I wanted to contribute to Smogon with something, fortunately I joined in the project about translation of articles of Flying Press/Smogon, and now I am translating the articles to Portuguese, I am happy about this.
Also, I would like to discovery new forums and have a good presence, like the Congregation of the Masses where I am new.
To join a SM RU SSNL, and I got to Round 7 so not bad I guess!
After a few months I started to use it for the Translations Project and my art thread (check this one clicking my signature!!)
Then I stayed here to share my feelings on Other Metagames and the Suggestions forums mainly. And currently I am hosting a tournament and leading a National Dex project, so I guess i've done a lot of different things here!
To find help when playing the Battle Maison after picking up my Generation 6 games again for a bit. I searched through a bunch of websites across the Internet with rubbish advice and was about to give up when I stumbled upon the thread about it here and realised that this place was different: it was where all the actually serious people playing facilities were. I beat the 50 consecutive games I needed after a bit of practise and carried on long beyond that using advice from the people's posts on there.
I knew what Smogon was for years before that, but not what it was like.
I lurked for ages and began to explore other parts of the site. I can't remember why I decided to eventually make an account.
I planned to get into competitive and take Pokémon battling seriously once I joined the Smogon forums, but I ended up chickening out because of low confidence lol. I'm here for the socialization forum now since I've got nothing else going on, but maybe that'll change over time
I actually had no clue why I joined smogon until I looked at my first message, and it was the day I joined to ask if we could have more sprites than the selectable ones on showdown. At the time I didnt know about secret sprites so it was resolved pretty quickly, but now I use it a lot.
i think i had found Shoddy Battle off of gamefaqs.com, and from there wiggled my way to smogon dot com
it's fuzzy now but i can't recall when exactly i joined IRC vs. when i was only posting on the forums and still using the battle simulator of the times, but i was 17-18yo at the time of all this!! i joined smogon in july of 2008, a month before my 18th birthday
now i'm 31 and revisiting the site because SW/SH has rejuvenated my love of competitive pokemon and playing the game in general, i am ecstatic that it is much easier for the average player to team build and EV train!!! long gone are the days when i would bashfully ask a super team builder on the forums here to breed me the team i had concocted... now i find pleasure in breeding my own pokemon to my desired standards~
i am eager for VGC tournaments to start back up again around the US and around the globe, even when i had stopped posting here i continued playing pokemon and interacting with many individuals i had met here originally!!! i have traveled the world because of pokemon, i've met so many people from this site and hope to still yet meet more, i truly don't know who i would be had i not found smogon.com, or been gifted pokemon for christmas in 1998
this picture is from 2012, in Kona, Hawaii. i was here for the world tournament that year, and had one of the best vacations of my life! i yearn for more camaraderie like i've enjoyed with mons, it's the one community where i have felt absolute acceptance <3333