'08 here. Hard to believe it's been almost 9 years...
I wasn't ever exactly what I'd call "active" in the game communities themselves, mostly since I never saw myself as being able to contribute to the discussions around the games. I've mostly been involved in the Forum Games section, starting back when it was called "Unofficial Contests and Games" and actually had people in it outside of the PAM games.
It's a little tough on me seeing this part of the forums falling apart. I remember the first (and only) attempt at forming a "Debate Club" in the OOC, the flame-wars that got a few people in a bit of trouble, a couple of April Fool's Day jokes that were isolated to the OOC... And that's all just specifically for the OOC Room itself.
I don't know where I'd be now if it weren't for the UCaG. I know I wouldn't be anywhere near as good of a writer as I am now, though. When I was in high school, I probably spent more time writing character bios and GMing than I did on schoolwork. I ended up with a love of writing not just stories or characters, but in general. That love of writing helped me pass the AP English exam, impress professors by writing what I viewed as fluff, and bluff my way to an A on a five-page essay on a book I'd never read.
That being said, I still try to stay active here. It's tough, though, with how empty this place is nowadays. I have a tough time thinking about this place without remembering the days where there were three full pages of open threads in the OOC room, and two pages in the UCaG...
I think some dust just got in my eye.