No, I've not been 'scared off'. Offline life takes up most of my time, no offense.
When I join a forum, it's because I want to feel a part of a community, be a silent supporter - if you will. I do talk from time to time - mostly when I feel I have something to contribute. I don't usually talk, just for the sake of killing time.
To start off, I had no idea what was going about in Arrakeen (and now, I apparently do - thanks for clarifying).
Second, I do not own/run the Ghola Forum. That is a creation of a person named Dario. I should add, that as it was never 'my' forum, I didn't feel it was my place to fix it. Unless it's common practice to just roam around and fix other people's online problems - which I hope not. I wouldn't want some stranger lurking around in my stuff. Oh, and yes - I was an Admin there - but I was a community admin - meaning, I weeded out membership requests and kept eye on posts. Occasionally, I would update the forum version and/or slap on a new skin/template. That was the extent of my involvement there. I simply don't have the time for anything else.
I will try to pass your suggestion onto Dario - and perhaps he can fix the current 'mess'. Although he is fairly hard to get a hold of - last time I tried, it took nearly a month. *chuckles* Anyways, I'm not sure if there is even a point to reviving the 'old beast'. So few people (mostly 10 or so regulars) only ever bothered posting there for the longest time now.
Finally - to address your last comment - LOL. I spent over a year and a half trying to get people to help me on my forum (DoD II) before it was hacked. I got exactly 2 people, and quite frankly - neither of them knew enough or felt strong enough to handle admin-related tasks. I tried running everything for as long as I could, but when the hackers stepped in - well, that was the last straw. This has nothing to do with being irresponsible, and everything to do with knowing when to quit. I spent a great deal of money and time on the site, both factors which are easily dismissed or entirely unmentioned. Everyone is always first to criticize and point out shortcomings. Well, quite frankly...
SandChigger, with all due respect - your opinion (such as it was stated) in this matter is of supreme indifference, to me. *smiles* I know what I did, and how much effort I put into it - and only I know what it cost me when everything fell apart and I had no one to turn to. You surely weren't there to lend a helping hand, so kindly lay off me. I've learned a lot since DoD II fell apart and since then, I have ran an RPG forum which has remained online (and unhacked), for over a year. That's good enough for me - at least it has proven to possess a longer lifespan than poor DoD II. But this time, I'm not using my own money to support this venture. Enough is enough. Plainly speaking, investing in a community like that, where all I had to rely on, was myself and my own energy/resources, was too much to handle. Frankly, I expected a bit more excitement from Dune fans when DoD II was revived. When the support did not materialize as I hoped, I kept things going (until the hacking took place) as best as I could. If that isn't good enough, tough bananas.
But don't take it personally. I'm not blaming anyone for inactivity or lack of interest/support. In my mind, things simply didn't work out - and life goes on.
That's why I'm here.
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