Greetings! I spent many hours on the original OG, poring over the vast amount of knowledge folks had to offer here. Like the Thompson quote in the OP describes, the original OG was an amazing community/movement to be a part of. Even if, for me, that meant being primarily a lurker absorbing knowledge from my very talented peers.
I was deeply saddened when I saw the take-down notice for OG as well as the other cannabis related sites that were casualties of the Bush administration's attack on canna-business during that same time period. Other sites sprung up to attempt to fill the gap but none really ever replaced OG for me.
My state recently went medical and, on a hunch, I wondered if someone might have resurrected this site after all these years. I was pleasantly surprised to find it up and running again. All that being said, I am glad OG is back and even happier to be a part of this amazing community once again.