I read and enjoyed Harry Potter while growing up, but I'd never been into fan fiction at all. Never really knew it existed tbh. It wasn't until a friend made a derogatory remark to me, while I was in my first year of Uni, that I should go read fan fiction. He said this like it was something only the lowest of the low would do, and an obstinate streak in me thought that this would be a great idea. So I googled Harry Potter Fan Fiction, and found that site. I read a bunch of stuff on there, and loved it, and kept searching for better and better stuff. I've never been one for mediocrity, so I kept looking for the best things to read, which eventually led me here. I remember being so disappointed once I'd started reading the fics that were deemed acceptable here. I still remember the realisation that I'd never be able to go back to the shit I had been reading, and that so much potential enjoyment was gone. In hindsight I used to wish that I'd found DLP more slowly. Initially, I never contributed too much, as I was quite uncomfortable with just how trolly and dicks so many of ya'll were back then. These were the days of The Office, which I've still never read, or the days of popularity of fics like Vash's Oedipus Flower.Things designed to shock and make people uncomfortable. RIP Introduction forum. God, that was a shit show, and an end of an era when it closed. However, over time DLP matured, and became less edgy. And over time I started reading fanfic less and less to the point where I don't anymore. I'll perhaps read a fic once a year or so (recently read Victoria Potter, which was great), but I don't have the capacity, or time, to devour it like I used to. I don't enjoy it like I used to either. It's been about 5 years since I've come here for fan fiction, but it hasn't stopped me coming here at all. I used to wonder if I'd drift off once I stopped reading fanfic, but it's almost the opposite. It's still the tab that I open first every day. I come for the interesting discussions with an incredibly diverse group of people who have managed to shape my perceptions of the world for the better. While we have changed in many ways, we are still true to our original principle of valuing intelligence and logic above the vagaries of emotive discourse. This transfers across all our areas of interest. I can genuinely say that what I have learned from our discussions on subjects like politics, religion, guns etc, has shaped my life for the better. It's given me a way of thinking through problems that is inherently logical, and to look for and point out the holes in my arguments before I make them, so I don't get shit on by all ya'll. This has benefited me a lot in life. Finally, I guess I'll say that as with many of you, I've had my ups and downs. But the one constant in my life for the last 13 years, has been DLP (...and the fucking razor deathadder mouse that I bought the year after, that thing will never die, I swear). Those are my two longest physical and intangible attachments, bar family. I got no regrets about any of the time I've spent here. It's paid dividends, always. Here's to another 15 years.