Originally Posted by Andreas
16-hour days? To prepare for a forum launch? What kind of preparation was involved? Setting up the server couldn't have been that bad, could it?
I'll take it as a compliment if the launch went so smoothly as to disguise the real effort behind it.
If I was launching a forum on a low-traffic site, it would have only taken an afternoon to install and launch the whole thing. A high-traffic situation requires a lot more planning, since no single person can manage the whole site alone without serious help. Selecting and coordinating the launch with 30 moderators took a lot of effort, especially hashing out the final feature set for the launch (which VBulletin features to enable/disable and why). Installing VBulletin itself was the easy part and only took minutes. Most of my time was spent on communication and coordination.