A little bit of ZotHistory
Today it's this forum's first anniversary (yay!!!) and I think it's about time that I write down the history behind this place as well as for the main site. I know this has been asked of me before so I apologize to all of you that have had to wait so long. Hopefully you will enjoy reading it even half as fun as it was for me to create all this!
For all of you who are intersted in in-depth logs of what has been added over the years I reccomand reading the Updates thread in this board as I'll only list up the milestones and most important things here.
.::: Planet Zot Mission Statement :::.
"To promote love and understanding about animated cartoons, and to provide the best environment possible for discussing and learning about them."
30.10.2001 - The launching day for the main site
15.12.2001 - New site design
13.01.2002 - New site design
29.09.2002 - Passed 2000 visitors
31.10.2002 - Layout changes
14.11.2002 - Aquired a Mailing List (Newsletter)
The Fun Begins - PlanetZotian Year 0
19.01.2003 - I received the dominion http://www.planetzot.com as a birthdaypresent and redesigned the whole site (~200 pages)
22.01.2003 - The forum was born!
27.01.2003 - My birthday (20 years! ) and 6000 hits
14.03.2003 - 10 000 hits and 30 forum members, things were catching up!
18.06.2003 - Added the Star Dust system and the Shopping District
20.07.2003 - Added the Lottery game
14.08.2003 - The Planet Zotian National Bank is added
01.12.2003 - Planet Zot's very first Advent Calendar
09.12.2003 - New record: 26 users online
14.12.2003 - Installed the Slot Machine
19.12.2003 - Planet Zot Oekaki Central arrives
PlanetZotian Year 1
22.01.2004 - As a birthdaypresent I give you Planet Zot eCard Service!
29.01.2004 - 300 Members
08.02.2004 - New record: 27 users online
09.02.2004 - The Dynamic Avatars are here!!
21.03.2004 - New record: 32 users online
29.03.2004 - Introduced the ZotPets with Kirara and P-chan
08.04.2004 - New record: 43 users online
28.05.2004 - Added a fortune teller
08.06.2004 - Opened the Arcade
12.06.2004 - Added Scratch Cards
29.06.2004 - 1000 registered members (despite heavy user pruning *lol*)
01.07.2004 - New forum template
01.08.2004 - The first nominees for the ZotAwards were announced
16.10.2004 - Surpassed 200 posts per day
31.10.2004 - First annual PlanetZotian Halloween Party
31.10.2004 - Random Events and the Black Cauldron where introduced
01.12.2004 - Second PlanetZotian Advent Calendar, first month with additional donation items
24.12.2004 - The forum was hacked badly by "fract0s and radikal" and was down until the 29th
01.01.2005 - 2500 members
PlanetZotian Year 2
22.01.2005 - Planet Zot's 2 year anniversary
25.01.2005 - ZotPet system was removed
29.01.2005 - First annual ZotAwards finals
31.01.2005 - Strike among the PlanetZotian workers
04.02.2005 - New Shopping District
15.02.2005 - New record: 49 users online
31.03.2005 - New record: 50 users online
12.04.2005 - New record: 54 users online
12.06.2005 - The forum was closed for a week due mainteinance
19.08.2005 - New Davvie system
01.09.2005 - 31.09.2005 The whole month was dedicated to the Ghibli animation studio
09.09.2005 - New Stardust system
27.09.2005 - Change in forum layout
06.10.2005 - First annual Bald Day celebration
31.10.2005 - Annual Halloween celebration
31.10.2005 - Evolved Black Cauldron was introduced
24.11.2005 - First annual PlanetZotian Thanksgiving parade
29.11.2005 - New record: 55 users online
01.12.2005 - Third edition of the annual PlanetZotian Advent Calendar
07.12.2005 - The PlanetZotian eCard Service has been redesigned
23.12.2005 - The PlanetZotian Auction House is introduced but was sadly removed shortly after due security problems
31.12.2005 - The PlanetZotian eCard Service has passed 10 000 sent eCards
PlanetZotian Year 3
22.01.2006 - Planet Zot's 3 year anniversary
23.01.2006 - Brand new Oekaki board feature as a birthday gift
27.01.2007 - Annual ZotAwards finals
31.01.2006 - New record: 57 users online
07.03.2006 - New record: 235 users online
26.04.2006 - Complete remake of the main site (~650 pages)
17.06.2006 - Reached 1 000 000 articles
13.07.2006 - New Rate the Toon feature
16.09.2006 - 10 000 registered forum members
16.09.2006 - First annual Zottober fest celebration
19.09.2006 - First annual Talk Like A Pirate Day
06.10.2006 - Annual Bald Day celebration
13.10.2006 - The PlanetZotian National Bank was replaced by Piggy Banks
31.10.2006 - Annual Halloween celebration
19.11.2006 - The shop system is upgraded
22.11.2006 - A new donation system is introduced and the new Universal Zollars currency is added
23.11.2006 - 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade
01.12.2006 - Fourth edition of the annual PlanetZotian Advent Calendar
09.12.2006 - A gift wrapping shop has been added
20.12.2006 - Davvies have been able to express their moods and feelings through speech bubbles
24.12.2006 - A new and improved Auction House has been added
PlanetZotian Year 4
22.01.2007 - Planet Zot's 4 year anniversary
26.01.2007 - Annual ZotAwards finals
09.04.2007 - The Davvie Equipment Panel has been completely remade
17.04.2007 - A radical group of cartoon characters calling themselves "Toons For Justice" (TFJ) seized the Spamalot board for a total of 7 days
12.06.2007 - First annual Spam-Free day
26.06.2007 - New record: 289 users online on the forums
15.08.2007 - Annual MerDay celebration
19.09.2007 - Annual Talk Like A Pirate Day
22.09.2007 - Annual Zottober Fest celebration
06.10.2007 - Annual Bald Day celebration
31.10.2007 - Annual Halloween celebration
20.11.2007 - The 1000th equipable davvie item was added
23.11.2007 - Amazing annual Thanksgiving Day Parade
01.12.2007 - Fifth edition of the annual Advent Calendar
02.12.2007 - Complete remake of the Shopping District
04.12.2007 - the 100th toon was added in the Rate the Toon service
PlanetZotian Year 5
22.01.2008 - Planet Zot's 5 year anniversary and a brand new forum layout!
