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On August 17, 2010, exactly one year ago today, Ask Different (then called Apple) launched into private beta.

In the past year we’ve seen phenomenal growth. We now have:

  • 7k questions
  • 13.5k answers
  • 9k users
  • 13.5k visits per day (average)

I just wanted to say a big “thanks” to everyone that has helped us get here today, from the people that believed in the potential of this site when it was only an Area 51 proposal, to those early adopters that helped make our private and public betas successful, culminating in our launch as a full, permanent part of Stack Exchange earlier this year, to Jin, our site designer who perfectly captured the balance between Apple’s and Stack Exchange’s design aesthetic, and finally to our loyal users, who have been tirelessly helping to answer nearly any question thrown their way.

Here’s to many years to come!

p.s. - you early adopters should start to see your yearling badges soon!

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    I will admit, a better place to post this would have been our own blog. Commented Aug 17, 2011 at 21:34
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    LET US EAT CAKE!!! (err - I think that's good, no?)
    – bmike Mod
    Commented Aug 17, 2011 at 22:16
  • Man, I wish I'd found this place when it first started. I missed the first 5 months! Commented Aug 17, 2011 at 22:18
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    There is still time for a blog post. I don't see why we couldn't get a blog post up in less than 24 hours if we had more interest in starting a blog. meta.apple.stackexchange.com/questions/666/… Commented Aug 18, 2011 at 2:23
  • Good job ladies and gents, especially to those corralling and fixing up the community while we use it. Thanks! Commented Aug 18, 2011 at 2:24
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    Where's the Facebook LIKE button? Commented Aug 18, 2011 at 4:07
  • @Martin Hm, not sure why the twitter and Facebook buttons aren't on meta Commented Aug 18, 2011 at 4:42
  • Facebook (Like), Twitter (tweet/retweet), Google (+1)
    – I-M-JM
    Commented Aug 18, 2011 at 7:24
  • @Steve I hope we do get more people interested in contributing, enough so we can get started. Commented Aug 18, 2011 at 8:25
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    I think we can all live without the social media buttons every once in a while (writes the curmudgeon who doesn't see the point and therefore doesn't use them). Commented Aug 18, 2011 at 17:38
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    @Steve and Kyle, a community promotion ad might be a good way to encourage people who don't hang out in meta to consider participating in the blog.
    – hairboat
    Commented Aug 18, 2011 at 17:38
  • it's been a year already? grats!
    – Jin
    Commented Aug 19, 2011 at 5:26

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I just want to say congratulations on founding what has turned out to be an absolutely wonderful site, one that I feel follows Stack Exchange's ideals. I know we are all proud to help carry this site from beta to live, but you should be more so for having having the foresight and gumption to get everything started. Thank you for your lasting (and hopefully permanent) contribution to the Apple community as a whole.

I look forward to working with you, the mods, and the community on the continued growth of the site.

We rule.

Philip Regan ♦

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    Thanks, this site has definitely exceeded all my hopes and expectation. I'm glad I could make a lasting contribution to the Stack Exchange community and I hope to be around here for a good long while. Commented Aug 18, 2011 at 14:34
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    Oh, and I also want to thank you for all your help moderating the site. I'm really glad that there's a great amount of teamwork between our moderators, something which isn't always present on other sites. Commented Aug 19, 2011 at 1:12

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