To all DFP members & visitors:
It is with mixed feelings of happiness, nostalgia and gratefulness that I am announcing that i have sold the forum and passed the torch to a new owner - Congregate Media.
It's with happiness because i know the forum will be in great hands with Congregate Media. They specialize in hosting and maintaining high-quality, active forums in a variety of niches. They have the resources and the expertise to keep up with the ever-increasing technical requirements of hosting and maintaining a large discussion forum like DFP and make it as user friendly as possible.
They're also fully committed to maintaining its core mission and nurture its strong community that have defined and made the success of this forum since 2008. I am very confident that DFP will continue to prosper under their expert management.
It's with nostalgia because this forum means so much to me. It was started in 2008 (more than a decade ago) because i felt that the internet was lacking a quality place for softball fanatics to come discuss and exchange about girls' fastpitch softball. It was modeled after the old The Fastpitch Forum (one of the very first softball website on the internet back in the 1990's) where i met my friend and current moderator Ken Krause. FPF eventually died because of disinterest from the owner.
DiscussFastpitch has been a raving success since the beginning and still going strong after 11 years. It has grown quickly and remains to this day, the most popular girls' fastpitch forum on the internet. It has over 30,000 threads, 14,000 members and regular members and visitors year round.
We see a lot of a forum come and go that often slowly die when their owner either lose interest, get too busy with other projects or run out of resources. I want to ensure that DFP continues to grow and thrive in the future. This forum is dear to my heart and after spending a lot of resources over the years to make it grow and to maintain it, i strongly believe a specialized group like Congregate Media is a better position to ensure its continued growth into the years 2020 and the web of tomorrow.
It's with gratefulness because without you, this forum wouldn't exist and wouldn't have been so successful. I am deeply grateful to all the past and current members & visitors for making this forum a success story and a safe, interesting place for softball fans to come to learn, read, exchange and talk about this great game. I am so thankful and so grateful to all of you for making DFP what it is today.
I am also deeply grateful to the people who have worked really hard in the background to make DFP successful over the years starting with our main moderator since the beginning - KEN KRAUSE - i cannot thank him enough for keeping the fort up all these years with an amazing dedication and consistency. He's the PRIMARY REASON why the forum is such a wonderful community. Much of the success of this forum is because of him. Thank you KEN and i hope you will continue your excellent work in the future.
I also want to thank our other moderators - Amy in AZ and Sluggers - who have also contributed to the success of this forum both as moderators and active participant also since the beginning more than a decade ago.
Finally, to all the tech people who have worked behind the very complex and technical scene of making this forum work properly. Running forums is no easy job, the platform are very complex and technical to administer and maintain. A special thank you to Kristian who has been the main tech person for the past 6 years.
As for me, i am a softball addict for life and i will will remain a member of this forum and continue to visit to get my fix of softball.
Thank you very much and i wish DFP and all of its user the best in the future.