Babyblues, sorry if you felt I was trying to make you sound selfish, actually I find nothing wrong to be a little selfish sometimes. Actually I think your last post still within the same light of what I was trying to say.
|What I meant by not meeting needs anymore is if coming here and posting no longer brings me any enjoyment|
I don't think anybody thought that. You are a great asset to the community and we all enjoy your posts. :)
What a topic, I can't say how long I will last. Namely because this is the longest I have lasted at any forum. I usually leave within 2 weeks because I get tired of the whining and spamming and everything else. I don't stick around when posting becomes a chore. This is the first Forum I have ever seen where people consider other posters feelings.
|Babyblues, sorry if you felt I was trying to make you sound selfish|
One thing is for sure... I can promise you all that so long as I have breath - I will last. I will always be here. I have seen many come and go, but you can always find me here. My only concern with this Community and any sort of Climax is the ability of servers / scripts and my custom coding holding up with time. There may come a point when I will have to upgrade the core coding and will lose a lot of what I created, not the posts themselves - those are safe, but the features that I have hard coded into the Forum. I know that situation is not now, but it will happen... it will reach a point that I need to go from Windows 3.1 to XP, maybe in coming years as technology advances. So long as there are apache servers using Unix I am good to go and you are always welcomed to stay, go, return, hope on and off....
As one of the longest-staying members, I can relate from experience that life changes things.
When I first started here, I had a lot of extra time on my hands and spent many an hour (and sometimes most of a day! ) posting and reading and searching, etc. However, life for me has changed very dramatically, and I no longer have that kind of free time. These changes are mostly positive -- a better position at work, family moving in together, etc. -- but they are time consuming.
We're going on.. is it three years? .. and I can't imagine not being a part of this community. There are days at a time when I just can't get here, but I try to be as involved as I can in the time that I have each week.
As long as the standards are kept as friendly, clean, and interesting as they have been so far, I'm here for the long haul!
|When I first started here, I had a lot of extra time on my hands and spent many an hour (and sometimes most of a day! ) posting and reading and searching, etc.|
Well I must say that JB directing me to this topic after having returned from a 2-3 month absence was indeed fitting! It really hit me when I read the first post because JB was describing me. I have to admit that when I joined this forum, it was one of the best experiences I had ever come across on the Web, and I never thought that my enthusiasm for it would end. I can't really say it did end, but my life and work basically strangled it out, and my commitment really dropped off to levels that I am very ashamed of. However, I am back, and ready to make that commitment again. I can't and won't predict the future, but I'm willing to make the present count for something.
Malexander, I did not direct you to this thread specifically (there are many other similar ones), but it does pertain to you I guess. However, you seem to be the exception because of your return, however it will be up to you to see if a climax can be achieved again or at least the same kind of participation as before.
By the way, you have been gone for much longer than 2-3 months, unless you are counting those couple of posts you made awhile back. I think you have been gone even before we went to Argentina which was about 8 months ago?
I did notice when I returned that I wasn't the only one that went on a leave of absence from the forum. It was most unfortunate that so many of us had to be absent for extended periods of time; all at the same time. I still harbor some guilt about the whole thing, but I hope that I can regain the participation level I had before my leave. I see that my Plugged-in level did stay at 100% which was interesting as I seemed to have inadvertently created myself a buffer of posts to keep my participation level where it is.