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Here is a couple questions I've asked before a couple years back, but I believe enough time has passed that it would be okay for me to can ask them again. What is the longest period of time that you were not active on BZP? And why were inactive during that time? 

 

(Note: Not including times when the Forums were offline.)

 

For me, the longest period of time I was inactive was a week. The reason was because my Internet went out at my house and I had no other way of getting online. 

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About five years. I quit coming here a bit after the Stars were released--saw no reason log back on 'cause Bionicle ended, and I disliked HF.

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Hmmm, I'm not sure. I was totally gone for several months in 2008, then in 2010 my activity started to decline, but that led directly into the downtime. However, although the site went back online in November of 2011 iirc, I didn't actually come back until March of 2012. Then in the spring of 2013 I basically dropped off the face of the earth again until this past October, with a brief period of low activity at the beginning of last summer.

 

So I've probably been off the site for about 19-20 months total in the time since I joined. The hiatus in 2008 happened because I was more interested in LEGO Star Wars at the time -- for which I briefly joined another forum -- and then in 2010 I was losing interest in LEGO in general as I began to get more into music. I came back to finish the Dino Attack RPG, and stayed to try and run a TBRPG based on LEGO Universe. I screwed up and it died. By spring of 2013 I was totally burnt out on TBRPGs, and that was all I'd done here for years. Then I stayed away the following year because college courses were burning me out again. It was really the announcement of Bionicle's return that drew me back, possibly for good this time

 

EDIT: Just remembered, I was also inactive for a lot of 2006 and some of 2007 as well, mainly just out of a feeling that the site was too big and there was no niche for me (fortunately I started making some friends in 2007), so the cumulative amount of time spent inactive is probably more in the neighborhood of 2-2.5 years

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Like a lot of people I fell out of the BZP scene when BIONICLE was cancelled. I stuck around for a bit through all of the story stuff (and I was never gone from BS01 =P) and came back now and again for things, but because BIONICLE ended BZP started to become a self-contained ecosystem, and I didn't really have any part to play in it.

 

I still don't have much to do around here, but it's fun being a curmudgeon. Also I'm a LEGO Ambassador so there's that.

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High school. After my freshman year is when one of the really big downtimes hit, and then while the forum was up I was just too swamped with work and sports and new hobbies. I had a few brief surges of activity over the years, but the last long bout ended when around Spring of last year. I was most active 2007-2010, I think, so I'd guess that my bouts of serious inactivity were in the realm of 2011-2014, with one or two minor ones before that. Sometimes it was just being way too swamped with other stuff that I had no free time, and the rest of the time was probably just kinda not feeling the Bionicle groove. I always came back for little bits at a time because of nostalgia.

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was most active in the period of 2011-2013. After 2013, I simply became disinterested in Bionicle and LEGO in general. The fact that I started attending High School didn't help the situation either. In 2014, I barely logged in anymore, and I doubt I made more than 15 posts in total. 

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Probably from around 2011 when I was in my senior year of high school and things got busy - after that was over I'd pop back here and there, but between Bionicle having ended and the forums popping on  and offline I didn't really come back properly until the rumours of Bionicle's return.

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Besides downtime, about 6-8 months after BZP came back. There was a lack of activity and I wasn't feeling that much involved in web forums at the time. Now BZP is back to part of my daily routine


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From around 2011ish to 2015; Bionicle was changing/ending, I had terrible art (or at least, more terrible art then I have now), and I was still maturing; I essentially got chased off the forums by a few extremely blunt people who didn't feel like being merciful towards some COT comics I was trying to make; it was such a bad experience for me, I've hardly ever touched BZP at all until the past few days :P
 
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Easy answer that spins into two answers:

 

--BZPower downtime drove me away.

 

--I found that more people talk about social studies (history, religion, cultures, etc.) then they do Bionicle and other pan-science-fantasy works and franchises, so I initially put that away so as to get more familiar with those other interests of mine so I can have more interesting conversations. That lasted for about a year. I couldn't stay away from science fantasy, so by layers i got back into some franchises, Bionicle being the last one. I have a friend to thank for that, as while showing him old drawings of Mata Nui (both Great Spirit and Toa) and Makuta Teridax he had the decency to actually ask what those were (while most people would just say "awh man, that's sic, man! Can I have it?"  -_-). As I explained them, a flush of memories from the depths of my brain came to surface, and once again I became enchanted by Bionicle while he was surprised at just how much story content Lego had poured into this franchise and he educated himself with the story synopsis video that came out in 2008; I would try to fill in the gaps while not going off into long verbal walls of text.

