I remember the Chit Chat Nuke of early '06 pretty well. The fact that many people supported it, although the memories would be missed...then it was done early... Kaya becoming the major pain of the moment... *ahem* Well, anyways, I remember it. For a while, I was really considering getting one of those sigs of "I survived the nuke!"
And I guess I did. I mean, I have 700+ posts now after being reduced from 550? to 250. Though I do tend to frequent other parts of the forums.
Still, I've noticed many huge changes in ST over the weeks since that nuke, and it makes me wonder: Did we survive?
(Damn, I feel like I'm writing for Sex and the City... aww, now I've ruined the moment!)
I started talking in December, which I guess makes me a "new person" in the sense that I haven't been around that long. Yes, that means I probably spammed my way into life at ST. Still, I know the people who were active *then* much more than I know those now. I guess I feel old in that sense. Wait, this thread isn't about me. Moving on.
All those old members... what happened?
Some left. This is a sad thought, considering a number were banned - a few rightfully so (i.e. lbosquet), even though looking back I even miss them! - for various reasons. Others just.... left. I'm not going to ask why. 1cor, why did you quit being a mod? You were a *great* one and we'll all miss your moderation. Let's hope you continue to contribute to the... whatever.
Some have just disappeared. I don't know where many of you old members went, but I barely see you around anymore. What happened to Ishman and the science thread, for example? IdiotHunter and the Demon Eyes comics?
And some have adapted. Ark, Madi-chan, CsuTiBea, Aikido... well, they've all stayed, but I can't help but feel that *something* has changed.
Well, AKofC returned, so maybe this rant is for nothing since he might make everything right again. Who knows. Anyway, back to the point.
The point is that ST has really changed since that nuke, especially in the last few weeks. Maybe we need to change constantly to fit with the rushes of new people to the forum. For those of you who have done that successfully, I admire you. I can't seem to fit with this new generation, or so it seems. Maybe it's partially the typing; I'm used to seeing capitals and... well... capitals seem to have become outdated online. Maybe it's the topics. Whatever it is, StopTazmo has undergone a major change that has caused many old members to disappear and new members to join.
Instead of surviving that nuke, a path was cleared for a new generation, wasn't it? If you can't adapt...?
For all you old members reading this and not posting as often as you used to, can you offer an insight into what made you leave? Am I right, or am I just speaking for myself? Do you think that the two generations, in a sense, will combine, or has the nuke brought on a change that can never really be reversed?
I've come to the realization that I can't relate. I don't even read any of the posts in chat anymore. So I guess I'm leaving too - not ST, not HS... just Chat. I'll still hang around in other parts of the site where the community wasn't so clear. But, uh, yeah, just saying a kind of goodbye and good luck with the new community.
And my questions still stand. Answer them!
(New people: Don't post any "we'll miss you" stuff since you don't really know me. You know if you're new or not. If you do, I will dislike you as an individual instead of just as a general new person.)
(Edit: Aww, this was my 700th post. How nostalgic! How perfect! ^_^)