The site still has a few months left, but I'm not active here anymore and probably won't post again, but I'm drunk and I figured I'd post this now.
I can't really express how important this site was to me during my adolescence. While most people's typical teenage years were spent in the real world hanging out with friends, I didn't have that. My life was different growing up than a lot of people's. This site acted as sort of a replacement to me for those experiences that most kids got.
Back when I cared about WoW, this site was great for its BG forums to schedule queue sessions and to talk shit. It was amazing. The drama and entertainment from myself and everyone else actively queueing, fighting each other, R1 drama, etc. was a type of entertainment I probably won't ever be able to recreate. It's silly and doesn't really matter, but it was so much fun back when everyone cared. Talking shit about wins, stupid losses, win traders, queue dodgers, etc. it just had everything. I'd sit here running around WoW and spam f5ing this forum. 12+ hours a day as a teenager, this site and WoW were like my social lifeline and I loved every second of it.
I sort of moved on after caring about WoW to posting in the OT section of AJ. This is where I met most of my friends. It's crazy but pretty much every online friend I have now is somehow an extension of this site, mostly from posting on OT. It was mostly pretty dumb but crazy active for a few years, and led me to some really good friends. I'm extremely grateful to have met these people.
I really wanted to make a post like this, and maybe being drunk wasn't the best time to do it, but it's really the only time I wanted to get back on this site. Its time has passed, and I'm incredibly grateful for my time spent here. My life has moved on to bigger and better things, but the experiences and relationships I gained from this website were invaluable and will last a lifetime. I'm very sad to see it go, but I also feel like it's the right time for it. It's dead and does not serve much of a purpose anymore.
For most of you that I'm personal friends with, you know how to reach me/we're still in touch. The rest of you, here's my twitter if you wanna be in contact: https://twitter.com/_tomtomato
Thank you again to everyone who has been apart of this community. I know it sounds lame, but you have all been an extremely huge and influential part of my upbringing and I'm thankful that I found this game and this website when I did. I genuinely hope you all a good rest of your lives.
Love you all,