Originally posted by bluetape2k1
Lets see here...Not many great members left..(no offence new people) when I say great I mean Old skool classic forum members who did care a damn about the forum and how it was running..people like like SLK, Chev, Randman RM(aswell)Bop, papadoc, watadoo.
First and last post on this subject, so here goes...
I see this "old skool" line repeated time and time again around these parts, and I must say it's an extremely blinkered view of what these forums are about, people really should get about more and mingle in the other areas of the community, these forums are bigger than one person, and will continue onwards and upwards no matter how many people you remove from the equation, but while we are on the subject, let's just re-cap on some of the other missing old skool members of the winamp forums, and what they brought to the community other than the ability to post threads about waffles, dinosaurs and endless simpsons quotes..
How about for starters, Duk, skin review member, did more for the database than can be expected, Cappy17, helped write the review guidelines on WA.com, Winsane, tech support extraordinaire, Gandalf, more of the same, RajI/O, skinner supreme, last seen in the WA3 forums some months ago, the list could go on and on, I could name you dozens of "old timers" from a couple of years back who for what ever reason or another have left the forums. You've probably never heard of some of the names, you won't have unless you get out of GD once in a while, but they are and were all key members of these forums that helped breath life into it.
To say that all the fun has gone because a few GD members have left, either of their own volition or otherwise is wrong, and it does a dis-service to the forums in general, remember, they are bigger than one person.
On another point, if the good old days are so great, you should all take a trip to the forum archives one day and have a read back on some of the threads from 2 and a bit years ago, there were more trolls on the boards back then than enuff, just recently I went back right to day one in the former skin love forums, some of the threads were appaling, all bile and vitriol from new members, the other forums were not much better, so the golden days are maybe not as golden as you may think.
Where do I stand on the whole RM situation?, I'm not entirely sure I have a point of view on it, I've kept my own council on his recent shenanigans, the only stand out point being I agreed he should have had his initial ban
for posting the porn links all those months back, should have served his time and come back a better person for it, I can't say I was ever overly fond of him, after all, how many time would you open a thread only to find another simpsons quote at the end of it, there is only so many times you do that before you get bored and switch off. What I do believe was he was just another facet of these forums, be that a good one or a bad one, you can make your own mind up. Sadly he pushed the envelope to far and this is a result of it, thing to remember here is for ever action you take, there is an equal reaction, and the eventual reaction in this case was his removal.
So to sum up...
Look outside GD, there is more to forums.winamp.com than this one place, other areas live and breath by their members and add greatly to the whole WA.com ethos.
Stop looking behind you, the good old days were not that great, stop focusing on what was, and focus on what could be. You guys and gals in here have the ability to make this place what you want it to be.
Rm is gone, that's a fact, that may change one day in the future, maybe I don't know, RM would have to kiss some major ass to get back now, and I don't think he as a person is likely to.
Ok, think I've waffled enuff now , yes?