In my last post, I talked about the trouble over at The MUD Connector, and the sudden shutdown of the forums. Yesterday, I logged back in to The MUD Connector to see if their were any new developments on this situation, and I found that the forums were still down, and this message was posted:
I want to offer an apology to the TMC members for the events that took place these last few days on the forums and which have now resulted in the current unavailable state that they are in. These events have opened my eyes to the fact that I can no longer be a part of the community. Please email me if you are interested in taking over the website, when contacting me please describe your involvement with MUDs, with the TMC community and any skills that you feel you bring to the table which will help you run the site. Please do not expect an immediate response as I expect this will be an exhaustive process as I try to find the right person. -Icculus
All things considered, I think this was the best decision this site owner could make, both for himself, and the rest of the MUD community. I would like to thank Icculus for all his hard work building and running this site over the years. This site, along with Top MUD Sites has been an invaluable asset to MUD gamers over the years. It was on The MUD Connector, all those years ago, where I first discovered this hobby. This is were it all began for me, so despite the current problems there, and despite all of my own harsh criticisms, this site, and it’s creator, will always hold a special place in my heart.
Today, I logged on to the site, and found that the forums were once again available in read-only form, and the following addendum was posted on the news section of the site:
Update 7/31/2013 – I realized that the above explanation doesn’t really answer the question about why the forums are down and I will be restoring the forums in read-only mode shortly. I believe the more recent threads I was involved with should provide explanation. I know these threads illustrate my administrative side at its worst, full of hasty, erratic and irrational decision-making, in short the behavior of someone no longer fit to be a community administrator. I also feel they shed light on a community that is unforgiving, unnecessarily harsh and unwelcoming and I hope that under new management the community overall can grow to be more respectful and caring for one another.
So that’s it I guess. I, along with the rest of the MUD community will be anxiously awaiting news on who will be taking over this site. I am hopeful that Icculus will make the right choice, and bring in some one who will unsure in a new era for the MUD connector, that will make it once again an asset to the MUD community, and a place were new players, like I was all those years ago, can come to discover the hobby. Once again, thank you Icculus for all your years of heard work on this site. Good luck in all your future endeavors, and god bless!.