I haven't been on the DPF much in the past few years for a variety of reasons, some good, some better, but I realized when looking at my profile that I'm about to roll over 10 years on the forum.
I was on here and actively participating in many many forums during what I consider the heyday of this place, which was sometime about 5 or 6 years ago. The debates and information exchange on such a local level made a difference to someone like me who hadn't really lived here that long. I met a few forons out in the real world and made many acquaintances and friendships.
But the quantity (if not the quality) of discourse in this place have really hit hard times. I'm sure FB and other places have lured folks away and I'm certainly guilty of having other things that were shiny to look at in the 21st century. But I wanted to say that I appreciate how this place helped me feel more a part of the local scene and I hope things keep going, even if I'm not around much to keep up.