This is mostly a 2 year review and general update on whats happened since the last update.
I'm Retiring from being an Admin.
I simply have no reason or desire to be here as an active colorless member. Pretty much every friend I've made here has moved elsewhere or has already left CL. I don't feel like I have enough interest to stimulate a community that simply isn't active.
The Development Staff
On top of that, the "Development Staff" has also all but officially left. Numbers officially told me a while back when he'd started ignoring CL more that he was done, and I haven't heard from Neko, but I assume he's off doing his own things in life. It's not like any of us were going to pay them anyway.
I thought this at the time and still do. Discord is partly why this happened, in a sense. I started using it because it was better than skype, and its also easier to keep up with friends. We have a discord for CL, and no offense to Kinnear, but its pretty weak. A forum community with a chat that's the main attraction also having a discord and an IRC chat. No wonder we've been in a downward spiral of activity since before I was an admin. Also discord servers need colored roles and bots and things to actually get some activity. CL as a forum attracted users because of our chat. It was no secret that less users overall even looked at the forum, let alone posted in it. As time went on we've stretched the amount of space that users can "chat in" while not bothering to attract anyone else.
General Activity on CL
This is the part where yet another person says CL is dead. It isn't 100% dead, but it sure as hell isn't able to make lucid decisions from its hospital bed. I took a hiatus and literally ghosted CL for almost a year, and came back to find maybe...10 active members. A third of which are on staff or former staff. There isn't even enough activity to warrant moderation. The month I stopped by to watch and see basically felt like being a toll booth security guard, on duty for an empty road. Nevermind the fact I made a mountain dew badge as a joke for @Mairu just to see how long it would take anyone to notice. I've still yet to hear about it from anyone on staff.
In the time before my hiatus, we had a small writing project, a movie night almost no one showed for, and a Gifmas thread that was pretty small and unimpressive. Those are just threads I'd made of course, but I didn't exactly see too many others along side them. Then come fall and mid December, someone unplugged CL's potato and it went dead. A couple times. The final time it was said that warlock would "be able to fix it in january". So I went back to whatever it was I was doing instead of being an active member of the community.
And so, I've been seeing the posts here as the site is back up. Many users probably still don't know. I found out a couple days ago, and that was only because I accidentally clicked on this websites bookmark while attempting to visit a more active, interesting one.
So that's the brunt of it. @Kinnear & @Lieutenant are doing a pretty solid job from what I see. They're responsible for pretty much all of the flags being handled. One of you will probably end up being asked to be admin. Mairu is pretty busy IRL, and is so busy that she's not even very available on the private discord server just meant for our friends. You're better off assuming she isn't coming back either.
And good luck figuring out how stickied posts work, because I figured out literally everything in the phpmyadmin database on my own and there really wasn't an explanation. It wasn't too hard, but I was also a CS student at the time.