Charles Bell <cbe...@bellsouth.net
>> I am planning to step down as of the end of the month.
> Do you have a reason -- like you plan to stop moderating all the
> groups you moderate, too?
Yes, I'm dropping the rest of my groups, too. I found someone
to handle one of the groups; another has a bunch of co-moderators who
will be picking things up; a third will have its traffic moved off to
an un-moderated group. The last two - HPO and comp.std.announce - will
be left without a moderator, and I'll probably request that the Big-8
Management Board delete them shortly.
The reason for the short deadline is simple: I need to turn off my
second home network connection and its associated, aging Linux box. I've
already migrated everything off that can be reasonably migrated, including
email, web, monitoring services, and so forth. All that's left to do is
change some DNS settings and call my DSL company.
The longer term problem is that I haven't had the time to touch my
modbot code base for a while now, and the code has not aged well enough
to cleanly migrate to the cloud (which is where it belongs). When I
investigated this migration, I realized that the time had come to throw
out my existing 17-year-old code base and start over, and that prospect
I will miss this job; it's been satisfying in a not-readily-
explainable way. But it's time for me to retire. It would still be nice
if somebody else stepped up and took over, but all I have to offer that
individual would be some general technical advice and maybe some code
So long, and thanks for all the flames!