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stillakid
11-30-2008, 11:43 AM
It's late 2008. Many of the original regular visitors to this site are gone. The Star Wars films are history. We have the animated Clone Wars on TV and toys in the stores, but the majority of Star Wars fans have scattered to the winds.

Who's left here really? And how old are you? I ask because on occasion, there are things to share that aren't necessarily "age appropriate" for the under-18 crowd. Is there really anyone here who is under 18? If so, how did you find SirSteve's Guide?

And who are we fooling anyway? Kids today have such access to porn and "non adult" material that we older "kids" ;) never got to enjoy. Would the occasional "adult" link or "bad word" kill the occasional naive kid who happens across SSG? And what government agency is policing this anyway? The internet isn't governed under any rules. Why does SSG limit the content that can be shared, particularly because MOST of the Star Wars fans ARE older than 18?

Anyway, who IS here anyway? Who is left? Who is new? Who are you? :)

jediguy
11-30-2008, 12:51 PM
I was born in the month of September of the year 1965

my father took me to see Star Wars on my 12th birthday, which was 4 months after the movie first came out
my family had moved to a bigger house that summer, and I did not catch Star Wars fever because of all the moving

my mom gave me my very first action figure of Darth Vader
I remember looking at the back of the card and seeing there were 12 figures total
I saved my allowance and got a new figure once a month
my Obi Wan Kenobi was different than the other figures because his lightsaber could be pulled out even longer than the others

I didn't have enough money to buy Princess Leia when I first found her at K Mart, so I hid the package on one of the supports for the clothing racks
when I had the money, I went and retrieved her
luckily, she was still there

the last figure I got was the Jawa
I looked everywhere I could for the vinyl cape, but I never found one
I got a second Jawa, and took his cloth cape off and pretended I had 3 Jawas
the next year was when some of the store exclusives started coming out
I bought the Sears Cantina in the hopes of getting a tall blue Snaggletooth, but I got the red one instead
I wrote a letter to Kenner telling them I got the red one even tho the blue one was on the box, and they sent me a form letter telling me that different areas got the different figures because the blue one wasn't supposed to be made
I never got the remote control Land Speeder, and my Death Star came from a garage sale

oops, I just remembered this thread was about age

I am 43

bobafrett
11-30-2008, 01:09 PM
I was born in the month of May of the year 1965

I have no clue how long I have been posting here, don't remember but faintly finding this place, but being clueless as to what forums were. Can't remember what my first Star Wars toy was, but I do remember my eyes widening when the Stormtroopers blasted there way onto the Tantive IV, and was hopelessly hooked from there.

I, like Jediguy before me, am 43.

I collect Star Wars toyus, dress up in Stormtrooper armor, I am married, and have 1 son, and three stepchildren.

stillakid
11-30-2008, 01:42 PM
I guess I should answer! :)


I'm 39, but aging every day. Two kids, one teen and the other getting close...

I have no idea how I found SSG, but I'm sure it was by accident as the site name doesn't have anything remotely to do with Star Wars. I enjoy the original films and "blame" them for contributing to the career I currently enjoy and the life I pursue. I also collect the Hasbro toys and the occasional "other" collectible that catches my eye.

My own kids are more interested in Harry Potter and Hannah Montana than anything. Star Wars is only a part of their consciousness because I bring it up. I do see the occasional kid in the toy aisle, but I have a hard time believing that those younglings have the werewithall to find SSG where they could be contaminated by the occasional "bad" link or word.

It seems to me that Star Wars is mostly followed by old guys like us. Is there anyone out there who is younger than 18?

sith_killer_99
11-30-2008, 02:01 PM
I was born in May 1974.

My parents took me to see Star Wars for my birthday. It is my earliest childhood memory. When it was over I sat quietly in my seat while the credits rolled. My parents thought something was wrong with me. When the lights came up I cried, because I didn't want it to end!

I am 34 years old, I have been a regular on SSG since 1999! I was 25 when I first found SSG. Since then I have met my wife, fallen in love, gotten married, had a daughter, and we are working on our second.

