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So long and thanks for all the fish

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:07 pm
by pokemaniac212
When I was first modded almost 5 years ago, I promised myself that I wouldn’t be someone who holds onto the badge long after I could claim to be an active member of the community. Looking back on these last few months, I’m struggling to justify to myself that I still meet that criterion. And so, the time has come for me to meet that promise and stand down as a mod. Since one of the privileges of modship is being able to subject everyone to a long, rambling walk down memory lane on leaving, I’m going to do that now. If you don’t want to read that then by all means carry on with your day, you’ll find nothing else relevant here.

It’s strange to think that I can’t really think of a time before I was a member here anymore, and a mod for approaching 5 years now. When I first signed up to make a stupid comment on a news thread about Ashes Cricket 2009, I had no idea of the part this place would play in my life. I’ve watched over the death of ONM, and helped found SONM to replace it. To go over everything would take far longer than I have time to write, or anyone would bother to read, so I’m just going to list a few particular highlights here:

- Being modded. Can’t really not mention this can I. I still remember getting back from a night out in Fresher’s week of my second year of uni to a voice message from Rai asking if I’d join the team. As sad as I realise this sounds, it was the first time I’d achieved anything for non-academic reasons, and I can’t easily explain how much this meant to me at the time.

- Pokémon Dawn. Sadly never finished, but as the project that pushed me to become active on the forums, it has a special place in my memories of this place. Sadly I think the demo has been lost to the depths of history, but at least Jay has gone on to bigger and better things since.

- Kudos. The fact that there exists a novel-length story with me as the main character, namely a sword-fighting cross between Goku and Jesus, is perhaps the most bizarre thing to have happened in my life (and remains my go-to icebreaker “something you didn’t know about me”). I still have a flick through it every now and then. Cheers Kriken.

- Politics discussions. As much as I tend to take the role of the forum’s token right-winger, I can honestly say that my political views have changed based on discussions with the likes of Sarah, Jenova and PGTV down the years, and I would consider myself more of a centrist liberal these days than a true right-winger.

- Bronm. Now sadly dead for a couple of years, this was the place I really started to feel like a member of the community, and I have a lot of fond memories of the probably hundreds of hours wasted on that chat.

- Mafia. Frankly I’ve no idea how many games I’ve played, besides the 2 games I hosted down the years, and again I have a lot of memories. A few particular highlights are my vig game in the Metroid mafia, where I fluke shot the godfather part way through the game (I still feel a nighttime duel between Samus and Ridley was pretty perfect for the story of the game). Also Cyberguy inadvertently saving the godfather from a lynch by day shooting the princess in my own F-zero mafia (spent a good 5 minutes laughing when I received that PM) as well as Ducklett going completely rogue and voting against the mafia when we had effective majority vote to throw the game in one of the anime mafias.

- The hacking incident. Safe to say spending several hours helping to deal with what appeared to be a massive forum hack wasn't quite what I expected when I decided to log in while on holiday a few months after getting modded. That it basically led to the end of Dizzybow's interest in the forum was a massive shame, but it was certainly memorable.

I could go on and talk about a dozen other things, but I think I’ve bored you all enough already. I’m sure I’ll still hang around as a member for a while longer at least, and I have a lot of you on either twitter or facebook if I do decide to vanish at some point. Feel free to add me if you want to and haven’t already and thanks for all the memories.

Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:09 pm
by Nintendonator3000
Always a shame to see a mod go, but good luck to you Pokemaniac. I'm not an insanely active user here and I've never really gotten involved with all the events such as Mafia that you listed, but I've been a member for probably about 6 years now and it's you mods who keep the place running, so thank you ;)

Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:22 pm
by Scapegoat
oh man pokemon dawn was the reason I lurked onm for years, weird seeing it brought up again after all this time.

sad to see you go anyway, hope you stick around as a member at least even if it's just lurking.

now our resident righty is rickyuk and I don't know how that makes me feel.

Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:10 pm
by OrangeRakoon
I've already said this in the modroom, but thanks again Chris for all the work you've put in over the years! You're one of the few ONMers I've met in real life, and I hope we'll still see you around!

Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:19 pm
by Wrathy
always good to see some more people taking the black ;) yeah thanks for the work and the post, enjoyed reading some of your memories there. We'll have to hang out again at some point, I'm sure I'll be around Brum again not too far from now!

Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:25 am
by Kappa
I'm glad to have been the target of your final modding decision

RIP DIZZYBOW

Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:13 am
by Shio hime
RIP
o7

Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:45 pm
by D.J
Shame to see you go Poke, you've been a very good mod and i have a lot of respect for you.

Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:41 pm
by pokemaniac212
Wrathy wrote:
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:19 pm
always good to see some more people taking the black ;) yeah thanks for the work and the post, enjoyed reading some of your memories there. We'll have to hang out again at some point, I'm sure I'll be around Brum again not too far from now!
Definitely, let me know whenever you're in the area.

Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:41 pm
by Kriken
You're welcome haha. Kudos to you, and good luck with life. Glad that onm/sonm has done some good in making you a little more liberal. :)

Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:14 pm
by Jezo
Ah man, sad to see ya go. Hope you do stick around tho from time to time. Thanks for modding~

Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:28 pm
by Minoru
pokemaniac212 wrote:
Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:07 pm
- Pokémon Dawn. Sadly never finished, but as the project that pushed me to become active on the forums, it has a special place in my memories of this place. Sadly I think the demo has been lost to the depths of history, but at least Jay has gone on to bigger and better things since.
I have the demo on an old harddrive. Just started it up to check and it's working right. I'm not sure how to do it but if you want the files I could probably share them?

Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:59 pm
by pokemaniac212
Minoru wrote:
Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:28 pm
pokemaniac212 wrote:
Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:07 pm
- Pokémon Dawn. Sadly never finished, but as the project that pushed me to become active on the forums, it has a special place in my memories of this place. Sadly I think the demo has been lost to the depths of history, but at least Jay has gone on to bigger and better things since.
I have the demo on an old harddrive. Just started it up to check and it's working right. I'm not sure how to do it but if you want the files I could probably share them?
Don't worry too much if it isn't easy, but would be cool if you could.

Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:00 am
by Minoru
pokemaniac212 wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:59 pm
Don't worry too much if it isn't easy, but would be cool if you could.
Okay, I tried uploading it to Google Drive, see if this works. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B03zx1 ... sp=sharing

Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:32 am
by danbish
Shame to see you go. Later alligator.