Scarecrow for Chairman; Eric stepping down

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Scarecrow for Chairman; Eric stepping down

Post by Eric » Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:33 am

Before I get to my announcement, I want to apologize for my lack of activity lately, among other criticisms I have seen. I've realized that my passion for YS is not what it once was. My heart lies somewhere else now, and I want to chase that until I achieve my goal.

That being said,

I'm delighted to announce that Scarecrow has agreed to become chairman of the Community Architects starting this week. I'll continue to do some amount of coding and be available in case something breaks, but Scarecrow is going to lead the community (along with the other architects of course).

Why the change? Because YSFHQ needs to pivot, and I'm not the best person to do that. Scarecrow is what YSFHQ needs at this stage in its evolution.

I'm convinced there's a fundamental change happening in gaming. It's becoming normal to be a gamer, thanks to mobile devices. There will be a lot more casual gamers in 10 years than there are now, and if YSFHQ is going to reach them, we'll have to market proportionally more. Additionally, our website should be simple enough that anyone can understand where to go.

Of all the people I've met in the 7 years I've been playing YSFlight, Scarecrow is one of the smartest people I know when it comes to aviation. He's got a vast amount of experience coordinating airshows and going through flight training. So when we changed our organizational structure at the beginning of the year, I was confident YSFHQ was going to have great leadership.

It's not just Scarecrow though - after getting burned out one year ago and hearing tonight's discussion, I've been thrilled to see members of the community still dedicated to improving YSFlight, some more than ever before. I've come to realize that the best course of action is for me to hand over the reigns and trust that a fresh perspective with a will to act can save HQ.

Since joining the development team of YSFHQ when it was first started by Iceman, I've poured countless hours into the site, going for increasing organization and grandiose visions. I failed a lot during that time, but I learned even more. YSFHQ has given me the opportunity to test out my skills in the real world, on real users, and I've been extremely thankful for this.

However, my decisions have not always been proportional to the size of the community. From now on, existing site development on YSFHQ's forum and portal (www.ysfhq.com) will be handled by our community managers+architects and website engineers. Creating new, innovative applications is what I've been doing since I came to YSFlight, and I'll still be making those. In fact, since I'll only be doing application development and not also worrying about running YSFHQ, I'll probably be able to produce better code.

To be clear, I'll still be ensuring YSFHQ's tech infrastructure is functioning and you can ask for help from me if questions arise or something breaks, but any site maintenance/reorganization of YSFHQ will be conducted by other staff members (mostly website engineers). My role will cease to be community leader, and instead leader of R&D for YS - that's mainly 3rd party application development.

In short: SC and the other community architects (Bomb, Gunny, Decaff) are your new leaders now. Listen to them. I'm off to go code and save the world.

Thanks for the wild flight.

P.S. - Please don't let me have to arbitrate your arguments. That's not the community anyone wants to see.
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Re: Scarecrow for Chairman; Eric stepping down

Post by Midnight Rambler » Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:23 am

Thank you, Eric.... For everything. :)
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Re: Scarecrow for Chairman; Eric stepping down

Post by Catraille » Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:36 am

YSFHQ community owes a lot to you...
Thank you, Eric!
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Post by Copperhead » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:28 am

Yeah thanks a bunch Eric! Now go save the world again!... blasted daleks...
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Re: Scarecrow for Chairman; Eric stepping down

Post by Alpha Star » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:30 am

I believe hes fighting the Cybermen...
Thanks for everything Eric. :)
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Re: Scarecrow for Chairman; Eric stepping down

Post by VNAF ONE » Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:56 am

Wow, a lot happens here in two or three days considering we're "dying". Eric, thanks for all your hard work in trying to make this community what it is. We look forward to seeing your continued involvement in our future and we will long remember your awesome contributions. See ya 'round.
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Post by Turbofan » Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:24 pm

I have not been here as much as I'd like to either but I have been taking programming classes this and the last two semesters. A big thanks to Eric (and the team) for the work and effort put into this site. It's good to know you'll still be around, and I'm looking forward to the changes in store for YSFHQ.
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Re: Scarecrow for Chairman; Eric stepping down

Post by Flake » Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:41 pm

The future is looking very bright for HQ.

I am excited.

Eric, it goes without saying you have done outstanding work, So thank you for all that you have done so far.

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Re: Scarecrow for Chairman; Eric stepping down

Post by Nath » Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:38 pm

Thank you Eric. YSFHQ is a much better place thanks to you.
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Re: Scarecrow for Chairman; Eric stepping down

Post by Zack » Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:50 pm

You have made Helped YSFHQ not to evolve but thrive. thank you Eric

Good Luck Saving The World!
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Re: Scarecrow for Chairman; Eric stepping down

Post by David » Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:33 pm

Eric, Id like to thank-you very very much for all the hard work and countless hours you have dedicated to this site. I Don't think the community could have done it without you. If there was a YS Hall of Fame, you would definitely be in it!

Best of luck on your endeavors, Eric.
Also, Best of luck to Scarecrow. I am really looking forward to the future Scarecrow brings to YSFHQ.

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Post by Kilo 11 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:37 pm

I must say I'm surprised but at the same time thank you Eric for everything you did for YSFHQ. I'm no tech expert but I do know all the hard work it takes to make a website like this look they way it looks and works.
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Post by mh3w » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:56 am

Thank you for all of your hard work. I wish you the best of luck as you chase your goals! Good luck also to Scarecrow and the architects.

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Re: Scarecrow for Chairman; Eric stepping down

Post by ysmajor » Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:26 pm

Big thanks from me as well, and good luck in your next steps!
Its amazing to see all that you have done for this site, the community, and YS. A very respectable achievement I'd say.

Take it easy and wish you blue skies!

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Re: Scarecrow for Chairman; Eric stepping down

Post by MD5Ray01 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:11 pm

Thank you for all your hard work, Eric.
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