How long have you been running a forum / What inspired you to start?:
I think it started 2003, as i had to take over a friends community. Nothing inspired me, i "had to take it" because nobody else wanted to take it
And it stopped 20011/2012 as i closed/sold the last project because i had enough of this business.
What's your Forum Software of choice & why?:
None, because they all have their pros and cons and i for the long run, i don't want & can't accept the cons anymore.
Just look at the history!
vBulletin was great, now it's BS
XenForo had ~1 year where nothing happened
IF i would have to start a forum TODAY, i would use xenforo, but i'm not happy with it.
That's why i can't wait to see IPB4 and Skooppa.
I really hope that one of them will become my new favorite and bring my passion for communities back...
Where are you located?:
How often do you work on your forum?:
I don't have any projects ATM.
Of all the projects you’ve ever been involved in, which did you enjoy the most?:
ragtek, because it was my hobby, passion and MY BABY
All the other projects where just jobs... No matter if client boards, or just "my boards to get money for my living". I had never the same passion for them, like for ragtek.org
What are your biggest strengths as a forum admin? Weaknesses?:
How do you define the ideal Forum Administrator?:
Would you ever consider yourself an expert in the field of running a forum?:
Reply to all 3 questions:
IT'S depending on the niche and on the target audience!
IMO there's no perfect forum admin!
What are your top five technology MUST-HAVE’s in running a forum?:
Why would somebody with 0 tech knowledge need dreamweaver, photoshop or an IDE.
For him, it would be probably the browser to ask for help in the communities, or if it's a commercial community, it would probably be skype, to stay in contact with his tech & admin crew
For me (as developer) it's phpstorm (my favorite IDE) , JIRA on my homeserver, Fortrabbit instance for my demoboard, which will be replaced soon with a own server, because more and more clients need more technologies like elasticsearch, ruby and co and bitbucket/github (depending on client) as remote repository (it's also a perfect backup solution^^). Don't know why, but for several clients i HAD TO USE github. They just know github and didn't trust bitbucket...
Personally i prefer bitbucket, because it's free