Salutations my mixed bag of sweet and sour minions. I come you today standing upon the box of my dead enemies to announce my retirement as Administrator of Iwaku. This has not been a big secret; for the past year I've been preparing the site, the staff, and myself for this very big transition. @Bob Ross (Rory) and @Vay have already stepped down several months ago, leaving me to pass over the keys to your brand new administrators. A Little History Iwaku started on proboards as a .hack fan forum by someone named Peridox. When Peridox left, Homac took over and turned Iwaku in to an all topics roleplay forum. He hired on Gabriel Zero as one of his admins, and Gabe was AWESOME at kidnapping new members. He created the original Iwaku community atmosphere. To have FUN with your roleplaying; To have FUN with your community. Don't take it all too seriously. He had people like Rory and Asmodeus come bringing in the creativity and great concepts. Gabe is the one who actually invited me and my community of the time to be sister sites with Iwaku. When I registered it was like coming back home, the my community felt when it was still new. I loved on the people on it! Eventually Homac stopped working, Gabe quit, and Rory had issues organizing the staff. People were sniping at each other and somebody got Asmo fired by Homac as the guy's last act as admin. (Don't laugh!) At the time, I had just ragequit and deleted my rp community of 8 years so Rory figured I had nothing better to do. (cough) The plan was to have me reorganize the site and staff, help get things in order for a month or two, and then me go back to my cave. But they kidnapped me. Those assholes kidnapped me. >:[ I've lost track of the years, 8? 10? I worked with Asmo and Rory the first couple of years. Jack Shade for awhile, who even is that guy? Then Vay for a couple years. All of them amazing partners. We've had staff from 10 people all the way up to 60+ people. Eras of beautiful excitements and years where everything just went to shit. I have met some of my best friends here, and I have seen ALL of my goals and dreams for Iwaku be accomplished! Be it up or down, Iwaku is one of the best RP sites out there. Now though, it is time for me to let go to make way for new people's dreams. To give a new team a chance at molding Iwaku and continuing this long standing tradition of a prosperous and amazing site. As for myself, I will be retaining a Benefactor role so that I can ensure Iwaku's bills are always paid and that it lives as long as it needs to. I'll be here to run the seasonal site updates and to fix bugs, only. Instead of working here, I am moving on to a new challenge while a brand new Administration takes the reigns of Iwaku. I hope everyone here uses this time to DO GOOD BY IWAKU! Show your support for your new admins by being the best members ever. Be wonderful people to each other, and show the internet why Iwaku is still shiny even after all these years. <3 Introducing Iwaku's New Administration I have been mulling over this decision since April trying to put together the best team for Iwaku that represents everything that is great about our community, has the drive and consistency to carry it, be able to work together as a team AND actually know what the hell their doing. After watching them confer over the past week about Iwaku's future, I have the upmost confidence that they are the perfect team. :D SO HERE ARE YOUR NEW ADMINS: @Kitti Kitti has been a member on Iwaku all the way back to proboards days. She's been through practically EVERY big site event both off staff and on staff. Her influence and contributions through content and topics have never been matched by anyone else. Kind and compassionate, she makes people feel safe and fluffs up their little happy feels. But she is also savvy and subtle as all fuck - she is the one you think is a sweet girl, but is really a mastermind. She has a firm grasp on what is necessary to keep a healthy community environment. @Astaroth Astaroth popped in to Iwaku with a bang and immediate presence during it's renaissance period. He was hired to staff early, because he has big ideas and knows how to go after them. He is the kind of person that inspires and motivates, through his passion and the high standards he demands out of projects and people. People rise to the occasion as he excites their ambitions, but also because they are determined to prove themselves. He can make the tough calls and handle the kinds of issues other people balk and crumble at. @Jorick Jorick became a member two years ago as a refugee from a large dying community. He got lumped in with the refugees unfairly by many, but unlike others, he's the one person who really stood out. As a member, he represents the very spirit of Iwaku. A unique personality, a sassy little troll, someone who fell in love with the site and is invested in the site as their home. As a staff member, he stepped up his game proving that he knows what is involved in building a real community; from the little details of interacting on the site to the bigger picture of how to manage site politics in ways that are fair and put Iwaku's interests first. From this moment forward these three are your new Administration running Iwaku. Be good to them, as being an admin is hard as fuck work. Trying to take care of 2000 active members with all of their differing personalities and opinions is no easy feat. You can support them by making sure you've read and are following the site policies, treating each other (even your enemies) with respect, and reporting issues when you see them. Remember, a roleplay site is only as good as it's active members, so don't be a bunch of shits. 8D I luv muh babies. ;___; Take care of precious.