Two times in the past I have tried to step down from the staff and I got talked into staying. Once we even had a Roast and I enjoyed that very much. Yesterday however my resignation was finally accepted. I am stepping down today.
There will be a lot of speculation about this because I am a lightning rod of discussion, not just here but other places. There will be all kinds of theories posited and the huge majority of them will be wrong. I'm not angry at anyone on the Staff. No one has driven me away from this. I just feel after 10 years that I have done enough and I want to be a regular Joe poster again.
This Staff is the greatest bunch of people I have ever worked with. Not just the current Moderators, but Pops and some of the others who put in their time and stepped down for various reasons. I love and respect them all. I have been behind the scenes here for a long time. Please listen to me when I say these people care about you. You may think some of them hate you. It isn't at all true. I am going to miss being a part of their forums and the behind the scenes discussions and ribbing that goes on. I could thank them here one by one, but I am going to refrain from doing that so I can keep this short.
I especially want to thank Reality for the trust he has put in me. I wish you all could get to know him on a personal level as I have. What he provides us here is simply put the greatest fan forum in the world. We don't have the internal issues that other forums do. I don't want to go into why they will never be as successful as this forum is, but they never will be. I do want to say Reality deserves a lot of the credit for why those internal issues do not happen here. He believes I am making a mistake. Maybe I am, but my heart is at peace with this. I left open the door to one day help the Staff again down the road if they need me.
I'm not going anywhere. I will remain a member here and I intend to keep posting. I just won't be doing the job here. If I have a regret in stepping down it is that the threads I was handling in the History Zone and the Calendar items might become outdated. Hopefully someone on the Staff will allow me to PM them the things that needed updating and they keep going. I won't miss having to police the forum. The only bans I ever enjoyed were Spammers and Redskins or Eagles trolls.
I'm really looking forward to using the Ignore feature. Conversely a bunch of people will finally be able to put me on Ignore. Now and then someone announces when they have someone on Ignore. I don't intend to do that. It serves no purpose. But I am going to heed my own advice and use it.
Thanks for all you do in making this place the best Internet fan forum in the world. Go Cowboys.