posted on Dec, 1 2007 @ 06:57 AM
All I can do is speak for myself on this issue, but I've been a member here since the 2nd board design. That was right after 9/11, btw. I was in the
whole gotta post to every thread stage at that point, mind you there were only about 50 active members at the time and Simon was basically doing all
the work himself, but still. There wasn't much going on in those days board wise. I remember the first chat applet (really basic stuff) and when the
new design was made where we at one point had to log in using the ip addy because some of the coding was off and wouldn't direct us to the site. Good
thing I had it in my web history or I would have been lost in those days. I used to work right beside my house and would spend time on the site till
right before going to work, then dash next door to work, then back home on break to check the site. Sit glued to the PC for as long as possible then
rush back to work. One time I'd left my PC connected all night so if I woke up in the middle of the night, I'd stop by the PC to see if anything was
happening. My boss had to send someone to my house to see if I could come to work because they were short staffed, all because I was on dial up at the
time and the phone line was busy. Those were the obsession days.
At the next board version, I was made a mod, and we were growing. Then, Super Mods were introduced and I was moved up to Super Mod. During those days,
things were kinda rough for staff with a lot of spammers and a couple of hack attempts, so I started just lurking on the forums and doing most of my
posts to the mod areas. My obsession was wanning, and I had a lot going on in my life at the time. Family issues, my grandma was dying, mom and dad
were still living like family didn't exist, heck, mom hadn't seen her mother in 7 years at that point, it had been 3 since I'd seen her. The
support of my fellow mods meant a lot to me at that time.
Enter former mod who will remain nameless, and things were skewed at best after a while. They were made mod, and I rallied for them to be moved up to
Super during the next mod induction. Things went well for a while, I'd moved from my hometown to Northern VA to be with my brother, and things got
rocky there. We had a falling out, and I moved from there, and started posting again in a limited capacity. I took more interest in the board then,
since I didn't have my family again.
Anyways, something happened and life was too hectic, so I ended up stepping down as a mod. I still hung out for a while on the board, but ended up
gradually fading away. This was circa 2004-2005. I still checked u2u's some, but gradually stopped even doing that in 2006.
Anyways, I am back now, and don't think I'll ever get back to the obsession stage, but do look forward to getting into some interesting discussions
again. I truly do enjoy this site, and enjoy the members I meet here and the intellectual discussions I have. I've made some great friends here, and
am looking forward to reconnecting with them. Old timers like WoS and alien. People like UM_Gazz, spectra (if he's still around), and FredT. People
that are no longer here like NetChicken, MidnightMutilator, ThomasCrowne and Kano. All these people were mods at one time, some still are, and
they've shaped what ATS is, and their influence still affects the site today. I know for a fact that they affected every one of us that was here from
For instance, the official beer of ATS is Saint Paulies Girl, as ThomasCrowne used to say, and also the official authority on SR71's. The dancing
bananna smiley on BTS was one of NetChicken's signature smiley's. MidnightMutilator was one of the original camp explorers for the base WoS was at
one time going to (can't remember the name right now). Kano could always be counted on for well thought out responses, and was an absolute genius.
Anyways, I for one don't think that any of the contributions that people in the past should be discounted. It shapes the ATS community, and even the
newbies should respect that, for ATS wouldn't be who and what it is without it.
For those who fade away from posting, often times we still come back. I liken ATS to an old comfortable hat, it might be neglected often, but it's
always there when you need it. It's an old friend.
btw, is there any hope that my old ATS e-mail account is still out there and I could get access to it to get old addy's from there? I don't even
know if we still do e-mail accounts? Just a thought...
[edit on 1-12-2007 by regs]