My First Post (Celebrate WR Forums’ 10th anniversary)

Discussion in 'Celebrations' started by swift, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. swift

    swift Senior Member

    Spanish – Costa Rica (Valle Central)
    Hi. :)

    This idea was originally posted a couple of years ago in another sub-forum but, considering we’re celebrating WR Forums' anniversary today, I thought some of you might feel nostalgic about the good old days, or just curious about how your style or even your command of other languages has evolved over the years. So here's my gift to all of you: your very first post to a WR forum. :)

    Just follow these steps and tell us which is your very first post on WR. :)


    > Go to the Advanced Search page.
    > Put your username in the appropriate field and make sure you check ‘Exact name’.
    > Find posts ‘A year ago’ ‘and Older’
    > Sort results by ‘Last Posting Date’in Ascending Order’
    > Show results as ‘Posts’
    > Be amazed!
    :D

    And if you wish, you may also answer a few questions... Is it a contribution? A desperate call for help :eek:? A silly question :eek:? Did senior folks welcome you? Did you introduce yourself?

    So,
    heres mine.

    No, it was not a silly question nor a desperate call for help. :p It was a contribution to Hiro’s thread—is ‘chancho’ used everywhere, from Ecuador to Argentina? I introduced myself but no one welcomed me :p, but that’s OK—I have made several good friends and I have even met some of them here in Costa Rica and in France.
     
  2. Sowka

    Sowka Forera und Moderatorin

    Hannover
    German, Northern Germany
    Hello swift :)

    That's a great idea! Well, my very first post had to be deleted. :eek: Forum rule 2. :eek: :eek: But then I received a very friendly and welcoming PM from sokol, a moderator in the German forum then, and I was very careful to phrase my next post appropriately. And this is the result:
    Very concise, I'd say. :p You can see that it is a reply to a question. I often find the questions asked by others so interesting and inspiring that I rarely ask my own questions. ;)
     
  3. behavebabyyeah

    behavebabyyeah Senior Member

    Français - France
    Oh dear! My first post in April 2011 (with a little spelling mistake :eek:) : Français de coeur
    The one that has marked me most, though, is this one -
    sprightly puffs of clouds > "une envolée de petits nuages", what a wonderful suggestion by Jasmine tea!
     
  4. DearPrudence

    DearPrudence Dépêche Mod

    IdF
    French (lower Normandy)
    I started participating asking a question about 9 years ago (10 Sept 2005) in the Fr-En forum!! :eek: So I was really just a baby at the time! :D
    I remember that I had discovered the forums through the dictionaries (which looked like this at the time) and read threads before starting participating with a question, which looked like a better way than starting answering while nobody knew who I was. Agnès, a moderator, greeted me and ever since, I've kind of wished I would also greet and help someone who would grow to become a moderator or a prominent figure here (but I don't think it happened unfortunately :()
    This was just before going to England for a year: I had written so in my location and met a forum member from London like this, who was to be the first in quite a long series of members I met :)
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2014
  5. atcheque

    atcheque mod errant

    Česko - Morava
    français (France)
    Bonjour,

    Add:
    My very 1st post (thread deleted).
    My 2nd post, but 1st still active:
    My two 1st threads, in EHL:
    Loss of noun declension: Eastern vs. Western Europe
    mill, moulin, Mühle, mlýn, common root "mln" ?


    And: Glad to be here :)
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2015
  6. Pedro y La Torre

    Pedro y La Torre Senior Member

    Paris, France
    English (Ireland)
    Apparently my first post was:

    Profound indeed.
     
  7. DearPrudence

    DearPrudence Dépêche Mod

    IdF
    French (lower Normandy)
  8. lingpil

    lingpil Senior Member

    Lisboa
    German & Russian
    I'm too lazy to search my first post right now, but I was exactly what it was about: I explained the difference between "endlich" and "am Ende" in German to a French member, comparing them to "enfin" and "à la fin" in French. Few minutes later I received the first welcome greeting by Sowka. :) That's how my presence here started.
     
  9. Pedro y La Torre

    Pedro y La Torre Senior Member

    Paris, France
    English (Ireland)
    I think I originally signed up as something else, forgot my password, got fed up of trying to log back, on and re-registered. Otherwise it was indeed a rather 'veteran-like' first post. :D
     
  10. Vanda

    Vanda Moderesa de Beagá

    Belo Horizonte, BRASIL
    Português/ Brasil
    Found it!!!! In the English forum:
    professional mourners


    My very 1st thread in a forum ever! Had no idea what a forum was!

