How old is MartialTalk.com?

Discussion in 'MartialTalk Site Support Forum' started by DayStar, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. DayStar

    DayStar Yellow Belt

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2008
    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    I am curious to know when the forum opened and how old it is now.

     
    • Like Like x 1
  2. J Ellis

    J Ellis Green Belt

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2008
    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Georgia
    I believe MartialTalk was started by Daruma who then passed the secrets of Online Martial Discussion to our own Bob Hubbard.

    Or something like that.
     
  3. Bob Hubbard

    Bob Hubbard Retired

    • MartialTalk Mentor
    • Founding Member
    • LifeTime Supporting Member
    • Martial Talk Alumni
    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2001
    Messages:
    47,249
    Likes Received:
    765
    Trophy Points:
    248
    Location:
    Land of the Free
    Heh. Close ;)

    We Launched August 2001.
     
  4. Bill Mattocks

    Bill Mattocks Sr. Grandmaster

    • Martial Talk Alumni
    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2009
    Messages:
    14,587
    Likes Received:
    2,595
    Trophy Points:
    263
    Location:
    Michigan
    Martial Talking (with apologies to Carl Douglas)

    Everybody was Martial Talking
    Those cats were fast as lightning
    In fact it was a little bit frightening
    But they posted with expert timing

    They were funky MT men from funky MT town
    They were quoting them up and they were dissing them down
    It's an ancient MT art and everybody knew their part
    From an OT into a quip, and blasting from the hip

    Everybody was Martial Talking
    Those cats were fast as lightning
    In fact it was a little bit frightening
    But they posted with expert timing

    There was funky Bob Hubbard and little Shesulsa
    He said here comes MJS, (where?) lets get it on
    Brian R. VanCise made a video clip, started attacking with the quip
    The sudden motion made me skip now we're into a brand new trip

    Everybody was Martial Talking
    Those cats were fast as lightning
    In fact it was a little bit frightening
    But they posted with expert timing
     
  5. DayStar

    DayStar Yellow Belt

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2008
    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Awesome! How do you feel about it?
    Proud that it is running successfully and hope it shall continue as long as it can?

    I am still learning and trying to get a hang of this fancy forum. :D Keep it up!
     
  6. bluekey88

    bluekey88 Senior Master

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2007
    Messages:
    2,056
    Likes Received:
    89
    Trophy Points:
    108
    Old enough to know better, young enough not to care :D
     
  7. Bob Hubbard

    Bob Hubbard Retired

    • MartialTalk Mentor
    • Founding Member
    • LifeTime Supporting Member
    • Martial Talk Alumni
    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2001
    Messages:
    47,249
    Likes Received:
    765
    Trophy Points:
    248
    Location:
    Land of the Free
    I feel we're doing well, but can do better. More people, more posts, more fun and more serious discussions. MT will continue as long as I can afford to keep the site running, pending of course a really big retirable buy out (I've turned down a few offers so far that were mid 5 figure). :)
     
  8. CuongNhuka

    CuongNhuka Senior Master

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2005
    Messages:
    2,596
    Likes Received:
    31
    Trophy Points:
    108
    Location:
    NE
    I'm kind of curious who has offered to buy MT from you Bob. There have rumors about Bullshido.com and Blackbelt buying the site. I think I heard some mention of merging with fightingarts.com
     
  9. Bob Hubbard

    Bob Hubbard Retired

    • MartialTalk Mentor
    • Founding Member
    • LifeTime Supporting Member
    • Martial Talk Alumni
    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2001
    Messages:
    47,249
    Likes Received:
    765
    Trophy Points:
    248
    Location:
    Land of the Free
    Blackbelt I'd consider, Bullshido I wouldn't, but it was neither of them. There've been no discussions with them though, nor with Fightingarts. While I can't disclose the companies due to NDA's I signed as part of the negotiations, they were large forum collectors who own and manage over a dozen communities.

    Heh, I'd like to be like webhostingtalk who last reportedly sold in the millions. :D
     
  10. CuongNhuka

    CuongNhuka Senior Master

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2005
    Messages:
    2,596
    Likes Received:
    31
    Trophy Points:
    108
    Location:
    NE
    Well, from what I was told, who of course heard it like 8th hand from Exile, BlackBelt offered you like $30,000 to sell the forum to them, and they were planning on basicly stripping MT to the bones, and having one section for each of there authors. And of course, the product selling area would become like 4 different sections.

    When I heard that, I almost went and to unsubscribe for the site.
     
  11. Bob Hubbard

    Bob Hubbard Retired

    • MartialTalk Mentor
    • Founding Member
    • LifeTime Supporting Member
    • Martial Talk Alumni
    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2001
    Messages:
    47,249
    Likes Received:
    765
    Trophy Points:
    248
    Location:
    Land of the Free
    Wasn't Blackbelt, was in the $40's that I turned down, and there were no plans to strip the site...doing that destroys it's value immediately. Site's value is in 4 places, it's approach, it's member list, it's content and it's traffic. Blackbelt could simply setup their own forum to setup author areas and a shopping area for a lot less.
     
