Hello everyone! As some of you may know, three years and one day ago today I became head administrator of this fine Star Wars message board. In that time there have been two new Star Wars films, a host of new books and comics, really the entire franchise has expanded in ways I would have never thought possible back when I first became a moderator back in 2011. When I first became a staff member it was commonly accepted knowledge that the boards were in their twilight years. What a difference a half-decade makes. As you may have guessed from the thread title and the obligatory waxing nostalgic in the first paragraph, I am stepping down as HA, and as a moderator in any capacity, effective Friday evening. In my place the eminently better qualified than I ever was JoinTheSchwarz will be taking on the responsibilities of this position, and in turn the also eminently better qualified than I ever was GrandAdmiralJello will be taking on his position as Communications Administrator. After years of working with both of them I have every confidence that they will not merely act as replacement names on the proverbial placard but will continue to manage and push for effective changes that will continue to make these boards a terrific place to hang out. I look forward to seeing what they accomplish - especially because it won’t be my fault! Now, you deserve an explanation for this seemingly sudden shift at the top, so I’ll say this has been a bit of a long time coming - my responsibilities as a graduate student are getting to the point that I need to be able to take time off at a moment’s notice. I’ve always believed staff members need to be able to commit a reasonable amount of time to the forum, and I no longer feel I’m able to provide that level of commitment. You deserve better than I can provide going forward. Consequently, I’m fixing that. I leave behind an MS and a record that I’m proud of. I could not have done it without my fellow administrators and moderators, each of whom should rest assured knowing they have my full confidence in their abilities to continue serving the interests of our forum users. As they, in turn, must inevitably say their goodbyes, I am also confident that those replacements will continue to strive towards making these boards the best they can possibly be for all users. I would like to extend a special shout-out to my longtime RPF co-manager Penguinator, who has been both an excellent collaborator and a friend, constantly willing to discuss any manner of on-site and off-site nonsense. I would never have made it to this position without his help, and now that he’s outlasted two co-managers, that officially makes him the old man of the RPF! Be sure to tease him relentlessly about this. I’d also like to thank all of you - despite this position being a significant ask of both my time, it always felt like a privilege, and a lot of that comes down to the user base. Three years of dedicating a not insignificant portion of your life to a Star Wars message board is a weird thing to explain to outsiders, but it always felt right. It’s been great interacting with you all, and will continue to be so. It’s difficult to figure out how to end this post, because I think on some level I know that once I copy this from my text editor into a post and hit submit, it’s all over. So instead I’ll go out in a fashion that guarantees you know this is a 100% authentic Ramza post, accept no substitutes, and all of that: a dumb picture. … Yeah, that’s the stuff. Be seeing you.