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Voluntarily maintained by fans of The Simpsons, the No Homers Club is one of the longest-running Simpsons fan sites and houses the most popular Simpsons forum on the web. The website has had various incarnations over the years, including that of a Simpsons multimedia repository, a news archive, and the current community-focused version you see today. This is our story.
In February 1998, Eric Wirtanen launched a Simpsons fan site he named Evergreen Terrace. Originally hosted at Geocities.com, it would be moved to SimpleNet.com and Milpool.com before its web address was changed to NoHomers.net in January 2001. During the late 1990s, the website hosted over a thousand Simpsons audio clips, thousands of screen captures, movie files, and other multimedia. One of IGN.com's affiliate sites at the peak of the dot-com bubble era, Evergreen Terrace grew to become one of the most popular fan sites about The Simpsons at a time when Simpsons fandom itself was peaking.
Evergreen Terrace at SimpleNet.com in 1999
Evergreen Terrace at NoHomers.net in July 2002 (click to enlarge)
20th Century Fox, which historically went to great lengths to defend its Simpsons copyrights, issued the site several cease & desist letters during this time. Stripped of the majority of its downloadable content, Evergreen Terrace shifted its focus to daily news about The Simpsons and fan interaction, and the page remained on the web. Following the success of a simple message board script hosted on Evergreen Terrace, the page's No Homers Club (aka NHC) message board was launched on August 27, 2001. Unfortunately, a 2002 cease & desist letter from Fox demanded that Wirtanen remove the vast majority of the fan site's pages, and Evergreen Terrace shut down for good on August 2, 2002. Many Simpsons geeks were saddened.
The lack of a popular web-based forum to intelligently discuss The Simpsons and its related merchandise prompted Wirtanen (eric), Tino Persico (Datoupee), and Jonah Flynn (Tomacco) to create the No Homers Club forum in 2001. The forum and our domain takes its name from 1995's "Homer the Great" episode, written by John Swartzwelder and directed by Jim Reardon. In the episode, Homer laments that years ago his peers started a "No Homers Club" and excluded him from the group, even though they let in a boy by the name of Homer Glumplich. (This is explained by the fact that it's the No Homers (plural) Club, and they're "allowed to have one.")
Following the demise of Evergreen Terrace, the forums became largely independent and developed a large community. The NHC's address was originally http://club.nohomers.net but the board moved to SimpsonsForum.com soon after its creation. In October 2002, the NHC was moved to the NoHomers.net domain itself. Our site can also be reached by pointing your browser to https://www.nohomers.com. Beginning in 2002, Jacob Burch (Roarke) also had a large part in the maintenance of this site and he co-ran the No Homers Club between 2006 and 2021. In August 2011, after a brief flirtation as a general discussion message board, the NHC re-dedicated itself to The Simpsons and became affiliated with The Simpsons Archive. The NHC's general discussion community subsequently moved to the BoardsandRec.com forum, which was online until 2021. As of 2021, the administrators of the NHC message board include Burch, Wirtanen, Amber Dowland (kupomog), and Adam Jameson (Dark Homer).
Screen capture from 1995's "Homer the Great"
In early 2005, the No Homers Club portal site was created. Prior to this time, the domain directed visitors straight to the message board. Downloadable Simpsons content and other features have been gradually added to this page ever since. This site has also featured advertisements since 2005. The advertisement revenue and NHC fundraisers are solely used to pay for our hosting and forum software bills. No income whatsoever is generated through the operation of this non-profit website.
From 2001 to 2010, the NHC was hosted by ServerPoint.com in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 2011, the site moved to its own dedicated server maintained by Roarke. As of 2021, the site is hosted by a2hosting.com.
The NHC forum was originally built on the YaBB (Yet Another Bulletin Board) engine. In October 2001, the board switched over to the vBulletin 2.0 platform; unfortunately the switch didn't save the YaBB-era posts. As of 2021, the message board runs on XenForo 2.0.
|The No Homers Club gladly accepts fan-created Simpsons content from all over the world. This includes - but is not limited to - fan art, fan scripts, photographs of merchandise collections, and impressions of Simpsons characters. Please visit those respective pages to learn more, or simply e-mail your Simpsons content to us.
Also, for nearly instant feedback, you can post your fanworks in the "Itchy and Scratchy Studios" section of the NHC.
Literally thousands of people are responsible for the continued growth of this website. We would like to thank:
Our contributors from the Evergreen Terrace era (prior to 2003): Jonah Flynn, Brian Hardy, Rowdy Harmon, Bob Honkisz, Thano Lambrinos, Antonio Lopez, Nina Matsumoto, Jeff O'Neil, Tino Persico, Lucas Reddinger, Justin Reese, Josh Schaier, Ed Slavin, and Dave Wardle
The moderators and entire administrative staff of the No Homers Club forum, and past administrators including Andy Bugay, Skittlebrau, Phil Arnold, Adam Linville, and David Cole
Each and every member of the NHC for visiting and posting on a frequent basisEveryone at XenForo responsible for their forum software
Simpsons fan site webmasters Jukka Keskiaho, Jouni Paakkinen, Scott Vivian, and Adam Wolf for their continued support over the past decade
Our well-known members: Former Simpsons show runners Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein; Simpsons animators Jen Kamerman and Sarge Morton; Bongo Comics writers/artists Bill Morrison, Ian Boothby, Chris Ungar, Gail Simone and Jesse McCann
Our well-known visitors: Matt Groening, Al Jean, Lauren MacMullan, and David Mirkin
And, of course, the entire cast and crew of The Simpsons for providing years of quality entertainment and for making this website possible.
Matt Groening with NHC members SubSane, Kiyosuki, morbot, and blueduck37 in 2007