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🎁 🍰 🎈 Happy 1st Birthday, Meraki Community! 🎈 🍰 🎁

Community Manager



It’s hard to believe that our little community is 1 year old today. And what a year it has been!


In our first year, we’ve amassed over 20,000 pieces of content posted by over 3,000 individuals. We have had 1.3 MILLION page views from all over the world.



But we’re not just stats. Allow me to reminisce a little... remember our lost gnome, or when we gained our first dog community member? And how about the cat door powered by Meraki, and the amazing before-and-after pictures from the Spring Cleaning contest?!


gnome-snacks.jpg  Photo by Mr_IT_GuyPhoto by Mr_IT_Guy  Image by MichelRugerImage by MichelRuger  Photos by iHoodyPhotos by iHoody


More seriously, we also very much appreciate all of the feedback you have all provided over the course of the year (yes, even the IPv6 thread) as well as the amazing support and technical advice you all have provided for each other. A few standout threads: WPA2 Vulnerabilities, β€œKRACK”, VU#2285191 with over 28,000(!!) views, Meraki VPN Client with 9,900 views, and vMX100 Azure Cloud with 123 replies. Wow!


Of course, you, our community members, say it best. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from our latest feedback survey:


The Meraki community is just... FUNTASTIC! I have never been a part of a community which is so diverse yet knowledgeable in all aspects of technology not just networking!!!!


Let's Celebrate!

Although 10,000+ members is too many to invite to our birthday party, we do have a party favor for you all... BADGES! Each community member who joined in our first year will get a profile badge showing off your early-adopter status (stay tuned; the badge will appear later today!).




We're also having a party here in the office; I'll post pictures this afternoon! (UPDATE: Here are the pictures!)


Year 1 Awards 

We'd also like to recognize some stand-out contributors from our first year with our Year 1 awards. Each of you will receive an awesome metal astronaut pin as a small token of our appreciation.




πŸ† MVP πŸ†

mvp.pngIt goes without saying that @PhilipDAth has been a huge part of the success of this community’s first year. With over 3,000 posts (that’s an average of 8 a day!!!), 1,200 kudos, and almost 200 solutions, Philip has generously lent his time and expertise to all of us here. THANK YOU, PHILIP!


🍻The Regulars 🍻

Some of you have been helping out consistently this entire year, and you've become familiar faces around here. Please join me in thanking and congratulating these 35 members who have posted in 8 or more of the past 12 months.


πŸ‘The Kudosers πŸ‘

Ok, β€œkudosers” isn’t a word, but maybe it should be. Many thanks to our 24 top kudos-givers for encouraging the community with their kudosy feedback! (24 is in honor of the 12 months we've been around!)




πŸ’š MVMs (Most Valuable Merakians) πŸ’š

We'd be remiss if we didn't recognize the folks here at Meraki who have shared their expertise with the community. Many thanks to our top ten Merakian members of the Meraki Community (as measured by number of posts)! Your contributions have been invaluable.




Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has contributed to this community over the past year. We can’t wait to see what the next one brings!



πŸ’š πŸ₯‚ 🎈 🍰 🎁 πŸŽ‚ πŸŽ‰
πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‚ 🎁 🍰 🎈 πŸ₯‚ πŸ’š



P.S. A quick logistical note β€” if your name was mentioned in this post, stay tuned for an email from me to confirm the mailing address for your astronaut pin. Here's the picture of it yet again, because it's so fabulous.



Kind of a big deal

Woohoo! Happy birthday!


I think the only thing missing from this post was a huge thanks to @CarolineS for all her work in maintaining these forums. Give yourself a pat on the back! πŸ™‚

Community Manager

Aw, thanks @jdsilva! I did give myself an astronaut pin already πŸ™‚

A model citizen

Happy Birthday, Meraki Community!!!! You're all wonderful. 


P.S. I knew I smelled badges...

Community Manager

@WadeAlsup - you were indeed prescient! But did you smell REAL LIFE ASTRONAUT BADGES? :-). 

A model citizen

I sure didn't @CarolineS, you're always full of surprises! Thanks for crafting such a fine community site!

A model citizen

Happy bday!! As @jdsilva said a huge kudo/thanks/... to @CarolineS and all the other Merakians for setting up and maintaining the community!


I Just got back from my holiday and ready to kick ass!



Head in the Cloud

*** Happy Birthday Meraki Community***

I am so so so happy to be part of this celebration!!!

Getting noticed

Thanks! I enjoyed the community and the collaboration that we shared. Thank you for setting up the Community!

Head in the Cloud

Happy Birthday!  Congrats to @PhilipDAth


Getting noticed

A year old already... or older if you were in the beta πŸ˜‰

A model citizen

@CarolineS, you've made this community a great place to be and be a part of. Thanks for your hard work and due diligence.


To all the community members, thanks for all the posts, discussions, pictures, ideas, etc. 

Getting noticed

Happy Birthday to this community board. Keep up the good work. I have learned a lot just by reading the posts here and hope to learn much more in the future.  

Just browsing
Happy Birthday Meraki Community!
Kind of a big deal

The community has been growing rapidly due to the hard work and great participation of the members and Meraki staff.  I look forward to continuing to be part of it. 


Kind of a big deal

Congrats everyone and well done on making the forum such a welcoming and helpful place. 

Community Manager

Shhhh.... don't tell my coworkers. We have the MOST. AWESOME. CAKE. EVER. for our party at 4pm! (in just over 2 hours). 



Comes here often

Happy bday to us all in Meraki Community!

Kind of a big deal

The Meraki community has thrived due to the efforts of so many (and thanks @CarolineS for calling out all those mentions).  With any luck we can resist assimilation with the Borg, and keep the community independent.


I would also like to thank FedEx. They spent a lot of time delivering swag.  My FedEx delivery guy now knows me personally, and although he doesn't know why, he has recognised he visits every month. 

I was thinking geesh another freaking birthday, then I saw the cake and I'm like Happy Birthday everyone! πŸ™‚
Here to help

Congrats, keep the data coming.