Posted 11 March 2006 - 09:51 PM
I feel I should say something here. First, I'm not going to discuss what happened because, to be frank, I don't think it's anyone's business. Second, guys, DM feels absolutely horrible about this. This was an extremely difficult decision for him to make. (I bolded that because it's incredibly important.) It's not like he woke up yesterday morning and said, "Yeah, I'm gonna blow out the staff and start all over, fvck 'em all." It sucks for everyone involved, but what was done had to be done. Third, the ONLY reason I'm still on the staff is because DM specifically asked me to remain so that I can help him with the board software. I never really was comfortable with being a full admin and being considered an equal to all the other guys; I only wanted to do what I'm doing now, work behind the scenes, and I guess I'm kinda happy/relieved that my role has been clarified to the point it has. I know nobody's brought that up, but I'm feeling
a little quite awkward about being one of the only ones left, especially since I was the newest admin to be brought on board, so I thought I'd get that off my chest.
On a personal level, I wish it didn't have to end up like this. I especially wish RD didn't feel the need to leave this board completely, but I also understand why she's doing it. That said, RD, please come back. Even if you stay away for the rest of the season, next season won't be the same without you. I don't think there is one single person who is as synonymous with NJDevs.com as you. There are very few people who have put as much work into this site as you have, and there are very few people who are as well-liked here as you. I probably should've put this in a PM or an e-mail rather than making this a public appeal like I have, but that's how I feel. And that's not to say that I don't feel the same about Rock and Red and Has, but I know RD feels very strongly about this, so I guess that stoked my emotions as well.
Finally, to those of you who are predicting that this community will fall apart and another board will start soon where "the truth will come out", well, I don't know what to say to you. One, there are still many committed, intelligent hockey fans here and I hope they'll stick around. Second, RD and Has and Red and Rock are NOT the type of people who would run around airing dirty laundry in public, and I would be *very* surprised and dismayed if any of them were to start up another board with the intent of taking this one down.
Some of you know that I'm also an admin on one of the bigger American Hockey League message boards out there, and we're currently in the process of moving from a free forum host to our own site. I mention this not to toot my own horn, but because I have a point. I became involved in that site because I believe in the community we had built up over the years on that board and predecessor boards and I wanted to do whatever I could to help it succeed. I feel the same about this site. I believe in the community we have here. I believe that it can still succeed, and I believe that it will succeed. I believe that there are many good people here and that we can continue to build around them. I believe that we can and will get through this. I believe in NJDevs.
of the Devils' mascot, NJ Devil, and of all mascots far and wide.
IT IS VERY HARD TO WIN ONE STANLEY CUP, FORGET ABOUT THREE... and maybe it's high time some of you actually APPRECIATED THAT instead of treating it like it's some flipping birthright because for some random reason you rooted for the damn Devils!!!!!
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