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The Endgame

The Recherche

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I'll admit: I haven't had very much energy lately, so I'm most likely just going to keep this brief.

There truly isn't an easy way to introduce this... but I've been strongly considering throwing in the towel on the Forums. Full disclosure: I haven't made my decision yet; I will officially announce what will happen on the 9th of next month... my six month anniversary. While my interest in the Forums has been tanking undeniably for the past period of time... this is a relatively new proposition, so I don't want to make this decision too rashly. Either way, for your sake, I won't guarantee either outcome. This is still a decision in the making, after all.

I'll just be blunt: the Forums seem to be crashing down from where I stand. Prominent users are departing left and right, the WPCC Lounge is a graveyard (though I'll admit my interest in the Lounge has been nigh-zero for quite a while now), the Forum Games aren't thriving like they used to... it's all a mess, from my perspective. I've been trying to pep-talk myself into accepting changes on the Forums; change is the only constant in life, as many have said in the past... but I'm sorry; I can't get interested in any of the newer perks and activities. New Emoticons? Meh. Events? Shrug. The Pony World Cup? That's neat... I suppose. New Reactions? Barf.

Is any of this the fault of the Staff? No, not at all; I'm always the grouchy old man in these situations. They can't help it if I'm an old wretch at heart. :D You understand what I'm trying to say, though. With all of that out of the way, I thought it was only fair to give you all a forewarning. As I said, neither outcome is guaranteed; just know that both outcomes are distinct possibilities.

Thank you for reading, and have a great rest of your day! :grin:

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I probably should say something about this though I don't really know what to say exactly. When I'm at loss for words I usually keep it quiet or just ignore it all together. I guess all I can say is that even if you have been having problems with this community as a whole and even if you are sometimes a bit sharp with people you are still a valuable member of the community. Having @The_Gobo leave and then now you would be somewhat of a shock to the community. I'm not going to lie, I have my friends and the such but you have made a much bigger impact on the community then I have so far so having someone of your caliber just leaving would probably not set well with most people. But hey, it's not my decision to make and I'm not here to influence you or anything. Just stating what my mind says.

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@TheTaZe Understandable. My departure would probably send ripples throughout the Forums, yes... but honestly, they'll survive. :grin: While members may be vanishing left and right... there are still quite a few members like you around. I know you may not think far too highly of yourself as of now, but I can safely say that you're the most influential member on the Forums as of August of this year, and probably continuing forward. Throughout the years, the most prominent Forum member shifts from user to user to user... and the cycle will only continue forward. Of course, this doesn't detract form the fact that a loss is a loss all the same... but I'm sure you understand what I'm trying to say. People move on... and others move on as well, and some end up in the position that others have been in before.

When all is said and done, this is just a case of life continuing forward. Will I end up departing from the Forums? We'll see... but it will happen at one point or another, even if it isn't soon. :grin:

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I've felt like that myself before actually I felt exactly like that when the Rarity Fan Club sorta 'collapsed' after that I tried to linger in here for a while but I realized that it was no use at that point and if I wanted to stay I would need to reestablish myself here.

So I took effectively about 2 years off here basically and as of right now I feel that I'm pretty comfortable again here, not really as who I was back then but as something else.

I don't know your situation 100% but I'd say that in the light of the similarities that are prominent in my and your situations I'd wager that a break would be good but I don't think it's necessary to force yourself out of here if you feel like dropping in from time to time.

For me I needed a new starting point in the forums so I could be here again so if you feel like you don't want to throw the forum completely there might be something that you are looking for and I'd suggest that if that is the case you could start working towards that.

 

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I really hope you don't leave the forums, my friend! :( Of course, if that's what you feel is best, then I guess that's the right thing to do, but it would be a huge loss for the community. I can't really influence your decision, but I'd suggest something anyway. If you don't feel at home on the forums at the moment, is it really necessary to leave permanently? There might be better times coming later, maybe some of the users who left will return (unlikely but possible), maybe there will be more activity... I have personally been in many communities over the years, some of which I have practically left – but I have never done it for good. If there is something that inspires me to post there, even once a year or less, I'll do that. Interests fade, that's life – but I don't see any reason not to leave the door open for a possible return later on.

