Soompi, livejournal, tumblr, and sites like Allkpop have taken over the international English speaking kpop fandom landscape. From 2001-2007, Solid07 was also a key player in the field. It was a general kpop forum with a major fic section as well. Though the site’s main portal/page is still up, the forums/usual main page content is no longer up. Like Soompi, Solid had a few crashes/server changes throughout the years so it’s hard to backtrack and find old footprints. Nonetheless, here are a few caps of what the main site and the forums looked like through the years.
As a side note, I used to love listening to Solid’s radio so I thought I’d put this up ^^v
One of the things that you could find on Solid compared to the likes of say Soompi were lemon fics. Let’s just say my very young and innocent self found out the hard way ^^;;v Seeing a reprise of interest in NC-17/risque fics (outside of LJ) on sites like AFF brings back memories of Solid in the oddest of senses to be honest. I guess I had gotten used to seeing less R+ writing on a large scale (again, outside of LJ).
I enjoyed Solid fics — many were cross-posted on Soompi, but there was something about the atmosphere on Solid that made it seem grittier to me (compared to Soompi’s atmosphere, which felt a lot lighter in comparison back in the day). Of course, this is just my opinion among the “masses” :P
One thing I loved about Solid was its download section, which was amazing back then. It introduced not just kpop music to me, but a lot of other music (i.e. Jay Chou). Now that licensing has become an even more pressing matter, it’d be hard for such a large forum/site to keep its downloads up without getting in trouble (that was precisely the reason why Soompi’s download section also went down some time around 04-05 as well). If you can imagine a world without clubbox, box.net, youtube, and the likes… that was what it was like back then. Solid’s download section was a great haven because it had so many links to so much multimedia. I know this isn’t fic related, but I find it very hard to talk about Solid without bringing up its musical aspect. — I also enjoyed visiting bww2 back in the day as well ^^v
Anywho, I’ve gone off on a tangent so I’ll stop here. (: Look forward to other snapshots ft. CGI boards, the WA, etc.