26.01.2008 - Annual ZotAwards Finals
20.02.2008 - Annual Karnifluff festival
25.02.2008 - The Daily Zotter section has been launched
12.06.2008 - Spamalot board removed on Spam Free Day
15.08.2008 - Annual MerDay celebration
19.09.2008 - Annual Talk Like A Pirate Day
20.09.2008 - Annual Zottoberfest celebration
06.10.2008 - Annual Bald Day celebration
31.10.2008 - Annual Halloween celebration
01.12.2008 - 6th edition and remake of the annual Happy Season Calendar
PlanetZotian Year 6
22.01.2009 - Planet Zot's 6 year anniversary and a complete remake of the Rate The Toon service!
24.01.2009 - Annual ZotAwards Finals
05.02.2009 - Annual Karnifluff festival
20.02.2009 - Annual Karnifluff festival
25.02.2009 - The Daily Zotter News Central is 1 year old!
12.06.2009 - First annual Spammival festival
19.09.2009 - The Forum, Oekaki and RTT is closed down until January and the forum software gets upgraded
PlanetZotian Year 7
22.01.2010 - Planet Zot's 7 year anniversary celebrated with the re-opening of the Forum and RTT!
05.02.2010 - Planet Zot gets an official Facebook page
18.02.2010 - Planet Zot elects its very first official President and Schwpz steps down as Administrator
20.02.2010 - Annual Karnifluff festival
22.02.2010 - Planet Zot is now on Twitter
25.02.2010 - The Daily Zotter News Central is 2 year old!
04.03.2010 - The main site has been completely remade from scratch!
02.06.2010 - Stardust currency and shops removed
19.09.2010 - Annual Talk Like A Pirate day
01.10.2010 - New collect favorite cartoon quotes feature
09.10.2010 - Possibility to rate the cartoons on the Planet Zot website
31.10.2010 - The Planet Zot Forums community related parts are removed, leaving only cartoon related topics behind. Major cleaning spree. Several annual community events removed. Daily Zotter closed down.
01.12.2010 - 7th edition of the annual Happy Season calendar
31.12.2010 - Passed 200 toons
13.01.2011 - Included the possibility for some cartoon sections to have extra large avatars in their media page
PlanetZotian Year 8
22.01.2011 - Planet Zot's 8 year anniversary and new feature enabling the collecting and ranking of your favorite cartoons!
1 - 31.03.2011 - The whole month of March was dedicated to the famous director and animator Don Bluth and honored by a visit of Don Bluth himself
27.03.2011 - Passed 1,000 cartoon quotes
25.05.2011 - Added our 150th cartoon section, Meet the Robinsons
10.06.2011 - A new links page was added
26..08.2011 - Peter Pan became the first cartoon section to get more than a 100 votes
1 - 30.09.2011 - Animation History month event was held throughout the month of September
20.09.2011 - The 3,000th avatar was added on Planet Zot
24.09.2011 - The Toon Rater reach 500 toons
06.10.2011 - Annual Bald Day celebration
12.10.2011 - Planet Zot adds its 200th cartoon section
30.10.2011 - The Planet Zot main site is 10 years old
01.12.2011 - 8th edition of the annual Happy Season calendar
PlanetZotian Year 9
22.01.2012 - Planet Zot's 9 year anniversary!
25.05.2012 - The Toon Rater reach 600 toons
31.05.2012 - Planet Zot adds its 250th cartoon section
24.07.2012 - Planet Zot adds its 300th cartoon section during our Silly Symphony Festival
28.09.2012 - Brand new layout and recoding of the Planet Zot website and Toon Rater!
It's has really been amazingly fun making and creating all this and I promise that it's not going to stop here!!
And I promise, there is more to come!
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