I don't really remember how I found the original NSider, but I remember following almost exclusively the Pokémon board while I was there. I mostly followed the sprite contests and galleries, until the staff shut them down. Then I started bugging the staff about making one big sprite contest, rather than outright banning sprite threads, and then the OPSC was created. I pretty much only stuck with NS1 for the OPSC and even hosted the contest for about a month and a half. Eventually when NS1 closed, I was so desperate to cling to the OPSC that I made my own forum on a private host to become one of the many NSider refuge forums, primarily focused on Pokémon and the OPSC, but including many of the elements from NSider. Unfortunately, only like 20 people came over to my forum, and most of them had other sites they preferred over mine and only visited mine specifically to follow certain friends or keep up with my version of the OPSC. A number of members on my forum were also active on NS2 and kept suggesting I move my OPSC to NS2 and abandon my dying forum. At first I was resistant. I didn't think a forum with such an uncreative name as NSider2 could be worth my time.
Back on NS1, I had also made up a selection of sprite based eggs for people to keep in their signatures. Each egg would periodically change colors and patterns to reflect the Pokémon inside, before finally hatching into an animated sprite of the baby Pokémon, then eventually grow and evolve on its own. Even though these eggs were relatively simple to make, they became very popular on NSider and they too were carried over to my personal forum. One day, a friend from my forum told me that someone on NS2 was trying to find the guy that made those eggs, prompting me to join NS2 (mostly to try to direct people to my own forum), but after periodically lurking on the NS2 Pokémon board, I eventually decided to move over (didn't help that the subscription for my web host was about to expire and I didn't want to renew my dying site)
Much of NS2 is a blur to me, especially early on. My "fame" for the Sig Eggs didn't last long and the OPSC didn't really go anywhere, so I didn't have much to talk about on NS2, but finding that it was exceptionally active and felt a lot like the original NSider, I stuck with it, eventually to the point of contributing to the site itself by designing new icons for the forums (I wasn't on staff at this point) and after working with some other graphics related stuff, I was offered to join Shulk on the graphics team for the site. While my main focus was supposed to be graphics, the staff was very open to letting me discuss other plans on the site, which ended up with the big rank system overhaul where we reordered the ranks and I drew up new icons for all of them. Since I had been very active alongside the admins in discussing plans for NS2, when the decision was made to move to N4A, Kodiack and Chrom decided that there wasn't much point in making up another graphics position for just one person and instead made me an admin as well. (I'm still focusing mostly on graphics, but at least my position with other aspects of the site planning is shown in my rank)
Not really sure what's to come for N4A, as we're still trying to figure out what the site's niche is going to be. What is N4A's purpose beyond just a refuge for NS2 members? Hopefully you guys can help us figure that out. What will set N4A apart from NS2 and other video game discussion sites? What will we have that no one else has?