    (Miss some people from that thread)
     
  11. atcheque

    atcheque mod errant

    Česko - Morava
    français (France)
    Bonjour,

    Perhaps not my 1st contribution but the oldest found:
    It was old existential questions :D Thank the answers I decided to stay here ;)
    I came on WRF through Google searches about English grammar problems and after a while I registered to help.
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2014
  12. Vanda

    Vanda Moderesa de Beagá

    Belo Horizonte, BRASIL
    Português/ Brasil
    The 1st thread at the PORTUGUES/ESPANHOL forum.
    ceticismo
    Araceli is one of the 1st mods as well!
    Lems was the 1st mod from the PT forum!

    It looks like Ines was the 1st one to open a thread on the PT forum.
    Here.
     
  13. Kelly B

    Kelly B Senior Member

    USA English
    :D I won't bother to repost it, but it was a question in French. I only knew how to type à é î ô ù the hard way, then, and I apologized for the lack of accents because it was after 22h. :eek: But new posts were still being added to it 5 years later, so I clearly wasn't the only person who wanted to know that particular answer. I find that aspect of the forums very satisfying.
     
  14. Vanda

    Vanda Moderesa de Beagá

    Belo Horizonte, BRASIL
    Português/ Brasil
  15. DearPrudence

    DearPrudence Dépêche Mod

    IdF
    French (lower Normandy)
  16. Wordsmyth

    Wordsmyth Senior Member

    Location: Mostly SW France
    Native language: English (BrE)
    Good idea, swift. I've just taken a trip down memory lane.

    My first post, in Feb 2005, was in the French-English Vocab forum, where I started a thread by asking about the nuances of the word valoriser. I was very impressed by the range of helpful responses. The first reply was from a native Spanish speaker, with follow-up from English-, French-, Québécois- and Belgian French-speakers. The thread eventually ran to 28 posts, with several 'revivals' over 3 years.

    I obviously felt at ease in the forum very quickly: after only three posts I felt comfortable about slagging off Harrap's (politely, though).;)

    So my WRF baptism was successful, eye-opening and helpful.

    My first contribution in English Only (a few days later) was a reply to an Argentinian member, warning about the difference (in BrE) between "pissed off" and "pissed"! But I did move on later to more refined subject matter.:D

    Ws:)
     
  17. elirlandes

    elirlandes Senior Member

    Dublin & Málaga
    Ireland English
    Who would have thought it...?
    It looks like mine was in Fr/En...

    Outbound Segment of Journey
    Outbound - l'aller
    Inbound - le retour
     
  18. ilocas2 Senior Member

  19. fsabroso

    fsabroso Moderadiólogo

    South Texas
    Perú / Castellano
    OMG!

    In WR-years I am older than you ... just by one month :D

    http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=45991&p=339491#post339491

    I used to reply from English to Spanish only :)
    I was, and still am, learning English :D


    and that day was my birthday! :D
     
  20. DearPrudence

    DearPrudence Dépêche Mod

    IdF
    French (lower Normandy)
    Wow, so you lurked in the forums for 8 months before starting posting! :eek: :p But then, you became unstoppable! :D

    (and it's easy to remember when I became a moderator: it was on my birthday)
     
  21. fsabroso

    fsabroso Moderadiólogo

    South Texas
    Perú / Castellano
    Jajajajajaja!!!!!


    indeed I did! I'm shy by nature :D
     
  22. swift

    swift Senior Member

    Spanish – Costa Rica (Valle Central)
    Thanks for sharing your memories. :) Keep them coming!

    Wordsmyth, my own trip down memory lane made me realise that I used to post using huge orange fonts. :D
     
  23. Wordsmyth

    Wordsmyth Senior Member

    Location: Mostly SW France
    Native language: English (BrE)
    Ah, so you're not a Netherlands supporter any more?! :D:D

    Ws:)
     
  24. joanvillafane Senior Member

    U.S., New Jersey
    U.S. English
    My very first post was in 2007 and I've been a steady and regular user ever since.

    http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=353269&p=2097334#post2097334

    I needed help deciphering a handwritten letter (in Italian) and I was amazed and deeply grateful for the immediate response and warm welcome. (from another English speaker!)

    I've used the Spanish/French/German forums from time to time, but Italian/English is where I'm usually found. My second home! :)
    Thanks to all who make this possible.
     
  25. DearPrudence

    DearPrudence Dépêche Mod

    IdF
    French (lower Normandy)
    As for me, I have remained faithful to my bold, green font! :D (which no longer exists on gmail!!! How awful!!)
     
