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Unread postby Rory » 8 February 2020, 15:47

Hey everyone,

I'll try and keep this as short as possible.

The name is Rory, from Australia. I used to post under this user name in the old GTF and the user name Maverick in the old old old GTF which I joined in 2003ish as a 15 year old, I'm now 32! I'm not sure how many of you from those days 10+ years ago are still around or if anyone will remember me to be honest. I still remember a lot of names and faces, the forums were a great place for a closeted angsty teen and I'll always remember them for being my only gay outlet. That and sneaking into my room to watch Queer as Folk every Monday night.

I only stumbled across this site because I was on the old GTF forums tonight looking for a couple of members I used to talk to back in the MSN days (without any luck).

Anyway I'll just leave this here and see what comes of it. If anyone I used to chat to remembers me and if you want to re connect just send me a DM. Here's a photo of me and my partner of over 5 years now

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Unread postby René » 8 February 2020, 16:05

No waaay! I recognised your username the moment I saw your thread appear but thought "Surely it can't be that Rory after all this time?" :P

Anonymous Boy here :D

I'd actually forgotten your original original username was Maverick! There's been another Maverick since then who was American and straightish or bi or something.

I expect a few more people will remember you, and it's even possible to summon good old Colin.
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Unread postby René » 8 February 2020, 19:57

By the way, it took some coaxing to make the photo appear; I think the server it's on doesn't like it being linked from other sites :P
You might want to upload it as an attachment to your post :3
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Re: It's been a long time

Unread postby Rory » 9 February 2020, 00:57

René wrote:No waaay! I recognised your username the moment I saw your thread appear but thought "Surely it can't be that Rory after all this time?" :P

Anonymous Boy here :D

I'd actually forgotten your original original username was Maverick! There's been another Maverick since then who was American and straightish or bi or something.

I expect a few more people will remember you, and it's even possible to summon good old Colin.


I went down a bit of a rabbit hole last night and ended up here. I have a lot of memories of those days on GTFN and still remember talking to quite a few people on MSN but there's no one I keep in contact with really. I have James, an Irish guy on my Insta but we don't really chat. It got me thinking about everyone, what's happened in their life since those days and all that. I'm guessing that a lot of people sort of disappeared and forgot about this place.

There was a bit of confusion when the old GTFN died and it moved over onto a new forum and then someone else took Maverick, but by that point I was just happy to use my real name because I wasn't terrified to be outed.

A lot of memories came back from those earlier days. Shawn hijacking the forum and Shawn v Red Cow, Cocksucker the original guy who created the forum taking his own life which was such awful news, Huevos Grande posting all sorts of gross shit. Then there's a bunch of users I'll list off that comes to mind. Yourself (Anonymous Boy), Frosty, poweron, Caliboy, kshoaf, 2QT2BSTR8, Leti, Boris Yeltsin, Darcy, Poolerboy, Me Without You, Wizid.

I know there's so many I've missed. What was Colin's original user name??? I have a lot of gaps in my memory that need triggering haha.
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Unread postby René » 9 February 2020, 08:39

Rory wrote:I went down a bit of a rabbit hole last night and ended up here. I have a lot of memories of those days on GTFN and still remember talking to quite a few people on MSN but there's no one I keep in contact with really. I have James, an Irish guy on my Insta but we don't really chat. It got me thinking about everyone, what's happened in their life since those days and all that. I'm guessing that a lot of people sort of disappeared and forgot about this place.

I remember James the Irish guy. He got mad at me once for claiming his favourite intoxicant, alcohol, was a chemical and a drug just like LSD is. :P

Anyway, yeah, it's sad. Though some (like yourself) do come back from time to time feeling nostalgic, and a few never left :D

Rory wrote:There was a bit of confusion when the old GTFN died and it moved over onto a new forum and then someone else took Maverick, but by that point I was just happy to use my real name because I wasn't terrified to be outed.

If you feel like taking a trip down memory lane, you may be interested to review the Events of December 2007 Historical Archive.

I also later wrote a summary that may be of interest.

Rory wrote:Cocksucker the original guy who created the forum taking his own life which was such awful news

Cockmaster I believe it was! May he rest in peace.

Rory wrote:Huevos Grande posting all sorts of gross shit.

