I'm probably going to get pilloried for this, but since the forums are going the way of the dodo, fuck it. I don't want to regret having not said it.
I joined SRK just shy of eleven years ago under my various 'Lobelia' usernames because I wanted people to play 3rd Strike with. Nobody (but nobody) in my local or state scene liked me because I was an obnoxious little shit and had no idea how to act or conduct myself socially. I was also really, really vocal about being transgender without actually taking any action toward a transition or even knowing how. I didn't exactly do the demographic as a whole any favors in the FGC, even though I thought I was some kind of fucking activist at the time. I still wasn't well-liked when I stopped posting regularly around 2011/2012 or so. My reputation seems to mostly be neutral now.
What I wasn't as vocal about then is that as annoying, abrasive, and even outright toxic as I was, it got me noticed by someone who ended up letting me live with her for bit (I'll avoid naming her specifically just for her privacy's sake). She and I lived together from 2008 to 2013, and she helped me very, very slowly become something vaguely resembling an adult. We bonded over fighting games, and upon moving in with her I made a number of friends under similar circumstances. My confidence grew, and by 2015 I'd actually started hormone therapy, surgical consultation, and psychological therapy, all of which I desperately needed.
I'm turning thirty this year. My name and gender are where I want them to be on a legal basis. I have a stable life, a lovely girlfriend, and the sweetest tits I've ever seen in my life. All of that success-- all of it-- can be traced back to all the stupid shit I said and all the mistakes that I made on this website. I made friends, enemies, and stories here that made me the woman I am today, maybe more so than any community of which I've ever been a part. If you read this and recognize the username, you might not have much positive to say about me, but I love myself right now, and I don't know that I still would if I hadn't come into my own right here.
Thank you, SRK.
SRK lived through 8 years of Bush, 9-11, the fucking financial crisis, the Capcom drought/return/and subsequent dive off a cliff with SFxT, SFV, and Infinite DLC, but couldn't make it one fucking year under Trump...
Matriarch, I honestly never minded your posts. Your shit was more pleasant to read than a lot of the other shit heels.
That said, I still believe you're a dude until you hold a sign with the words "Matriarch SRK' written on them right next to your bare snatch.
No, hiring a prostitute to do this doesn't count.
Despite my best efforts, @Raz0r truly is the biggest bitch on this site.