  26. swift

    swift Senior Member

    Spanish – Costa Rica (Valle Central)
    Talk about self-affirmation! :p And yes, boldface and flashy posts reveal our assertiveness! :D
     
  27. Kelly B

    Kelly B Senior Member

    USA English
    Boldface and bright colors yes, but I'm afraid the smilies I'm (we're?) guilty of overusing indicate a lack of confidence in my ability to convey tone with words alone. :eek: :rolleyes: :D
     
  28. Sowka

    Sowka Forera und Moderatorin

    Hannover
    German, Northern Germany
    :tick: :thumbsup: :p :D
     
  29. swift

    swift Senior Member

    Spanish – Costa Rica (Valle Central)
    I use them because they're cute. Do you remember the awful new smileys we had for a while after one of the forum's software big updates? :eek:

    My favourite smileys are :p :cool: and :D
     
  30. DearPrudence

    DearPrudence Dépêche Mod

    IdF
    French (lower Normandy)
    Not assertiveness: I'm just anal-retentive: I need to colour-code everything :p
     
  31. Wordsmyth

    Wordsmyth Senior Member

    Location: Mostly SW France
    Native language: English (BrE)
    :thumbsup:, :cool: but nonetheless :).

    A picture paints a thousand words. Smilies paint a thousand feelings.

    I wouldn't say we overuse them, Kelly. After all, Mike (or vBulletin) keeps us in check with the max limit of 8 per post, so I can't add any more here!

    I once added two smiley smilies after my abbreviated sign-off name, and another member immediately came back, calling me 'Mr Two-Smiles'. So I adopted them as a permanent thing: it became W+two smilies. Then someone called me Dubya (aarghh!), and also, shortly afterwards, an upgrade made the smilies bigger, so I changed to what I use now.

    Long live smilies, I say.

    Ws:)
     
  32. Lone_Wolf Junior Member

    United States
    English-America
  33. Peterdg

    Peterdg Senior Member

    Belgium
    Dutch - Belgium
    This was my first post. It was an answer to a question (in the Spanish-English grammar forum).
     
  34. danielfranco

    danielfranco Senior Member

    My first post was a thread I started, because of my job:
     
  35. wildan1

    wildan1 Moderando ma non troppo

    I joined the Forum in February 2007 when a Google search on an arcane French term brought me here.

    I registered immediately and participated actively from the outset by responding or adding to others' threads, but it was only 17 months later that I finally launched my own question, reflecting the hard economic times of 2008:
    I got lots of help from others right away, including some of the real luminaries of the FR-EN Forums--archijacq, Nicomon, Gil--who still are regular contributors to this day. (Thanks! :) )

    And I'm happy to say that the last couple of years I have made up for the staycations I had in 2008-10!
     
  36. merquiades

    merquiades Senior Member

    France
    USA Northeast
    My first post on wordfreference was on July 30, 2007 to ask a question in the Catalan forum about the verb "aprendre", and to answer some other posts in the same forum. Chics and Tige both welcomed me!
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2014
  37. ACQM

    ACQM forera que modera

    Manresa (Barcelona)
    Spain - Spanish
    My first un Spanish-English vocabulary, novembre 15th 2004. I'm feeling so old. :eek:

    I said:

    La expresión sería "rebobinar la película". También lo usamos en sentido figurado, cuando alguien te explica una cosa muy rápido o no lo entiendes, se le dice "rebobina, vuelve a empezar, por favor".
     
  38. Agró

    Agró Senior Member

    High Navarre
    Spanish-Navarre
    My first post, in the Catalan forum, almost six years ago. Time flies, really.
     
  39. cacarulo

    cacarulo Senior Member

    Buenos Aires, Argentina * Español
  40. Santana2002 Senior Member

    France
    English, from Ireland
    Well first and foremost, happy 10th birthday to the WR Forum, what a wonderful site has developped here over the decade!

    My first post was an attempt to help "nunzilla", 21 August 2008 :
    I don't believe anybody welcomed me, but that didn't stop me coming back over the years, often just to browse and improve my understanding of both my native English-from-Ireland (& all the cultural varieties to be found worldwide), and to improve my understanding of my adopted language, French.
     
  41. ACQM

    ACQM forera que modera

    Manresa (Barcelona)
    Spain - Spanish
    ¿Empezaste preguntando? Fíjate tú, con lo mucho que has contestado después.
     
  42. KaRiNe_Fr

    KaRiNe_Fr Senior Member

    France, Provence
    Français, French - France
    Salut Bill,
    I'm quite disappointed you even didn't mention the damn clowns (page #2)! :eek: :rolleyes: :p (see, love the smilies too!)

    As for my first post, I don't have to search for it: it was on March 2006 (at night) after a Glouglou search about my motto. My English teacher was trying to understand it! So I could do nothing but jump in the conversation to clarify its meaning. ;)
    Since then I've met some wonderful people from all around the world (and some not only on the internet), especially those for whom learning with a smile is learning twice. ;)

    Bisettes. :)
     
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2014
  43. Agró

    Agró Senior Member

    High Navarre
    Spanish-Navarre
    Ya ves tú.
    Bueno, solo había dos opciones, o preguntar o responder.
    Pero ahora veo que ni siquiera saludé con propiedad, ni me presenté. Bueno..., leyendo entre líneas, sí me presenté:).
     

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