I was a long time lurker for years, bought a few WSOs, bounced around a lot but never really got involved because I had nothing really to share (or I felt I didn't).
Then in late 2009, that massive Offline Marketing thread started by Dexx went absolutely bonkers with all sorts of great info in it. I'm aware that AP disappeared off the face of the planet (I did get 'sucked in' by his offering btw) but I learned plenty to get out there and have a dip.
For a variety of reasons I stopped lurking here as much - a combination of looking at a couple of other forums, making a go of it myself, and I won't deny the whole AP thing left a bitter taste in my mouth. I can't remember exactly how long I have been away - I drifted without even realising I was to be honest - but I got the email from Freelancer saying the site had been purchased and thought I should come back and check things out.
First thought I had was - wow where did everybody go? Dexx, Michael Hiles, Vagabond, DogScout, AndrewCavanagh - there are a number of guys I remember who seem to have moved on or don't post much anymore - do we know why?
Also, back then directories and site rentals were all the rage, but it seems to have died off now for whatever reason. I noticed a couple of big threads started by John Durham (who's now banned, was he shifty?) but apart from that people seem to be giving up on that model. Now it seems like every second post is on cold calling and selling, and not so much about how to help clients.
I'm not saying it's now better/worse or you guys getting amongst things now are in anyway inferior to the guys I was familiar with - but does anyone care to fill me in?