Last things first:
@SLN: no worries mate.
@irulz(2): we'll take you up on that... help is always appreciated! Who's Mike?
@irulz(1): I think it's this: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=177&p=512#p512
@blixa and scurvy(2): I believe members of almost all (like, 90%+) the artists have posted on the site, but blixa is right, there are a great number of people that for a good number of reasons don't take active part in the forums, but the forums are not (by numbers) the whole site, and indeed the business does a bunch off stuff offline as well. We're just hopin' for a good party!
@scurvy(1): Well, this is probably not the time or place for a full history, but from what I can tell, that post from irulz up there was in the first user-generated thread, on July the 21st, 2005. So that's when the site, in roughly this shape, went live.
Previous to that there was a green site consisting of a rarely-used forum and the odd article - that was launched in early 2003 and went offline for upgrades that never happened in 2004. That site was started by Rob and Hugh.
The company was founded by Rob, Hugh, Scott and John in, I believe, 2004, and when I moved back from Welly in 2005 I offered to build the thing in return for a share of the company, a bottle of whisky, a rough hessian sack filled with northern German sausages and Scott's first-born. I think I started work in early July.
We rebuilt the layout a year later, and I think maybe a year after that launched the store. We are now underway with a whole raft of upgrades and overhauls that should begin to roll out soon and culminate with a fully rebuilt core dunedinmusic.com at some point in the vaguely foreseeable future.
There you go!
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