Well, I certainly can't speak for "many of you", but I happen to know who you are from IMC, and am interested in all the intros that folks would like to toss up here, including yours.
Actually, your intro sounds pretty promising to me, as I am a very firm believer in doing what you can to return to the community as repayment for the help and teaching and great snippets and areas that have been made available to you, and it sounds like that's your sentiment too.
As Samson pointed out, it's amazing how many of us have our backgrounds in BBSes before we discovered muds, and I'll take that a step further and point out that it's equally amazing how many of us have RoD firmly in our backgrounds as well, usually as a place that helped us decide to make our own muds, for whatever reason each of us gleaned from their own experiences there. Personally, I found myself enthralled by RoD back when I first started playing there and was inspired to "see if I can do it too" with my own touches of course... though I'll certainly admit that if I'd gotten my introduction to muds there recently rather than a decade or so ago, I might not have ever gotten into muds at all, or might well be working with a different codebase right now, there's just way too big a crowd there these days and it feels way too impersonal to try to play there for my tastes, so I can easily understand what you mean about typing who and logging off.
When I posted my intro, I only cited Samson and Remcon because I didn't feel that I wanted to even try to cite all the various names that have been helpful to me.. on my mud I've got a "help snippets" entry to give credit to those who've made snippets that I've used.. due to space limitations in help entries, I also have a "help snippets2", and that really doesn't take into account the other folks who've helped me figure out what I was doing with my code and building, etc that hadn't written snippets I used, nor the folk who've been here to answer questions on legal issues or just to help me get through some of the frustrating periods.. in short, Cronel hasn't been forgotten, but he's part of a HUGE
list of folks and there's just too many that deserve mention to mention them all.
I've always heard really neat things about Alaska, one of these years I'm really going to have to visit there... *sigh*
Good luck with that degree, and the scheduled grand opening in December. I, for one, will look forward to seeing what you release for us.
Oh, and don't discount yourself, you've probably already earned at least some respect from those same folk just by your contributions to the IMC chatter and your intention to give back to the community.