I have grown intensely jealous of a certain elusive Jedi who had taken several years of relaxing and staring at rocks while everyone in the Galaxy was doing actual work. Apparently, he learned all the right things from Yoda.
So the Force is guiding me to follow his example (what, why are Jedi the only ones allowed to blame the Will of the Force for everything?)
So, into exile I must go.
I would like to thank the Academy, my parents, and my coke dealer sorry, wrong speech.
I would like to thank the people who have made my time on the site good, better, great.
Those who welcomed me as a brand new user and were kind enough not to close all of my newbie questions.
Those who posted awsome answers that provided information about fictional universes I loved (or introduced me to ones I wasn't familiar with).
Those who posted great or simply thought provoking questions, forcing me to dig deeper into the works I love and learn more about them than I ever thought possible.
Those who expressed their appreciation of (what I hope was, to an extent, largely quality) content offered for other's benefit in my posts.
I would also like to thank those who have had kind or encouraging words for me in the last couple of days. The only reason I won't name anyone is because I'm sure to forget someone and that wouldn't be fair to them.
- I would like to single out @randalthor, for the last formal thank you, for a wide variety of reasons, not all of them recent.
Just like Yoda, my exile won't start the moment this is posted. I still
have to deal with Padme's birth owe several people some answers, so most likely I will stop in about a week.
To avoid idle rumours in chat interspersed with the hushed "are we allowed to talk about this?" neuroses, I'd like to clarify a few things I anticipate will be hypothecized, aloud or not:
No, I'm not ragequitting. I might return, although when that happens is... I'm'akjustgonnablametheForce again. What do you mean "The Force Doesn't Work Like That"?
There are numerous varied reasons for me to suspend my activities on the site. Not all of the reasons having to do with the site in the first place.
No, the moderators/CMs did not ask me to quit "or else" :) Or just asked me to quit. Or even suggested it to me directly.
The only person i'm aware of who explicitly asked me to do this is the voice in my head.
The fact that there is a voice in my head clearly should have been one of the reasons contributing to my decision.
Having said that, some of the moderation patterns and actions by individual moderators, both recent and not, definitely contributed to my decision.
This was not directly caused by the activity of a specific user that 90+% of those reading this post would suspect as the main reason.
While the recent happenings helped crystallize my decision, the specific words uttered by a specific user were NOT in any way the direct cause.
- To prove that the symmetry of the Universe is a mysterious thing, ironically, my decision was strongly contributed to by a specific user; that an overwhelming majority of those reading this would not ever suspect. I was among that majority :)
No, the chat suspension wasn't a factor at all.
I honestly do NOT object to the suspension itself, at all (I do object to who got suspended vs. not suspended, but that's water under the bridge and not worth my time to expound on or anyone else's to read).
Incidentally, to kill the rumour I saw going around and frankly, am a bit offended by, my recently increased posting activity had nothing to do with suspension EXCEPT that it freed up even more of my free time (on top of year end vacation days off) to enjoy researching and posting.
I currently have no idea how long I'll be gone, and how complete my "gone-ness" will be.
I'm not sure if this will affect official chat policy in any way, but in case it matters: people have my 100% permission to discuss myself or anything pertaining to myself as a user in chat, by name. No exceptions. No objections. "Be nice" rule would hopefully still would apply :)
If anyone wishes to contact me, you can @-ping me on the site; or if in private, my email address is in my SFF user profile.