Yes, as you can gauge from the title, I am announcing my resignation from the forum. After nearly a seven year run I have decided it is time for me to step down as webmaster of the site. With my departure from University complete this week, it marks the end of my academic study and the start of my professional career. With full time employment looming around the corner it would not be fair to leave the forum in a somewhat neglected state for a prolonged period.
With great assistance from the staff this year I have been able to have rather minimal interaction with the forum as I complete my final year, and in this time they have maintained the site, dealt efficiently with user queries, and kept everything running smoothly during my absences.
Regrettably, although I have a strong will to continue to lead the site and the staff team, I will have increasing personal commitments over the next few months, including moving and starting full time employment, therefore my time for the forum is severely limited, and this is the primary reason I have decided to step down.
So what does this mean for the future of the site? Will it close? No, staff will continue to run the site and I will continue to lead the forum, until someone suitable, with more time and resources, is able to run in my stead. This may come in the form of finding a current staff member or selling my stake in the site and drafting a fresh person in entirely. This however is undecided, and whilst this process is not yet confirmed, details will be made available sooner to the time the change comes.
The forum has gone a long way since its inception in 2004, and evolved into a great community, with year on year growth despite the limited developments in Pivot, the forum has branched out in other successful areas. With an average of 45,000 + visits, 10,000 unique visits, and over half a million page views every month the site is constantly growing, and showing no sign of stopping. This is thanks to the community itself. The majority of the traffic that the forum gets is primarily direct traffic, then referrals, and then search engine traffic. It’s brilliant to see that referrals provide more traffic to the forum than search results.
I hope that whilst I have been in control of the site you have managed to take something that has benefited you in some way. Whether it is in the simplest form of improving your spelling and grammar skills, or vastly improving your animation techniques, I hope that something positive has been gleaned out of your stay on the forum regardless of what it may be.
I have had a number of great years running the forum, and learnt many things during the process of the site's development. There have been many great times, and a few bad times, but all have lead to an accumulation of what the forum is today; a very active animation and general forum, with a loyal and talented user base. I still stand by my decision of shying away from the “portal” side of the site, having always believed that the forum has been the main attraction, and there’s no denying it.
To conclude, I would like to thank all of the staff members past and present who have contributed to the site, especially to those staff members who have been here since the beginning and are still playing an active part in maintaining the forum. Without these people who volunteer their free time to keep this place tidy, and assist users, the forum simply wouldn’t function. So to all these people: I cannot thank you enough for the time and effort you have put in keeping everything running smoothly.
To the users, I would like to thank you for all your site referrals, contributions and generally keeping the site alive. I hope that the forum has served you well, and continues to serve you well in the future.
As this is not a sudden goodbye or anything I still wish everyone the best in the future, and I will be sticking around - just not in a staff capacity. I will remain webmaster until a shift occurs, which may be weeks, or even months.
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