Wow, I just logged on here for the first time in almost two years! Just a complete whim when I suddenly remembered Terrouge. It's crazy to think of how much time has passed. I am another member who probably wasn't here for quite long enough and heavily involved enough to leave a really memorable legacy here but I certainly do remember a number of you, and even more than that I remember a lot of the brilliant discussions we had. Looking back through my profile I realise I joined in 2002 and was pretty active until around 2007/2008, that was such an important and interesting time of my life.
I seem to remember that although Redwall attracted me to the forums in the first place as a young teenager, I quickly spent more time here in the Lounge discussing films, books, politics, philosophy and everything else under the sun with all of you and had a great time. I'm shocked to read Brian Jacques died, and that I hadn't heard anything about it until now. It's definitely sad and I will always love the Redwall books (well most of them) and intend to pass them onto my own children someday. Again just checking and I've realised that I stopped reading the books after Triss, so I've only read 15 out of 22 of them. Highlights just how for many of us this forum became so much more than just a book series.
I think this generation in particular will have had such unusual and new experiences as the internet has grown up with them (I started using it when about 11 or 12, I'm now 22) while it didn't exist for my parents. And I think the community here probably had nothing but a positive impact on my life, if even in a small way. Learning to write, debate, discuss, analyse, and even just communicate with people from all over the world. This wasn't the first forum I was a long-term member of, but it's certainly been the seminal one and I haven't been as involved in any other forum since. To be honest I just don't really have the time any more but it's great to see that we can check in on each other every so often.
Around the time I would have stopped posting regularly here, I had just went to university and have now completed my Psychology degree. I took a year out aftewards due to family commitments and am now looking to start my career. At the moment I still don't really know what exactly I want to do or how to go about it, and of course the current economic climate isn't the most promising for jobs, but you know what? I'm happy and healthy which is the main thing and I do have a job at the moment to pay the bills even though it isn't a "career" type job yet.
It's such a bizarre but lovely experience to see that the forum is still active to some extent, and that people still remember their time here fondly. I never really got to the stage where I really took any of the friendships I made here much further than the discussions here, and sadly I think at this stage that's probably all it will ever be. And at the same time that's one of the fascinating things about the nature of the online world. And I think everyone should be proud of the community that was created here and the good times we had. I'll definitely remember to pop in every so often, and I will always remember my time here fondly. Would love to see more of the old members pop up here too!