March 28, 2021
Hello and goodbye everybody,
All things must come to an end and so does my time as ETF2L admin.
After being administrator for the League for the last six years, a quarter of my life, overseeing fourteen highlander seasons, eighteen sixes seasons and countless cups (including various LANs), I have had the opportunity to learn so much (and make so many mistakes while doing so).
So, firstly, I wish to thank all of you for this amazing opportunity that has truly been a one of a kind.
I will be leaving you all in the care of Sodium, who will be my successor as Head Admin. I have full confidence in him and the rest of the staff and wish them all the best.
With that out of the way please read the following as my one selfish request of the community.
Although I wished to be leaving with smiles and waves, instead I’m leaving saddened. I’m not leaving due to my passion for TF2 and the community having died out. Nor is it due to me having achieved a specific goal or lack of time. I’m leaving disappointed within the community due to its ever growing immature behavior as well as my own inability to steer it in the right direction. I feel like spending the amount of time that I do is not worth it, as it only brings me stress and sadness.
I joined staff back in 2015 with the idea of contributing to a community that I loved with all my heart. I had found a passion that I truly cared about. Over the years, I have only felt myself get pushed out of the community that I cared for while being berated for trying my hardest. Spending countless hours making tournaments, resolving conflicts, helping new players and much more, only to be called incompetent and lazy.
This community has taken the stance that consistently insulting its contributors is acceptable behaviour, even going so far as making personal attacks until they effectively bully out the very people that keep this community alive.
I have seen a lot of people with passion and love get pushed away by this community just for trying to contribute.
I hope that this self destructive behavior within this community can one day change for the better. I hope that the community will reflect on this, and that in the future, players will treat both each other and community contributors with greater kindness and respect
I don’t want this post to just be negative. So, I want to give a shoutout to every admin I had the pleasure to work with. You are part of what made this experience as amazing as it has been. Even those who didn’t make it past their trial period as you showed me the love that some of you have towards this community.
nTraum, Buffalo Bill, JohnnyBambo, ondkaja, CHERRY, Gubbins, DyaWyb, ducky, Permzilla, bubble bobbler, Lovellie, Schalla, Yggdrasil, stuntz, Netsky, Toodles, Steve!, deathyy, Solid, Morphine, 30.06, kKaltUu, WML, DT.miggy, Crasp, Ignis, Exze, accless, Hildreth, Cronk, Jon, prof, Gentleman Jon, Zitrooone, hrbls, MIGHTY BURGER ツ, Collaide, z0diack, Olgha, Phlogic, Capu, Dr Happiness, proky, jun0, AlesKee, snowdream, dave, Lazybear, NYK, fantastictobey, Acecle, joe the brave, Basil's Creed, Mofu, soda, Wiethoofd, Sodium, Kaylus, thaZu, Lowenzahn, nash, Jack, juni, seeds, callFEELD, quintosh, Erupo89, Faust, Biohazard, JENNY, Amaterasu, supra and Lyrete
A few I want to give a special mention for various reasons from teaching me many things to being amazing to work with. Thank you.
Next to this I also want to give a special thanks to some other community contributors that I had the pleasure to work with or to enjoy their work and passion from afar.
obla, Heny, Vicious Horizon, 200, dev.zeri, reno, tri_, Catfish, sigafoo, Sidular, Daffodil, Makkabeus, Exa_, Wiethoofd, Arie, Beater, DuMmTm, gemm, TurboTabs, misterslin, Sideshow, phi, TwiiKuu, Collaide, LuckyLuke, Mia, dalegaard, Arch and Agro
I want to thank all of you. Although I probably should have done so in a more personal PM or similar. I do appreciate all the effort you and many others have put into this community to make it the amazing thing that it is.
So again, thank you all. The amount of amazing things that this community has been able to accomplish without external support is truly one of a kind.
I hope that one day I’ll be able to look back at my time within the competitive community in a positive way.