Bart Schouten leaves MRC foundation and admin team

by snout on 01-09-2007, 20:51
Topic: MRC

After more than 7 years of fulfilling his duties as an MSX Resource Center crew member, Bart Schouten decided the time has come to hand over his duties as an admin of our website and a board member of the MSX Resource Center foundation to someone else.

Bart joined the MRC crew late 1999. At the time Sander van Nunen, founder of the website, was out of motivation and inspiration to keep the domain running. Bart's plan to make a dynamic, database-driven website that was easy to maintain and gave visitors the opportunity to register an account and contribute to the site contents turned out to be just what the site needed. Together, Sander and Bart developed and designed a website content management system coded in ASP and running in an Access 97 database which was launched in May 2000.

The new approach soon turned out to be a huge success. Within no-time hundreds of MSX fans around the world had signed up for an account and slowly but surely they started submitting news and links, posting reactions to news and - a few months later - discussing on the MSX Resource Center forum. Trying to keep up with the immense growth of the website, several switches in web hosting were made and, in September 2002, a foundation was raised in order to pave the way for a solid and secure future. In December 2002 a completely restyled MRC was launched (now coded in PHP and MySQL). Although a lot of features have been added and tweaked in the mean time the site launched back then is essentially the MSX Resource Center as you know it today.

Bart Schouten played a key role in all these (and much more) processes involving the MRC and it goes without saying that without all his efforts and inspiration the MSX Resource Center simply would not have been the same today. Bart's position in the MRC foundation is now in the hands of MSX Resource Center admin Maarten van Strien. The entire MSX Resource Center crew would like to thank Bart for all his activities and dedication.

Comments (25)

By nikodr

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01-09-2007, 21:06

Farewell to this great man now that he is leaving the mrc,and as a member of the msx community i would like to thank him for all his efforts and all the things he has done for all of us in the mrc.

By AuroraMSX

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01-09-2007, 21:10

Cheers for Bart and thumbs up for Wolf! Cool

By wolf_

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01-09-2007, 21:12

I think we can all agree on the fact that the result of all these years of devotion is a clean, professional-level, pleasant and mature website. How often do you see that for something as aged as MSX?

Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

By Vincent van Dam

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01-09-2007, 21:28

Thank you Bart for all your effort past 7 years!

By Prodatron

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01-09-2007, 21:29

Nowhere else! Tongue Again, congratulation for MRC! I guess Bart did a great job, so I hope it will still go on like this without him, but I have a very big faith in Snout and Wolf Smile

By djh1697

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02-09-2007, 01:43

Great Job Bart - many thank for your hard waork - you will be missed!

By SLotman

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02-09-2007, 05:30

Bart, congratulations on a job well done! As for _wolf now being the "master admin"... OMG!!! RUN!!! RUN FOR THE HILLS!!! LOL!

By spl

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02-09-2007, 08:19

Thanks Bart.

By cax

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02-09-2007, 09:24

Bart, thank you for all this effort !

By Abi

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02-09-2007, 09:51

Bart, thx for all your efforts the last seven years and all your commitment.
You did a well done job for the MSX community.
Hope to see you around at msx fairs, hope you will still support the MSX system.
Wolf, thumbs up!!

By dvik

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02-09-2007, 10:00

Thanks Bart for taking such an important role to keep the MSX community alive. Enjoy your retirement Smile

By Sonic_aka_T

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02-09-2007, 12:09

Thanks for all your hard work Bart!

By tfh

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02-09-2007, 12:15

Bart, thanks for all your efforts in the past years Smile Good luck with wathever you are going to do next!!

By wolf_

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02-09-2007, 12:28

OCM's and Woombies, no doubt..

By Grauw

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02-09-2007, 16:10

Too bad you’re leaving! I was there too, during those days (don’t forget me!), and they were fun and interesting times! It was nice to see the MRC grow so much through our combined efforts. Hope you won’t leave this part of your life behind entirely, and keep in touch with MSX.


By poke-1,170

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02-09-2007, 22:13

bart, remember all the great times we had at zandvoort ?
neither do I.

Still, best of luck and thumbs up I guess ^_^

By Manuel

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02-09-2007, 23:41

There's little new to add, but still: thanks Bart!! Smile

By Sama

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03-09-2007, 00:28

To me, as to probably the other admins, webmasters, etc., it's really odd to see Bart leaving. When I joined MRC as an admin in 2003, Bart surely was playing a key role in the way the newspost is talking about. And apart from that, a very pleasant companion on fairs, MRC meetings and such. The character of MRC has surely changed since then, but still it's odd to see him leaving. Anyway, Bart, thanks for the efforts and I rest assured, as I know we didn't drink our last beer together (far from) yet Smile

By snout

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03-09-2007, 01:16

I completely agree with Rikusu. Personally, I have enjoyed working with Bart a lot and I'm glad I will keep working with him in Bazix.

By Latok

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03-09-2007, 10:09

Ok, it's my time to show the world I knew the corps as well......Thx Bart, I hope you'll keep visiting MSX meetings. Hope to see you there. Darn, I just realize I visit your place on the 10th of september already Tongue

By viejo_archivero

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03-09-2007, 13:16

wolfie as an admin? oh my god, more tasks for w, less time for developing! Do you think you have Infinite time, uh? Smile. Anyway, cheers for the one leavin and the best for the enterin one.

By karloch

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03-09-2007, 16:46

Best wishes for both, Bart and wolf_ Smile

By poke-1,170

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08-09-2007, 16:02

hmmm, he realy seems to be gone...

as the topic suggested

By Unicorn

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08-09-2007, 21:53

Thanks Bart, take care! Crying

By Bart

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09-09-2007, 22:00

Thanks a lot guys for all the fantastic responses! Big smile I love you too!