I've been relatively quiet about this, but it has been a long time coming. I chose a lighter course load at college this semester to decompress, as well as free a little more time for ShadeCrest. My goal was to get our staff excited about the server again, because aside from our new mods, staff activity has been heavily lacking. What ended up happening, unfortunately, was I put in more work, and our staff became more distant. I feel like I have to clear my project ideas with multiple bosses, and then end up working alone. We used to be a team, and now we barely speak. What I've needed for the past few months is an admin that cares about the server, someone I could have talked with about scripts, plugins, config files. I've come to the conclusion that no such admin exists. Instead of colleagues, I see hurdles. I can't administrate a server by myself normally, so when you include roadblocks and "discussion threads" about every little proposed change, it just amplifies the problem. I've run out of optimism for this place. I don't think it's capable of the dramatic change needed to survive, let alone be successful. Hell, CyberVic thinks Minecraft itself will be dead within the 2015 calendar. There are just too many people with ideas, and too few that will act on those ideas. I don't know if I've just been delusional, thinking I could fix enough server problems and the staff would suddenly come back. I certainly didn't fail for lack of trying. Either way, it comes down to this: after over three and a half years on this server, I'm leaving. I've had ups and downs on here, been demoted and promoted more times than I can count, found trustworthy friends, but ultimately I'm out of steam. I don't feel like spending any more of my time here. So, with a heavy heart, I'm saying goodbye to ShadeCrest.