I’ve decided to take an indefinite hiatus. Too many old friends have left and for me the neighborhood has lost its old magic. What was once a fun diversion is now mostly tiring. I miss Antinous and Falcor and the old ways of doing things. I miss all the old regulars that have moved on.
I’m appreciative to @orenwolf for his work here slaying trolls and serving up apt B5 references, and I owe @codinghorror for helping me sort out my handle in the move to Discus a few years ago. I’ve been active in online communities where mods resented having to wade into the messes left by trolls and clean them up. That you guys do it not only without complaint but with the same efficiency as your predecessors is why the BBS is still one of the better forums on the internet.
But the systemic changes to the community as a whole, combined with the more concerted efforts of itinerant trolls to derail any controversial thread early, have made it less of a close-knit community and less of a place for in-depth discussions.
Also, in these chaotic times, I want to redirect some of my time and energy to meat-space.
I’m usually one to just slip out the back door, but the BB comment section, in it’s various incarnations, has been my Cheers for longer by far than any other place on the internet, and it seems only right to say farewell.
I’ll log-in from time to time to check PM’s, but I don’t know how regularly.
I wish everyone well. You’ve been fun and thought-provoking, and you’ve challenged my views and beliefs for the better. I’ll be checking messages and replying for the rest of today before I go silent.
Live long and prosper.