AdminAdmin, how did you feel about TamaTalk when it was just beginning? What did you expect of it? And how do you feel about TamaTalk now?
When TamaTalk was just beginning it was little more than an interest and a desire to learn/play around with some web stuff.† I really had no expectation of TT growing to be what it is today.† Of course, I had dreams of it being a huge hit right away and so on...† That didn't happen as quickly as in those dreams.† That's actually a good thing since it would have probably scared me away from it!†
† It would be bothersome if, back at our start, I thought that we'd have a huge hosting load, lots of small maintenance tasks and lots of challenges like spam, security, fights between members + more and I actually continued the site.† It is a lot to handle.† Fortunately, we have a wonderful staff and members who make it easy to deal with and also make it worth the challenge.† I believe we get things in amounts that we can handle at the time...† But I also think luck plays into things too.† I consider myself to be really lucky with this place.† TamaTalk now?† I remain completely amazed and grateful at where we are at with the TT community.† I think we have a lot to offer and be proud of.† Plus, people really seem to enjoy being here (which is the most important thing of all).† Sure, some things don't get to happen because of our size.† Our growth also means plans and adding things has to really be thought through since it could bring the whole thing crumbling down.† Is that a bad thing?† Not at all.† It just adds to the challenge.† But it's still worth it. If you could manage/run another type of website Other than anything related to tamagotchis, what type would it be?
Well actually I have at least a small part† in both Blogagotchi
.† Through TamaTalk, I've really come to enjoy working on websites and would definitely love to keep doing so.† I've learned a lot over the years and continue to learn more since the web is constantly changing.† It really keeps my interests peaked.† It's hard to get bored with something that keeps evolving (something I think tama fans will understand).† What type would it be?† Not sure actually.† For now, I enjoy building the stuff that I like and that other people can enjoy using as well.† I imagine that in the future I will end up having to work with a team (or group of friends like at LinkJudge) since the amount of stuff to do, ideas and time to do them don't all work unless I 1) stop sleeping or 2) take 5 years to make a site.† So I guess I don't really have an answer to this one.† At least one I can think of.† I am enjoying my time with the current three sites.† Blogagotchi is somewhat tama related (since it can be a tama log but also allows for almost anything else.† So, non-tama related would have to be LinkJudge (which I remain really excited about).† Really though, I have high hopes and dreams for all three.† Beyond that, we'll see what the future holds.† Maybe I can become a rich dotcom millionaire someday. *flies off to dreamland thinking about it*Have you ever owned a Tamagotchi? If so, how many do you have?
Nope.† Never.† Not one.† LOL† Kidding!† I've had many over the years.† Unfortunately, many are missing, broken or given to young family members to start their interest.† Right now I have only a few.† A v1, v4 and mini.† Though, I am embarrassed to admit this, I'm not actually running any right now...† Not enough time where I can hatch one without keeping it paused for hours or days.
† An Admin shamed. What is Admin's age and gender?† We all know that Admin isn't really 102 years old and not knowing Admin's gender confuses me because I don't know if Admin is a guy or gal.† What's your age = younger teen / older teen / adult / not willing to say?† Are you a male or female? How old are you?
Believe it or not I get this question asked a LOT.† In a way, I enjoy keeping it a "secret" from everyone.† Why? I think it is interesting to see how conversations change based on the gender you think is on the other side of the screen.† The same goes with age.† It is also pretty entertaining to see the conversations and theories that have come up over the years.† They have gone from everything from me being a boy or girl to being a teen to an old person and also included a theory that I was some how part of Bandai. LOL† Add in a little bit of wish for some privacy and you get the idea.† Will I take this opportunity to fess up to age and gender for this Ask The Staff?† Ummm...† What's the next question on here anyways?† LOL
† I can't/don't want to.† Sorry if this disappoints.† We should all be able to maintain some level of privacy here.† I will say that, no, I am not a kid or early teen.† Or an old person...† And I am not associated with Bandai in any way (but would be open to it *hint*hint* Bandai if you are listening
).Do you enjoy running TamaTalk?
