I remember being 14 and acting like a 16 year old so people were impressed. Now I'm 20 and acting like a 16 year old so people are annoyed. It's funny how things change like that.
But mostly, I remember that everyone was trying so hard to be the best while also trying to be friends with each other. We had meet-ups, we had ballads, we had battles, we had cybersex, we had awkward pedophilia, we had sharing. It wasn't about picking fights with the mods, it was about picking fights with people you could defeat with your wits. Trolling was only for the crybabies who couldn't rip people apart themselves, it wasn't the norm.
It was the majority of 1337s and the few of everyone else. Great times were had.