I joined February 2016, and I want to go down the list of everything that was mentioned and see whether I remember it.
I joined after Mist, Moon, and Wolfie had left, but I remember hearing so much about them. And yeah, everyone had #RememberMistMoonAndWolfie in their sig. There did used to be way more WoF RPs, and I remember the time before FWRPs. (@Hoostie NO YOU DID NOT RUIN THE FORUMS) I don't remember SA and WoF mixing.
Truth and Dare threads for WoF characters! Those were so popular!
Kit was Oswin; it took me forever to get used to her not being Oswin. And she was Frisk in the middle, and her flipside was Chara. (Okay maybe at that point in my life I stalked people a lot)
Hemalorus, I wonder where she went. She was pretty cool, I saw her around a lot but never really got to talk to her.
@Athena I remember you joining! I posted on your "Hi I'm new" thread.
@Rain I remember seeing you as crowangel around.
YES ELEMENTAL RPs those were so cool!
Crest, the most shippable forumer. He was one of the most popular people when I joined, and now I don't think many people remember him. Other male forumers have stolen his spot as "most shipped."
The 666 pages flame war. I wasn't involved in that, but I remember seeing the aftermath.
@Ghost I didn't know you were that old (forum-wise). For some reason I think of you as having joined about the same time as me or a little later.
Some memories I have:
When I joined, the squad of popular forumers (the equivalent now would be the group that includes Ghost, Fatey, Grif) were Angel, Puppy, Lissie, Crest, and Jackal.
There was some big flame war between Puppy and Lissie because one of them made a popular post about being a furry and one of them said that stuff wasn't real...
There was a Puppy vs. Jackal flame war where a lot of people took sides and had #TeamPuppy or #TeamJackal in their sig.
Forum Firefighters. We should bring that back.
Super-long RPs like SETAL, TQP, and HelpingWings.
There was a lot more WoF fanfiction on the forums. The group of writers who were like the royalty of writers were Pen (now Icarus but they will always be Pen to me), Xanii, Purple, Moon, and Dragonwolf. They were all such cool people and I miss Pen and Xanii and Dragonwolf a lot, even though I never interacted with them other than reading their writing.
Religion and LGBTQ+ weren't that important? Like lots of people stated their religion in their sig, but there were no flame wars about it. And LGBTQ+ was there, but everyone kind of just avoided it if they didn't agree with it.
When girls got their first *ahem* punctuation lesson, they would sometimes post about it. I remember seeing those every so often.
Way more RPs. There would be threads about randomness, but at least half the first page would be RPs. Arena RPs, elemental RPs, school RPs, WoF RPs... less fandom RPs. The forums were more focused on Wings of Fire and not all the other fandoms.
Spring 2016 (I think) was a huge ML craze. Not the FWRP, the show. EVERYONE watched it, EVERYONE posted about it. People complained it was taking over the forums.
I was looking through my friends list today, and it's such a time capsule of who I used to look up to. So many people have left... I miss them. Each of them, even if I didn't know them, made the forums just a little bit more of what they used to be.