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post Apr 26 2015, 08:02 AM

UA Forum + Wiki Administrator
Posts: 14,079
Joined: 26-September 02
From: Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

26 April 2015

Who'd have thought 13 years ago, in April 2002, that UtterAccess would grow from a handful of enthusiasts hoping to keep the spirit of A3 alive to a community with more than 250,000 members. Tomorrow, April 27th marks our 13th birthday. Our look may have changed through the years, but our reason for being has remained constant. Quite simply, UtterAccess is here to provide members with a forum for the respectful exchange of knowledge of all things Access. Simon Wolf, the founder of A3, describes how UtterAccess grew from its A3 beginnings.

We have Gord, the prime mover behind UtterAccess, our team of Moderators and Administrators, our worthy VIPs, and most importantly of all, every member who comes here with questions and/or answers, to thank for our on-going success and our place in the Access community as the premier Microsoft Access help forum.

Congratulations and thanks, one and all!
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post Apr 26 2015, 08:38 AM

Posts: 2,428
Joined: 12-February 15
From: SW AZ

pompom.gif Happy Birthday guiness.gif
Thanks to the founders for all the time and effort
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R. Hicks
post Apr 26 2015, 08:46 AM

UA Forum Administrator
Posts: 40,495
Joined: 8-February 00
From: Birmingham, Alabama USA

I've accumulated a few more gray hair to display for the wild ride ... but it's been an enormously fun and exhilarating experience for me.
I hope to continue for many more years to come ....

Ricky Hicks
UtterAccess Administrator

PS. Thanks for everything Gord.
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post Apr 26 2015, 09:08 AM

UtterAccess VIP
Posts: 9,240
Joined: 25-October 10
From: Gulf South USA

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! uarulez2.gif cheers.gif Now UA is a teenager!

Thanks, Glenn, Ricky, Gord ... and everyone who makes this such a wonderful place. UA (everyone) has made me much better at my craft - and I think better in other ways as well. For this I am truly grateful...

Looking forward to the next 13 years (if this old man can last that long!).

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Bob G
post Apr 26 2015, 11:33 AM

UtterAccess VIP
Posts: 11,184
Joined: 24-May 10
From: CT

thanks for the opportunity to see where my skills really stack up and whether they were of any value to others.

Here is to another 13.
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post Apr 26 2015, 03:27 PM

Utterly Eccentric and Moderator
Posts: 4,065
Joined: 4-March 00
From: Bristol / Ipswich / Spain

Thanks to all, and a happy birthday to us all, especially thanks to Gord for keeping her fuelled up!

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post Apr 26 2015, 06:46 PM

UdderAccess Admin + UA Ruler
Posts: 19,557
Joined: 27-April 02
From: Upper MI

Happy Birthday UA! A journey of growth to be sure. April 27th, 2002 also happens to be the date I became a member of UtterAccess. Additionally, I was honored to become UA's first VIP, at Rick's invitation. Getting to know Gord, Rick, Glen, Doug and all the other Admin Team members has been an unexpectedly, delightful privilege. Members old and new here have contributed to make UtterAccess what it is today.

Many thanks to Gord for keeping the lights on, to the Admin Team members for their guidance, to the VIP's for their nurturing and to the members for their content, questions and feedback.

For 13 years, UtterAccess has been a big part of my total internet experience and my 'go to' source for all things Access.

I am grateful to be part of the UA experience and family. uarulez2.gif
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post Apr 26 2015, 11:23 PM

Access Wiki and Forums Moderator
Posts: 73,941
Joined: 19-June 07
From: SunnySandyEggo

Happy birthday, UtterAccess! Days like this make me feel very fortunate and proud to be a part of the best online family a person could belong. I hope that UA continue to succeed and give the Access community a great place to meet for many more years to come. My heartfelt thank you to Gord for all his hard work and generosity. I hope that you receive hundred times more than what you have been giving us. Cheers, everyone!
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post Apr 27 2015, 04:24 AM

Auntie Spam the UA moderator
Posts: 5,463
Joined: 17-February 08
From: Omaha, NE USA

Happy birthday to us!!!
Some of the best friends I've never met in person wink.gif
Without UtterAccess and its wonderful members who were willing to share their knowledge and experience,
I wouldn't have had the opportunity to learn how to use Access.
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Jeff B.
post Apr 27 2015, 06:21 AM

UtterAccess VIP
Posts: 10,166
Joined: 30-April 10
From: Pacific NorthWet

Happy Birthday, UA. In the words of that famous historian, Tiny Tim, "God bless us, every one"...
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post Apr 27 2015, 06:41 AM

Posts: 7,035
Joined: 22-December 10
From: England

And the reasons it's stood the test of time are quite simple.
1) It's still one of the best places to actually get answers - even if you've asked the wrong question.
2) We very rarely get 'personal' and there's virtually no flaming
3) A sense of helpfulness and humour seems to be the ethos.
4) Not too much dogma.

