Interview with XDA forum Admin mikechannon part 1
As some of you may be aware, a few months ago our forum Admin Flar left the position and mikechannon entered in replacement. He has actively participated in improving XDA over the years and he is one of the XDA old timers, so we considered it interesting to talk with him.
Orb3000: Hi mikechannon first of all thank you so much for giving us your time to this interview, as an XDA old timer you must have great experiences to share with us, so let´s get into topic. You are member since 2004 almost the real beginnings of XDA, what made you become a member on back then?
mikechannon: Well it doesn’t feel that long ago, though there have been massive changes in phone technology, which I guess should remind me that this is a very fast changing technological world. Actually I missed the very earliest days of XDA-Devs. when the founders, a geeky lot by all accounts set up XDA as a site to get the most from largely underutilized PDA style phones. I came in when I got my first smart phone, an hTC Hermes (TyTn), after getting bored with my functional but tame Motorola V3.
Orb3000: What was your main role when you entered in XDA?
mikechannon: Initially I was a humble newcomer, with lots to learn and completely ignorant about everything to do with ROMs and Flashing. However, I have an interest in practical electronics going back many years to the days of tube/valve radios, so I got interested in the hardware side of smart phones and began to help XDA members with dismantling and hardware issues.
Orb3000: Did you meet the original XDA founding team? If not how did you start to hang with them?
mikechannon: By the time I entered XDA, most of the original members/founders had moved on to other IT related work and were very much in the background of XDA-Devs. Some of the founders continued to influence the site as occasional Admin staff and so I would see (with awe) their names appear from time to time. Flar was appointed by them to more or less take care of all aspects of the daily running of the site in 2006 and the founders took more of a back seat. So, no I didn’t meet them and other than seeing an occasional post by them, they were the, almost mythical, gurus of our site.
Orb3000: You became Moderator of XDA and started to work with all the team improving the site, did you also develop applications or any other stuff for XDA?
mikechannon: I was not and am not, a software guy, coding and development skills at the level expected here are beyond me. I was more the “dismantling” guy and also, of course, helping newer members with problems and assisting with tweaks and settings for all. Much of being a Moderator was about setting a friendly atmosphere; a comfortable place to be!! Heck, let’s face it, these are just phones, we should be enjoying ourselves here! I think perhaps I just upset a large core of the members here that take the whole business incredibly seriously and I have to admit, without those fairly obsessive guys and girls we might still be in the primeval smart phone soup!
Hope you enjoyed this interview, please leave your comments and expect part 2 soon.