I agree. Certainly there were some less-than-good times mixed in with the many good - some good people left and a lot of feelings were hurt. But I can never, and will never forget, and will always be grateful for the wonderful opportunities, experiences, education I received at CastleCops. I am also thankful for the nominations I received from CastleCops staff, without which I never would have received my first MS MVP Award. Through CastleCops, I have a personal network of trusted colleagues and friends, scattered across the many security and hardware support sites I visit, who I can call on for advice and trust for honest answers. Even if it stings a little, I am grateful, for I probably needed it. ;) Can't forget the posters - they allowed me to share what I've learned over the years to help them keep their families safe, and for always bringing new problems to solve, chances to learn something new, and often bring peers and mentors together - very cool - always educational.
I am saddened by this - not so much for the databases, for that information is available elsewhere, but a once great venue, the CastleCops Forums, is lost. I had hoped that at least would have survived. :'(