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Hello Everyone

All I can say is WOW. Just a couple of weeks ago I had no idea that I would be taking over ownership of this fantastic forum. It is really an honour to have even been trusted with the ownership by Bristlenose John because as we all know he has been very passionate about making this a forum for the people.

I believe, like John, that the only way this forum will continue to grow and maintain it's status as Australia's leading Aquarium Forum is for it to remain a "peoples forum" and remain free to join.

Whilst I do own Redlands Pet Centre, it will remain totally independent of QLDAF. Redlands Pet Centre will remain a sponsor as it always has done, along with the other valued sponsors for as long as they wish to continue that sponsorship.

QLDAF is run using vBulletin and Bristlenose John was in the process of implementing an upgrade which we will continue to push through. This may change the look of the forum slightly, but what it will give us is the ability to use Apps on Apple and Android devices. I believe that many of you will be pleased and excited with this upgrade.

What I am ultimately getting to here is that there will be very little, if any changes happening to QLDAF. As I said, QLDAF needs to be run by its members and not a corporate or commercial entity. I believe that most , if not all of the existing Mods will stay on in their current roles (just still waiting to here back from some of them) and they will continue to run the forum as they have done so far. I myself don't really want to be a Mod, I will only take on the role of "Admin" and will only really act as a Mod if called upon. I really believe that the existing Mods do an exceptional job and there is no need to change anything. May be in the future things might change, but for now hopefully things will remain the same.

Bristlenose John has given me a few good ideas (Competitions, Swap Meets, BBQ's etc) that he was planning, so hopefully we will still be able to achieve these goals.

So that's about it. I sincerely hope that you the members of this great forum will continue to support it with your knowledge or use it to learn from that knowledge, because that is what it is all about.

Last of all, I would like to wish Bristlenose John and his family the very best with their new venture. He is a very well liked man and should do well. Hopefully it won't be too long before we see him back here on the forum. In regards to QLDAF, he has really taken it to the next level and made it a very friendly site catering to all types of people. Membership growth as a result has been exceptional. John's efforts and contribution to this forum will be recognised and remembered for a long time to come.

Regards

Russ

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All I can say is congratulations Russ

Personally I think you are the perfect man to own this place and if it was to ever be owned by a commercial business RPC is the right one so all in all we have the perfect combination.

I hope it all goes well for you Russ

Lance

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As most members would agree (I think) I will be sad to see bnj move on. However Russ it sounds like the forum is in great hands and has many exciting things ahead. Congrats on the new ownership.

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Congratulations Russ I am just wondering how this forum is going to be run under bristlenosejohn control there has been mass censorship are you going to continue this or allow freedom of speech.

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I'm expecting to wake up and see RPC as the only banner at the top..

Keegan013, what a stupid ridiculous comment to make. if you actally read russ comments you wouldn't make such a stupid statement. Do you know russ have you ever dealt with him? He is one of the best blokes on this forum. i don't post much on here but I am a big reader but I cannot let a stupid comment like that go by without a responce.

Nick

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Read the first post again please......

My bad.

Keegan013, what a stupid ridiculous comment to make. if you actally read russ comments you wouldn't make such a stupid statement. Do you know russ have you ever dealt with him? He is one of the best blokes on this forum. i don't post much on here but I am a big reader but I cannot let a stupid comment like that go by without a responce.

Nick

I actually thought this was a different thread and didn't realise russ had made a new one.

Now that i''ve read it I understand, It all came unexpected so my thoughts have been in different places.

You also could've put it in a different way as well, a little less sucking up his arse maybe..

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I'm fairly new here so I don't really know either BNJ or Russ. What I do know is that when you take over something like this it's always hard to know when to make changes and when to step back and let things run as they always have. The OP suggests Russ has considered all of this so I'm putting my money on the forum being in good hands.

Congrats Russ and best of luck with it. Best of luck to BNJ too.

Geoff

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I'm fairly new here so I don't really know either BNJ or Russ. What I do know is that when you take over something like this it's always hard to know when to make changes and when to step back and let things run as they always have. The OP suggests Russ has considered all of this so I'm putting my money on the forum being in good hands.

Congrats Russ and best of luck with it. Best of luck to BNJ too.

Geoff

Im with you there, only a new member.

Congrats Russ,looking forward to seeing the forum progress.

Best of luck to BNJ in the future.

Cheers

Dan

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Congratulations Russ I am just wondering how this forum is going to be run under bristlenosejohn control there has been mass censorship are you going to continue this or allow freedom of speech.

I'm sure Russ will listen to all members' feedback and lead the forum accordingly. He is that sort of guy who has the respect of so many in the hobby. Has anyone posted a bad word against him....ever? There may be some negative comments, somewhere out there in the internet world but I certainly can't recall it.

Having said that, I'm sorry but I doubt some members will be allowed to again post up images of (...censored by mod... :D ) videos of their illegal street car hooning, or threatening violence towards other members, or baiting the moderation team because they may well have asked you nicely once or twice to refrain from being a 'goose', or use explicit language that would even make an overweight Elvis impersonater blush :D Call it censorship if you like, but I call it common sense.....

Give Russ a chance to prove his leadership. End of story :D

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