In a few hours, at 6PM ET, exactly one year to the date, I spun up a server, created an admin account, and sent a message in a Discord server to a few people:
the site was fresh out of the box, with stock categories and a generic welcome thread, but soon after everyone was signed up we got right down to business with important discussion:
After an initial surge in members and some trolling by 2KG mods, things slowed down on 2KU for the next few months- even those of us in the core founders group found ourselves using Discord or 2KG more than the site at times. We weren't used to talking to ourselves, and at times it was definitely stale, but regardless of all of that there was another group who saw the promise of freedom that was a new forum, and that group was the engine of 2KU in the early days:
@Sssnaps @11wakawaka @ItsMeCaiden @harpyeagle72 @BEASTMODER34 @errolzzz @NotSmithboys1 @yeetboi21 @ND13 @cannabiscorpse - you guys kept the fire burning early on when it was most at risk of going out, and this community definitely wouldn't be what it is without that and you.
Obviously there's more to reminiscence on, but I'll leave that for 2KU Day (Feb 19th) which was a more official launch. This anniversary marks just the establishment of the colony, where a few of us refugees landed after escaping the reign of the Grand Wizard of the National Socialists @HarryLundt.
For those of you who made it this far - thanks to the pockets of the one and only @QuantumKat, we're going to have a few CASH giveaways over the next few weeks to show our appreciation for everyone here and to spread a little holiday cheer.
And if you'd like some of my AWARD WINNING LEGENDARY 1ST EVER GOAT RATED MT , upvote this post and comment "#2KUBEST" below.