This year's forum topic titled something similar to "Forums aren't what they used to be", is the one by Erenoth. Old forumites that stil lurk from the golden era of 2003-4, have posted their thoughts on the matter. They are relative to the list below:
A. Ah, when Yahtzee was here things were better!! (then he went arrogant and left.)
B. I remember Adventure Game Creator..(it was on DOS)
C. I remember Helm, he never let anyone insult him (he did it once and left the forums)
D. Self-referential jokes about "how nostalgia threads on the forums aren't as good as they used to be" aren't as good as they used to be.
Some people said that the forums are better now and that people should move on with their lives. Those that said it were stoned.
Another relative topic can be found here