In fact, just to touch on this a little more, from my ten years being here, I can pretty much classify each era of MC based on the atmosphere of the community. 2002-2004: Impersonal. I don't mean the people here were impersonal or anything, I just mean the forum was just a forum, it had no community atmosphere to it whatsoever... but then again, it was a much smaller crowd then. 2005-2008: That's when things really picked up. MC slowly started to grow, and more and more people started coming out their shells, they started bonding, forming friendships, developing a real community. I attribute a lot of it to That Announcer, he really coaxed people out of their comfort zones and stirred up interest in people. 2008-2009: The community continued to grow, but at the same time, things also started to get slightly cliquish around here. There was still a general peacefulness and relaxed feeling in the atmosphere, but it's like there was an unwritten need for people to fit in with one certain group of people or another (this was especially true of the fanfiction section). 2010-2011: As I mentioned earlier, this was when things really started to get like high school dramatics. Lots of whining about popularity contests, disputes and flame wars were becoming more commonplace, there was always something negative going on... at the same time, there were also whining about the negativity, so it was a double-edged sword: on the one hand, there were people who would always hold pity parties for themselves because they weren't popular or they felt like nobody liked them, but on the other hand, other people were complaining that the negativity was ruining the entire forum for everybody else. It's like a happy median couldn't be reached, nobody could be pleased with anything. 2012-present: Aside from current problem that this thread is discussing, the community is generally more settled down now, but still lacks the overall charm and personality it once had, but as I've said before, as long as it's been, and as long as MC has grown and evolved over the years, I doubt it'll ever be like it was again.