Amigaboy: I'm talking about the time when I was about 13-14
I'm no longer impressed by these groups, but it still interests me to know a bit of the histories (especially the 'petite histoire'; i.e. who's who, what do they do, when and how did they meet and so on).
I can tell you, after corresponding for a while with a leet trader from one of the above mentioned groups, I quickly saw they weren't the demi-gods some of us (and sometimes myself, I must admit) saw them for. Reasons for my loss of faith? Writing style, sloppiness, personal background details that made me fear the worst and ultimately a scanned picture of the guy in his room
(nothing pervy, the image itself was shocking enough).