I have seen a lot of regulars come and go, I have taken a couple of extended breaks due to moves, military schools, and deployment to Afghanistan. But still I remain.

When the last SW movie came out, my daughter was the same age as I was when the first SW film was released. She is a huge fan!

Kidhuman
11-30-2008, 02:10 PM
I am 35 years old.


Just to toss it out there, just because somoene doesnt post, it doesnt mean they are over 18. We could have alot of kids who visit the website as lurkers who come for the news and such, but dontpost because they dont want to or their parents dont allow it. They could look at the pics and such, so to anwer your question stillakid, a bad link could drive traffic away from the site.

El Chuxter
11-30-2008, 02:35 PM
I'm old enough to know better than to waste money on action figures, but too young to care.

LTBasker
11-30-2008, 02:41 PM
I am 21 and was born December 6th, 1986.

I was introduced to Star Wars at a very early age by my Mother (who is also to blame for my introduction to Star Trek, Batman and Superman) by her sitting me down, and telling me there are some movies I might be interested in. I would say it was probably about '89 or '90 when this happened.

I found SSG long, long ago when it was simply a black background, red text and thermal detonators for icons beside page links. I was a frequenter of the chat room under the name Jedigreedo with it's incredibly blinding format similar to the site; black background and red text. I frequented the chat room until the end of it's hosting on the EchoStation IRC chatserver, but still visited the site every so often for news and such. I don't know when the forums were first introduced, however, as I only found out about them in 2000. Eventually I joined just before they moved the board to this version - vbulletin - to partake in the Micro-Machines section as my fandom of the Star Trek Micro-Machines had become sparked again. Of course, with my collecting of the Star Wars figure line since the 1995 debut, I eventually ventured into other sections of the forum until I started to regularly post.

Recently, though, my drive behind Star Wars collecting has been whaning in the last couple of years, and due to this I've posted much less than I used to.

So, at the very least there were people under the age of 18 posting here, but we've grown up. :D Well, grown up physically, at least. I swear psychologically I'm still 12.

Mad Slanted Powers
11-30-2008, 02:52 PM
I was born in the June of 1970, which makes me 38 (that's my master's degree in math coming in handy). I'm not sure how I first found this site. It might have been a link from theforce.net, or just me searching for Star Wars sites. At first I was just using the online checklist to keep track of my figures, but didn't join the forums and start posting until after AOTC in May 2002. I didn't post much the first year. I didn't start posting a lot until after the return from exile to swcollecting.com. At that point I only had about 500 posts.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-30-2008, 04:08 PM
I'm 18 right now, but I'll be 19 tomorrow. :)

I was introduced to Star Wars when my parents took me and my sisters to see the special editions in the theater, as seeing Star Wars was their first date back in 1977. I had a friend who had been a fan before that, and some of my earliest SW-related memories involve going to his house and talking about it and whatnot.

My first figure was a Chewbacca in Bounty Hunter Disguise I got at a now-closed Kmart after I saw ESB but before ROTJ (fitting with the SOTE timeline, coincidentally). But I think the first SW product I ever got was a Taco Bell Cloud City toy; I LOVED the line of premiums they had in 1997 and of course still have them.

As I said a few days ago, I'm pretty sure (but not 100%) that I came here around this time ten years ago while looking for Star Wars figure info online. I got on the forums a while later and was here well before the November 2001 sign-up date in my profile (that was when I came to the new boards), so I was probably nine or ten when I started posting and/or reading the forums. And we always get several of kids and new posters whenever there's a big new launch, as seen recently with The Clone Wars.

TeeEye7
11-30-2008, 04:31 PM
My vote is to keep SSG a family site. That was one thing that really appealed to me when I first found it around 1995 or so. There's plenty of other places within SSG for the adults in which to play (read: adult themes and language). Just my two cents' since I definitely feel a generational difference here from time to time. Ultimately, it's Sir Steve's sandbox and he makes the rules.

