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Old 12-07-2010, 08:59 AM
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Ever since I first saw Avatar it was like nothing I had ever seen, The amazing story, the in depth portrayal of a culture and people so beautiful I have literally no words that can portray it accurately.

This was a time when PAD was unknown, No one knew what to call this amazing feeling you had when in the theater, and then the withdrawal you had when you left. It was something new in a world that seemed to revolve around the same things day in and day out. I came out of that theater utterly speechless. My head was still on Pandora, my imagination flying on the back of an Ikran. I was reborn. I came home and all I could think about was the movie I just saw that had effected me in a way that I could not describe.

I desperately wanted more, Every fiber in my being was craving for more of what I had just experience. The only resource I could think of besides seeing it 1000 more times was the internet. The second I got home I instantly began my search. At first all i found was reviews and people talking about the movie but slowly as i searched deeper I found a forum. I don't really remember what it was called but it was the first avatar forum I had ever seen. I instantly new it was my home, I dove in head first with no regrets, The movie had only been out for a few weeks and so there was so little traffic I was basically talking to myself the entire time. It became my life.

After a week or two on the forum I began hearing rumors of an amazing forum, somewhere like the one I was on but a thousand times better.

That forum was Avatar-forums.com

It had found me, I instantly knew this was somewhere special, the community, the friendship, the family. It was home. The first day I joined I met so many amazing people, so many people who knew exactly what I was going through. It was beautiful. Everyone was so friendly, the Mod's and Admin's were amazing. It was unlike any other forum, the Mod's and Admin's weren't just a governing body, they were fanatics just like the rest of us, We could have an endless conversation with anyone and find friendship and kindness instantly.

I remember the early day's when the first PAD thread had been created. We talked for hours about it, venting and helping others through what we had already experienced, Through this experience we found friendship, we became a tight knit pack of fans who all had the same goal.

We spent hours on every thread imaginable, Posting so much and so quickly we would get in trouble and be asked to move to IRC so we didn't screw with the server.

It was the most fun I'd had in ages.

Months and months passed and no matter what I knew I could come home from school, get online and my family would be there for me, no matter the circumstance, no matter the situation they where there. This is why it meant so much to us. The laughs, the love, the tears, It was everything and more than we had asked for.

Slowly people started to pull away but those of us who were truly dedicated to each other remained, All for one and one for all, that's the way its always been and the way it will stay.

I cannot currently say whether or not avatar forums will ever be back, but what I can say is that it will be remember.

I will not forget you, We will not forget you. You who brought us so much joy, so much passion, without you I would not be the person I am today

For that I honor you old friend, You who had my back through out the good times and the bad, the place I called home.

The friendship and kindness your brought onto us will be expressed and returned ten fold onto all others who see what we see. Who see the beauty in the world, who see the beauty in each human soul, Who want to and will change this world.

Because of you an entire generation has been irrefutably changed for the better, we will live on and in your memory continue to bring the message avatar has displayed to the world.

We have known each other for a great while, and in more depth then almost any other human being on this planet, you've truly seen through to my soul, and to the souls of countless other fan's, What you have given us cannot be measured in words and for that you deserve our respect, love and gratitude.

Thank you for the countless times you have given us,

You will be missed but not forgotten.

-Neytiri.

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Old 12-07-2010, 09:05 AM
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Never forgotten indeed.
It was my life for the first 4 months of my existance.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:07 AM
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This sums up things well, I too remember the feeling of emptiness after first watching Avatar. I was alone to endure these emotions until I found the forums and all of you who had felt this same feeling. After reading only a few of the heartfelt posts in topics like the coping with PAD thread I knew that this community was something else.

Friends have been easily made in my time at AF, people I will cherish forever and that I hope to meet one day. I know I've said this multiple times, but it is only because of the overwhelming truth it carries.
The greatest gift Avatar has given me, is you. I hold no regrets in spending the time I do with you all and even though one of our sites may be down, may we continue to build our community and share our love for what truly is an amazing film.

Thank you all for accepting me for who I am, and I hope to talk to you for years to come
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:20 AM
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It's sad AF what's become of AF, our roots... Times were great then, nowadays the days are good but back then truly was an experience.

That place used to be my home, my only home infact! Not this thing with four walls around me....
Nowadays AF is a shadow of it's former self and it's probably better it does die in order to bring all the old posters together again!
However, I'll most certainly miss that site when the day comes it does go, and thanks to ALL the people that greeted me and accepted me for who I am!

I love you guys..
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:23 AM
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Fantastic post, Neytiri. I too remember also desperately wanting more after coming back home from the theater on December 28, 2009. I just wanted to find out if there were any other people like me who couldn't get the movie off of their mind. I tried perusing the message boards at IMDB, but there were a lot of naysayers there. Yet in the midst of those posts, someone put up a link to a little site called avatar-forums.com...

It was such a small place then, with barely the level of organization that it came to have. And everyone was meeting each other for the first time and realizing that everyone had experienced something very deep and different from the average movie-goer.