An easy answer...† An excited YES!!† I love running the site.† As mentioned on an earlier answer, it has been challenging at times but has more than made up for the challenge, expense and time.† We have a great group of people here.† I love working in a place where we can all gather and share a common love of something, meet new people, hang out and talk about tamagotchi and almost anything else.† I only wish I was able to do more.† And who knows what the future will hold.† Three years ago I never thought we'd be where we are now.† Three more years?† And beyond?
† Have you ever wanted to turn in your position as a staff member?
It would be difficult for me to turn my position in... I don't know if Jappyx would appreciate hearing "you're in total charge now, good luck!"
† (I couldn't be that cruel to Jappyx anyways)† I'll be honest, I've had my moments where I had my doubts.† Like when we had huge spam problems or people causing problems or when we outgrew our old server...† Fortunately, those times are usually followed by moments where I am reminded why I love being on the staff here.† Those reminders can be as simple as a PM to say thanks...† Or angelgotchi donations from people who want to show that they support what we are doing here...† To seeing how much the other staff members are doing to keep this place useable for everyone...† For me, TamaTalk is a great place to be.Do you enjoy singing and do you think you're good at it?
I enjoy singing but only do it in private.† I think the best people to ask about me being good at it are those people unfortunate enough to have heard me! LOL† I think I sound horrible actually.† I'll leave the singing to those with the talent. Where do you live = North America / Europe / Australia / other / not willing to say?
I live in North America => United States => Texas How many Tamagotchis do you have?
I currently have 3. Which model is your favorite Tamagotchi
v4 by far.† Though I haven't hatched a v4.5 yet.† They keep getting better so I can only assume a 4.5 will become a new favorite.What do you do in your free time?
Free time?† What's that?† LOL† I only wish I had some!
† Besides TT, I love to: hang out with friends, watch movies, go to music shows/concerts, random internet things (like keep up with news, staying in contact with loved ones, helping out on the other two sites if needed, etc), be with my family, play games (almost any type like board games, outdoor activities, Wii, etc)...† The things I may not love to do as much but still do them include: household chores, work, studying/learning, exercising, etc. How long have you been a Guide/FAQ Team member?
Since day 1: June 15, 2004.† Actually a little before that as the site was being setup. What is your favorite design?
I am actually able to answer this one easily...† Glow in the dark.† Why?† It is the first design where the community was able to have more of a say in what design comes out.† Also, Bandai used votes from TamaTalk polls to help decide on finalists for the options on that "Shellection" poll that resulted in the glow in the dark being made.† That was a proud moment for the community, I think.† So picking the glow in the dark is easy because it has more of a special meaning for me.If you could be any Tamagotchi character, which would you be and why?
This is a tough one.† I have always been a fan of Mimitchi.† Why?† Mimitchi is just cute and also an overall pretty well balanced character/personality.† Don't get me wrong...† There are some cool characters to choose from.† I just can't get over the original favorite from years ago.† Looking back at this answer makes it sound like "BORING!" but I don't know how else to explain it. If you could take a magic wand and change anything about TamaTalk, what would it be?
Hmmm...† There are more than one.† But if I have a magic wand maybe I can wish for some freebie wishes.
† First thing I'd change would be to get rid of the regular tasks that take up so much time like back-ups and database maintenance and dealing with problems.† I'd also want some more time and resources to do some cooler things with the site like add new features or design really cool new skins and make improvements to speed things up for everyone...† Of course, reflecting on this all I also can't forget the most important thing - members.† I'd wish to continue having such nice people at the site as our current members and staff to help everyone out.† Also, I'd wish for a way for this site to develop in such a way as to be online for a really long time.† Wouldn't it be cool if our kids were still coming here to talk about Tamagotchi v20?!