As I said, I've been around since 1995 or so looking for info on SW figures for my then 6-year-old son. I lurked a lot in the early days. Don't know why I've become gabby since then. Must be an old age thing. Must also be because of the menagerie of characters who post here that have grown on me ;)! I've always appreciated the unselfishness and support of the members here. I've received a lot of great help through the years. I'm now introducing my 5-year-old nephew to the SW world. He's a convert! :thumbsup:

BTW: I'm eleven years older than Barry. :eek:

plasticfetish
11-30-2008, 05:29 PM
My vote is to keep SSG a family site.I'm pretty sure we aren't going to be voting on this any time soon, no matter how badly stillakid seems to want an X-rated Star Wars fan site. ;)

It doesn't even really have to do with the people that post regularly in these forums. There are plenty of "under age" Star Wars fans out there, and I'm going to bet that Steve isn't looking to scare them away.

...and seeing as how this thread is really more about stillakid trying to prove a point, and not about how old we all are, or when we first found this site (I think there's another "How did you find SSG" thread anyway), I'm not going to bother with repeating myself.

bigbarada
11-30-2008, 05:51 PM
I'm 35.

I don't believe any freedoms are being infringed upon by ensuring that this site remains PG-rated. This is a privately owned organization, thus they are free to set whatever rules they want when it comes to posting here. Freedom of speech is a restriction on the government, not a restriction on private citizens.

So, if anyone wanted to set up and run an x-rated Star Wars forum, I'm sure no one here at SSG would stand in their way. Just don't expect an endorsement on the front page.;)

What I tell people on Matt's site who bring up these kinds of complaints is that, if you don't agree with the way things are run here, then you're free to leave anytime you want. You're also free to set up your own website under your own rules anytime you want.

So, stillakid, let us know when your adult-themed Star Wars site is up and running, I'm sure lots of people here would have no trouble visiting it.

sith_killer_99
11-30-2008, 06:28 PM
That was one thing that really appealed to me when I first found it around 1995 or so.

WOW, so when did SSG officially kick off, I didn't find it until 1999, wasn't even surfin' the net back in 1995!

stillakid
11-30-2008, 07:06 PM
I'm pretty sure we aren't going to be voting on this any time soon, no matter how badly stillakid seems to want an X-rated Star Wars fan site. ;)

It doesn't even really have to do with the people that post regularly in these forums. There are plenty of "under age" Star Wars fans out there, and I'm going to bet that Steve isn't looking to scare them away.

...and seeing as how this thread is really more about stillakid trying to prove a point, and not about how old we all are, or when we first found this site (I think there's another "How did you find SSG" thread anyway), I'm not going to bother with repeating myself.


It's just that I was forwarded a very funny "fanfilm" with Mace Windu/Sam Jackson dropping a few F bombs and realized that I wasn't able to share it with the rest of the SSG crowd. So I got to wondering just how old everyone here is anyway.

stillakid
11-30-2008, 07:08 PM
So, stillakid, let us know when your adult-themed Star Wars site is up and running, I'm sure lots of people here would have no trouble visiting it.

:) I'm not looking to do that! :) Just wanted to share some funny stuff that mature audiences aren't afraid to see/hear. That's all. :)

plasticfetish
11-30-2008, 07:48 PM
...and realized that I wasn't able to share it with the rest of the SSG crowd.How many years have you been posting here, and you just realized that you couldn't post a link to something like that?

I mean... I'll be honest, I don't really think it's a big deal, but the point is that it's not a new thing around here.

Snowtrooper
11-30-2008, 08:39 PM
I'm 36 years old.

I found SSG doing a google search in 00 or 01. I lurked around for 5 - 6 years before joining in 06.

Tycho
12-01-2008, 02:10 PM
I'm going to officially be in my mid-thirties in a few more days.

I like to deny my very real aging because I grow into worse and worse health problems while I only care to go out with girls in their early to mid-twenties, so I always pretend I'm younger. I also collect and play with toys for "4 years and up" and the younger I believe I am, the better sounding is my excuse.

My parents took me to see Star Wars when we were living in Europe when my father was assigned overseas. I think we saw it in Belgium for my first time. I was scared of Darth Vader.

