If you've ever looked at the whois info for Ars Technica, you might already be in on a little secret: our birthday is December 29, 1998, making 2019 the site's official 20th anniversary year. For a site that wanted to do "bad, bad things like NT, Linux, and BeOS content under the same roof," that's an impressive run—about 7.5 million beats, or more than a lifetime in doge years.
Over the last two decades, well, Ars has definitely expanded. You can find anything from LARPing to archaeology industry trends alongside the latest Linux review on site today. But throughout the site's numerous evolutions, Ars still feels like it has stuck with the ethos of that initial public declaration—"having fun, being productive, and being as informative and as accurate as possible," as Editor in Chief Ken "Caesar" Fisher put it.
So as a small start to what will inevitably be numerous trips down memory lane during our 20th anniversary year, we recently polled the Ars community—aka, staff and readers—to find out what folks consider some of the site's greatest hits. This week's Orbital Transmission is dedicated to a few of the most popular stories mentioned, but you can find a more exhaustive list on site later this week as part of our ongoing anniversary series. (After all, you know all this stuff is an official Big Deal™ when it gets emblazoned on a mug.)