 

During this period of about 2-3 years, I did not have internet access, so my presence here was little to nothing. Once I had it again back around Halloween 2014, I jumped back over here the first chance I got.

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I went away to school for a year and didn't go on BZPower once during that time, but during that year was the time when the forums were offline, so I was never aware the site went down until afterwards.

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I had a good two- or three-year absence that ended when the forums came back in October 2011. I had been dealing with some pretty hefty mental health issues that had driven me from this site and from the rest of the world, both online and off, really.

 

I am glad, of course, to have been able to return.

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My mind is fuzzy on dates and times (at least in regards to these kinds of things), but I do know that my activity went down quite a bit toward the end of Bionicle. I started losing interest for some reason, and then when Bionicle ended, I kind of drifted away from BZP. When the downtime hit, I would check back occasionally just to see if the site was back up, but even after it did come back up, I didn't do much until (if I remember correctly) late 2013 or early 2014. I joined Bionifight Ultimate and then an RPG. After that, my activity level stayed fairly steady, though I spend most of my time in the Bionicle RPGs.

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2 year hiatus (with the Great Downtime starting almost immediately after I left, not that I discovered that until I came back) a few months after I joined due to a certain fad I wasn't particularly fond of. Then came back in 2013 and stayed until we were hacked and lost months of stuff. I lost a bunch of writing and a game I was doing so I just lost enthusiasm for it. Then I came back last summer and left in October because I started getting swamped with school work. Came back again last week and already spend hours a day here again.

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I've had varying degrees of inactivity over the years and am currently in my largest spell ever at the moment. No particular reason; over the years my interest in different BZP sectors have gradually waned. I was active in the entire forum, then I became constrained to blogs and GD, then solely GD, then most recently the Games and Trivia forum. Now I've stopped frequenting that due to playing Mafia elsewhere.

 

It's not even intentional; I've gravitated more towards lurking places rather than posting, nowadays (even on the TTVMB).

 

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I think it was like… 1 year? maybe more maybe less, but somewhere around there. I know I left at some point in 2013, but then came back for like a month in 2014, and then I left again and came back around the beginning of this year.

 

I got bored and wasn't enjoying my time here at the time. Most of my friends were leaving so I wasn't really too keen on staying. Plus the projects I was working on kept hitting road bumps that in the end I just left. But now I'm all good again.

 

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I haven't been completely inactive for a long time, but usually I only check a few thing on BZP every few days, and mainly lurk instead of posting these days. So that partially counts as a type of inactivity. And this has been mainly caused by the time demands of college and all associated stuff.

 

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Seven years (2004-2011), but to be fair, a good couple of those were because I had forgotten my login username.

 

My interest in Bionicle kind of waned around 2004, and I wound up getting into different fandoms and forums, and by 2008 or so I'd forgotten my login details (and lost access to my old e-mail).  It wasn't until after the line ended that it came up in conversation again and I found myself getting drawn back in.  Luckily I managed to pull my info out of some dusty old drawer in my brain and wound up back here just before the Great Downtime

 

Funnily enough, I remember seeing a thread similar to this right around then, and posting about how I doubted I would stick around for very long.  And look how that turned out...!

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To be honest, I don't know how long it was.  It was after KanohiHauX stopped coming to the site.  I discovered a handful of other fandoms (mostly JRPGs) that I got into and kinda stopped paying attention after the Toa Metru were introduced.  By the time I cam back to the site, the comic book series had pretty much ended.  However long that was is the longest I've ever not been on BZPower.

 

EDIT- Actually, by the time I got back, the replacement series for Bionicle had been around for a while.  "Hero" something.  Bionicle had been finished for several years and the site was mostly revamped.  My best guess would be between 2003 (around the time the Toa Metru first showed up) to 2014 (Around the time I first heard about the new MNOLG sequel being made by a fan).

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