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|Fri, 2011-03-18 01:20|
This is one of those threads I was never sure I'd have to write, and now that it's time, I'm not really sure what I should say. I faked it once, just shy of a year ago - but that message was meant to be cold and quick, as it was part of an April Fool's joke. This is no joke, though.
I've been here for a long time; mine was the 14th user account created on this forum. I'm almost the oldest active member here, surpassed only by Twan himself and RoaTheEternal. I was the first user to become a moderator, the first besides Twan to have administrator powers, and one of the first template developers to be given access to the source. I've been responsible for coding the "official" Magic templates since the time of Future Sight, have offered no fewer than 59 custom templates for Magic and it's related game files, brought three other games to MSE (Hecatomb, World of Warcraft and Mausoleum), and have long managed many other templates that were created by other people. I think it no exaggeration to say that today, there is not a template in existence that has not been touched, directly or indirectly, by me and my coding methods. I've watched MSE grow from 24 packages (games, styles, mana fonts, and other stuff) to over 450 packages today. I pioneered the foiling method used in Magic templates today, created overlay hybrids, and have routinely did what others considered to be the impossible in Magic templates.
On the forum, I pioneered the creation of a storage location for templates, which led to the creation of the pifro forum, which I am an administrator of. I instituted cataloging of our custom templates, made a start on a system for sharing Articles on this site, and was the first and primary planner for the Custom Sets section that is now coming to fruition. I've held bots at bay to the best of my ability for years now. When the spambot "bombing" took place, I didn't do much cleaning. Instead, I powered up two moderators that are still with us to help, and immediately went to work on creating the verification system that has protected his place since.
Many things have been said about me - comments have ranged from almost claiming me to be a hero who is near single handedly responsible for what this forum is to day, to claiming that I am abusive, tyrannical, conceited, arrogant, and power hungry. Nevertheless, I've managed this forum since January 2007 while managing to only ban four users. I think that fairly impressive.
I've created and released seven Magic sets.
I'm usually modest, but I think I can get away with letting that slide for today. Because today, I am resigning all positions. I will no longer be a moderator or administrator of this or any other forum. I will cease to be a template developer as well. I am done.
I've been here for so very long that frankly, I cannot imagine what my life will be like after this. MSE has been such a large part of my life for years now. I cannot even begin to guess how many times I've loaded the Recent Posts page on this site - more than anyone else, I am sure, probably upwards of 50 times a day. I've visited it almost daily since it was created, even when I've been on vacation, or so sick that those who love me have threatened to call an ambulance.
But now, I'm tired. I've become weary of the constant fighting to do what's right. I'm tired of fending off bots and people who would take MSE and do wrong with it. I'm tired of people who can't read rules. I'm tired of fighting with other staff members for what I know is in the best interest of the forum, as it's become increasing clear that I no longer have their support. Altogether, I'm just tired. So, I'm stepping down, at last. I cannot imagine I will stop visiting this forum - it's far too much of a habit for me stop checking in cold turkey. But I expect I will be much quieter from here on out, as my natural state in internet forums was always to be more of a lurker than a frequent poster.
I may very well log out and not log back in, so contacting me by PM will probably not work. However, my sourceforge e-mail will remain in effect - I will still be available to talk at pichoro at users dot sourceforge dot net.