  12. jks9199

    jks9199 Administrator Staff Member

    • LifeTime Supporting Member
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2006
    Messages:
    21,764
    Likes Received:
    2,061
    Trophy Points:
    263
    Location:
    Northern VA
    Bob stated that he cannot disclose who it was, but it was NOT Blackbelt.

    Bob has put countless hours and a not-inconsiderable sum of his money into this site. He's refused offers to sell it that would have netted him a tidy sum, when he could have really used the money, because he didn't want to see the site go to hell. Selling it would have lined his pockets, and made his life immeasurably simpler -- but he didn't.

    He could have put much more of the site behind the premium wall where you have to pay to see it -- or even gone to a pay-only site. He doesn't.

    He doesn't even run the place by fiat, as would be his right as site owner. Hell -- he's even received infractions and suspensions! How many boards have a site owner like that?

    Instead, we've got a great forum, and there's two things we can do to make it better. First, post more. Start threads, resurrect old ones, spend some time in the art areas. More posts = more traffic = better rates from advertisers... which means less pressure on Bob's wallet. And less incentive to consider selling when there's a bit to much month left at the end of the income stream.

    Second, pony up the money for a supporting membership. It's less than $2 a month. Skip one cup of Starbucks or one bottle of soda, and you've got the money. I know, times are tough. They're tough for all of us. Including Bob. That small sacrifice is nothing compared to what he's done.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  13. CuongNhuka

    CuongNhuka Senior Master

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2005
    Messages:
    2,596
    Likes Received:
    31
    Trophy Points:
    108
    Location:
    NE
    Well, like I said Bob, that's just what I had heard.
     
  14. MJS

    MJS Administrator Staff Member

    • LifeTime Supporting Member
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2003
    Messages:
    30,187
    Likes Received:
    427
    Trophy Points:
    208
    Location:
    Cromwell,CT
    Well, you know what they say about assuming things. :D Of course, to quote one of Seagals movies..."Assumption is the Mother of all **** ups!" ;)
     
  15. Tensei85

    Tensei85 Master Black Belt

    Joined:
    May 16, 2009
    Messages:
    1,097
    Likes Received:
    29
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Michigan
    Question(s):

    How many founding members did it take to start up MT? Or how was the process started to form MT?


    Thanks,
     
  16. Bob Hubbard

    Bob Hubbard Retired

    • MartialTalk Mentor
    • Founding Member
    • LifeTime Supporting Member
    • Martial Talk Alumni
    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2001
    Messages:
    47,249
    Likes Received:
    765
    Trophy Points:
    248
    Location:
    Land of the Free
    2. I took care of the hosting and software side of things, and Tim Hartman started spreading the word through his seminars.
    The first 100 are considered Founding Members, there are about 28 left today.
     
  17. The Last Legionary

    The Last Legionary All warfare is based on deception.<br><b>nemo malu

    • LifeTime Supporting Member
    • Martial Talk Alumni
    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2005
    Messages:
    1,043
    Likes Received:
    98
    Trophy Points:
    73
    Location:
    Isle de la Moros
    I was there at the dawn of the third age of mankind. It began in the Earth year 2257, with the last of the Babylon stations located deep in neutral space. It was a port of call for refugees, smugglers, businessmen, diplomats, and travelers from a hundred worlds. It could be a dangerous place, but we accepted the risk because Babylon 5 was our last, best hope for peace. Under the leadership of its final commander, Babylon 5 was a dream given form. A dream of a galaxy without war, where species could live side-by-side in mutual respect. A dream that was endangered as never before by one man on a mission of destruction. Babylon 5 was the last of the Babylon stations. This is its story.....

    Wait? What? OH! The beginnings of MartialTalk.

    In the beginning MartialTalk was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move. Luckily we don't care.

    :cheers: to 8 years of fun. Here's to the future mate. Thanks for all the fish!
     
  18. terryl965

    terryl965 <center><font size="2"><B>Martial Talk Ultimate<BR

    • Martial Talk Alumni
    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2004
    Messages:
    41,259
    Likes Received:
    335
    Trophy Points:
    193
    Location:
    Grand Prairie Texas
    Old enough not to be a virgin and young enough to look good in so many eyes
     
  19. Tensei85

    Tensei85 Master Black Belt

    Joined:
    May 16, 2009
    Messages:
    1,097
    Likes Received:
    29
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Michigan
    So basically you did everything, that's impressive! Must look good on a resume, kudo's for a great job!
    But I guess without members the forum would be meaningless so kudo's to Tim as well!
     
  20. Bob Hubbard

    Bob Hubbard Retired

    • MartialTalk Mentor
    • Founding Member
    • LifeTime Supporting Member
    • Martial Talk Alumni
    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2001
    Messages:
    47,249
    Likes Received:
    765
    Trophy Points:
    248
    Location:
    Land of the Free
    Thank you.

    Mike Casto wrote the original schools database, Andrew Green did the version we've been running the last few years. My wife did the logo. We've been blessed to have a great staff over the years to help keep things running, and a great group of members who have contributed to our success and keep spreading the word about us.123
     
    • Like Like x 1

Share This Page