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Fark turns 10 years old today. Come relive (somewhat) great moments in early Fark history, 1999-2000, as culled from my old emails -Drew
Posted by Drew at 2009-02-12 2:22:44 PM, edited 2009-02-12 2:29:41 PM (549 comments) | Permalink
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1997

Sep 23rd: After a conversation with Mike (Fark's server guy) about how four letter domains are disappearing, I check to see if fark.com is available. It is, I grab it, and put up the infamous pic of a squirrel with large nuts.

1999
Early Feb: at some point I'm deciding between making Fark a news aggregator or a curry recipe database. I decide to go the news aggregator route even though I think the recipe database might be a lot easier to maintain. I was probably right about that.

Feb 12th, 6pm: I email one of my ISP employees asking them to hook my personal web directory up to http://www.fark.com and take down the squirrel

March 15th: An ex-gf of mine sent in the first submits story: "Judge throws out lawsuit against God". A Fark story if there ever was one.

May 20th: my mother in law writes me to say that she went to farq.com and all she got was a picture of an alarm clock

August: Early traffic numbers

73 02/Aug/1999
76 03/Aug/1999
87 04/Aug/1999
121 05/Aug/1999
123 06/Aug/1999
61 07/Aug/1999
68 08/Aug/1999
166 09/Aug/1999
211 10/Aug/1999
159 11/Aug/1999
164 12/Aug/1999
151 13/Aug/1999
82 14/Aug/1999
72 15/Aug/1999
173 16/Aug/1999
150 17/Aug/1999
142 18/Aug/1999
172 19/Aug/1999
190 20/Aug/1999
94 21/Aug/1999
92 22/Aug/1999
174 23/Aug/1999
151 24/Aug/1999
161 25/Aug/1999
157 26/Aug/1999
148 27/Aug/1999
84 28/Aug/1999
92 29/Aug/1999
1 30/Aug/1999
189 30/Aug/1999
190 31/Aug/1999
202 01/Sep/1999
195 02/Sep/1999
99 03/Sep/1999

Sep 13th: A note from me to other folks "300 hits since 8am!"

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Also sent this out

From dcurti­s­[nospam-﹫-backwards]rcd­*n­et Mon Sep 13 15:05:24 1999 -0400
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1999 15:05:24 -0400 (EDT)
From: Drew Curtis
To: M­BE­NDER­[nospam-﹫-backwards]MO­T­DN­AB­O­B­*COM
Subject: stuff for show

Some friends and I have a nifty website with a small following at http://www.fark.com. I started it last January out a desire to share news articles with friends of mine, and it has grown from there. We specialize in mostly humorous articles with a smattering of the interesting. Let me know what you think!

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I didn't hear back from them for a few more years. They've since mentioned us prolifically. Marty still works there btw.

Also on Sep 13th - the first recorded instance of a Fark love connection, see below

On Mon, 13 Sep 1999, Andrew Hay wrote:

> Hi Drew,
>
> After reading fark.com for at least a month, I just read your FAQ. I
> laughed my ass off. You write some funny stuff.
>
> The reason I am writing you today is that two events happened that
> seemed to indicate a divine purpose behind FARK:
>
> First, on the news tonight, I heard that there's a rebel/terrorist group
> called "Fark". They actually kidnapped a few people, holding them for
> randsom to raise some money. I'm not sure of the spelling.
>
> Second, I was reading fark.com during class today. You can tell your
> readers that it's a healthy endevour. Not only did a strange woman
> approach me and start up a conversation (fark.com works better than any
> pickup line?), but she explained to me that fark is Newfoundland slang
> for "crotch". I thought you'd appreciate that. It fits with your
> squirrel picture.
>
> That's all I have to say. I think that this note is probably less than
> 0.1% of the text on your page, but feel free to offer me 0.1% of that $4
> B when you go public.
>
> Cheers, Andrew

Oct 7th: "We're up over 500 hits a day"

2000
Jan 13th email from me to a submitter
"Thanks for the submission! Unfortunately we had that story up already (unless another 9lb ball of human excrement almost killed someone)."

