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VerticalScope Inc Aquires WorldSeaFishing

Discussion in 'General Sea Angling Discussion' started by Mike Thrussell Jr, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. Mike Thrussell Jr

    Mike Thrussell Jr One Life - Fish it! Species Hunt Co-Ordinator

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    On Christmas Eve of 2015 I agreed a deal with VerticalScope Inc of Canada that would ultimately see them acquire the forum assets of WSF Media. As of today VerticalScope Inc owns the WorldSeaFishing.com domain name, the WSF Forums, the SeaAngling.org.uk domain name and the SeaAngling.org.uk Forums.

    On Monday the 1st of February I permanently removed the WSF Webzine from the WSF Site creating a standalone sea angling forum site, the largest sea angling only forum in the UK. As part of the acquisition deal reached with VerticalScope Inc, I will retain the WSF Webzine content and will be launching a new, separate online sea angling webzine away from WSF. Whilst this is a separate entity from the WSF Forums, WSF has been my life for almost two decades, so the new webzine will continue to provide a link back to the WSF Forums.

    It was important for me that any new owner would be able to take the forum in its present form, foster continuity and in the long term provide the capital and resources to push the forum on to greater things. There was no question in my mind that VerticalScope Inc was the ideal partner for this. VerticalScope Inc passionately run forums just like WSF in a number of industries. Their founder and CEO is an avid forum user and The WSF Forums will join an illustrious group of angling websites owned by VerticalScope Inc. including the Allcoast Network, Noreast.com, TidalFish.com, boat.com and other outdoor brands. With the resources VerticalScope Inc have at their disposal, I’m excited to see what the future holds for the WSF Forums.

    It is important to stress that VerticalScope understand forums and their communities and it is their wish that the forum carries on "as is” with the best interests of WSF at heart. With the same ethos and mantra that we've always had, to provide the most up to date information to the most amount of sea anglers possible.

    As for myself, well, my time with forums will come to an end. Once the transition and final handover procedures have been completed within the next few weeks I will be resigning from my position as Head Administrator of the WSF Forums. After 17 years I feel it is the right time to step down and let somebody else take on the mantle of running the UK’s largest and busiest angling forum. I have agreed with VerticalScope Inc to stay on as Species Hunt Co-Ordinator for 2016, so I will still be running this competition and sending you out your stickers and badges.

    It’s been an exciting adventure full of hard work, difficult moments and the odd wildcard member, however, despite this, I’ve enjoyed every second of running this forum. I founded the site with what was effectively pocket money in 1998 as a project during a wet and windy summer holiday break from school. It was never my intention it would become the most popular angling site in the UK and reach over 250,000 anglers a month. It’s amazing it got to that level and I’m proud of our achievements in pioneering online angling over the past 17 years.

    I will forever be indebted to the guys who have helped run the site over these past 17 years, many of whom have become good friends. Their tireless dedication to moderating the forum often goes unnoticed by the rest of the forum community, but without them, there would be no forum.

    I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to the members of the forum who have supported the site over the years and who continue to contribute with catch reports and helpful advice to anglers new and old. I doubt there is another website in the country that carries the breadth of knowledge and content that the WSF Forums has amassed over the years.

    With that, I must sign off. I look forward to chatting with you, contributing and posting my own reports in the future, not as an admin or a moderator but as a member, a contributor and an angler.

    My Very Best Regards and Tight Lines,

    Mike Thrussell Jnr
     
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  3. WSFAdmin

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    Hello everyone,

    My name is Philip, I am a community manager for VerticalScope.com, I work with a small team that will continue to manage the webmaster duties for WorldSeaFishing.com along with the current moderator team.

    We are here to help primarily with the technical end of things and help make the jobs of the current Mods/Admins easier. I posted a real basic run down to answer common questions below. If you have more questions or concerns please feel free to post them in response.

    What are our intentions?

    We bring reliability, support and the infrastructure needed to ensure that the community will continue to be around for years to come. It’s our goal to work with the mod/admin team to help provide the resources and required work to give this community a broader reach, to attract new members, and to better the overall knowledge shared in the community.

    Will leadership change?

    Continuity is the focus here, YOU as the membership work very hard to keep building this community while your mod/admin team keep the walls and the roof up in this place; we are primarily here to make sure the lights stay on. Every community is unique and should always be respected in that regard. You all have established your own unique rules and regulations and a strong reputation that is carried by all of this. For us it’s paramount to maintain this level of integrity and enthusiasm.

    What am I here for?

    Our primary role is to be the technical contact; you all contributed to building the strong foundation the site was built on. Moving forward we will all work together to keep the momentum and the community growing. We will be on the forum checking in daily to make sure regular maintenance is taken care of and keeping things running smoothly from behind the scenes. We will also be setting up a help desk on the site for when you have questions or issues with the site or your account and need assistance.

    Looking forward to working with you all.

    Thanks,

    Philip
     
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  4. Gulp

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    Mike, I must thank you for all you have done for WSF, and for your support for me as a NW Mod, when times were tough. Also for the way you handled matters when I left the modding team. I wish you well for all your future ventures.

    Philip, welcome to the madhouse:)
     
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  5. Why Worry Angling Charters

    Why Worry Angling Charters Member

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    Good luck in the future Mike.
     
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  6. Bill Portland

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    Good luck and thanks Mike, and welcome Philip
     
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    Snaggletooth The Bean Counter

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    Best wishes for the future Mike.

    Hi Philip, welcome to the madhouse.:D
     
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    Cheers Mike , little contact tween us but I wish you the best , tell em not to alter chatter section will ya ? or I will whinge .
     
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    Thank you Mike for all you have done for sea fishermen throughout the years on this site !

    All the best for the future !
     
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    Alright Phil ? ;) Welcome .
     
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    Noted. :)
    -Philip
     
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    Good man , quite like you now .:)
     
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    All the best MTJ and thanks for what you have done for us all
    Welcome Philip
     
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    :( Well done Mike, you've done a great job and it has been recognised, I'm sure we all wish you well for the future. Now you're a millionaire are you going to retire and lead a life of luxury and fish all over the world, OR, get involved with something else? Cheers, Norman. :)
     
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    Welcome Phil...........I can be bribed at anytime........just saying.
     
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    Thanks Mike for creating and running the best forum I have ever been a part of. good luck mate. alan
     
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    thanks for providing us with this fine site mike and all the best for the future
     
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    welcome phil.......are you Canadian? if so lets see some muskee reports:)
     
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    Thanks for everything Mike and good luck to Philip; you've a tough act to follow :)
     
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    All the best, mike. Although we have never talked i would like to say cheers to u and the other admin team members.cheers ken
     
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