Leaving 9rules

In mid-September 2005 I joined the 9rules network. Now I’m leaving it.

I got to be included in the build-up when 9rules didn’t have so many members, and each new member was someone fairly well-known. Right before me, Roger and Molly were included in the network, so it felt pretty exclusive.

When I attended SXSW in 2005, I had the pleasure of meeting Scrivs and Mike Rundle, and also of being part of the victory when 9rules won Best Community Site of the Year, and I remember me and fellow member Stuart scurrying across the entire ballroom just to make it onto the stage in time. I just got up there from the front while Stuart took a little detour and was late. He was about flying in from the side, and then it was over. πŸ™‚

I remember him describing the poor peoples’ reaction when seeing this flying developer going by in a flash of flesh with this phrase:

Who the hell was that fat git?

Besides the fact that Stuart isn’t really fat, it was quite funny with his description of the shocked audience.

Why I’m leaving

I never really took part in the community around 9rules; not because of being uninterested, but just lack of time. I haven’t contributed in a long while, and this has become even more obvious when the other members want every in the community to partake in the actions, and 9rules has revised their member agreement accordingly. Therefore, out of respect to the people of 9rules as well as the other people in the community, I’ve decided to leave it.

I wish them the best of luck in their endeavours and I sure hope we meet in the future again!


  • Hehheh that night will be in my memory forever. I always imagine it set to the music for "Chariots of Fire".

  • Robert Nyman says:


    Ah, me too, me too! πŸ™‚

  • Deborah says:


    You're the fourth member of 9rules whose site I visit regularly who has decided to leave 9rules due to the membership agreement changes. Their reasons for leaving are the same as yours, lack of time. It's unfortunate that so many members are leaving, but I can understand 9rules reasons for the changes.

    I'm a member of another web community who is also going through "growing pains". Many people have joined recently, the original members are no longer participating, and the sense of community and comraderie I felt in the past no longer exists.

  • Robert Nyman says:


    Yes, it's a difficult situation. The communities lose their original ambiance, but at the same time, change can be for something good.

    I don't think it's that fair being part of something if you're not actually contributing. In my case, it got reduced to them linking to me and vice versa, and it really shouldn't just be some sort of link exchange program.

    But I guess we all move on and nothing on the web is really permanent.

  • Deborah says:


    I didn't mean to sound so negative, my apologies. The web is ever changing, which is wonderful, and I do celebrate the changes. I guess I just fell into a melancholy state.

  • Robert Nyman says:


    No, no, I didn't take it as negative as all. Trust me, I feel the same melancholy all the time! πŸ™‚

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