I'm leaving the Penny-Arcade forums.
This may come as something of a shock to many of you. Trust me that it was a long time in coming, and not a spur of the moment decision. We've enjoyed nearly a year together. Speaking for myself, I've enjoyed it immensly.
Whether it be joking around in an unexpected thread, exercising some php craftmanship, or laying down the law in a high-tension situation, I have always been entertained, intrigued, and impressed by these forums. But I have other pursuits that require my time, and to be fair to myself and to all of you requires me to walk away before I spread myself too thin.
The forums are in good hands. Lately, we've had a good period of mod stability. We also have a large, stable bunch of regulars that really know the forums, how they tick, and how to keep them thriving.
I've always believed in the single-source decision-making scheme, so my last action as administrator is to choose someone that I think can be fair, decisive, and a good role-model. denihilist
has earned my respect and admiration over the last year for those very qualities.
In addition, I want to be sure the codebase is cared for, and I also need somebody that can understand the policy and culture implications of various code changes. So to that task, I have appointed alphamonkey
as "chief technical officer". He has been given full access to the code and the database, and he will work closely with denihilist as well as with all of you in determining what can and can't be done as well as what should or shouldn't be done with the forum code.
I will be keeping my account-name in case I ever want to make any Penny-Arcade related announcements. I will still be working on code for the site, and I will probably work with alphamonkey on some forum-related projects as well. I'll be in and out over the next couple weeks, but aside from some last minute transition-period stuff, you can consider this my 2-weeks notice.
If I know anything about this forum, this post will end up followed by a deluge of eulogies. I appreciate the sentiment, but at the same time I think it is an over-dramitization. I feel obliged to give parting remarks and to inform you of the new administration. So in short, I think it is important that you read this thread, but please don't feel obliged to comment.