As someone else here said, this, to me, is like internet going into retirement.
i started reading /. around 98 and visit at least once a day (there are days i skip these days with 2 kids and all but still..). There were other sites that I visited at their prime (e.g. expertsexchange.com back when they were just starting out and were good and hadn't quite caught on to the "expert sex change" faux pas). But over time, /. has been the only constant site on the internet - and these days with family, almost the only site on the internet worth visiting.
The reason i've kept coming back is that I've learned a LOT from the discussions. Frankly, i've never been able to find something worthwhile to spend my allocated training dollars on because it would never even compare to what i learn here - training sessions have always been a waste of time..
I owe a lot of my success to the knowledgeable discussions here - from intricacies of logical fallacies, to language and grammer (i love the quote that i read here "i helped my uncle jack off a horse" vs "I helped my uncle Jack, off a horse" heh), views on what ethical non-douchey management should be (at least i hope i have been able to avoid becoming a douche to my employees) and last but definitely not the least the "news for nerds". The millions of contributors here have been my mentors - i started at a small company so i didn't really have one in real life.
And that wouldn't have been possible without you. I don't know you personally - and you don't know me but I wanted you to know that what you created has had a profound influence on me and a significant contributor to my own success.
Thank you and best wishes,
P.S. Now quit thinking about Natalie Portman and hot grits.