Long may it continue

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post Apr 27 2015, 07:43 AM

Posts: 1,662
Joined: 5-February 06
From: Ohio, USA

I don't know if I can say enough good things about this place.

I certainly wish continued success, and many more birthdays to come!

(I think I'm going to tear up now...)
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post Apr 27 2015, 08:11 AM

UtterAccess Editor
Posts: 9,938
Joined: 7-December 09
From: Staten Island, NY, USA

dance.gif dance.gif dance.gif

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post Apr 27 2015, 08:22 AM

Posts: 18,324
Joined: 29-March 05
From: Wisconsin

Wow, thirteen years! Happy birthday, UA!

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post Apr 27 2015, 12:21 PM

Utterly Crispy UA Forum Administrator
Posts: 8,791
Joined: 29-September 01
From: Edmonton,Alberta,Canada

Happy Birthday UtterAccess! wine.gif

Cheers to the best people in the world!

Many thanks to Gord for taking over from Simon and to Rick for hanging in there.
Thirteen years have flown by so fast and so much has happened in those years which have been great for everyone here, here is too the next new things to happen to make UtterAccess the only place to hang out for sure. pompom.gif
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post Apr 27 2015, 01:33 PM

UtterAccess VIP
Posts: 12,914
Joined: 6-June 05
From: Dunbar,Scotland

Happy birthday UA
I look forward to many more of them
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post Apr 27 2015, 03:28 PM

Posts: 145
Joined: 23-October 13
From: Brisbane

My sentiments echo pretty much all of the above.

Happy Birthday UA.

When I started working with Access a few years ago I looked around at different Access based forums. When I found UA I felt right at home. Thanks to this forum, and some of the amazingly helpful people here, I've been able to learn so much and bring my skills to a level that has allowed me (in the last 12 months) to start my own business in data systems development. Having said that, there's still so much to learn!

Thanks UA, and especially the usual bunch of ladies and gents, for providing assistance to us little guys smile.gif

Cheers UA!
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post Apr 27 2015, 09:54 PM

Posts: 139
Joined: 5-March 14

Happy Birthday UA !

If I may add one more point to David's response: The members are also humble (they do not talk "down" to anyone, no matter the skill level), realistic (they fully acknowledge that Access has limitations, so it is not a panacea for all situations), and patient.

I also want to echo Bert's sentiments. I started visiting UA about 10 years ago, and it gave me the confidence to learn VBA, and it really enhanced my databases. Thanks to all for the lessons, tips and sample code.

PS -- In 3 more years, will the site be getting its driver's license? (ha ha)
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post Apr 28 2015, 05:06 AM

UtterAccess Editor
Posts: 16,296
Joined: 27-June 06
From: England (North East / South Yorks)

Happy birthday to us... cheers.gif
Hmpfy birfday to uss... guiness.gif
Hmff brmm... sleeping.gif


Long may it continue!
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post Apr 28 2015, 06:57 PM

UtterAccess VIP
Posts: 2,705
Joined: 12-April 07
From: Edmonton, Alberta Canada

I am reasonable comfortable stating that UA is the top or what one calls the gold standard for MS Access forums.

There are “many” Access forums, but how UA has progressed is a true story of success, and one that’s well deserved.

Those few dedicated users in the early days thus today can see the fruit of their labor, and the results are amazing.

So a round of applause and “toast” to UA! applause.gif

UA is certainly my favorite “go to” place for Access information.

And those who contributed in those early days are now “captains” and icons of the Access community.

So I tip my hats to all those early and long time posters here – you were posting DURING a time when posting here was not so cool nor such a honor that I enjoy here today!

Albert D. Kallal (Access MVP)
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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