Eight Bells, I stand relieved

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by sumpter250, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Those of you who know me, can see that I am no longer a moderator here. I have done this work for something like six years, and have enjoyed keeping this little corner of the world a comfortable place to visit, and exchange ideas, and accomplishments. I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.
    My choice to step down as Moderator, comes not from a lack of desire to keep the gauge-model trains what it has been, but rather, a feeling of being sold into slavery, into an environment that is no longer friendly to me.
    Most of you know that I am retired Navy. I served from 1961-1983. I enlisted before Viet Nam "was", when I was still 17, because I firmly believed in the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America , and still do.
    The latest sale of the gauge-model trains, brought us here, to Crowdgather/Zealot. The discussions I was privileged to be part of, were disheartening, to say the very least. I can live with the rules this new group wishes to impose on membership here, but I cannot, in good conscience, enforce them. I was never meant to be a totalitarian dictator, and I feel that is the mold I was being expected to fill.
    In stepping down, as a moderator, I will no longer have to check in here on a daily basis, I can visit, as I choose, and participate where I can be of most help to the members here.
    In a very real sense, this will be a place I come to when, and because I want to. Not a place I have to, and not to enforce what I feel are over the top "dictates, totalitarian denials of freedom, and outright stripping of culture".
    I'll be here now and then, as a model railroader, but never as one of the emperor"s Storm Troopers. To those I worked with, who continue to moderate here, I bid you farewell, I am no longer one of you. To those who I have known as friends, I'll be around....................(until my dissent is heard by the empire, and I am banished under pain of death)
  2. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    You're departure as moderator is noted in the ship's log. Well done. Carry on.

    Thanks for all you did...and for staying around and continuing to join in the discussions.
  3. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Well said, Sumpter.

  4. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Thank-you for all the work you have done here over the past years Stumper, you will be missed but im glad to here that you will continue to be a part of the Gauge :wave:
  5. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    I'm confused. I don't get to visit here often anymore, has the Gauge (Zealot) been sold again? Does Peter still own it? What is crowdgatherers? Have they been in the picture since Peter bought the Gauge? I'm very sorry to see so many talented modelers leave, I hope they will indeed still participate as members, but would think they have plenty of reasons not to. Take care guys, let me know where you wind up!
  6. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    What are the new rules?

    As far as I am concerned, if this is what happens under the new ownership, CG can close this forum down entirely and I will go somewhere that is more interested in modelling than acting like the Gestapo.

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