The time has finally come.
I joined the site over eight years ago, in the summer of '09. I stayed mostly off the radar for a while, as I was perhaps painfully ignorant of Yu-Gi-Oh's meta, but I enjoyed reading through the threads and learning from the opinions and reasonings of other members. I primarily stuck to TCG and the Deck section for this reason, although I did dabble in RPs for the first couple of years, and my natural personality worked to avoid conflict and trolling.
Then one day, two years after my join date, I was offered a moderator position for the Your Deck section. I had had no idea a position was even open at the time, and discovered that members were polled on who they might have recommended. I guess by that point I was well-liked and well-known enough to be nominated by several members, and once the (then) mod team had reviewed the options, they felt I was the best choice, as the other top nominated options back then were trolly.
I was promoted exactly 6 years ago. October 9, 2011.
Being the type to dislike conflict, and being more logical and emotionally detached, I spent my first few months or so taking care to utilize my new power fairly, so as not to be heavy-handed, and addressed problems with as little condescension as possibly. I always worried, in theory, that power can go to people's heads, and they will either be too passive, or too eager to throw their authority around. In my mind, the best way to be respected as an authority figure is to respect other people, but not let them walk over you, either.
I...guess that was true? I mean, I've always been a little taken aback by how much members and moderators seemed to value me as a moderator, to the point where I was a shoo-in for the position when we restructured the mod team to its current hierarchy, with the Super Mods being the overall supervisors capable of making larger changes.
But enough about the history.
The point of the announcement is that, after exactly six years of being a moderator, I've decided it's time for me to retire.
Contrary to what may be immediately suspected, the decision has nothing to do with site drama, or real life complications, or anything like that. My reason is short and simple.
I just don't care anymore.
I haven't really "enjoyed" coming to the site for some time now. Sure, maybe it's caused by slow days or whatever, but I just don't DO anything here anymore. I don't monitor my section, I don't post often, I rarely check in with site activities or problems unless someone specifically draws my attention to them, my actual ability to fix the site's issues is WAY too limited, despite me having more access than the average moderator, and even the ability to make myself an Administrator (in title, at least).
And Links screwing with the other Extra Deck monster rules caused me to lose interest in the game as a whole. I haven't even watched VRAINS past the first episode, but that's just a side effect of me losing interest in the game, and no fault of the anime itself. I might get around to watching it eventually.
I will likely be an even rarer sight from this point on, but I doubt I'll vanish entirely. I just feel my time as a moderator has come to a close, and it's best to drop out now, before I get to the point of so embittered I abandon the approach that made me a solid moderator over the years. End things on a high note, I suppose.