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Post Post #0  (ISO)  » Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:12 am

Hi all.
I very much doubt anybody here remembers me. I joined 2010, left 2012. This was during middle school for me. I only completed a couple games, and flaked out of a shameful amount of others. But this was the first (and only, really) forum that I ever posted on. I learned so much about the internet, and the world, thanks to you guys and gals. I loved browsing and posting in GD and Hamsterdam. I was introduced to anime. Madoka Magica was the first that I was convinced to watch thanks to you guys talking about it, and now I have watched 400+ hours of anime. I am sure this site is one of the reasons I consider myself "skeptical, but open minded" which are two traits I value highly. One of my favorite quotes of all time was from hasdgfas.

Anyway, this thread doesn't have much of a point, I just got reminded of my "internet origins" if you will, and thought I would share. I'm happy to see many of the same names still around. Thank you all for being cool people. I might join a game and start browsing again.

To open it up to other people: have you been changed as a person by this website? What have you learned or discovered from here?

PS please don't read my post history, I know I was cringy as a middle schooler, we all were.
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Post Post #1  (ISO)  » Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:30 am

same
To be clear: this is not allowed

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Post Post #2  (ISO)  » Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:44 pm

It's hard for me to determine what effect this website has had on me since I've been here so long I wasn't even really a fully formed personality when I joined.
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Post Post #3  (ISO)  » Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:28 pm

Hi. I vaguely remember you. Nice to see you again. Yeah, this site shaped me too.
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Post Post #4  (ISO)  » Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:30 pm

Hey, I recently found my way back to the site too. I was here through my high school years and then some(2004-2009), taught me a lot of critical thinking skills and nurtured my need for debate. Spending time in scumchat back in the day also opened me up to new movies and music I never would have known about, to which I'm grateful. Also understand about old posts, I looked at some of my old stuff and cringed hard.
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Post Post #5  (ISO)  » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:05 am

madoka magica


Good choice
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Post Post #6  (ISO)  » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:25 am

Welcome back
It's cool to see some people who have moved on end up coming back, whether it be to just check in or to play mafia again
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Post Post #7  (ISO)  » Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:07 pm

Welcome back! I had completely forgotten that Forum 62 was originally called Hamsterdam.

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Post Post #8  (ISO)  » Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:19 pm

good to see you again mb
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Post Post #9  (ISO)  » Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:07 pm

I remember you from back in the day. Nice to see you again!
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Post Post #10  (ISO)  » Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:42 am

Thanks everyone <3 I did miss you
It's been a trip reading the ban thread, RIP those foolish souls
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Post Post #11  (ISO)  » Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:20 am

haha yeah
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Post Post #12  (ISO)  » Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:59 pm

Who were you back then?
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Post Post #13  (ISO)  » Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:01 pm

In post 13, AniX wrote:Who were you back then?


an ad for moon lamps obviously
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Post Post #14  (ISO)  » Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:51 pm

I'm struck revisiting mafiascum how much text I was consuming, and how many personalities I interacted with.

I wonder how frequently this occurs for teenagers today compared to ten years ago.
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Post Post #15  (ISO)  » Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:59 pm

In post 14, Xdaamno wrote:I'm struck revisiting mafiascum how much text I was consuming, and how many personalities I interacted with.

I wonder how frequently this occurs for teenagers today compared to ten years ago.

OMG daamno <3
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Post Post #16  (ISO)  » Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:59 am

I'm always designing setups or playing games even when friends of mine are around.
Being a part of this site has been a core part of my identity and a large hobby of mine since I joined.
I've even met up with and hung out with a few scummers.
I appreciate the people I've met here and the fun we've had together.

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Post Post #17  (ISO)  » Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:50 pm

Nice avatar

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Post Post #18  (ISO)  » Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:18 pm

Hey, thanks for posting this. I subscribe completely to basically everything (down to the flaking, ha) you said, and I do periodically lurk here just to see how many names I still recognize. It's a lot more than I expected, so that's good!

I went three pages into my post history and I couldn't handle much more... Again, all middle schoolers are pretty cringe. On the other hand, starting to play mafia as a middle schooler with a basic grasp of English at best was pretty ballsy! I don't think I would've become so confident in my english skills if I hadn't thrown myself into the wolves like I did, so I'm kinda proud of that. I agree that the average teenager nowadays probably doesn't interact directly with people that are outside of their own social circle so I'm also glad that I got to do so.

I have to gather the courage to join a game, for old times' sake, but it'd have to be either a super slow game or a super fast one. I'm also scared that I've forgotten how to play, but it's not like I was a great player to begin with so I don't have a reputation to uphold or anything.

Anyway it's nice to see that this website didn't go the way of so many other forums, dead and forgotten. I'm glad to see that something that was so important to me is still alive and kicking <3

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Post Post #19  (ISO)  » Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:16 pm

This site helped my self awareness.

Playing mafia on this site helped me build confidence in my own perception and let me be comfortable in asserting it.

My thoughts and feelings are less of "this exists and I don't know what to do with it" and now more "this is what I believe, how and why".
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Post Post #20  (ISO)  » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:48 pm

I learned people sometimes are dumb but not necessarily scum.
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Post Post #21  (ISO)  » Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:40 am

I recognize every name in this thread... except maybe Taly. (Sorry :( )

I found some words overnight, so let's post them.

It wouldn't be unfair to say that I was socialized by this site... which probably explains a lot. Because of that, I think my RL behavior is more cringy than anything I've posted here :?
Despite that, I bailed for a year and a half because while this site is capable of a lot of good - and I believed in that even while I was a moderator - it's also pretty darn toxic at times and it doesn't need to be. Another contributing factor, being totally honest, is that I got tired of not telling people that my social life was on a site about arguing over the Internet where a word that can be interpreted as racially charged is thrown around freely (although I've heard zoraster has said and done things about that).

I tried to find a community that was nearly as interesting and personable as this one. I failed, and my social circle has tightened as a result. (I warned you all in advance about how rubbish I am about keeping up with people.) If I had to guess what this place's secret sauce is, it's that a site about arguing over the Internet invites people who are willing to be open and invest themselves in other conversations about whatever they please. People can be very real here, even when they say they're here for the trolling. That openness is something you usually only find in therapy groups, and a whole community with it, etc.

The people here come from several very different walks of life, tend to be rough around the edges, enjoy spear-fishing with awful puns and memes, are mostly nothing like my parents' idea of polite company, and by and large are fundamentally good and pleasant to be around (even if they don't realize it or take advantage of it). And for better or worse, I fit into this mix better than most anywhere else. You are "my kind of people". Despite all evidence to the contrary, I've never thought of this place as home... but after so much time away, I guess it was true.

I don't know if it presently is. I looked through the threads and... it doesn't seem like a lot has changed since I left. The old threads are still there and the old topics are still circulating. I was struck by how I didn't feel a need to respond to much at all, even to throw a well-timed pun in. I think I would have reached this point even if I hadn't left, which is what's holding me back from thinking that I threw away something good, but...

I guess what I mean to say in so many words is that I miss you. I don't say that to many people, so feel honored, dammit.
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Post Post #22  (ISO)  » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:02 am

aww vi
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Post Post #23  (ISO)  » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:15 am

<3

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Post Post #24  (ISO)  » Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:21 pm

vi I'd play one if you played one
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