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Old 28-05-2020, 11:05 PM   #1
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Is it just me or are there a lot of really long time RYLer's stopping by in the past few days? Not often posting or anything, but popping up in the forum activity etc. Names I'd not expect to have been around in years and years...



It might be normal (I can't tell any more!) but it's really pushing my nostalgia buttons! Man it brings back the memories!



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Old 28-05-2020, 11:15 PM   #2
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It's fairly normal, a lot of people still pop on regularly even if they don't talk so much now. And other people occasionally pop back after years.

I think some of it is nostalgia but also a lot of people still like to check in on their friends, which is nice. A lot of very strong friendships have been built here and even if people don't always keep in touch as much I think they still look out for each other.

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Old 28-05-2020, 11:23 PM   #3
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It's an odd one, because looking back at the historical stats for the first time in ages, activity in terms of logins hasn't ever dropped away anything like posting/new threads have. It's low yes, and they stay around for minutes seemingly, rather than hours (days!) back in the day, but its oddly surprisingly and consistently higher than I'd ever have guessed it would be.

Either way, it's great to see those names and I'm glad they're still about, even as ghosts. Pot kettle black I know :)



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Old 28-05-2020, 11:35 PM   #4
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It doesn't surprise me what the logins haven't dropped off in the same way. The old regulars have grown up - I hear some of them even became adults with children and jobs =P so they don't have the same time, and of course social media has changed. I always like seeing people pop in and old faces being around, though I hope most people are in much better places now and doing okay.

It's nice to see you around. Are you keeping okay?

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Old 28-05-2020, 11:41 PM   #5
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Yeah me too. I get huge joy in finding out about members who've got married, jobs, moved on etc. After all that was ultimately the goal - it was always about the leaving :)

I'm good thanks, these days at least!



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Old 29-05-2020, 12:00 AM   #6
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Seeing people move on is definitely the best part. I used to go to all the Irish meets, and I managed to be around long enough to meet all the generations of the Irish RYLers, and then see them move on.

I'm glad to hear things are good these days.

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Old 29-05-2020, 05:36 AM   #7
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I have babies all over my FB because of RYL.

I'm not surprised people check in, but its probably hard for any formers to get a footing after 75% of people (we took a poll lol) changed the usernames when it became fashionable to do so.

Sometimes when I post in General I hear from people who recognize the name. This thread will probably do that.

Is chat still a thing here?



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Old 29-05-2020, 07:47 AM   #8
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Well Jack you should have behaved yourself better if you didn't want so many babies :) lol

Username thing was a really big challenge, still not sure what the best answers would have been. One on hand you need that continuity I understand, but on the other holding people back from moving forward, which was another big motivation of name changes, and forcing them to use the same one they came up with a decade before when they were different people is also tricky...

No, chat and the mods got 'moved'

But it might yet return, you never know... watch this space!


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Old 29-05-2020, 10:23 AM   #9
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I think your name is one of the more recognisable Jack. There have been a lot of name changes though - in a place like this I think the discretion people need is valued more than continuity.

Chat got moved to Discord for tech reasons when there weren't really any active chat mods. I became a chat mod after that and after about a year we moved away from RYL and set up a new mental health community. There are still a lot of familiar faces from here around chat there.

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Old 29-05-2020, 12:23 PM   #10
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Some people heard a certain webmaster was around and popped back to stalk like we did in the old days



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Old 29-05-2020, 12:28 PM   #11
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Nah, that couldn't possibly be anything to do with it!

Lovely to see you again, hope you're doing goood :)



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Old 30-05-2020, 09:49 AM   #12
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I'm good, kids are 12 and 10, I'm raising them alone, got a good job, bought a house. Working from home and trying to school the girls (in Welsh) is a bit of a challenge! Also help to run a choir and sunday school at church.



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Old 30-05-2020, 10:03 AM   #13
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Wow home-schooling is hard enough without having to do it in Welsh!

It's really great to hear you're doing well - so good to hear :)



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Old 30-05-2020, 03:47 PM   #14
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I am back but under a different name, I used to be Auragrace. But I am so much better mentally than I used to be. And older and wiser



So where the hell's my hope,
And why can't I just try?
You know I've lost a lot,
But I won't let this die.
I know I've got a friend up in the atmosphere,
And another reason not to fear the sky;
No, not tonight.


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Old 30-05-2020, 04:30 PM   #15
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I haven't really left I used to be insignificant_one.



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Old 30-05-2020, 05:51 PM   #16
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I had another account back in '04-'05 but I managed to piss all the mods off so I left for a bit (not banned though I hasten to add!!!)



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Old 30-05-2020, 06:44 PM   #17
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Ha, who hasn't hey - you're surely not a proper member unless you've got some infraction points under your belt!

Hello Dawn, and Kymmie too :)



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Old 30-05-2020, 08:59 PM   #18
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True, Harley!



I'm fine! Totally fine. I don't know why it's coming out all loud and squeaky, 'cause really, I'm fine!


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Ha, who hasn't hey - you're surely not a proper member unless you've got some infraction points under your belt!

Hello Dawn, and Kymmie too :)
I’m so amazed you remembered my name, that’s so lovely. I was horrible when I was Auragrace but I’m so much older now and in a much better place.



So where the hell's my hope,
And why can't I just try?
You know I've lost a lot,
But I won't let this die.
I know I've got a friend up in the atmosphere,
And another reason not to fear the sky;
No, not tonight.


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Old 03-06-2020, 11:18 PM   #20
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Funny, just decided to stop by today and first thing I saw was this thread!



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Suddenly burn so pale?


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