I signed up to this website 3 years and 7 months ago. Over 2500 posts, 33 levels, hundreds of debates, lots of threads and forum games later.... I think I'm done with this site. I've met lots of cool people in several unions (Final Fantasy Fans Union FTW!), been an officer of a few, had really intense debates that now feel like they were for nothing. Everything is gone that I liked about this site. It started with gamespot fuse. I was selected to beta test gamespot fuse (quite a few other people were too so it was hardly a privilege) and that's when I knew things were going to change, for the worse. Gamespot fuse was gamespot's attempt at making a social networking site (which they still seem to be doing); I didn't care much for it. I know people who thought it was okay but I felt it was pretty unnecessary. We had unions to socialise in after all. That's right, had! Gamespot decided to get rid of them. More on that point later.
Several months after gamespot fuse came the introduction of the new (and current) comment system. This nearly put the final nail in the coffin for me. I loved the old comment system and then gamespot went and ruined it. No more downvotes, a plague of trolls in every comment section (which the gamespot video series 'feedbackula' essentially encourages!), not getting notifications when someone liked or replied to your post (except via email, which quite frankly I believe is idiotic) -- it's an incredibly bad comment system.
Then Gamespot decided to get rid of the only thing I came to this site for anymore: unions. Unions were the life and soul of this website. The people you met in unions were genuine friends with whom you would share lengthy conversations and play games with. Unions were much better than regular forums because of their exclusive nature. You actually felt like part of something significant in a union. Alas, Gamespot decided to destroy those too, claiming that 'a few unions will make the transition into the new site as regular forums'. Regular forums? That's not good enough Gamepsot.
Almost 4 years after signing up... this irish dude is done.