My last username was kohai.
Supporting member since August 10th, 2007 - Then between January to April 2009 my status changed from member to staff.
While Chess.com officially opened its doors to the public on May 17th 2007, I've been a member of chess.com since August 10th 2007, (no I've never been banned and am not a sock puppet account regardless of what the profile date shows). I started off as a paying member, then was asked if I wanted to join the live chess moderating team, which I accepted.
After about 18 months passed, I was approached by Erik and offered a job on the Chess.com support team, I didn't apply for the post, Erik came to me and offered me the post, I didn't even know he knew who I was. My career here and the jobs/positions I took on just took off from there. Over the years, and putting in a huge amount if hours literally every day of the year (inc during my own vacations), I worked my way up from the bottom as low level support up to management on both here and on chesskid.
I had been volunteering on the site. (in the main forums and live chess) from Oct 2007 until I was asked in the mid to latter half of 2008 if I wanted the voluntary position of Moderator for both live chess, the forums, the Cheating chat group, and around the site in general.
I was approached by the site owner Erik within the first couple of months of 2009 who then offered me a paid position working for the Support section. Several years after working in Support, I ended up doing a whole multitude of jobs, which not only included Support, but a wide range outside of it, like choosing all of the original moderators for the main site and live chess moderators, helping them with setting up their respective moderator groups, setting up the Translator teams for all of the various countries, and the groups for each of those, being the only active member of staff visible in all areas of the site. On a large amount of the site, I either started/created or helped others to start/create something on here in its original form, or took it over from Erik (the site owner) when he became too busy.
All of which I loved, but I especially working with Piotr and Matias on Live chess bugs and with the site and Android Developers.
Working in Support alone for so long gave me the massive knowledge base of the site that was needed in order for me to be able to competently work in every area, covering all issues.
It also allowed me the pleasure of making many good friends within the Developer team, many of whom I got to meet in person many times on my working trips to the States.
(It's a shame how one person believing the lies of another, completely missing their hidden agenda, can completely destroy someone's career so quickly)
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I've finally gone back to astronomy and photography. It has been a long time passion of mine but I never really did anything with it other than keep it as a hobby. Now, with time no longer an issue for me, I've gone over the thousands of photographs I have, including the astrophotographic ones, and finally got them sorted into their respective folders. Many of them (I've been told) are good enough to sell, if I were interested in doing so. I pondered on this for quite some time and have now decided to go ahead and test the waters with a few of them on a different site. If memory serves correct, I think only Erik and one or two friends on here have seen my any of my photographic work, I tend to be quite modest about them. Sadly the downfall where my photography is concerned is my lack of confidence. While every comment I've had from professional photographers has been full of praise, (and that wasn't even on my best work) my confidence is an area I still have to work on. I guess that'll come with time though or after I've made that leap into showing the photographic world my best work.
I'm just here to spend some much missed quality time, fun and chatting with my friends on here
I will say though I do miss the guys on the Dev team a huge amount... I miss working with them and having a laugh with them. They really are a great bunch of guys
The best game I've played on here, even though I messed up the middle game. and lost.