time. Would attempt one more spamfest during January before scrapping the idea totally.

February 24th, 2005– “Phat Chicks” Forum is created.

March 21st, 2005– Emperor’s Prize closes the Adv. Club forums and begins work on an adventure-themed E-Zine. The project would eventually be taken over by Captain Obvious and Salty (Ariandi) and released as “The Adventure Chronicles”

June 29, 2005 – Phat’s 2nd Birthday

August 4th, 2005– Darth Sally shuts down her costuming forums at JediBitch, Phat opens up new Costuming forum with Darth Sally as the Mod.

September 1st, 2005– The Podium gets a frontpage in order to publish commentary, editorials and opinions on current political and social issues.

January, 2006 – After some discussion, Administration decides to shake things up a bit and elects soxtalon as new Head Administrator.

March 3rd, 2006 – The debut of The Phat Times – a newszine of sorts that was on the board that included news about the site as well as humorous articles, quotes of the month from around the board and honoring Users of The Month, etc.  It is a big success.

April 1st, 2006 – The infamous Phat April Fool Joke debuts when Emperors Prize leads a “coup” against soxtalon and Phatooine.  Many socks die in the tragic battle.

May 1st, 2006 – The debut of Phat Apprentice, a game with the users where the winner would be made a staffer – Whispers wins (showing what a success it was since she later became Head Admin!)

June 29, 2006 – Phatooine’s 3rd Birthday

The Phatooine Hall Of Fame makes its debut honoring users who have been significantly involved in the development  of Phatooine.  The First Class is: BosskRulesThe World, Captain Obvious, Emperor’s Prize, Lord Tuvitor and Sarc.

As part of Phat’s 3rd Birthday, Phatooine introduced a yearbook where current users would sign and discuss the history and present of Phat.

September, 2006 – The Phatooine Hall Of Fame announces its second class: Bezo, Tegarend, TyranusRex, and Urgent Jedi Picnic

December, 2006 – Phatmaszakah – The Phatooine Holiday Celebration commences as a combination of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza.  A festive time was had by all.

December, 2006 – The Phatooine Hall Of Fame announces its third class: Miss Universe, Darth Minx, Balzuh, and DarkSithJawa.

March, 2007 – The Phatooine Hall Of Fame announces its fourth class: Calandria, Darth Mall Guard, Darth Sally, and soxtalon

June 29, 2007 – Phat’s 4th Birthday

February 29, 2008 – soxtalon resigns as Head Administrator to focus on SecondViews and Whispers is raised to become the first female Head Adminstrator of Phat!

May, 2008 – The Phatooine Hall Of Fame announces its fifth class: rogue0208, Jedi_Kyp_Durron, and C.O.D./Snowball (the last a special tribute to Snowball who passed away)

May 7th, 2008 – SecondViews becomes Phatooine’s homepage.  The forums stay the same and under Head Admin Whispers, while soxtalon runs Phatooine Presents:SecondViews.  The Canvas and The Phat Times become a part of the front page as well.

June 29, 2009 – Phat’s 5th Birthday

March 23rd, 2010 – The initial death of Phatooine.  Paying for hosting both Phat and Secondviews became inefficient for soxtalon, so with the knowledge that Phat as an active forum was mostly now a place of nostalgia rather than an active forum, Phatooine was folded into SecondViews.  The old database stayed where it was as far as username/passwords and old posts.  The forums were re-organized though and they became the SecondViews Forums.  Phatooine was not forgotton though as the Mantina remained, a Phatooine Archive Section was opened and Phat’s history was celebrated.   So perhaps death was a strong word…especially with recent developments.  Perhaps a self induced coma is better terminology.

October 30th, 2012 – Disney Announces purchasing Lucasfilm and intention to make new Star Wars Trilogy.

November 1st, 2012 – Message from Lord Tuvitor to soxtalon:

“sox!

there you are
we need to get a conf going… me, and whoever still owns phatooine.  It’s time to get the band back together”
soxtalon readily agreed having had similar thoughts and thus Phatooine Rebirth was intitiated.  Lord Tuvitor and soxtalon reached out to Emperor’s Prize, Salty, Whispers, and Captain Obvious and development on the new Phatooine was commenced.  It would be the same userbase/passwords/etc. Everything else would be wiped clean and be brand spanking new!  Soon after SecondViews shut their forum down for a re-organization to debut as the new Phatooine Archive.

December 12, 2012, 12:12 am – The Re-birth of Phatooine

Sister Sites:

  • The Adventurer’s Club (run by Emperor’s Prize): This has been since renamed Dauntless Media.
  • JediBitch (run by Darth Sally): This was shut down and folded into Phatooine.
  • SecondViews (run by soxtalon): This site has been archived but is still viewable.  An offshoot of Second Views, Five Things (also run by soxtalon) is still (sometimes) active.

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