Hello. My name is Eugen. My nick is Gargron, note, there are two R there. I am 19 years old as I write this. I live in Germany and have an Abitur, currently applying for universities. I made this site.
I built it, then I built it again and again. With every build, the site was getting more advanced, optimized, aesthetically mature.
Everything that you see and use, I made. Over the time, my co-developers glassx and Trev have contributed concepts and feature concepts. Trev has contributed a few features that you see and use on the site, as well. He is a man of wisdom and I mourn his step-down.
Despite my heavy commitment to the site, which as many know I consider "my baby", I receive a lot of personal critique, accusations, and straightforward hatred. What's worse, the people in question are supported and appreciated by the vocal majority for doing so.
That is why I decided to, once again, speak to the users of the site directly. I am not very good at talking to the public, so I left that task to someone who can do it much better, but the situation requires me to interfere.
Many of my previous decisions were immature or wrong, and many of the contemporary arguments against me base off them. Yet you have to understand that they seemed right at the time. The management of a large semi-anonymous community is not an easy task and very difficult to get right from the first steps on.
As some people like to shout out to me, I have left, "ragequit" the site a few times before. I would like to see you, dear reader, in a position where 16.000 something people have a problem with you (or seem to be) because of any reason, and not lose your mind. Nevertheless, I could never leave leave the site. I was and am its founder, its developer and its owner and it is "my baby"; I cannot escape that. Every time, I came back.
Currently there is a very large gap between what I intended the site to be, and what it is. And the gap is not technical - a few bugs are normal for any large application, you can't argue that the site works.
Why did I make the site? For fun. Fun of development, first. After it took off thanks to unexpected exposure, the fun was communication. So many people, talking about various subjects! Roleplaying! Being funny!
So I built a more persistent, permanent module - the forum. So that the fun can be shared with people who can't be online at the same time. So that there's memory of what happened before. The point of this site is: fun in communication.
Bringing smiles to people's faces. And it worked! It was true! Romantic stories, wonderful convention meet-ups, funny picture collections, people just expressing appreciation of each other!
But then, something happened. I can't exactly pinpoint when and what, but for some reason, meta was becoming more important than fun. Bashing. Bashing of the site, the site's staff, other people's interests. Features or bugs became more important than what the site was made for - fun in communication.
Today, the site does not bring any smiles to any faces. Not kind-hearted smiles, at any rate. People, even the staff, are actively leaving this place, because opening it up in the morning means bashing, conflicts, arguing and ad hominem.
I don't want that to continue. I want to find a way back to the fun, to the smiles.
It will not happen with people figuratively eating pop corn and watching the drama. If you don't stand up for legitimate communication then nobody will, and then you're next to be flamed.
Thank you for listening.
If you would like to ask any questions, I will answer them. Provocative or inflammatory comments will be ignored, I say it right away. If you want to know why, read above.