*Looks over resignation lists* Huh. Well, the only one that affects the CRW forum is ES and he, while having done a decent job from what I had seen, was still someone I felt iffy having as a mod. So, whatever.
I'd hesitate to compare ES to Raine. At the very least, ES is better at obfuscating his actual points under a layer of babble.
Doesn't change the fact that, when you think about it, oftentimes he's flat out wrong. But it takes long enough, and SB is quick enough, that you kind of feel embarrassed saying it after everyone's moved on.
[Edit] So The Observer retired. Eh, whatever. Perhaps my favorite part of this whole debacle is all the 'SB is dieing!' folk not realizing that, as far as I can tell, most of SB has barely changed. Heck, large parts of CRW and BROB haven't even noticed. The only reason I even figured out anyone had resigned at all was this forum.
Half the reason it would die if it DID is just that it lost 6 mods and an admin.
And all the mods lost were ACTIVE mods, which means the workload for mods just sort of doubled or tripled.
Considering SB almost got taken down from a picture of a toucan being posted when it shouldn't have, it's only a matter of time before some troll's try to capitalize on the fact there are now barely any mod's to be seething assholes.
If SB does die, it won't be because of it falling apart from in fighting, it will be because of Google coming in and killing it because the infighting kept them from being able to stop the troll's from shitting up the place.
This clusterfuck has to be the most entertaining thing coming out of SB for months. Yet more proof regarding incompetence of their administration, butthurt Athene groupies nerdraging and mods actually doing their jobs relatively well for once in handling that mess.
Its entertaining in that holy shit people are blowing it out of proportion. I mean seriously, a mod got demoted abruptly and suddenly ITS THE END OF THE WORLD.
Every second person has 'ATHENE WAS ABUSED' Signatures linking to the news threads and they've made a new forum to escape the 'oppressors'. Who are oppressing exactly 0% more than they always have. Its not like Athene was paid. It was a voluntary position, and their fellow mods thought she was doing it wrong.
If it had been done when she was Thanatos, which is to say, pretty much an asshole on a number of occasions, I'd have been all for firing him, but would still have been WTFing at the way they did it. That they fired her after she mostly calmed down, and mostly stopped being an asshole in places I noticed, is a bit disturbing, especially given all the mods who resigned in disgust (even ES, who's an asshole himself when being a mod, and gets away with shit that would get other writers banned). At least The Observer owned up to it, though.
There's also the fact that they fired the one who is generally agreed to not have been abusing her position, and not the ones who were blatantly abusing theirs.