Re: Any old timers still around?
That was the clear downside... people were expected to take most of the more trivial stuff from Misc. to the Lounges, but a lot of people were separated from the people who they wanted to interact with. I agree; I wasn't a fan of the Lounges at first, but I grew to like them. They were never as fun as Misc. though. Or the Star Wars forum. That place was a great hangout spot really early on. (We might have even talked about Star Wars at some point...)
Back in my day, people had clever signatures. Not like this one.