I love animals and always did, so I naturally took to Chewbacca. He, R2-D2, and the Stormtrooper were my very first Star Wars figures from Kenner. I first played Star Wars by creating adventures where Chewie had to hide R2D2 from the Stormtrooper by stashing him in my Grandma's sofa.

I got the other figures and vehicles from gifts from my family at first. Luke's landspeeder was my first vehicle and I had a lot of fun with that.

Beast
12-01-2008, 02:37 PM
I'm 35.

I don't believe any freedoms are being infringed upon by ensuring that this site remains PG-rated. This is a privately owned organization, thus they are free to set whatever rules they want when it comes to posting here. Freedom of speech is a restriction on the government, not a restriction on private citizens.

So, if anyone wanted to set up and run an x-rated Star Wars forum, I'm sure no one here at SSG would stand in their way. Just don't expect an endorsement on the front page.;)

What I tell people on Matt's site who bring up these kinds of complaints is that, if you don't agree with the way things are run here, then you're free to leave anytime you want. You're also free to set up your own website under your own rules anytime you want.

So, stillakid, let us know when your adult-themed Star Wars site is up and running, I'm sure lots of people here would have no trouble visiting it.
Well said.

I'm glad that the forums have some standards and some rules.

In my opinion, it just wouldn't feel right to have an outright X-Rated Star Wars site. The movies are intended to be family friendly and so are the forums.

Steve, JT, and the rest of the Mods already allow a lot of freedom. And honestly, if you really need to pepper your posts with foul language to get your point across... or for a new way to bash the prequels, it likely isn't worth listening to anyway.

Tycho
12-01-2008, 02:43 PM
Would an x-rated Star Wars site have Ewok-on-Jawa action?

Not that I'm really interested in something like that. But what about the Utai and the Ugnaughts? And YARNA?!

DarkArtist
12-01-2008, 03:38 PM
i was born in November of 1974 (which makes me 34) and i found out about SSG through a search engine (i believe i was looking for Custom Made Star Wars) and as of 2002 here i am.

my earliest Star Wars memory was my parents telling me how they took me to see Star Wars at the ripe old age of 3 (opening night of the movie) and actually falling asleep during the final battle. however when it replayed again in 80 with Empire I was glued to the seat and amazed at the epic of the movies. i can even remember waking on Christmas morning in 1980 to see a box marked "To Jeff - From Santa" containing over 30 of the Star Wars action figures and both a TIE Fighter and X-Wing sitting next to it. i can remember waking up Christmas morning 1984 and getting a copy of Return of the Jedi on VHS (ahh the good old days):thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

i've been collecting since 1980 almost always Star Wars, GI JOE and Transformers, but recently mainly focused on Star Wars and GI JOE. still have most of my original Kenner figures from back in the day.

since Star Wars exploded into my life, i have grown up, got married, and currently in the process of moving to my first house (my childhood home), and trying to start a family (hopefully with success this time). this is one of the movies responsible for getting me into the creative world and using my imagination to explore new ideas.

i look forward to continuing being a part of this great community and hopefully someday we will all meet at some kind of SSG celebration party.:thumbsup:

Exhaust Port
12-01-2008, 07:57 PM
I was born in August of 1973 which makes me older than I was last year.


It's late 2008. Many of the original regular visitors to this site are gone. The Star Wars films are history. We have the animated Clone Wars on TV and toys in the stores, but the majority of Star Wars fans have scattered to the winds.

We had a thread about what we thought would happen post PT a long time ago but I couldn't find it through the search. From what I remember the consensus of what would happen is exactly what you summarized above.

With a lack of "new" SW on the horizon that folks would drift away from keeping current with SW in forums such as this. In the time since I joined I watched my interest in all things SW peak then subside to where I am now. I was right there in the thick of things buying toys when SW had it's big resurgence with the re-release of the OT then the excitement leading up to the PT. The PT came and went and so did my desire to buy into the new toy lines. Part of that is due to me just getting older, being married now, having a house, etc. As for the toys the most we can hope for is an endless string of rehashes of vehicles and characters from the 6 movies, there's nothing new. That brings us back to the post OT environment.