Feb 9th: someone writes in to complain that a link of ours tagged [stupid] was wrong because the story was actually valid science. The actual article was about how el nino had been linked to diarrhea

Feb 24th: Leander Kahney from wired contacts me to ask if I know anyone who makes a living solely off blogs. I can't think of anyone. Neither can he.

Late that day I created the first tables for the eventual Fark database to allow for commenting.

Mar 13th: in an email I say to someone that Fark's getting 1500 'hits' a day and that to date Fark has 100k hits, 50k since Jan 1st. The math doesn't really work there, odds are I was exaggerating the daily total.

May 25th: the first of what would eventually become over one million emails arrives asking what PSA stands for

June 14th: 12:05:41pm - 1st comment ever is posted, meaning comments are now live. In the process we accidentally destroyed all links from June 10th-13th. Whoops. Also the 1st comment, posted by me, appears in thread #23. We lost the original 1-22 in testing and repurposed them as forums later.

Comment #3, the first one posted by a reader is posted by Farker Nutdip (Fark ID #7, lowest number of any Farker because we lost 3-6 in testing, and who is still active). The entire comment: 'Yo mama'

Comment #92 - Deerslayer (FarkID #40, who is still active) asks what PSA stands for

So when people ask me how they get traffic to their own websites, I have to say I have no idea. We weren't getting any kind of substantial traffic for literally years. But we kept at it and eventually as of today there are just short of five million of you. All I can tell people is keep working at it and if you don't suck, you'll get there eventually.

Today, Fark is still small from an organizational standpoint. There are 5 full time employees incluing myself, which is why oftentimes I'm the one who responds to general inquiry email. We have talken on no venture capital, and don't intend to do so. We operate out of Lexington Kentucky. We do not have an office. Sometimes I wear pants.

Hardware-wise, Fark serves 64 million monthly impressions to just short of 5 million people using just 5 servers. Regarding the hardware setup, for folks who aren't tech-savvy, most people can't believe that's even possible.

Our small size is what will enable us to survive the current downturn. And the next one.

Thanks everyone, here's to the next 10 years.

Drew
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2009-02-12 02:33:23 PM  
Happy Birthday Fark! Once again proving that everything good in my life comes from 1999....
 
2009-02-12 02:33:35 PM  
Whoohoo...

Way to go Drew
 
2009-02-12 02:33:50 PM  
Weeners in this new decade!!
 
2009-02-12 02:34:17 PM  
you don't look a day over 9
 
2009-02-12 02:34:21 PM  
Congrats!
And here's to TEN MORE YEARS!
 
2009-02-12 02:34:26 PM  
Happy Birthday Fark!
 
2009-02-12 02:34:57 PM  
Congrats for being the best and funniest time waster on the internets!!1!1!! It's been grand.
 
2009-02-12 02:34:58 PM  
Drew... you're shorter in real life.

/Keep up the good work
 
2009-02-12 02:35:02 PM  
There's a cake in our cafeteria that says "Happy Birthday Charles Darwin". This is celebrating Fark's birthday, right?
 
2009-02-12 02:35:06 PM  
WOOT! Congrats!
 
2009-02-12 02:35:26 PM  
Curse you Fark. You have stolen a big chunk of my working day.
 
2009-02-12 02:35:41 PM  
Yo mama.
 
2009-02-12 02:35:47 PM  
have a beer!!!
 
2009-02-12 02:35:53 PM  
May 25th: the first of what would eventually become over one million emails arrives asking what PSA stands for

i remember people who ask that in threads all the time. what dummies. i think you kept the PSA tag as a kind of moran test
 
2009-02-12 02:36:01 PM  
I started reading this thread with a smile, but by the time I got down to the comment box, I realized what a horrible place Fark has become. All this random nonsense (80% of which ISN'T funny in the least, and I guarantee you the other 20% is getting tired fast) and sniping at a beautiful woman who was gracious enough to share bits and pieces of her life with us, which is at least five times as interesting and funny than the average TFer's bullshiat threads about coffee and whatever stupid show they're into now, or how their co-workers are annoying. Most of you aren't all that engaging and would not missed.

