I used to be so cringe worthy..


New member
Mar 17, 2012
While I can't remember any really cringe worthy stuff (possibly because I incinerated the memories) I really am glad I now have a proper mental filter for my comments. Sure, I don't have anything particularly memorable but I like to think I come of as less of a pompous little shit nowadays.

Incidentally, here is a nice gif for people to sum up their old comments if they want one.



Noisy Lurker
Jul 16, 2008
I think aside from some slightly improved grammar, I haven't changed much since I started posting here.

On the other hand, I do remember being very Catholic when I started posting on forums. There's one or two posts I remember that were pretty bad.
Sep 24, 2008
I used to overly care about not being attractive. It haunted me daily. I just kept thinking about how horrible I must look and how no one will ever like me because of it.

I was so insufferable.

Now, I accept that I might not be attractive, but whatever. It will all fade and all that's left is if I can be happy with what I did and who I am.

I still don't like how I look, but I'm so much more happier. I wish I can just hip Old Me into that secret. Lost a lot of years.


books, Books, BOOKS
Jan 19, 2011
United States
Not really since I tend to delete posts if I feel like they're completely stupid, which is a lot. :p

Looking back on my past posts I never really said anything risque or too stupid, and the grammar is about the same as it is now. So, nothing really has changed there.

Now, if this place was around when I was in high school then I would most definitely want to slap the taste of out my past self's mouth.

I was kiiiiiiiind of an idiot then. >.>


don't upset the insane catgirl
Apr 11, 2009
Pretty much every argument I've ever gotten into...

Trouble is, I haven't learnt my lesson. Only thing is, now I start on one with someone, and kind of give up halfway through. (as in, at some point I won't even read what they've said in reply).

Doesn't even matter if the argument is about something serious or trivial, whether it's rational or just stupid, whether it's a calm, reasonable discussion or a series of stupid, mindless rants...

But... Yeah, I wouldn't want to see much of any of it back...

Also sometimes I get the feeling that I say things that are racist (not blatantly so, but you know, in very subtle, technical, hard to follow kind of ways.), or very judgemental and dismissive of certain groups (ironically, 'professionals' in certain fields. Especially medical or psychology in particular)

That... Is always particularly cringe-worthy to see back after the fact...

Oh, while I'm at it, (and fortunately this tends to happen more in private messages, but it sometimes spills over into other things), this really weird, twisted kind of flirty behaviour I seem to have sometimes. Especially cringe-worthy in how oblivious I am to what I'm implying sometimes. (Or that when I do notice I sometimes run with it. Not sure which is worse... XD)

That uh... That gets weird. XD

[Kira Must Die]

Sep 30, 2009
I've been in the forums since early high school. I had an older account on here back in probably 2007 or 2008 that I'd go on during school, but later made a new account. I'm 100% sure I've said some pretty cringe worthy things throughout the years. Hell, I'm sure even this account has some pretty embarrassing posts early on.

Being a high schooler, I remember trying very hard to be edgy, with my avatars being demented, violent, or morbid. I also remember trying hard to be cynical, because that was what a lot of people were doing online and I use to find it funny, but stopped because it felt forced and "just not myself." Nowadays I'm very optimistic person, and try not to get worked up over trivial things.


New member
Apr 2, 2008
Don't worry, we've all been there. Just remember this pearl of wisdom from the sages at Red Vs. Blue:

I used to frequent a forum with the same username during my pre-Escapist teenage years. Some of my posts were, to put it nicely, "naive" (or to put it bluntly, "talking out of my ass"). I also have some old Youtube videos that were forged during the "Golden Age" of Youtube Poops. I'll save you the trouble of watching them and just tell you that standards were far more lax back then.


Your #1 Source for the Dino Porn
Jul 10, 2013
As weird as this sounds, I don't see anything that I did, internet-wise, as something to cringe at... For the most part, it mostly just leads to nostalgia... reminiscing on the things that lead to other things that maybe, from my perspective, cannot be seen as positive or negative in and/or out of context...

With that said, witnessing cringe of the internet-based kind play out almost live (like the last events that happened on my Skype prior to me forming an account on The Escapist) is never easy to forget because, at times, I don't want to forget that events like that did lead to some of the positives I could "internet nostalgia" on now... I guess I'm just one of those kind of people that can never see the cringe within themselves, but of the cringe of others in the form of the observer...

Or maybe I'm too optimistic to cringe at anything my past self might have said... I don't know... :p

Imperioratorex Caprae

Henchgoat Emperor
May 15, 2010
I don't know if I've ever said anything cringe-worthy. I've always tried to be honest in my posts, and if I legit was wrong I'd admit my wrongness and learn from it. But nothing I've said could be considered cringe-worthy.
Either that or if others find what I said cringe-worthy, I'm just not embarassed by my own actions. I've no regrets in life, just lessons learned or lessons I haven't been smart enough to learn so I'll probably repeat them til I wise the fuck up.

