I joined before all of you*. I remember the first Face cult. The chat room. <span style='color: #FF0000'>l</span><span style='color: #FFFF00'>l</span><span style='color: #00FF00'>a</span><span style='color: #00FFFF'>m</span><span style='color: #0000FF'>a</span> joining. Discovering the odd ranks that you all now know so well. Politics and Culture. Anything Goes. Education. Lots more.
I remember "Weblog of a Serial Killer". My precise words were "what the fuck is this site?"
*excluding Ben, Owen, Pixie, Brian, Sickness, and Nicole
I remember that article. I never visited the chat.
I lurked for a while to get a feel for the place (something I'd done on the JQML and to a much greater extent on TFS,) but then I started to like several members. AD was continually insulting them and it was grating on me. I noticed two of his posts outright contradicted each other, and went from there.
For the next 100 or so posts I basically tried to point out that he was an idiot and tried to get to know Poppy and Dollie, both of who disliked each other but who I was smitten with. Poppy's intial post had asked if anyone from FS was here...so I said that I was, and she IMed me, and history was born. Dollie IMed me first too, I think, thinking I was Jesus.
She taught me that I shouldn't just accept bad things when my friends did them in my first big online argument ever. Unfortunately, Heidi hates that aspect of my personality greatly and most of my other arguments have centred around how much of a twat I am.
Heidi said that she was a little intimidated by how smart I was and liked me. Absolutely fucking mint. I just remembered this, take that Heidi.
(ps I love
you don't be mean ;()
This was also when I spent 14 pages or so of very long posts arguing with AD because he was being insulting towards Dollie, (the subject matter was ridiculous, to be frank, and had I been in the slightest bit intelligent or rational I would have recognised how completely idiotic both our arguments were.)
During the post-a-thon I got pissed at Nukelavee, who continually irritated the fuck out of me and I know exactly why. Mags and Scott
irritated me too, although I can't remember why. I also insulted Eddie, (he posted "this topic is gay" in a homosexual thread and Dollie and I called him immature...oh how times have changed,) and he was nice to me, and I eventually got a lot of respect for religion and for him. Diane I only have vague memories of. MG was rather ...well, not bright, and I only started thinking he or she was particularly smart lately.
I left for a while as things became boring, to come back (FS had died,) to find some guy who Mizu knows called Sturgmangriff or something similar, Sushi, and a rash of newbies had been complete assholes to AD, leading to his leaving. Consequently the Rum Monkeys had created a new set of rules, and I stuck around for a while.
AD returned for a post, announcing how proud he was that I still hard a "hard on" for him, despite me NOT MENTIONING HIS NAME EVER. I had started to miss him, because I'm not bright. I did miss him from then on until his eventual return.
I then got into my groove, and posted like an FSer on here. It was fun, I was starting to like most of you. I got to know a few more members, although I can't remember which ones. I suspect Diane and CD were a couple of them. This was when my tummy became Angela's avatar, because Dollie's a bitch. :D Heidi joined around this time, and I tried to break up arguments between Dollie and Heidi until both of them got seriously pissed off at me. I got into serious debate posting again. Jon joined and I bounced between liking him and being annoyed at him. He was smart and articulate, which was why I defended him on the odd occasion, although we rarely agreed (I believe his first insult towards me was "I bet youre a liberal from the way youre arguing".) I started actually researching before posting because of him. I'm severely disappointed with what
he's like now and I have no idea what
the catalyst was.
I started hating chookie.
But anyway, things coasted along, serious debate got furious, with me and Gregor usually squaring off against MG (who hadn't yet had the intelligence epiphany,) and Jon. Owen (who was clearly trying to debate specific points he was either unclear on or which proved the case for him outright,) and Nukelavee occasionally got involved but largely debates were amongst us. They were kinda heated but a lot of fun. Jon's bullshitting was really tame at this point, I believe he was only caught out a couple of times and usually his points were relevent and well sourced. It was a really interesting time and I learned a lot.
I started to like Pixiebean, in spite of her personality being...ah, incongruent with the people I usually like. :D I had also started to absolutely adore and idolise Ben and Owen.
The next few months are a haze. Probably boredom and Sushi spamming, I know that compared to AD's coming tirade it was almost stomachable. Ben asks me to become a moderator, I agreed because I like pseudo power and feeling important.
AD returns, and the forum is swamped by his spam. I get bored and sick of him calling for me to be moderated, but keep fairly polite. As time wore on I got more and more pissed off and eventually sunk to his level. I was bored of the forums and he killed off most friendly banter and debate, so I was going to leave.
And I did, for a while. I completely left R&M alone unless Heidi or Poppy linked me to things they found funny. It was during one of these links that I found AD actually trying to argue that something the rum monkeys said, posted, or had placed as a title ("Christian right" or something) broke the T&C and that he should be allowed too aswell. His argument was completely off the wall and he was raving badly, regardless of what
was actually said to him, so I argued with him and he was eventually banned, so I returned.
More recent times.