My Resignation

Old Nov 18, 13, 2:52 pm
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My Resignation

Fellow FlyerTalkers,

Thank you for the opportunity to have served on TalkBoard. At the time of my running and election, I was at the zenith of my FlyerTalk activity, even though I did not realize it at the time. I visualized becoming even more involved in FT as time went on, being partially employed at the time. Life circumstances conspired to make me very busy on multiple fronts in non-FT matters. The biggest of these was my launching an ecommerce startup that required most of my time.

I tried to keep up with TalkBoard responsibilities, but I missed two votes during a two week trip overseas that neatly corresponded with the vote periods. My TalkBoard colleagues were gracious toward me in that, but were clear that I needed to remain engaged on a regular basis. I added both private and public TalkBoard forums to my startup tabs in my browser and remained fairly engaged for the next number of months, despite having very little activity on FlyerTalk otherwise. I wanted to finish what I had started and to genuinely serve the community that had given me so much. I put in long hours to work on several proposals that were important to me and the community, notably the forum renaming project. I love analytical work and was very much enjoying my time on TalkBoard. I urged action on that motion before elections, because we had already spent so much time hammering out the details and compromises with the wishes of the current TalkBoard.

I entered another busy period, but continued monitoring the TB forums' threads page every few days. I was disappointed that my motion hadn't seen any action. Unfortunately, in my skimming of the unread threads, I somehow, blockheadedly didn't see the stickied posts notifying me of the vote. This was completely my fault and I still don't understand how I didn't see them. However, I take full responsibility. I've let my colleagues on TalkBoard down and I've let you my constituents down as well; and I've done so twice. Given my current life situation, both TB and FT will be better served by someone who can give their full energy and attention to TalkBoard. Effective at the beginning of the new TalkBoard term, I am resigning from TalkBoard.

I look forward to continuing to contribute as a regular FT member to TB topics on an ad-hoc basis. I still enjoy analysis and still want to see some of the good ideas that we've been kicking around go through.

It's been a delight to serve with this TalkBoard, who are, without exception, intelligent and gracious people.

Thanks for your support and your patience.

All the best!


ETA: One thing I didn't mention above is that about the same time I started my ecommerce company (in partnership with another FT'er), I also took a full time job as IT Manager at a small private college. Since then, responsibilities at the startup have also become full time, pushing me to quit my IT job; I'm in my last week right now, trying to finish everything up and organize things for my successor. (I say this only to set the stage for understanding my dunderheadedness.)

The President of Talkboard, nsx, PM'ed me requesting that I resign for missing a third vote. I knew right away I was going to resign, but foolishly (a) did not comprehend the entire PM and (b) didn't instantly reply letting nsx know my intentions. Instead I spent the next day composing a resignation letter. The PM contained an urgent deadline, which I missed, resulting in the TalkBoard motion to remove me. Tight time constraints in the final days of the TalkBoard year put the motion and the vote into fast forward. When I found out about the motion, before its passage, I informed TB of my intention to resign. This motion would not have passed had I been prompt about notifying the TalkBoard of my intent to resign.

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Old Nov 21, 13, 8:12 am
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Hans, thank you for your efforts on behalf of all FlyerTalkers.

Your efforts and contributions, particularly in re-naming the forums, will benefit all FlyerTalkers for years to come.

Sorry that real life got in the way of your participating here. I, for one, selfishly wish it hadn't.

And best of luck in your new venture...pretty cool that you met your business partner on FT. I met my wife here.

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Old Nov 21, 13, 1:43 pm
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Thannks, Hans

Hans, I'm one of the many FTers you've never met, though we certainly recognize you and your contributions over the years! Thanks for making FT a better place. Best wishes in your future endeavors.
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Thanks Hans for your service to TB!
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Old Nov 21, 13, 5:38 pm
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Thanks for your time - it seems you are leaving for a really good reason though
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Old Nov 25, 13, 10:14 am
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Nice note, Hans. Thanks for the explanation, for taking responsibility for the understandable mistakes you made, and for your ongoing contributions to FT. I realize that you're by no means disappearing from FT, which is great, but in any event good luck with these new ventures.
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Old Nov 27, 13, 8:25 pm
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Best of luck in your new ventures. Thanks for the time and effort you spent here on FT and best wishes. Don't forget to drop by when you can.
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Old Dec 5, 13, 12:02 pm
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Thank you for your opportunity. I didn't hear the news. I'm sure he will appreciate for his contribution on aviation-related forum. Good luck for searching a new job. We will miss you around here.
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