I was just a teen when I joined PO. Those were the days when PO had just surpassed netbattle. I did not have many friends in real life. PO was just the right place for me. It was a well moderated community. I met people from many different countries and races. I learned how most of us teens were going through similar problems no matter the country, religion or race. We made our own servers which were spammed by trolls. We had server wars and tournaments. Some of my best friends were from this place. Slowly one by one they started to log off only to never come back. Maybe it's just a part of growing up. I left abruptly because I had to leave Internet for few years as my mental issues were getting worse. I always thought one day I will go back to the Internet and talk to my friends. When I came back I found showdown had grown so much and po was dead. None of my friends were here. I started Internet journey once again but I have still not wrapped my head around this always on connected culture. I wish I did not grow up at all. At least not in this hypersexual consumeristic commodified world. Forums were great. Now everyone and their aunt is on Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit. I miss when everything wasn't so connected. I could make an account here and engage with people of my interest. I came online to take a break from real life. Now I go to real life to take a break from Internet. Back then moderation was good too.These days you have politics everywhere. Now online communities are quick to disintegrate because anyone from any interest can flock here to spam. FB and Reddit killed forums. I miss you guys to name a few darkCelebi, Xephim, Aman, Kaish, Dhruv, Yoshi, Priyam, Shadow and many others. Hope you're doing the best in your life because mine is yet to come.