I just come here to make snide remarks at the stupid tweens who get mad that their parents tell them to study and get the ******** off Gaia, or the 19 year old tubby complaining she can't get a job because she can't fit in her dad's car to learn how to drive. I guess it makes me a contributor to the cesspool that this site is.
Yeah, none of these "gaia cash" s**t, no real ads, and you couldn't buy gold. No stupid offers and endorsements shoved down your throat, either.
And yeah, it was anime based still, but not as bad as now - as there's a LOT more stupid anime avatar crap than before, and the art place is still filled with 13 year olds who think they can draw, heh.
Well, there were a LOT less topics about harassing the other users (mainly the trolls picking on the kids with pics in their sigs and who may be a bit overweight), it wasn't as anime-based as now. There also was a very, very limited selection on items. Simple colored shorts, pants, shoes, shirts, and dresses, and then a few more exquisite outfits like the sailor uniform, the guys' flame pants and shirt, and some other basic things. No pets, cars, houses, pools, aquariums, whatever the ******** else there is. No accessories or multiple-use items (if it was a hat, it was a hat. it wasn't a hat, a sparkle, a background, a rabbit, a sash, etc like everything else now). So yeah... extremely basic avatar systems with one skin color, un-changable hair/gender/names/eyes, and you couldn't pose yourself.
Gold seemed a lot easier to gain, too, but hey - who's counting?
Check out Chick tracts sometime...they're creepy and insane. Imagine the worst Christian stereotypes and multiply them by 100. The guy's not even trying to be funny, he's dead-a** serious, which makes them a friggin' riot!