For the purposes of this discussion, let’s omit admins and moderators. We all know how important they are in defining what the SDMB is.
Who in your opinion are the institutions of the board? Long time or memorable posters, those who really add a lot to discusions, for better or for worse, etc.
There are so many memorable and wonderful and terrible posters around here, it’s probably going to be hard to list them all, so try to keep your lists to just those who you honestly feel make the board what it is, and that it wouldn’t be the same with out them.
Feel free to include banned and deceased dopers if you would like. After all, the SDMB is the entire archive of posts and threads, not just the active community today.
For me, that list would be something along the following:
Little Nemo, Shodan, elucidator, Chronos, Ambivalid, BigT, BubbaDog, A Clockwork Melon, Nzinga, Seated, Clothahump, Mean Old Lady, Der Trihs, GusNSpot, Qadgop the Mercotan, Stranger on a Train, Snowboarder Bo, and adaher.
Note: this is not merely a list of your personal favorite dopers! Just those who really define a lot of what the SDMB is.