Nikonians: The Genesis
once in a while the founders of Nikonians are asked "How did you guys
get together? - How was Nikonians started?" This page gives you a
short rundown on the genesis of Nikonians.
Ramón Palacios (jrp) and Bo Stahlbrandt
(bgs) met online in late 1999. JRP had made
some comments on Bo's
original F5 review and Bo had made some comments on JRP's
Brief Love Story. A strong friendship develops. It grows from
mutual respect, shared values and a common interest: Photography with
both reacted to the fact that many discussion forums "out there" were
frequently pretty rude, with an impolite tone in the messages exchanged
and false. The main issues recurrently experienced at other sites
and what they thought was wrong were:
of firm, consistent moderation in forums
Low quality of content with false statements, no accountability,
spreading of false rumors and hearsay
Unfriendly, rude and childish exchanges, lack of a code of honor
for mature behavior, "What brand is best" continuous flaming wars
instead of international, never global
not brand oriented
vacuum of Nikon specific up-to-date discussions
Commercial in nature with questionable editorial credibility
real community spirit
they decided to create their own community, less than a month after
they met online.
months were spent on detailed planning and design, from philosophy
to policy to layout and colors.
an Alpha version of the main site went online and soon later the Beta
site is open to the public April 30th, 2000, with 30 members.
took the founders four months from decision to deployment. It
took them 22 months to meet in person for the first time.
first anniversary, April 30th, 2001 is celebrated with 2,600 registered
July 8, 2008 the community had 135,000 members, well over one
visitors per month, and has grown in services to members with:
70 specialized forums
own advanced Search Engine
reviews and guides; and one of the best photo glossaries on the
the spring of 2010 there were over 250,000 registered
members and one and a half million visitors per month, so we also
grow in specialized and most professional service units
to sustain such growth of the community:
and Public Relations
and Systems Engineering
Pro Shop management
Since our start, back in 2000, the Nikonians community remains loyal
to its core values and the adjoining benefits to all of our members:
Who we are
A not for profit
community; that means that all revenue generated through the community
is reinvested in the community to maintain it and sustain its growth. We
are a top-tier reference site helping digital and film photographers
to shorten their individual learning curve and to improve their own
photography skills and results, while making long lasting friendships
across borders and often continents.
Our mission is to provide a friendly, creative
and inspiring atmosphere for ambitious photographers of all skill
levels and demanding imaging professionals where there is room for
each photographer to learn, grow and make friends
Our vision is to be the worldwide home for all
Nikon photographers, regardless of their level of expertise or location.
has a ten years track record and members who now represent
nations. With your cooperation and support we are positive we can
fulfil the founders vision.
founders are very proud of what they have accomplished with an international
team of now more than 45 passionate photographers from all continents,
who are with you around the clock, 7 days a week, continuously working
on keeping it an interesting and fun place to share, learn and inspire.
is today widely recognized in the Net as the
friendly, reliable and informative; sharing,
learning and inspiring community
for Nikon users around the globe. A community experience, not just
a forum. Thank you all for making it possible.
are expected to become contributing paying members if and as soon
as they happen to like this community and appreciate the resource
it is for their enjoyment and progress as photographers. Your support
is appreciated and needed to sustain the growth of the community.
To see the benefits of upgrading your membership, aside from having
the pride of contributing to supplement the founders efforts, click
can get in touch with us online,
by postal mail here:
||In North America
Dögginger Straße 1
North America, Inc
4224 Florida Avenue, Suite 5
Kenner, LA 70065
United States of America
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