Elvis Starburst

Unprofessional Rant Artist
Aug 9, 2011
I was such a dick at the start. Rather elitist, and over-all, I didn't offer much. I sucked, and understandably so, seeing as I got my second warning back then. So, I smartened up at around the same time I did outside of the internet, and I feel like I made a good turn-around.

I still wanna be a dick sometimes though. Some of the people around here deserve it (And luckily some of those who did deserve it got warnings like mad for it). But, I think we all have an inner dick inside of us itching to get out. As far as cringe-worthy? Eh, maybe not cringe worthy. Wanna smack me upside the head-worthy? Yeah, I'd say so!


Bringer of Words
Jul 30, 2008
It's interesting to look back through my old posts.

I'm still more or less the same person, but little aspects of who I am have shifted. Little details like how I interact with people, what morals and beliefs I hold myself to, and what I blame on others (and myself) have changed over the intervening time. I'm still not a perfect person, far from it, but I'm a work in progress. I don't like looking at the person I was then, though, I was self-indulgent and selfish. I still am, to a degree.

It's also super interesting to look at my writing then and now.


New member
Jan 19, 2014
Elfgore said:
I will sometimes thing about conversations I've had a week ago and cringe. Hindsight is 20/20 and all that jazz. I can hold a conversation, but some of the shit that escapes... *shudders* Just makes me want to hide under the covers.

And don't even get me started on the old me. Like teenage me. He can go die in a hole for all I care.
Ugh, same here. It might sound pathetic, but this is why I love online interaction. I can carefully think out and consider what I'm saying, rather than just let everything slip out and hope it doesn't sound creepy or nonsensical.

To OP: I remember some of the internet posts I made a few years back that were... awful. Absolutely awful. Beyond the fact that I didn't even have a grasp of proper grammar and spelling, I was an absolute troll who got some weird kick out of frustrating people and then leaving the "discussion" in the stupidest, most self-indulgent fashion possible. I was basically the picture of what people think "forum-goers" are - a firestarter who thought I was so clever for pointlessly riling people up. Thank God I quickly moved out of that.

I remember I was just generally a ***** when I was sixteen/seventeen. I was always right and everyone just had to see it my way, and I am not at all proud of how I treated some of my friends and family in that time. Thankfully that was a phrase that went as quickly as it came, so I didn't do anything too bad or lose any friends over it. But still, I wish I could back and slap myself for it. But then teenage me would probably throw a fit...

I also used to be a prude. A massive prude. A "people shouldn't watch or read or even think about porn" sort of prude. A "people, even people in long-term committed relationship, can't do anything besides protected missionary and even then only rarely" sort of prude. It was... very odd. Luckily I managed to loosen up before that opinion could do any damage. I'm not even sure why I believed in such a notion to begin with.


A dyslexic man walks into a bra.
Jan 24, 2009
Thankfully I joined this forum after my most embarrassing teen years, but some of my old posts are still quite stupid. Like complaining about how RE5 was the worst episode of Zero Punctuation ever.


Casual Plebeian
Oct 23, 2009
Luckily for me, most of the posts I made before 2009 were on anonymous image boards which leave no evidence behind. That or places like Habbo Hotel... speak of the devil...

sky14kemea said:
I used to go on Habbo Hotel a lot....


I even spent real life money on it. I once got into trouble because my parents noticed it on the phone bill.
Yep, same. I wonder if people answer the old a/s/l question differently these days.

14/genderfluid demisexual moosekin/san francisco

We lived in a simpler time.


Casual Plebeian
Oct 23, 2009
Ugh. Another double post? Gotta stop posting from my phone.


New member
Aug 23, 2013
spooky57571 said:
Decided to log into my account for the first time in a while and I'm, to be perfectly honest, a bit embarrassed by what I've found.

Rereading some of my old posts has been incredibly, not to mention eye-rollingly, hard to not face-palm repeatedly over some of my old opinions and ideas.

Seeing as the internet is an encyclopedia made by each and every one of us, what's something old and embarrassing that you've come across years later?
I was active on another forum 10 years ago, I recently retrieved my account information and had a look at my old posts....

So fucking cringey, especially considering I was in my 20's. Loads of terrible grammar "your going out? I could of done that". Not to mention the actual views I was espousing. Feminism is bad yall, it takes away womens choices. I wish I could go back in time and slap myself.


New member
Oct 31, 2007
I used to be incredibly upset when other people didn't like wgat i liked, and trashed games i loved. I have wasted so much time in fanwars, god I'm so glad i just don't give a shit anymore. i still struggle sometimes with somebody-is-wrong-on-the-internet syndrome.