Remembering STLPunk.com -- How to View the Site Today and Find Your Old Profile Page

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RIP Unnamed St. Louis Punk Guy
Before Pinterest, Google Plus, Facebook, Myspace, Friendster, Qapacity, Quechup, Wakoopa (can you believe these made up words? Also yes, I found a weird list on the internet of social networking websites) there was STLPunk.com, founded and operated by local artist / punk Jerome Gaynor. And before STLPunk.com ever resembled anything close to those sites, it was a hub for St. Louis punk bands to anonymously shit-talk each other. In these early days (1998?) one would merely sign their band up and then have a little white page with a message board requiring no login. It was simple and goofy and fun, and an incredible resource for finding out about local punk bands and shows. It wasn't until the introduction of personal profiles (early 2000-ish?) that things got out of hand, and by out of hand I mean the site was the most hilarious destination on the internet.

At its peak (2005) STLPunk had over 80,000 registered users, and on any given day you could check the "Punx Online" column on the front page and note that you were currently in the company of some 500 or so of your presently-online co-patriots. Band pages still existed, now in suped-up form with MP3 and image hosting, but truly the personal profiles had taken over. Users were no longer exclusively punks and were no longer exclusively from St. Louis. In the years before online social media's massive rise to power STLPunk was essentially Myspace before Myspace was. In many ways it was superior, even, though the rise of the 'space is what ultimately culminated in the site's downfall.


Recently some saintly nostalgic do-gooders have begun utilizing the Internet Wayback Machine to crawl through cached copies of old STLPunk pages, mining hilarious diamonds from the rough and posting them on their tumblr account at http://fuckyeahstlpunk.tumblr.com. For the uninitiated, the Wayback Machine allows users to view content from websites that are no longer online, by archiving tons and tons of screenshots and cache grabs and presenting them for the user by date. Since STLPunk was so hugely successful, the Wayback Machine has thousands of captures from the site, spanning from October 2000 to July 2011.

Okay, we know why you are here, and so now we're going to try to help you find your old STLPunk profile.


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timetravelingturtle
timetravelingturtle

Oh man! Does THIS ever bringing back memories!  STLPunk was pretty cool, but it got really, really bad. I think I stopped using it around 2003 or 2004 because it had turned into more of a dating site than anything.

I found my old profile, and even found a solo project I had completely forgotten about. Anyone have any ideas on how I could download those songs or if it's even possible?

littlemissqueenofdar
littlemissqueenofdar

...oh crap. We're all screwed.

Thanks a lot, you butthole. 

Devil Dan can suck a big fat one. 

Love, 

Jenn

Milton
Milton

Its funny, I remember greeting people at shows and usually within 5 minutes i would get a "hey are you on stlpunk?" Good times.

PancakeMaster
PancakeMaster

Man this was a great idea for an article.  I like the Tumblr mentioned; it does seem to focus on the teeny-bopper STLPunk crowd (for better or worse!) more than like the Rob Ruzicka E-Preachings of yesteryear (I admit I'm only a coupla pages in to the Tumblr, though, and that I consider STLPunk's heyday, at least for me, to have been a coupla years before 2005).  Without knowledge of this Tumblr I was just surfin' STLPunk on the Wayback Machine t'other day!  Wish I'da known as no doubt I'd have many a submission to make.  Thanks Daniel, and mystery proprietors of the aforementioned Tumblr!

BlarBlarBlar
BlarBlarBlar

It's actually not too difficult to find your profile if you don't remember your ID. You just need to click into the top [50? 100?] bands page, and either find yourself on the fans list of one of the bands listed (surely you liked at least ONE of them, right?), or this being St. Louis, if you were here at the time, you probably were friends with one or more band members of one of the bands listed, in which case you just need to click into the band's page, click into the band's info, and click the band member's profile. From there, if you were friends with the person on STLPunk, you should be right there on the friends list.

Garf
Garf

I loved it until some guy bought it and turned it into a pile of shit.

mrmaguda
mrmaguda

It only took me two clicks from greg's page to find my old profile page. Thanks...I think.

reverendstrawfoot
reverendstrawfoot

I remember STLPUNK fondly, though I miss STLSCENE all the more.

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