Barks4eva was the first really intense forumite I remember. Absolutely not a troll in any sense of the term and bled red, white and black…
Once he got fixated on GT though, those conversations dominated every thread on the board for like a year. I think this was mid-2006. Many scuffles were had… not least of which with me and after a while Barks just stopped posting.
He popped up again post the time when Richo was sacked and I remembered why I missed him so much. Out of the box thinking, passionate as they come and very interesting ideas. I ultimately sat on the same side of the fence as he in terms of preferred incoming
I know Barks still pops in from time to time so if you’re reading… HI
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Then a year or two later… goodness, it was the Axl era. Remember that. I reckon for a year straight Axl had the last comment on every thread across every forum here. Nothing provocative… just a comment that didn’t contribute to the discussion
That was pbly the most unreadable this place ever got… every thread turned into forumites getting frustrated with him whilst he feigned ignorance
Fortunately the great AOK spooked him and he sashayed away
Around this time as well was the soccer guy whose name I can’t remember. Just logged on and posted these huge soccer pics that threw the pages out of whack and then posted link after link for downloadable movies
If there’s anything to be thankful for it’s that neither of those two guys would get a guernsey today… both would have gotten band within a week whereas both reigned close together for like a year
Me thinks that was the time of the first great big exodus of the forum. Lost a lot of good forumites and pretty much all the semi-decent opposition posters we had too.
Then of course there was the plugger era.
This was tricky because old plugger was a Saint through and through. And when he actually stopped his schtick, one could have some very interesting discussions with him but he was just so omnipresent and needled people for soooo long this place became tiresome.
The second exodus happened over these years
Peace and less activity reigned for a while until the great Ted/Parkey and Stone Cold, Pelican and there 5-10 different incarnations hit the board around 2-3 years ago.
IMO this was one of the nastier eras as these guys frequently claimed to know more, peddled crap and put down anyone and everyone that said otherwise. They… along with a few others contributed to the demise of almost all other ITKs beyond Toni, all of which just got tired of being attacked for sharing.
The most frustrating thing of all however was to see them get a new nic, give themselves away with old tricks then feign ignorance and pay victim.
IIRC, this also included the time when they both, along with a number of other forumites, tried to utilise the urban dictionary to get a number forumites expelled. Frequent accusations of their detractors that they were using some smut term… though I never once saw anyone use the term in the way suggested.
Things settled a lot once that era was dusted.
Now we’ve kind of gone into the referential era… there aren’t really any ongoing direct spats anymore. Rather there are feuds that just continue through references/digs that get dropped into random posts.
As recent threads have shown… a number of forumites feel harassed and unable to stand up for themselves from the smaller number of perpetuators.
Don’t know what the answer is… but I don’t miss the 10 years ago problems