Hey everyone, I just wanted to write this as a commemoration for everything D3scene has provided both myself and every other member on this forum in honor of my fourth year as a member here. D3scene has for a long time been an amazing website, starting out only a few years prior to my joining.
When I joined, back as a freshman in high school, it was for only one purpose: to sell my video game accounts. I knew nothing about D3scene other than when I had done a Google search, I found that this was one of the many websites which permitted (registered) users to sell on the marketplace. I knew nothing about reputation and obtaining vouches and just being a person who was deemed reliable to trade with, however, I did prosper, which also began my journey here.
As a young teenager, I had nothing to really contribute. I shared things which I thought were either useful, funny, or interesting. I had no coding knowledge ( and still not much ) so I did my best to contribute what I could. I remember receiving some of my first reputation points from making a thread offering to do (terribly done) avatars and signatures for other members. It was an awesome feeling to contribute something to the community and offer a service for other members in return for recognition and the oh-so-valuable reputation points. The more time I spent here the greater my reputation would grow, albeit, at the pace of a snail. The first large chunk of reputation I received was from Tracky because he needed a guest pass for Starcraft 2 ASAP and I happened to be on and provided it for him. His rep power, although much lower at the time, was huge for me and it set me happily around 30ish points, enough to make elder. That was my first big step in the D3scene community and man was it awesome.
The next time I logged onto D3scene I was greeted with this big, rectangular dialogue that read "ChatBawx" at the top left. At first I thought it was just something new that was added but quickly realized that it was a privilege for being a member of the elder community. I was welcomed by a plethora of other members, many whom I did not know even existed. The ChatBawx gave a much larger sense of community to me and I know many others who have walked my path have felt the same about it. I continued to contribute whatever I could, offering my personal knowledge and other pieces of information I stumbled across while on the internet or in person. I was beginning to see how D3scene functioned. How it operated. Who was on top and who the most influential members were. How to gain reputation and how to offer whatever you could and it would benefit someone in the community. As my reputation grew I felt accomplished for each point and each person who I was able to help.
Alas, skip forward a couple years to nearly a year and a half ago and I received my biggest promotion yet. I was finally a moderator of D3scene. This was a position which I was (and still am) very lucky to hold. Not having much to offer in the community as far as hacks left me feeling weak at some points and that I could not help as much as I wanted to. When I was able to hold a position such as moderator, things had changed. I was finally able to help the community by policing it for EVILDOERS whom had wished to cause grief to D3scene members. I found my niche. Being a student in high school, I would have bouts of free time after school which would go to browsing and keeping the sections provided to me as clean as possible. This was what I could offer to D3scene, time and extra eyes.
As I write this, four years from when I started, no longer a freshman in high school, but rather, a freshman in college, I look back on my D3scene experience. I often chuckle at the small threads I would offer up in helpless attempt to provide something to the community. The occasions when it would help, made all of those worthwhile. Although I do not have as much time as I used to due to social gatherings and work for classes, I still very much value the members of D3scene and still stop by, providing my scarce time to continue my work as moderator.
I hope that D3scene and all of its members continue to thrive and prosper in both the world online and the one in which we live in. Thank you very much for reading this and for being the best that you can be.