The forum will be celebrating a decennial anniversary in October 2015. I have been a member of the forum since almost the beginning (though under a different name).
Since we have had so many new members over the years, many of you may not know that the forum was first named: Why Does God Hate Amputees?
And I just now found that the domain still exists but hasn't been used for the past 9 years.
The book (you do remember that there is a book by the same name, right?) was first published in October 2005. I found the book online that month but didn't register on the forum until a month later. Why did I wait? Like many others, I didn't know that the forum existed. Back then the only way to access the forum was to read the entire book and on the last page pay close attention that there was a link at the bottom of the page for a forum, and it wasn't labeled as "forum" but something like "Discuss". Consequently, during the first several months of life the forum saw very few people register, and likewise there was very little activity on the forum.
In the early months of the forum, the author/creator/website owner had a lot of interaction with us and one of the things we recommended was a change in the name to something more positive, and so the book/forum became: Why Won't God Heal Amputees?
The forum has been through many trials and tribulations, most of which are summed up by a single cell:
People trying to understand religion, atheism, spirituality or prayer. People with their hair on fire and speaking with a bull horn and a sledge hammer. People who were (are?) just plain dense. In some ways not much has changed.
Some very active members whose screen names I recall but who no longer visit the forum:
Agga, Ashe, Assyriankey (banned), Billy Turban, Captain LG, Crimson The Joker, DaveDave (banned), Dkit, Doubting Thomas, DrKatz, Duke, GenerousGeorge, Happy Evolute, Huntingdon, Hyperkubus, Luke, MommaSquid, Mutha, NGB, NicolasD, Noumenon, Onesimus, *pony*, Superfly/Procrustes, Red McWilliams, RickyMooston, Son of Man (banned), Spider, SteveOxford, TCE, Urs, Vynn (banned), xphobe ...
There were many more. I am bad with remembering names, such as our only member from Saudi Arabia (that we knew about). He became our mostly friendly but totally idiotic Muslim member. I met several of these folks offline and still have contact with them to some degree. Some of us banded together to chat on IRC almost nightly. Some members moved to other forums, some moved to other venues and some just went on to do other things.
Oh, an honorary mention must be made for Dave Mabus (banned). May he be taking his prescriptions as directed by his health care professionals. Isn't it nice that Canada has national health care for all?
Considering the hundreds, likely thousands, of actual members (not bots and socks) who have come and gone, one thing to remember is that there is more to life than the forum. It's easy to get sucked into debates, attacks, gotchas, drama, etc., but remember to have a balance to life by not living on the forum 24/7/365.
I have to say that I do miss the YouTube/mailbox connection. The mailbox could be mighty entertaining (and often weird).