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#1 DevilMinder

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 12:01 AM

Tonight I made some changes to the administration staff. It is with deepest regret that I have released several admins from their positions. I will not go into detail out of respect to them, but the short of it is we had a difference in opinion.

I know most of you either attend games or are good friends through the boards with the admins. I hope that we can move forward on this. If you have any deeply personal questions or comments please PM me.

As of this moment, MSweet and I are the sole admins. Msweet has been around since the beginning and I feel he understands the direction we need to go at NJDevs.com. I have also asked Rowdy to stay on in a tech support role, he will have no admin privileges.

I will miss the support of RoughDraft, Rock and Redrum and Hasan in their admin roles, but I feel it is time that we move on. The four of them had a combined 15 years of dedication to NJDevs and I hope you will give them the respect they deserve if they choose to come back and post.

Thank you for your understanding everyone on this upsetting matter.

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 05:36 AM

Not my business to comment this change... I respect your decision DM
But if all these greats posters doesn't come back... I will be very sad

Keep this awesome site alive ! :evilcry:
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 07:12 AM

The four of them had a combined 15 years of dedication to NJDevs and I hope you will give them the respect they deserve if they choose to come back and post.


I'll give them the respect they deserve even if they don't choose to come back and post. Obviously I don't know what the hell happened, but I can't imagine *ANYTHING* deserving of this rash action.

I'd like to say that I've respected the work done by Rock, RD and Hasan over the years and feel they deserve better than this. (Red is a great, and one of the most entertaining posters on the site, but I think even he would admit he was an admin mostly in name only). I would like to thank you guys for everything you have done here - you guys have been wonderful. I don't know the details, but just on the face of it, you deserve better.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 07:44 AM

thanks for maintaining this great website...this is an excellent hub for devils info.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 09:30 AM

Now that I've gotten a decent understanding of the situation, I think DM has handled this incredibily unprofessionally. It's his board. He who pays the bills makes the rules. But I am very, very upset at this decision.

I think the aforementioned admins have all been wonderful and keep the board going. "Differences of Opinion" are a fact of life. I run a project team FOR A LIVING... I don't go throwing my staff out on the street when they disagree with me.

I think this move was completely uncalled for and would request a reversal of this decision. This was tantamount to cutting off your nose to spite your face.... at the very, very least this is throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

I'm really quite disgusted with the "thanks" shown to the admins. I have committed to the trivia contest until the end of the season, but given this ridiculous decision, I don't think I want to be a part of contributing to this board beyond being a poster after the contest completion....

Edited by Don, 11 March 2006 - 10:09 AM.

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 09:42 AM

From outsider's opinion, this seems to be immatue. Then again, what do I know? :noclue:

Edited by hattrick, 11 March 2006 - 09:44 AM.

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 10:48 AM

Yeah, I have no knowledge of the situation, but these people all seemed to be nice people and great posters, thanks for welcoming me to the site and I hope you come back.

Edited by Devilsdude530, 11 March 2006 - 11:04 AM.

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 12:10 PM

I don't think DM's dicision is "unprofessional" and I think it's very Roenik of anyone to say so <_<

And probably more than a little indicative of how this entire situation came to pass. I apologize for my open bitching of late and hope it didn't contribute to any bad blood.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 12:14 PM

Out of all the hockey forums i am on the admin staff here were by far the best and most entertaining, which is one of the reasons i read the forum every day (at least 20 times)

i hope they continue to post.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 12:29 PM

Hey folks,
Please do not be mad at DM. He has to do what he has to do, and we have to respect his decision.

With that said, I do not agree with it, but I do respect it. He's put in a tough position here, and the last thing the remaining admins need is a public outcry.

Do I feel disrespected? Yes. I won't lie. I busted my ass for this board for a very long time, and never did I think I'd be ousted like this, especially after everything I've done the past few days.

Whatever the other guys decide, I respect. I, however, no longer consider myself a member of this message board. As I said to the other guys, I cannot condone the behavior that this message board has brought about through some of its posters lately, and I do not wish to be a part of it. I don't like the general direction the board is going, so I think it's best NJDevs and I part ways.

To the posters I've grown close with, please keep in contact. I will be messaging each of you with my email address and screenname. To the others who weren't fond of me -- well, I guess you won. Good for you guys and gals.

I'll miss this place a lot. More than most will know. This board was a part of me, but it is time to move on.

Good luck to DM and msweet, and best wishes to Has, Rock, and red. I understand Rowdy is being kept on as tech staff, so best of luck to you as well.


It's been fun. Seeya everyone.

-RD
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 12:34 PM

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 12:38 PM

Thanks for all your hard work RD! I enjoyed talking Devils hockey and Big Brother with you, as well as the Santa hat avs. If you ever want to come back later down the road I will welcome you back, but I respect your decesion. Good luck in the future. Hopefully Rock, Redrum, and Hasan will continue to post.

DM and Msweet, I still have a lot of respect for you two, so you don't have to worry about any bad feelings coming from me.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 12:51 PM

The worst thing that could happen to this board is losing a bunch of important posters like RD. I would love it if a reconciliation was to happen.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 12:57 PM

I have not been a member here for a long time but all the questions I had were answered by RD quickly and thoughtfully. RD, I respect your decision to leave here, but I would love it if you came back to post.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 12:58 PM

This is a shame. Sorry you had to leave RD, and I hope you and I will talk hockey on another board someday soon.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 12:59 PM

:( :saddevil: :evilcry: :saddevil: :(
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 01:07 PM

To the posters I've grown close with, please keep in contact. I will be messaging each of you with my email address and screenname. To the others who weren't fond of me -- well, I guess you won. Good for you guys and gals.


I sent you a PM but I don't know if you'll read it. I wish you didn't say that. Nobody has won by seeing you leave. I am upset you would have even say that. We have never been close and we probably argued more than anyone on this board but I still respect you for knowledge of the game, your dedication to the board and your hard work and I hope you do reconsider your decision.

Edited by devilsrule33, 11 March 2006 - 01:12 PM.

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 01:22 PM

I don't post much but I've been visiting this site for 2 years.

I respect DM's decision. Not knowing the details, I would never form an opinion one way or the other. Some administrators I liked more than others, but I repect all their hard work.

This is a wonderful board and I am confident it will remain so. Good luck to all!
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 02:24 PM

This sucks. :( I respect everyone's decisions though and I have no clue what happened. This board is the best Devils forum I have ever been to and makes being a Devs fan even more fun. Hopefully it stays that way.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 02:32 PM

I don't suppose this will change anything about the site. Just because they are admins doesn't mean they can't post on here. It was all volunteer in the first place.
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