Gosh, now that is a question. We've certainly come a long way from launch day. Let me see how well I do in fairly sweeping strokes;
Back in the day, Mech Tau Tactica was a MSN Group message board, full of great articles (glorified board posts) and a community of Tau enthusiasts. Myself, roped in by Orange Bell, PShar's Rifles, TonkaTruckDriver and Kai'Lore made a decision to create a more flexible PHP forum to expand the community and do justice to the articles and idea members were creatings, and give rise to more easily showcased projects that you see today.
The membership migrated and Advanced Tau Tactica developed onwards. Overall we aimed to maintain a pleasant environment for posting and discussion, with a clean and uncluttered look.
Soon after beginning, we setup a forum for TonkaTruckDriver's original Academy articles, the forerunner to Academy 2.0 articles members of the community have written today.
Since then, a couple of big Modelling competitons and a Painting competiton have past. Over the years Admin folks have moved on to other commitments or hobby directions with the core Admin staff of TonkaTruckDriver, Pshar's Rifles and myself still active (though I am travelling on and off presently). There is a new breed of Admin and mod staff who help run the site and give it new focus and energy in the various ATT initiatives. New features have been added over time, with emoticons to graphically enhanced gameplay articles. We've grown from only a few hundred to now a few thousand, and along with that the team maintaining the quality and discourse on ATT has grown.
Presently the break down of our active staff are :The 'O's
(The original Admin team, just the five of us and several hundred members)
Orange Bell (ret.)
Eiglepulper (Our newest 'O)The El's
RevRanDom The Shas'Vre's
And presently we have a massive 245 Shas'Ui members whom help us (The Mods and Admins) identify great posts with their cool Markelight tools, new members and in general keep ATT a clean and pleasant read for all. The Shas'Ui almost about to out number the original membership in 2006!
That's a pretty broad strokes retrospective on ATT, but within a short time you'll note the cool threads, posters and articles that are on ATT, created over several years since January 2006 or only in the last few weeks. It is best to browse stickied posts that collate a lot of our best posts in each Forum, then there is the massive modelling resource section here
and the great Academy resource articles here
I'm sure there are various poignant moments to many of our members and staff, I hope and encourage them to share them here too!- Tael.