I highly doubt most people would know me, after all, it's been... what... 3 years? 4? Longer?
ADISC was pretty much a defining saga of my life, years ago. The site, the groups of people I met and talked to had such an impact on me. It helped me cope with a difficult part of my life, and I genuinely loved this place.
It really was a community of awesome people. I remember that I would spend hours at a time, sometimes whole days just talking. Participating in discussions about everything from religion to how awesome a certain videogame or movie was. Thread Lazers, Teddy bears, stupid, stupid shit. But it was shit that helped us. After all, I think everyone who came here back in the day needed to be around people similar to them. Some of us were depressed. guilty. Had shitty home lifes, had no idea about our place in the world and just wanted others around to not make us feel like rejects or outcasts.
It was a real community, but as I've been lurking, I have to say that I'm dissapointed.
This isn't the place it once was. It's not a community anymore, it's filled with neckbeards and diaper-obsessed fetishists. It feels like returning to an old place from your childhood, with nothing but good memories, and seeing it run down, dilapidated and covered in graffiti.
I left here because I saw it coming. The infighting, the drama, the influx of creeps, and the upper management who treated this community as nothing more than an addition to their portfolio, as just another website for a client. People just didn't care for the community that was here, and now looking around all the old members of the community are silent, most of them moving on or just not caring anymore.
I know eventually people move on, we realise we don't need support for something that is a very minor part of our life. We move on, get jobs, raise families and become better people. But I hoped that this place would be the exact same wonderful place it was when I first discovered it, and it's not. Because the real people out there looking for someplace to belong is greeted by... this. All this shit. Not how I got greeted.
But thanks for the memories.
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Also, I know this won't last long. Whatever will be will be.
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Ghost of ADISC's past, if you will.