In addition to the below history, checkpoint quote counts and other such hazerei on a more-or-less annual basis can be found in the Administrivia category.

  • December 1988: WIST is born as a hardcopy Word document, to be distributed as a Christmas gift to friends.
  • June 1999:WIST goes on-line with about 1,600 quotations.
  • November 2000: WIST is “upgraded” to FrontPage, with about 3,600 quotations.
  • June 2001: The free WIST-a-Day list begins on Topica.
  • February 2002: WIST gets its own domain! Minor formatting changes. New edition has about 4,300 quotations.
  • April 2002: The free WIST-a-Day list moves onto the Hill-Kleerup.org server.
  • June 2003: WIST is moved onto a Movable Type platform.
  • August 2003: WIST on MT is made “live” on the wist.info site.
  • August 2004:  The WIST shop at CafePress opens.  Fortunately, CafePress does not rely upon it to make their quarterly earnings.
  • July 2007: WIST v2 is launched, completely reorganized to use MT on a per-entry basis.
  • August 2007:  Begin offering feeds (including email) via FeedBurner.
  • December 2007:  Include the Google search bar.
  • March 2008: Change to static pages in MT, for performance.
  • July 2008:  6,000 quotes and growing.
  • April 2009:  WIST v3 is launched, using WordPress instead of MT, with about 7,000 quotations.
  • June 2013: Replaced iNove theme with the WordPress TwentyTen theme.
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4 Responses to History

  1.  Lee says:
    3-Dec-10 at 10:06am

    Hey, didn’t chris barlow help conceive the idea for this site?

  2.  Dave says:
    3-Dec-10 at 11:04am

    Sorry, no, I don’t know any Chris Barlow. He may have had some involvement in some other quotation site, but not mine.

  3.  Vann Beverstock says:
    9-May-11 at 10:04am

    Hi Dave,

    My son-in-law, whom I like very much, sent me a quote by Thomas Jefferson regarding religion. I think he may have found the quote on WIST. Troy is struggling with the concept of organized religion and belief in God because of the hipocracy he sees among the christian community, and lately he’s been finding quotes from the “founding fathers” that indicate their disapproval of certain aspects of christianity. I appreciate your list of Jefferson quotes as they indicate his personal belief in God along with his discontent of the religious hipocracy. Thank you!

    •  Dave says:
      9-May-11 at 2:36pm

      Thanks, Vann. Jefferson was not along among the Founders in his disdain for the aspects of organized religion, even though he maintained a belief in aspects of of spirituality. Jefferson was a bit more radical than some — it’s unclear (and he kept it unclear) whether he actually believed in God (he certainly did not ascribe divinity to Jesus). Others (such as Adams) were more orthodox believers while still thinking that hypocrisy and superstition among Christian leaders were a scandal. Many felt that religion was a powerful force for maintaining social order and public morality, regardless of their personal beliefs. And still others were, in fact, staunch Christians and partisans of their particular denomination over all others. It was an interesting group of individuals.


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