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I'm getting out of here.

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by , 7th June 2011 at 10:49 PM (1021 Views)
This staff recruitment drive has made me realize just how hooked I really am to this place. Sure my activity's been drastically decreasing and such, but I've been constantly thinking about this place, so much now that it's been intruding into my idle thoughts, where recently watched YouTube videos and an ear-worming song would normally reside. And I think it's unhealthy for me.

It's made me realize that even if I did somehow become a staff member, it wouldn't do me any good. It would be just one more thing to worry about during the summer, and I'd get mentally attached to this place even more.

When I applied for staffship, I wasn't even targeting toward the supposedly elevated privilege of such a position - it was more that I wanted to be an "insider" to the workings of the website and perhaps give suggestions on how to run the place a bit. But during this past week, I was horrified at how often my thoughts kept turning to the recruitment. It wasn't even that important a part of my life! Why was I so intent on seeing it through?

I have exams coming up, and even though I know I was here for last year's final exams, this year somehow feels different. Although I've already been admitted and there's essentially no way I can actually get my acceptance revoked (unless I deliberately trash my courses), I'd like to concentrate on some things that are not Bulbagarden-related - again, such as running Four Star Mon and actually getting some fanfic-writing done, as well as preparing for my first semester at university. And the only way I'm going to do that is if I take myself off here for at least a short while as a posting member, and perhaps even permanently as an active member.

That being said, this place isn't a bad place by any means. I made a few friends here, and even met a staff member here on another website that we now partner in running. I also stand by my statement that the fanfiction community here is still one of the best in the Pokémon fandom.

See some of you in life, some time. And perhaps even in Four Star Mon, if that ever gets popular.

Regards and best wishes,
Ztobor / Zekurom / Zodiac / Gi-gi-gi-giaru! / Dragonite Ernston / Zekürom / Zek*rom / Sazand*ra / Ƶekurom (Take your pick)

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  1. Karamazov's Avatar
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    Zek*rom, BTW.

    I'll miss you, and hope to see you again soon. *Wonder when they announce the new mods?*
  2. Ivysaur's Avatar
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    You gotta do what you gotta do.
  3. PokéVision's Avatar
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    Don't let this stop you from following your heart...I believe in you to do what's right.
  4. The Puppetmaster's Avatar
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    :/ I hope the best for you in whatever you do.
  5. Drakon's Avatar
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    ... I will miss you. I hope you will be able to return some time.

    I will forever know you as Zekurom. Or Ensign Daniel Ernston.
  6. Zekurom's Avatar
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    I'll stay for the SuBuWriMo, but don't expect any posts outside of that and updating Generation 2021 once in a while.
  7. Noivern's Avatar
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    I think I'm going to miss you... for a while. Maybe forever. It depends... But still, I'm sure that you should follow your heart.
  8. Drakon's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ƶekurom
    I'll stay for the SuBuWriMo, but don't expect any posts outside of that and updating Generation 2021 once in a while.
    So no more commenting on Life of the Legendaries?
  9. Zekurom's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drakon
    So no more commenting on Life of the Legendaries?
    I'll use FF.net to comment on it. Or, if you post it on any other fan forums, I'll review it there. (Perhaps you could even post it on Four Star Mon's forums, we need some fanfics there too :P)
  10. Iteru's Avatar
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    and perhaps give suggestions on how to run the place a bit.
    Developmental forum would probably be appropriate. You don't need to be staff to give suggestions.
  11. Zekurom's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iteru
    Developmental forum would probably be appropriate. You don't need to be staff to give suggestions.
    The Development Forum is for more major ideas, not the day-to-day suggestions that I was thinking about.
  12. Iteru's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ƶekurom
    The Development Forum is for more major ideas, not the day-to-day suggestions that I was thinking about.
    Increasing the VM character limit is not a major idea, and I pitched that without consequence and received acceptance.
  13. Zekurom's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iteru
    Increasing the VM character limit is not a major idea, and I pitched that without consequence and received acceptance.
    By that, I meant suggestions that may not apply to the forum as a whole, or even a whole section of a forum. The VM character limit was still a pretty sweeping change in that regard.

    I meant more specific stuff, that normally only staff would care about.
  14. Iteru's Avatar
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    That is something that you can PM a moderator about then if you like.

    The worst that we will do is choose to not use your suggestion. You don't need to be staff to pitch an idea to staff.
  15. Zekurom's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iteru
    That is something that you can PM a moderator about then if you like.

    The worst that we will do is choose to not use your suggestion. You don't need to be staff to pitch an idea to staff.
    It would be much easier to put forth such minor ideas as a staff member and see what other staff members think about it. You must also remember that that isn't the only reason I had aspired as such.

    At any rate, it's not the only reason I've left either. So if you're trying to rationalize the contribution thing, it's not your fault, or the staff's fault.
  16. Iteru's Avatar
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    Easier? For minor ideas? If they're minor ideas, than you really don't need more than PMing in my opinion. You can get feedback from the staff you contacted. There is no barrier there, and if there is, the effort taken despite being a "harder" process doesn't go overlooked. We actually appreciate it greatly.
  17. Zekurom's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iteru
    Easier? For minor ideas? If they're minor ideas, than you really don't need more than PMing in my opinion. You can get feedback from the staff you contacted. There is no barrier there, and if there is, the effort taken despite being a "harder" process doesn't go overlooked. We actually appreciate it greatly.
    Well, thanks for the guidance. But again, there are a multitude of other reasons for my disappearance, and some of the things I may or may not have suggested would require knowledge that only the staff had.

    Again, it's been nice.
  18. Girly Princess's Avatar
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    bye:(

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