I hope you have a good day too! :fluttershy:

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I understand where you're coming from with this. I've considered throwing in the towel myself. Twice actually. I know that you need to prioritise your own life over the forums, which I understand completely. I'm slowly sinking into the terrible whirlpool of depression and I need to fish myself out. 

Some aspects of the forums aren't quite what they used to be. I want to fix that, I really do, but I'm only one man. One man, can only do so much. I know it's your choice, but I would advise you on sticking around a little longer. You've made friends with at least half the site at this point, including myself. Hell, you were the first person to wish me happy birthday - And I didn't even know you at the time. Regardless, I respect your decision, whatever path you choose. 

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I dont understan why people would leave. What else do you have going on in your life life? For me, I have my awesome hobbies. But this place is the only place where I interact with other life forms on this planet. 

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@Totally Spicy BronyNumber 2A Nothing much at all, to be truthful. :rarity: I will be applying for various jobs this coming autumn, though, so that will be where a good majority of my time will be spent. Either way... some folks just move on. There's rarely a distinct reason, aside form the fact that everyone moves at some point (for varying reasons, though).

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I was knowing you were going to make this decision at some point. You do have a point there, everything seems to be going down hill, yes. I'm not really fond of the new reactions either, I don't see the point and I just see it as a minor nuisance if anything. If your the old man here, I'm the older man. The cycle will continue to shift but I will remain here as of yet, it's my...goal to be the last one standing so to speak. 

Now I'm sorry if this sounds like an insult to you, but I knew this would happen to you one way or another. Back in the day I remember when you were the brightest star in all of the forums, I knew you weren't going to be like this forever and I said to myself 'How long will this last...?", not long indeed. You even became a staff member, then you retired 2 months later. I don't understand why you overdid yourself here, why did you push yourself so much here? I never participated in the WPCC lounge that much, I never understood why people liked it so much. You were here for a few months, nobody knew your name but then you just suddenly...shot up in the leaderboards. How? Why? Why did you do this? 

You overdone yourself, and this is what happens. You shouldn't go for this on any other forums if you decide to join, it'll just end up the same way. Don't overdo yourself. This is what happens. I admit, I envy your ability to just spike up in popularity, but I know very well that I wouldn't be able to stand it in the slightest. Instead, I will build myself up slowly and surely... believe it or not I had plans to overextend myself just like you did! But thankfully I never went through with that, I can never bring myself to do what you did.

I'm a realist, a pragmatist, the like and I know these new changes in the forums may not be worth it in the end. Tis' the last dance of the final chance. It's unfortunate the forums are in decline, and I 100% agree with everyone that things are not the way they used to be, but personally I can't really complain, it is what it is and it's simply a change in spectrum. 

Do as you wish, my friend but I know that even if you decide to stay, it'll just be delaying the inevitable. 

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@Califorum In truth, I have a habit of overextending myself when it comes to my hobbies and interests. If I've learned anything about myself... it's that I'm a passion-pursuer, so to speak. In other words, if I am set on a goal of some variety, I will pursue it by every mean that I deem acceptable... even at the cost of my overall energy. I don't believe I need to tell you this isn't the first time I've burned out on something. This happened with video games, Godzilla movies, certain genres of music... you understand what I'm saying. This isn't to say that being passionate is a bad thing,  of course... but acting out of passion isn't the best idea at times. Sometimes you need to chose between your passion and your sanity... something I haven't proven good at. At the very least, I am now aware of this tendency of mine, and even some of its nuances.

To be fair... while I dislike some of the changes on the Forums, I'll admit to having rosy retrospection of the early times I was active here. They were certainly the most fun I have had on the Forums.... but even with that considered, my view of those times has been tainted. Either way, I'm trying to be as fair as possible with how I perceive the Forums... which is admittedly only making this decision more difficult. Nostalgia is a nuisance at times, huh?

