Okay, it's my turn to talk. Most of you have heard some of this, some in more detail than I'm saying now. But I'm going on the record here mainly to clear up what exactly happened and why, as well as my plans with TSC in the near future.
What Happened to SDM
I've told the people who need to know what -exactly- happened. I'm not going to delve into complete detail to protect the names of the people involved. Suffice it to say there was a family emergency, I didn't know how to deal with it emotionally, and it led to me not going to school, work, studying, basically anything of the sort. I have more free time now that my life is mostly back on track, though I am devoting a moderate portion of my time towards helping that family member recover.
SDM's plans for TSC in the near future
I'm aware of my demotion from administrative status here. Honestly, it needed to happen. I was becoming less happy with my position, and the only real reasons I ever became admin were out of necessity. Those needs have been met a long time ago, and thus my purpose as an admin here is all but fulfilled.
That said, I still have many new things to bring to the community now that I can focus more on creativity than my own image. Here's what I want to do:
1) Emerald Challenges 2012 -- The all-teamwork series. It will uphold the 7 themes but each challenge will require 2 participants, locally or over Kaillera. More importantly however:
2) TRN 24/7 -- TSC Race Night, 24/7. This is an attempt to merge two concepts; one of which has been a strong idea on my backburner for 3 years, the other a strong concept already in-play, but in need of a boost. Combined, I think it will be a concept that will gracefully merge community and competiton, which is what everyone seems to be aiming for.
For those interested, this is what I want to do with TRN247: Players will be given small bar-shaped forum sigs that display their username and ranking for each game. This image will be hosted from an FTP: that way when a player's rating would change, they don't have to do anything except post game results whenever they race with someone.
The staff will update player rankings from the FTP, changing the image by editing the ranking number, then saving it while retaining the same filename. This will make the URL for their image point to the newly saved image automatically. It will also provide players a way to advertise TSC by bragging about their rating through their forum sigs on other websites.
TSC race nights would still be held every Saturday, wherein anyone who participates will receive double the normal ranking points they would have earned any other time.