Welcome to TWHL and I hope you will enjoy it here
I also felt the same way when Chat Bear was closed, and to be honest its much more friendlier here.
I also still map for Gold Source, with interest on mapping for source, but i want to leave that for latter once my girlfriend gets a hang of it
I learned a lot from browsing here, and it improved my skills drastically, especially thanks to cool guys like Skals mon and other active members that share their knowledge.
I occasionally start a project or two, or add onto another one. But i have an tendency not to release anything unless it feels completed.
I recently started learning C my self on my own, got to pointers in this book i am learning from. Pretty fun stuff
So, welcome! And hope you stay and contribute in any way or form