I think you should all shut the fark up and this thread should be deleted. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. You guys are why this place is going downhill. We tear down everyone who is funny or cute or interesting until they either leave or become one of YOU. As for me, I think I'm going to leave before the latter happens. If I weren't riding out a sponsorship, I'd leave today and I don't want to waste their money.

I honestly hope one day you people will realize that you're what's wrong with the world and will try to change. But I doubt it.

/happy birthday fark
 
2009-02-12 02:36:15 PM  
Happy Birthday!

Good gods, over 8 years since my Boobies. It was a stupid post. Nothing's changed.
 
2009-02-12 02:36:20 PM  
How would I make it through the workday without thee..

Congrats FARK!!
 
2009-02-12 02:37:16 PM  
It's your birfday??? Come over here and gimme a big ole kiss!

/funny story and visuals behind that
 
2009-02-12 02:37:29 PM  
Will there be comemorative towels given out for the event?
 
2009-02-12 02:37:50 PM  
Yo mama
 
2009-02-12 02:37:59 PM  
Yo mama
 
2009-02-12 02:38:43 PM  
Thanks for ruining my productivity. I may have cured cancer if I had not spent so much time here.

/duke still sucks
 
2009-02-12 02:38:45 PM  
Happy birthday Fark
 
2009-02-12 02:38:46 PM  
Fark = Crotch?

whodathunkit
 
2009-02-12 02:38:49 PM  
Happy Birthday Fark! Thanks for making work tolerable and the internet fun to be on again.
 
2009-02-12 02:38:50 PM  
Happy 10th birthday Fark!

/What does PSA stand for anyway?
 
2009-02-12 02:38:51 PM  
Maybe the best way to celebrate such a landmark would be with the introduction of a DARWIN tag.
 
2009-02-12 02:38:53 PM  
sorry rik. I swear you weren't there when I typed that.
 
2009-02-12 02:38:54 PM  
I hope someone shoots your loved ones on a regular basis, Fark.
 
2009-02-12 02:38:56 PM  
Happy Birthday Fark!

Man, farq.com is really disappointing
 
2009-02-12 02:39:01 PM  
Yo Mama
 
2009-02-12 02:39:24 PM  
Beers to you
Duke sucks
 
2009-02-12 02:39:34 PM  
Congrats on the 10 years, Fark! Wish I would have signed up for an account long before I did. (#560)
 
2009-02-12 02:39:40 PM  
Congrats Drew, I couldn't waste so much time at work without Fark.
 
2009-02-12 02:39:47 PM  
Yo Daddy!
/nothing
 
2009-02-12 02:39:47 PM  
Happy Bday, Fark.

I'd hate my job if it weren't for this site.
 
2009-02-12 02:39:59 PM  
tl;dr
 
2009-02-12 02:40:28 PM  
Happy Farkin Birthday, FARK!

/best time waster at work since solitaire
 
2009-02-12 02:40:39 PM  
Anyone see a guy with a big honkin' pickle up their ass lately?
 
2009-02-12 02:40:39 PM  
What does PSA stand for?
 
2009-02-12 02:40:56 PM  
I remember Fark as a little boy, walking around with a bottle of beer with a nipple on it dragging a dirty diaper. Wow, it sure has grown up, now it is a teenager with a bootle of beer...

Congrats and stuff.
 
2009-02-12 02:40:57 PM  
I'm going to replace "first" with "yo mama"
 
2009-02-12 02:40:57 PM  
Yay!
 
2009-02-12 02:41:02 PM  
So where's the party at tonight?
 
2009-02-12 02:41:21 PM  
Happy Birthday Fark. I'd probably be a diligent worker if not for you.
 
2009-02-12 02:41:22 PM  
Fark you guys!
Thanks for the mammaries....and good times.
 
2009-02-12 02:41:26 PM  
so you never said what PSA stands for.

I'll check back in 2019. viva fark.
 
2009-02-12 02:41:35 PM  
Those emails are obviously fake, look at the pixels.
 
2009-02-12 02:41:46 PM  
Happy birthday fark. I love you. Get tested.
 
2009-02-12 02:41:47 PM  

Demetrius: So where's the party at tonight?


No party tonight, however there's one tomorrow at Redmons
 
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