The year was 2009, I was 14 years old. I was running through Fallout 3 like it was my damn birthright, I wanted to scour every corner of the Wasteland, earn every achievement. Point Lookout came out and I was in love. I wanted all it had to offer. So, I google "Point Lookout Fallout 3 help." And here I am. For about 2 years, I lurked, edited, commented on blog articles here and there. The Vault was always a tab I had opened. I loved reading it. I wanted to make an account, but it seemed quite intimidating.
Finally, on July 13, 2011, I decided it was time. What to name my character though? Honest Hearts was fresh in my mind, and I went in with TwoBearsHigh-Fiving. I started looking for things to edit. I'm quite certain my first edit was reverted. It seemed like so much, all of these cool people and information. Well, I started working on finding categories to add to pages. I added a sub category to one page when it wasn't needed. Immediately a user (who is no longer active) came on my page and quite rudely chewed me out about it. I was confused, I wanted to help but it felt like no one wanted to help me. I just thought it would be better if I had remained anonymous. I was however, shown the light, by a good man named GuardianoftheWastes. He encouraged me to stay, and showed me the great side of the wiki, full of all sorts of interesting people. My mind was made up, I was here to stay.
Getting involved was the hard part. My first major contribution was that very month. I went through the Boulder City memorial page and removed the false category of Human Characters, as ghouls could serve in the NCR. I felt good, even got the Nuka Cola addict achievement. I edited some more, and quite hastily, and to my regret, I ran for Moderator as soon as I got my 500 edits. I was flat out rejected. I was discouraged, but I couldn't stop.
Later that year, the Vault split. So many admins left, I wasn't sure what to do. I felt like I couldn't leave the place I had just found. So along with the other displaced users, I decided to stay. Worked on keeping the place active along with my fellow Wikians, and in December, I was granted Moderator rights. Getting through the first month after the split was rough. Come January, I had gained Admin rights! Wow, I couldn't believe it. It seemed like only yesterday I didn't know how to sign my name and now I was integral part of it all.
Since then I have worked not as consistently as I would have liked, but nonetheless present. I have two failed bureaucrat requests under my belt. Looking back I knew I wasn't ready. This year I was very busy finishing out my senior year, but have been much more active this summer. In college, I'll actually be online much more as I pursue my BS in CS. In the future, I do plan on running for Bureaucrat a third time, this time not on an odd platform, but just me. Bears. Whatever happens, I'm thankful for all the friends I've met here, all I've learned, and the greater sense of community. I love all of you. --TwoBearsHigh-Fiving 02:19, July 19, 2013 (UTC)