Yep, I'm from Gaf as well. Probably been visiting that site for 5+ years now and until yesterday had no idea who Tyler Malka even was. Place was fantastic for having thriving, mostly excellent/passionate communities in basically every medium you could think of (EZA threads especially) and I apparently just didn't feel compelled to ever read/participate in all the apparent drama that was going on behind the scenes. So yeah, this whole thing blindsided me when I read about it yesterday morning (I was out all of Saturday).
I'm optimistic Gaf isn't gone for good. It obviously sounds now that there was some insanity always going on behind the scenes, but the guts of that forum/user experience are unmatched in my opinion. Like anything on the internet, there were some truly bad things there, but the good overwhelmingly outweighed the bad, in my opinion. Just wild how much gaming history has happened on that forum and it to be gone in an instant just blows my mind.
Sucks. I've mindlessly clicked on my NeoGaf bookmark like 10x today just out of habit totally forgetting it's down and then immediately bumming myself out.
Excited to check this place out in earnest as I'm a day 1 Patron and always felt kind of guilty I've largely ignored this website until basically right now.