The title obviously gives it away, I have decided to step down as the Minecraft DC. I'm been dealing with a number of real life issues both at home and work lately and after much consideration I've made the decision which ultimately is right for me. I'm "okay" and will still be around TOG.
In stepping down, I feel a sense of achievement that the Minecraft admin/mod team (of which I've really only been a minor cog) has been successful in taking us from a little server hosted on Fate's home PC to the active division we are today, for a game that was in alpha and even now is still officially in beta.
I'm pleased to be in the position of there not having been any division issues /problems that have influenced my decision, and I believe the incoming DC will inherit what I view as a well functioning community.
That's not to say there haven't been challenges along the way.
- The policy on whitelisting has presented a number of challenges, however I believe it's worked in a reasonably balanced way even though it has meant declining some applications and dealing with the resulting conflict.
- There have been strong differing opinions at times about the direction we should take with our servers given the options available and goals and motivation behind players differing enjoyment of the game. It was pleasing to see these debates remain focussed on the issue not the individual, which in my mind speaks volumes about the quality and respect within our community here.
Some stats for those interested: On our two 25 slot servers for the game we have 142 whitelisted players registered on the servers and of those 45 have been active on the servers within the past month with 75 active within the past three months.
I intend to continue working as I have until a replacement is appointed and not just disappear overnight. I'll also still be active around the TOG forum and playing with fellow TOG'ers after a replacement is in place. I'll likely step back further from Minecraft in order to give the incoming DC room, but will be happy to help out/provide advice if asked.
Suffice it to say that I've enjoyed my time as DC and wish to thank all of you for your support and making the division what it is today. I look forward to seeing how the division evolves with a new DC and upcoming changes to the game itself.
On the topic of a replacement DC, you may have seen the new process
for DC selection, and as such the position will be declared vacant with applications taken for a replacement. I would expect an announcement to be posted sometime in the next week - keep an eye on the announcement section at the top of the forum. I would encourage anyone who feels they can contribute in the role to apply.
One thing I would ask is that players don't end up going overboard (Mixa
) with suggesting people who should apply.
Again, thank you all.