It is now two years to the day that we moved over from the old site onto this one. In those first few days and weeks, the site was almost unusable. Of course this was unknown to us in the first few hours and we were still full of life and hope:
But this journal is about the OLD site. The TRUE Rooster Teeth community site where everyone hung out for the decade prior to the switch. I missed the early days back in the mid 2000's, but I'm glad I was there for the final three years of the old site.
So let's go back in time:
We had karma levels and leaderboards.
(The top 42 highest karma levels on the old site)
We had statistics.
(I managed to reach 50,000 posts just three days before the site switch)
We had awards.
(In case newer people reading this don't know - they stopped tracking online time in 2012, so I was stuck with the "settled in" award showing that I had been online for a day. But when this screen cap was taken, I probably had a total time online of several weeks or months)
And we had lots of other stuff, which all looked nicer than whatever we have now.
(My karma level the day before the site switch)
There was also a weird glitch in the site that would take you to a hidden journal that you normally couldn't see. Only a few users knew about it.
(Those were the last few posts from the hidden Matrix journal)
The place I hung out the most was (by far) the forums. Here they are in all their glory.
On the last day, nostalgia journals were flooding the tabs. Meanwhile, in the Red Vs Blue Season 13 thread, we were having an apocalypse party.
I have hundreds of screen caps of the old site, but this journal is already way too long and I'm usually not a fan of super long journals. And if you're wondering, yes, I actually did take several screen caps of a single page of a thread and then stitch them all together. And yes, I did this with dozens of pages from multiple different forum threads. No, you can't see them.
Also if you're wondering why these forum posts from the last day of the website all say "posted 3 months ago", it's because I took those particular screen caps during a fondly remembered event known as "The Great Migration". In November 2015, three months after the launch of this new site, we were given access to a backup version of the old site for a few days. In those few days I went round the old site again and took tons more screen caps. So that's why.
(The journal I made on the old site during The Great Migration that is now floating around in the ether somewhere).
It's been two years. And so I have only one thing to say:
FUUUUUCK THIS NEW SITEEEEEEEEEEEE