My interest in buying into SW has come full circle and I'm more of an observer now. I still check in here to keep up with the SW universe but I'm not a collector anymore. I see any future purchase being coffee table books like the Making of ANH, Dressing a Universe, ILM, etc. I did treat myself to one of those new fancy 12" Stormtroopers though. :)

It wouldn't suprise me if we find ourselves back here with the excitement of a new SW movie in another decade. I don't know, but I don't think GL can ever complete walk away from SW now. Perhaps he could have become a legitament director or producer outside of SW but SW has created his empire and it is what he'll be known for forever.

Tycho
12-01-2008, 10:29 PM
With a lack of "new" SW on the horizon that folks would drift away from keeping current with SW in forums such as this. In the time since I joined I watched my interest in all things SW peak then subside to where I am now. I was right there in the thick of things buying toys when SW had it's big resurgence with the re-release of the OT then the excitement leading up to the PT. The PT came and went and so did my desire to buy into the new toy lines. Part of that is due to me just getting older, ... As for the toys the most we can hope for is an endless string of rehashes of vehicles and characters from the 6 movies, there's nothing new. That brings us back to the post OT environment.

Somewhat, but not exactly (for me). I want to build my battle dioramas like other people build model railroad sets, and display them behind glass. I'll capture my favorite on-screen and EU moments by recreating them and then have these scenes to stare at when I feel the urge.

The creation of such projects might keep me busy for years, too. Others unwind by playing video games or watching TV. I like to think over my days and future plans, past experiences, etc. while I'm posing my figures. With them I recreate an adventure more exciting than I am likely to ever experience (or are you involved in shoot-outs frequently?). Absent of the chance to participate regularly in gun battles, it's fun to recreate them on the miniature scale, but actually more peaceful than engaging in them in some video game or another. I like my war to be peaceful and quiet.

In the meantime, I'll meticulously follow the Hasbro Star Wars collection for the chances to buy items they don't currently make, but for which I certainly have use: the Tank Droid, Droid Gunship, Turbotank, Wookiee Catamaran, Jabba's Sailbarge. And while I mentioned many vehicles, I am down for playsets and particular action figures like the several outfits of Bail Organa or Owen Lars.

I have not bought into sublines like the latest Clone Wars Animated and don't have intentions to. I also do not buy and collect every new thing (Darth Vader) that Hasbro puts out.

I try not to make negative posts about products I don't want (Luke Tatooine) and just say nothing at all, rather than spoil any excitement for anyone else here. But I will rave about getting something I want made (Shasha Teil - the Ishi Tibb from Jabba's Palace) and purchase that as soon as I can (Wioslea).

But I like everyone I've met here on SSG and continuing to discuss current events, other genres of entertainment (Star Trek, Sarah Conner), and life in general with the members here. So I don't intend to leave the community or even take a break from it. When I can't think of anything relevant to post, I create something (like elephants flying airplanes) just for the heck of it. I like to play and have fun, and for me, SSG is a place for me to come back to being a child. That should explain a lot, huh?

Jargo
12-01-2008, 10:55 PM
I've seen enough movies with sam jackson dropping f bombs already. however i do think that the autocensor here is a little draconian and over sensitive. if it allows cockpit then why not the bond movie title octo*****? fair enough there are certain words that the conservative section of society don't want to see on a site where 'minors' frequent but censoring sections of words spelled the same as a curse word is quite frankly just puritanical BS. do tv listings publications edit movie titles? do theatres edit them. does anyone censor words such as cockpit or titular? the world has moved on since the 1960's we have a black US president elect and being a communist is no longer likely to get you on the CIA hitlist. being gay will no longer land you in prison in most civillised countries and kids are exposed to guns, drugs, sex and violence as a matter of daily life. getting medieval over a few words that practically everyone uses is pathetic.

which is my personal liberal view. however, I still agree that posting videos glorifying the use of such words is going too far. there's a right and wrong place for such stuff. here is the wrong place. this is a site to talk about toys not a glee club for juvenile adults to get into urinating contests to see who can post the most outrageous crap from around the net. an activity that is catered for by gazillions of other sites.
yes sometimes we can all post stuff that's near the knuckle but most of us are clever enough to write things in such a way that some will understand and get and laugh about and others who are more innocent will simply read straight and miss the intended gag.