Either way... that about summarizes it. When I become passionate towards anything, I also become a bit rash.

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@The Recherche

That makes sense, yeah. I don't really know how to give advice to that exactly, though I suppose you should slowly build up your interest over time and just ease on into things maybe? I've burnt out of games alot, and often times I only play for a few minutes before just suddenly losing interest. 

I also admit to having a rosy retrospection of previous times, but that is slowly fading away as I did not have the success I have now. Back then I was annoying, incessant and generally just cringy and stupid, I like to think that now is the best times, though I can't help but sometimes think otherwise.

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With everything exists death. With every death exists rebirth.

I recall GFK. I recall OS. I recall Zygen. I recall hundreds in the years 2014 and 2015. They don't live here anymore. People come and go. You make friends as you have opportunities. Salute as opportunities fade. Look to the horizon with hopeful focus knowing that with any parting exists a return.  This month saw the slow return of two legends from old. The dynamic nature of the internet yields to no person. I don't look for days gone bye. 

With everything exists death. With every death exists rebirth.

 

Live on regardless of whether your path takes you. Should you decide to return, you know at least one optimistic and inexhaustible Brony will be here to great you. 

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Well, I cannot stop you from leaving the forums, it's your decision to leave or not. And like what Jeric stated earlier, there will always be someone here to provide some companionship, I myself have experienced the discomfort of friends leaving after an absence on the site. Sure they leave, but that doesn't mean you can't make new friendships with other people.

 

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Truth it is, that the forums get quieter from day to day. Members leaving one by one makes it feel like it was a sinking ship, that was about to go down at some point. But is it the reason to give up immediately? I don't think so. :twi: While it is sad, that they're leaving, let's not forget about the ones, who are still around and look forward to interact with you. There also are new members coming in meanwhile, so this is also something to consider. :grin:

We all know, that there are times once in a while, where the activity is almost nonexistent. But it's always possible to trigger a chain of activity, will it be a thread, post or just poking something/someone. ;) Besides, you were taking a break in order to avoid 'burning out', perhaps that lack of activity would be a good opportunity to take one and come back later? Why leaving permanently? :fluttershy:

You mentioned changes in the forums - are its features the main point in being in a community? Does it really need to have exciting reactions/emoticons or other mindblowing functionality to make people want to stay? It's just a software and no matter how awesome it would be, it simply wouldn't work if you were alone. The users themselves are what make this place great. Even if there is something you feel a lack of, why not throw a suggestion to the staff? If you have better ideas to make this place more entertaining, it wouldn't hurt to give it a try. :fluttershy:

You also mentioned applying for various jobs - this is where I perfectly understand what you mean. I started toying with hobbies while I was jobless and it all was going nicely. Since I got a job, I often have difficulties with finding some time - with finding the motivation. Having not enough of time for hobbies make me worried, that I won't go far with any of this, but I did not give up. I may not be able to work as long as I'd love to, but that doesn't mean I cannot do this at all. Same for forums - I used to be active all day everyday back then (not on these forums, as it was in 2015; I joined MLPF in 2016) ~ lurking from time to time while doing other things to check what's new - now I can visit mostly at specific times of the day, but it still is possible. You don't have to be active for 24hrs/day, that's not what the forums are about - just visit us whenever you'd have some time and desire to do so, even if that would be limited only to weekends. ;) 

If you don't feel like posting on the forums, you can always come and share a status update, saying how awesome your work is! :D

Generally what I wanted to say is, that I understand what you mean, I get your worries, it is all understandable, but please take a moment to wonder, if leaving permanently really would be necessary. Does it have to be all or nothing? Why not making it balanced? :fluttershy: We don't require you to sparkle with activity, just do what you can. ;) 

... Well unless you simply don't like, nor care about any of us and this place altogether, then yeah, why one would bother to *force* himself to visit. :twi:
Whichever path you'll choose, I wish you all the best in life. :fluttershy: You can also ask PathfinderCS when in doubt, he seems to be one, who finds paths. UlVzUAy.png

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