At 9/10/12 12:03 AM, RedCoin wrote:
Yesterday was my 9 years anniversary of this place so I thought to myself, motherfucker, next year I'm totally gonna make a 10 year thread, but I'd probably forget so it's a 9 year thread.
Congrats, I guess? I believe my own nine-year anniversary is coming up this coming April.
When I created this account I was 12, like most of you whippersnappers seem to be now.
Now, over 11k+ posts later, I'm a wise and learned scholar of the forums and I could give a pretty detailed history.
Yeah, even though I made my account under similar circumstances, I wasn't really active in the forums until a few years later, and since then I just come and go in little bursts (which explains my low post count).
I don't know if it's because I'm older now, or cooler, but this place just doesn't the seem the same to me anymore.
It's because you're older. I feel the same way most of the time, which is why I don't come around here that often anymore either. Fact is, this site caters primarily to an adolescent audience, more specifically young adolescent males of the angry, frustrated, disaffected nerd and/or burnout variety (i.e. "The Problems of the Future, Today!"). That's not a bad thing; in fact, as you mention farther down it can be a really good thing for kids to have a place like this as an outlet, and as a means of discovering that there are like-minded people out there and they aren't totally alone.
But (hopefully), we eventually outgrow the need for that kind of thing, as we outgrow our directionless anger and insecurity over time. The purposefully offensive shock humor, the masculine posturing, and the woefully misinformed sex talk that often typify the male adolescent experience (and consequently a majority of the threads on this forum) go from amusing to uninteresting or even off-putting, since we've experienced just enough of life to gain some sense of perspective about the realities behind those statements.
That's not to say that there aren't plenty of mature and interesting people of all kinds of different ages, backgrounds, and attitudes on this site, because of course there are. I'm just speaking to what I see as the general trend.
But yeah, for a long time, NGers were the only friends I had in the world, during my awkward years and I would have been fucked without this place.
This is the kind of thing I'm talking about. It's good that NG was here for you. My own situation was never quite that dire, but I did feel really isolated from my peers for a bunch of different reasons, and this was the only place I could go where I could find people with similar interests to mine (mainly video game and cartoon nerdery). This site has really helped me out when I needed it, and I hope it still provides that kind of service to the new crop of regular users.
Most of you reading this will have no fucking clue who I am, but I used to be part of this community. It was the first place I ever truly belonged. Nowadays I do pretty well for myself. I'm confident and happy.
Well, shit, hopefully by next April I'll be able to say the same thing...