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Just like ol' times

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Just like ol' times

Postby Charles » Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:41 pm

Administrating the old AnimationNation Forums was an experience I'll remember for the rest of my life.

From early 1999 to mid 2010 I found myself operating an industry centric open forum like none other in the history of animation. Some memories are good, many are not so good. The inside perspective I had on the animation crowd affected my view of our community in ways that have left an indelible impression.

These feelings were stirred up again recently when I was contacted by someone who used to be active on the old forums. I recognized their screen name as that's what they used to identify themselves with me. I guess these guys are still uptight about identifying themselves. They still want to be anonymous.

The reason for the communication involved a misunderstanding about our old subscription system. I won't go into details other than to say that I explained that the power to control what they were complaining about was entirely at their disposal. This was something they missed as it was easier to accuse AN of the problem than to log go onto their Paypal account and fix it.

I was courteous. I thanked them for their past participation and support, and wished them well.

My hope is that someday, these people within the animation community will realize what they had in the old AN Forums. I hope that someday they'll get over their pettiness, insecurities and cowardice, and function like fully rational, objective, courageous and appreciative human beings.
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