I kind of regret not joining AF back then. I was too afraid to come out of the woodwork. Regardless I looked at the posts on that site almost every day, and they were all great to read. There were some great posts by great people - ProfoundHeart and Neytiri_Quest come to mind immediately, not to mention everyone who now posts here.

Every now and then I like to dig into the past and re-visit old threads on AF. I just hope that I will be able to do that again sometime soon.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:26 AM
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I think the overall mood is a bit too soon for AF. I mean, the site isn't gone. Sadao keeps asserting it's still around. I'm sure it'll be fine after at most 24 hours.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:29 AM
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I'm still holding out hope too, but there's no harm in remembering what the early days of life-after-Avatar were like, eh?

I guess I wrote my post as a kind of 'thank-you' to AF, whatever happens to it in the near future.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:32 AM
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A bit early with the tributes. Might wanna wait until it's finally declared over for AF. Guess it doesn't hurt to remember anyway.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:40 AM
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Whether or not AF truly goes dark I have many many fond memory's of my times there and like you have said it never hurts to remember the good times

I honestly hope it doesn't disappear, It has so much heritage, it would be horrible to see it all vanish like it was nothing.

All my friends, the family, the laughs, everything I have had there is buried deep within it's archives, to see all that lost forever would be a tragedy.

What inspired this post was truly a "you don't' know what you have until it's gone" moment. I had spent so much time criticizing Avatar forums and what Lon did to it I completely forgot what I had there and where I have come because of it. Though I may disagree with the changes that have been made, Lon is keeping it alive and with it the spirit of avatar.

I now remember everything, all my friends, the countless laughs, everything, it's all in those boards somewhere. So much nostalgia I don't even know where to begin
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:57 AM
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I'm guilty of taking things for granted as well. Its a shame how it takes a loss for us to truly appreciate what we have sometimes.
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:38 AM
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That was a fine read Neytiri. Well I joined AF late because I only say the film in May but the responses I got when I went there and started talking about my experience with Avatar, I shall never forget. Everybody understood what I was thinking and feeling, complete strangers understood me better than I did. I am so grateful for all the friends I have made there, all such amazing people. Avatar was a catalyst, it was the event that gave birth to this new ultimately better me. Everything I thought I knew, everything I wanted out of life changed and I'm glad it did.

The people on AF were always willing to talk and help each other, the discussions there helped me to take my changes even further. I have never been apart of such a great community, I didn't think it was possible on the internet. Fans meeting each other face to face, making films together, listening to each other problems and offering an ear and advice. As soon as I read ProfoundHearts' 'Hearts, Lies and Love' I knew it was a special place.

Thanks AF for helping to make me the man I am. I hope AF does rise again but if it doesn't, thank you
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:48 AM
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My thoughts as well.

I'm gonna see what my first post was on AF. If I find it I'll post it here.
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:22 PM
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AF will not be forgotten.
Even if it does come back, then we can share memories.

I watched Avatar a bit later than most, it was a few days after new year, I have actually forgotten exactly when. I had seen the trailer but hadn't heard much about it other than that, I expected it to be good, especially since I'm a fan of scifi, but I was not expecting anything near what I got. I completely forgot I was sitting in a cinema wearing 3D glasses. When it finished and Jake's eyes opened, I sat there all through the credits, unable to move. When I was going home, I felt amazing, like I had left part of my mind behind on Pandora. The next day, I just didn't feel like getting up, and I felt distant and couldn't focus on anything, as well as feeling somehow sad, but not really knowing it. After another day or so, I was wanting to see Avatar again. I was looking for more about Avatar when I found AF via a link on another website, just around the time that people had started discussing PAD. I have been on many forums before, but until then never with anything approaching the dedication I had then. I averaged over 150 posts per day for at least the first week. I was happy to find people who felt the same way, who understood. I really did not expect Avatar to bring new feelings, but it did. I discussed everything, I spoke to some of the people there and made real friends who are the closest I have had. Something about Avatar, when it changed us, brought us together. The feeling was, at the time, unique. I spent HOURS every day (and I do mean EVERY SINGLE day) on AF, just keeping up with the discussions and sharing my feelings. I spoke more honestly about myself than I ever had before, and I listened to others do the same, with these people they trusted so much from knowing we had had the same life-changing experience. We were a family, a clan, and AF was our first Hometree.
I remember nights spent without sleep, talking - about Avatar, about its effect, about how we have changed and about humanity, about Earth, about the effect on us and so much more. I remember telling people things I had never told anyone before, and even had to think about myself, I remember giving advice, helping, listening. I remember feeling like the luckiest person in the world for having found people who understood.

Things may change, but AF will never be forgotten by me, even now, it is why we have ToS which continues the legacy
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:07 PM
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How could i forget about the roots of our community, it will always be something special even if i am now here And it was an awesome idea to make a tribute thread, that where the times in that past
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:20 PM
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Just throwing this out there - When AF goes back online, I plan on re-visiting all the threads and starting up some of those old conversations. It would be interesting to see how perspectives have changed over time, and see how far we've come. I invite you all to do the same, maybe become more involved with the community there (assuming the site is online). Some of you would be pleased to see some old faces who have been returning, and anyways I think it would be cool if we did more to bridge the gap between the two communities.
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