I just want to share my gratitude towards teamfortress.tv, in its entirety.
Chiefly I'm thankful for this space to experience and explore competitive TF2 as a whole; most of my friends have long moved on from this game and it's comforting to be a part--albeit a small, relatively unvocal part--of such a unique, spirited and largely accepting community.
But there's another, stranger reason I'm thankful to have found tftv.
This past quarter I took a notoriously difficult argumentative writing class that culminated in a twelve page research paper. To some of you that may not seem like too much trouble, but for a first time researcher like myself, it seemed insurmountable. We were allowed to write on any subject that interested us, and I chose to research how interaction on the internet can create conformity in the thoughts and ideas expressed by users online. I used this thread as a primary source to demonstrate how upvotes and downvotes--I mean upfrags and downfrags--can shape the course of an online conversation. When I got my grades at the beginning of this summer, I was surprised to see I was one of only three people to pass the class with an A.
So I just wanted to express my thanks to all of you tftv users: every shitposter, pro player, lurker, memer, caster, nerdstar pursuer, and community figure. I love all of you and I'm proud to be a part of this community.