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Old 09-11-2005, 02:19 AM
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After giving the matter careful thought during the summer, and in particular over the past week, I have reached the difficult decision that the time has come for me to leave my current position as a member of the FiveMinute.Net staff and as Section Head for the Five-Minute Next Generation subsite, effective immediately.

As Zeke has mentioned in the September 9 thread in the News section of the discussion board, we have had some differences of opinion over the years on such matters as the planning of site anniversary events, the turnaround time for the publication of new materials and general e-mail communication issues. The site's staff have discussed these matters extensively over the past year, and I think that we all understand each other's views sufficiently well by now, so I won't be adding anything further to our debate of these subjects either in this public forum or in private correspondence.

I've very much enjoyed working for FiveMinute.Net, and it's with great reluctance that I've decided to move on. At first, I considered the idea of simply taking a temporary sabbatical leave from site activities for the rest of the current academic year, and reconsidering my situation in the spring prior to the site's next anniversary in June 2006. I finally decided against this course of action for several reasons. First, it would be unfair to Zeke to keep him hanging for nearly a full year about my long-term status; I think it's better for all concerned to make a clean break of it. Second, we've just celebrated the fourth year of 5MNG's existence, so it's a convenient milestone at which to end my role as its Section Head. Third, Kira's departure from the staff earlier this month likewise makes this an opportune time for me to leave, for the same reason I've already mentioned: it's probably better for these two staffing changes to happen together rather than drawing out for months the question of whether or not I'd be remaining aboard. Finally, there is the added consideration that my real-life work activities are leaving me with less and less time to write fivers or manage submissions from guest writers; these time constraints have become increasingly severe over the past couple of years, and the situation shows no sign of improving anytime soon.

I'll be sending Zeke my list of available and reserved NextGen episodes, so that he'll know which ones are free and which ones have been called by guest writers. I'll include e-mail contact information, in case he needs to get in touch with anyone who is currently working on a fiver. There are a number of submissions whose status is somewhat unclear -- episodes that were reserved months or years ago but for which I never received a text -- so any guest writers who fall into this category and whose e-mail address has changed since they made their reservation should contact Zeke to let him know how to reach them. All 5MNG guest fivers that have been accepted for publication have already been sent to Zeke, though not all have yet been published; the middle section of the editorial pipeline is thus completely clear at the moment. On a related point, Zeke also has a few unpublished items that I wrote a while ago (fivers for the Enterprise episode "First Flight" and for the 1950s sci-fi film "The Day The Earth Stood Still," plus a Picard Top Ten list), so these may end up being published ex post facto if Zeke feels it is appropriate to do so.

Writing this farewell message has been a sad experience, so I'd like to conclude it on a brighter note by expressing my gratitude to everyone who's been part of the truly enjoyable time I've spent at FiveMinute.Net. My thanks go first to the readers, whose appreciation for the work of the site's many contributors is so rewarding and whose feedback is always so encouraging to read. It's been especially fun to meet some of you in person: writer colleagues like Sa'ar Chasm and Nan, and a number of fellow Delta Chat members. I'm also very grateful to the many guest writers who've contributed their talents to 5MNG over the years, and who've boosted the subsite's coverage to such an extent that over two-thirds of the NextGen television series has been fived.

Last but definitely not least, my thanks go to Kira, Derek, IJD and Zeke, with whom I've worked so closely over the past four years. The creativity, the talent and most of all the sense of humour which you've dedicated to -- as we've sometimes called it in private, and with the pun very much intended -- "our collective enterprise" has inspired me during all of my time with FiveMinute.Net. Being associated with the site has been a truly rewarding experience, in large part due to the great times we've shared. The most special thanks of all go to Zeke, without whom this site would not exist and this site's fans would never have become a community of friends. Zeke, I'll always be grateful to you for granting me the privilege to serve as Section Head of 5MNG, the very first subsite of what was originally and exclusively the Five-Minute Voyager website. The phenomenal growth of the site since 5MV's founding -- its readership, the number of parodies it comprises and the diversity of source material it covers -- shows just how appealing and versatile your fiver format is. Bringing laughter to an international audience helps to make the world a better place; you should be proud that your creation has done this so successfully. It's been an honour to work for your website, and I wish you all the best.

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Old 09-11-2005, 04:55 AM
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Oh, Jesus Lord! Is the 5MV apocalypse coming, or what? Aw, man...

I'm sorry to see you go. Your material was always some of the funniest. I'll miss it.
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Old 09-11-2005, 06:12 AM
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Marc, it's been fun.
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Old 09-11-2005, 06:47 AM
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This is a sad time, we will miss you, Marc.


Safe Voyages, and good bye.
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Old 09-11-2005, 11:56 AM
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Bye then

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Old 09-11-2005, 02:24 PM
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Sometimes A Fella's Just Gotta Do--

Wait, I already did that one. Marc, you obviously feel that this is the right thing for you to do at this juncture, and I respect that.

Don't be a stranger, eh?
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Old 09-11-2005, 03:44 PM
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Bye, Marc! Remember, if you want to send in any more fivers, despite not being a section head anymore, we'll forgive you! :wink:

Oh, and if any other section heads think this would be a great time to quit, please don't. I was amazed the site survived Zeke going into grad school (having been there myself, and knowing just how much spare time you get and how much of that you want to spend being creative). If every helper goes away, well, that may really be the end of it. And that would be a travesty.
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Old 09-12-2005, 12:21 AM
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Yeah, and nobody could live up to the great stuff the staff always makes. ;_;
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Old 09-12-2005, 01:53 AM
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I also wish you the best. We will always remember every fivist who contributed to the fiving universe.
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Old 09-12-2005, 02:00 AM
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It will sad to see you go. You've written some wonderful fivers and brought in some wonderful stuff, too.

I'm sure it's been tough to balance it all. I'm not sure I could do anywhere near the job you've done at 5MV while still keeping my real-world life sane and productive. It's been great reading your stuff.

I hope you can find some balance in life, and if it's in the cards, again write parodies sometimes in the future, if that's what you want.
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Old 09-12-2005, 02:33 AM
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Later Marc

And good luck, man.
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Old 09-13-2005, 05:12 AM
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*checks the apocalypse machine*

This thing isn't even on, and we're losing people...
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Old 09-13-2005, 12:23 PM
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While I'll miss your fivers and miss you around here, I completely understand. I know you've been extra busy. See you around SB1!
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Old 09-13-2005, 11:00 PM
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Okay, this is now offically getting creepy. Lotta people leaving all at once...

Let me know when the sky falls.

Good luck Marc...

*hides in a bomb-shelter.*
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Old 09-14-2005, 10:55 PM
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Damn! Damn!

Fair Winds and Following Seas, Marc.
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must...resist...urge...to...make...bad...pun...and ...ruin..solemn..molment...failing....

Oh well. After all, All Good Things....
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