1st Jan? Sorry, you missed the cutoff
I like your suggestion Rob, the first year of the site feels quite fitting. Presumably a number of those who registered in Jan 2003 were original members too, feel free to let me know if you're one of them and I'll dig out the registration date if I can.
And Billy, I’ve updated your date!
I always find it amazing that Metropol started in 2003. The Lounge, The Red Lounge, The Fight Thread and everything all happened in the first two years of the forum.
You're right, Pete, that is pretty amazing. So much happened in those first couple of years. It doesn't feel like Metropol has been around for 17 years. As a moderator at the time I have to admit I absolutely hated The Lounge. It was an absolute nightmare to keep an eye on as I'm sure Asa will agree. I was glad when you took it off our hands!
Which leads me nicely on to my username - I must be one of the very few original members never to have changed it since the start. I can't bring myself to change it as I fondly remember the itsrobot moniker I had during my moderating days. At the time it was irritating but now, looking back, it was funny! I was almost computerised in the speed with which I could clunk that padlock on a thread. Good times
The other thing I can't believe is that I gave up that role as a moderator in 2008. The fact I only did 7 years as a mod and I've now completed 12 years as a member doesn't seem right in my head either. I'd swear I was a mod for longer than I was.