Single Status Update
I can't believe it's been over five years since I joined this forum. Obviously, my posting frequency has decreased to nearly zero over the past couple of years (much to everyone's delight, surely) but I still browse the forums from time to time and I'm still interested in what the community has to offer.
When I first found Doomworld, I was just a kid (no, really, I was 14) who thought he was cool for liking a game that was, you know, totally old, man. My first thread should tell you a lot about the mindset I had coming into this forum (which, unsurprisingly, was the first forum I'd ever posted on). "Wow! Wait until I show all my friends that I play DOOM instead of Call of Duty!" Apparently, my first post shorted some circuit in my fragile Internet psyche, and I decided the best way to gain acceptance here was to frantically post as many replies and threads as possible, which, in hindsight, may not have been the best idea! I didn't realize it at the time, but looking back on my posts from 2007 makes it painfully obvious that I was just a dumb kid who thought he was fooling everyone. Eventually, this caught up with me (trips to Losers, not-so-nice custom titles), and I felt way more upset than I had any right to be. "How could these people not appreciate my unique style of posting?!" young YMB asked himself, fuming over the response from his peers.
As time passed, Doom became less of an interest for me, I found other forums to post to, and my real life became interesting enough to distract me from the Internet in general. In the time since I "stopped" posting here, I graduated from high school and started college as a math major (where I am now a Sophomore). It seems silly, but I do think that my time on Doomworld taught me a lot about intelligent discourse not only online, but in the real world as well. Knowing when not to say something is just as valuable as saying the right thing.
While I'd like to think that I've left the old YMB far behind, I'm sure my posts are just as shitty as they've ever been, and I fully expect to end up with a big red title again before my days are through. For the time being, however, I'm looking ahead.