I believe we eventually banned him after he went too far. :P

Rory wrote:Then there's a bunch of users I'll list off that comes to mind. Yourself (Anonymous Boy), Frosty, poweron, Caliboy, kshoaf, 2QT2BSTR8, Leti, Boris Yeltsin, Darcy, Poolerboy, Me Without You, Wizid.

I know there's so many I've missed. What was Colin's original user name??? I have a lot of gaps in my memory that need triggering haha.

Cali.editor or something close to it :)
He's reprised a version of that name here (Cali Ed) and drops in occasionally.

I miss Boris (Jandre)! I talked to him occasionally after he stopped posting, but he never came back to either GTFO or here.

I miss Darcy also, and Mitosis, malefic, infidel, cristo (Felix) and screwball7 and floorstud56 who were all hot, postalboy and hesgaysowat/DannyBoy and Horizon and Seanothan and ===shane=== who were really cute (I actually had a crush on Shane at one point :P), NameTaken, TMA, Kyle (xFDMx), Villi, Imperator2, Reis, waterfrenzy/BJCG, T-Virus, Jesaja, quackman, Blancpain, Crispy, tim153, J-Mac, RunsForRain, Ty-phoon, martin_hockey, jakeyboy, Finnegan, Valentine, FrOzEn_FlameZ, Pekkle (when he was still a boy), TheXO (kind of), FisherKing (kind of), anything (kind of), island (kind of), Libertine/renard (Ben), Ichol (Ben), Khalek (Chris), Quizmaster520 (Joey), Spartan Johnny Hook-Inn (Anthony) and others.

  • poolerboy0077 is here :)
  • You may also remember the illustrious Mr_Marmaduke.
  • And acpro?
  • lostpainting (Alex) is more lost than ever.
  • Island remains a traitor. But he was pretty nice otherwise. He probably felt guilty and never showed his face again.
  • wizid, Justin and SCARFACE occasionally stop by. Wizid says it always feels like home when he drops in randomly :3
  • PolandBoy and Erich/Cory / Quirky Harlequin / Caffeinated Cynic have each been back exactly once I think, around a year ago.
  • Jacen/iDavey/Daveymort/St.Davey/Paragon was active for some time and retains mod powers.
  • Villi has occasionally been back here under the name wordsalad.
  • LeTi was discovered by Finnegan (the Brazilian, you may recall) to be some kind of weird fake who was actually the son of some high-up Central-American diplomat and not Belgian at all.
  • I wonder if kshoaf (Kevin) is still with that JRKinky guy (with the inbred straight guitar-playing family members... or were those Kevin's?) that he secretly made an admin which started the whole mess that led to the exodus.
I really wish I'd had the foresight to create a full archive of GTFN before it went down... or that it had been more search-engine-optimised so that it was actually browsable through the Internet Archive's WayBackMachine.

So many memories! :runaway:

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Unread postby Rory » 9 February 2020, 11:00

René wrote:If you feel like taking a trip down memory lane, you may be interested to review the Events of December 2007 Historical Archive.

I also later wrote a summary that may be of interest.


Oh wow, I'm still getting through it all but it's a great read and really brings back a lot of memories. The life of dramatic gay teen boys on the internet :keke:

René wrote:Cockmaster I believe it was! May he rest in peace.


Yes yes of course, I knew it was Cockmaster, I'll always have that avatar of the alien jerking off stuck in my memory. I don't know why I said Cocksucker. I did see the discussion in one of those threads you linked about contacting his family and letting them know about the legacy that Jordan set up for all of us. I hope that happened.

René wrote:Cali.editor or something close to it :)
He's reprised a version of that name here (Cali Ed) and drops in occasionally.

I miss Boris (Jandre)! I talked to him occasionally after he stopped posting, but he never came back to either GTFO or here.

I miss Darcy also, and Mitosis, malefic, infidel, cristo (Felix) and screwball7 and floorstud56 who were all hot, postalboy and hesgaysowat/DannyBoy and Horizon and Seanothan and ===shane=== who were really cute (I actually had a crush on Shane at one point :P), NameTaken, TMA, Kyle (xFDMx), Villi, Imperator2, Reis, waterfrenzy/BJCG, T-Virus, Jesaja, quackman, Blancpain, Crispy, tim153, J-Mac, RunsForRain, Ty-phoon, martin_hockey, jakeyboy, Finnegan, Valentine, FrOzEn_FlameZ, Pekkle (when he was still a boy), TheXO (kind of), FisherKing (kind of), anything (kind of), island (kind of), Libertine/renard (Ben), Ichol (Ben), Khalek (Chris), Quizmaster520 (Joey), Spartan Johnny Hook-Inn (Anthony) and others.

  • poolerboy0077 is here :)
  • You may also remember the illustrious Mr_Marmaduke.
  • And acpro?
  • lostpainting (Alex) is more lost than ever.
  • Island remains a traitor. But he was pretty nice otherwise. He probably felt guilty and never showed his face again.
  • wizid, Justin and SCARFACE occasionally stop by. Wizid says it always feels like home when he drops in randomly :3
  • PolandBoy and Erich/Cory / Quirky Harlequin / Caffeinated Cynic have each been back exactly once I think, around a year ago.
  • Jacen/iDavey/Daveymort/St.Davey/Paragon was active for some time and retains mod powers.
  • Villi has occasionally been back here under the name wordsalad.
  • LeTi was discovered by Finnegan (the Brazilian, you may recall) to be some kind of weird fake who was actually some African diplomat in his 50s IIRC.
  • I wonder if kshoaf (Kevin) is still with that JRKinky guy (with the inbred straight guitar-playing family members... or were those Kevin's?) that he secretly made an admin which started the whole mess that led to the exodus.
I really wish I'd had the foresight to create a full archive of GTFN before it went down... or that it had been more search-engine-optimised so that it was actually browsable through the Internet Archive's WayBackMachine.

So many memories! :runaway:

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So many names and memories come back here, but I will admit some I don't remember so well, it has been 10+ years! I think I had a crush on Shane too, if we're talking about the same guy. Leti, wow.

Over the years I've been away I've had the odd random thoughts that it would be nice if we were all able to track each other down and create some kind of Facebook group with the originals but I think it would be too hard to find everyone and too much time has passed now, probably.

To be honest I can't see myself being much of a contributor to the forum, but I just wanted to stop by and say hello and perhaps leave the door open to reconnect with some people that I grew up with that were really my only gay friends as a young closeted teenager.

I guess for anyone reading this and that comes across this in the years to come my DM's will always be open and I should get an email notification. My Instagram handle is Roars87 and my profile is on public (at the moment) so feel free to stalk away and or give me a follow.
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Unread postby Rory » 9 February 2020, 11:06

Although it looks as if I'm unable to DM.

René is it possible that you DM me? I want to ask you something in private.
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Unread postby René » 9 February 2020, 11:08

Rory wrote:Although it looks as if I'm unable to DM.

René is it possible that you DM me? I want to ask you something in private.

We had to add that restriction to new accounts without a lot of posts due to spammers messaging everyone in sight. I've removed you from the New Members group, so you should be able to send a message now :)
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Unread postby René » 9 February 2020, 13:56

Rory wrote:Yes yes of course, I knew it was Cockmaster, I'll always have that avatar of the alien jerking off stuck in my memory. I don't know why I said Cocksucker. I did see the discussion in one of those threads you linked about contacting his family and letting them know about the legacy that Jordan set up for all of us. I hope that happened.

Not yet unfortunately, but I expect I'll do that one day if someone else doesn't do it first.

Rory wrote:So many names and memories come back here, but I will admit some I don't remember so well, it has been 10+ years! I think I had a crush on Shane too, if we're talking about the same guy.

Here are some later photos of the one I'm talking about:

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I thought he was cuter before when his hair was longer, though :3

Rory wrote:Over the years I've been away I've had the odd random thoughts that it would be nice if we were all able to track each other down and create some kind of Facebook group with the originals but I think it would be too hard to find everyone and too much time has passed now, probably.

Well, I do have all the email addresses people used to sign up for GTFO. At some point I want to invite everyone for a mass reunion. I just haven't got around to it yet (and I don't know how our email provider, Google, would feel about us emailing 45,292 people in one go :P).

Rory wrote:To be honest I can't see myself being much of a contributor to the forum, but I just wanted to stop by and say hello and perhaps leave the door open to reconnect with some people that I grew up with that were really my only gay friends as a young closeted teenager.

That's cool :keke:
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