as responsible adults we have a duty to keep a line drawn with crap from the gutter on one side and this place, a little bastion of profanity free conversation on the other. y'know, encourage the use of the english language and thesaurus usage to find words that imply the same meaning as profanity without resorting to dredging that particular barrel of bile.

mabudonicus
12-02-2008, 12:23 PM
Thinsg with autocensors is they can only do so much. IF there was an actual team of humans chwecking out each post in real-time to make sure all was well, I am sure there would be no problems with parts of unobjectionable words. As it stands it's just a little routine that tries its best to keep the bulk of objectionable content off the boards.

On a forum I moderate, we were using free forum software and the autocensor wasn't congfigurable, you oculd have it "on" or "off", but when activated it seemd as if the database it was working on contained offensive words in languages other than english, or was maybe even working phonetically, even on parts of words in the middle of words.

Seeing as the site was for carnivorous plant growers and a LOT of scientific and Latin terminology gets dropped, it was pretty much impossible to post even a single paragraph without the censor hacking it to unidentifiable shreds of weird gibberish and "replacement words" (which was the LAST straw, from some of the words replacing otherwise normal words, it was IMPOSSIBLE to tell what the damn thing even THOUGHT someone had posted, if that makes sense)

In that case the forum is small, so we ditchecd the censor and asked members to be on their best behaviour (and we're moderately strict, if someone messes up and drops an "s-bomb" say, we'll just edit it on out and there's no harm no foul)

if I wanna send someone something offensive, I can use PMs OR post it elsewhere.
:beard: Iso&Baws

I can't help but wonder if you'd get in trouble for breaking the autocensor to post about that Bond film..... :D

Tycho
12-02-2008, 01:57 PM
James drank Phuyuck wine in "The Man With The Golden Gun."

He even comments on it: "Phuyuck!"

El Chuxter
12-02-2008, 02:44 PM
There was always the clbuttic example of the autocensor gone overboard here, a few years ago.

DarthQuack
12-03-2008, 10:07 AM
I was born in the summer of 1980....making me 28 years young. For as long as I can remember I've been a Star Wars fan. I remember getting into the toys when I was a kid, mostly because my older cousins had all the cool toys and they would bring them over or let us borrow them. I do remember getting a Rancor Keeper for a birthday/christmas back when I was 4-6 I believe. After that I was hooked for sure.

Cane_Adiss
12-13-2008, 09:43 AM
I was born April of 1985 so I'm 23. Which I guess makes me one of the youngest active forum members. Neat.

I've been a fan of Star Wars since I saw the OT with my family on TV the one year and my little brothers started getting the (POTF2) action figures. At the time I was really into Spiderman (especially Doctor Octopus. Still love him :thumbsup:.) and was getting Marvel action figures for awhile, but then noticed how cool the Star Wars figures were and transitioned to them soon after. My first Star Wars figure was the POTF2 Han Solo w/ Carbonite, followed by Momaw Nadon, a figure I wanted ever since I saw it on the back of Han's package. Momaw was the first SW action figure I bought w/ my own allowance and was always my favorite figure so he's something special to me :love:.

I found this site actually because of Rebelscum's Q&A round up reports waaay back when the Q&A was first starting off. Before long I wanted to join a forum myself so my voice too could be heard. I tried Rebelscum's, Galactic Hunter's and this one and of the three SIRSTEVE'S has been the most welcoming and most comfortable to post in. Plus it's set up so much easier. I'll be here for a looong time I think :).

Bel-Cam Jos
12-13-2008, 10:28 AM
I was quite proud to turn 95 this year, which is not too shabby for a person born in the '70s. :pleased: I like not having to figure out what ***** means in a post, especially since the context would make it clear enough, but that's because I don't want any ***** in a post. My vote, if there is a vote, is for the same standards to remain. SW isn't "adult," therefore this site shall remain safely something-safe-sounding-imous. :confused: :wheresmyfalseteeth: