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 PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:59 pm Reply with quote  
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  Old Master Ben
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Yes, I'm alive.

Folks, it's been a long, long journey. I've been busier than I've ever been in my life. But I'm back.

Where did I go? Why did I disappear for so long? Two reasons.

1. Time. I simply didn't have time, even when running EUC, to also stop and talk. I had the misfortune of being tied down constantly when I was doing EUC from 2007-2012, managing every little part of the site in the little free time I had. When I decided to step down from managing EUCantina, I also had to step away from the Star Wars community. I needed a little break (I've been active online since 2002).

2. I made mistakes. I let the reputation of EUCantina take a hit, and for that I do apologize. I did not handle situations as well as I could have - I did not intentionally fail, of course. But my decisions were not always correct. I felt distanced from EUC, as the site I had worked so hard on for six years was experiencing a negative reaction in a situation that I felt was misunderstood and slightly misconstrued. I had no good way to repair the damage. I was hurt, discouraged, and honestly, felt pretty hopeless. I needed some time off.

But I'm back now. Not to manage EUC - I've moved on to different areas of Star Wars, deciding to focus on the films, which I'm more passionate about anyway. But I still love this place. I love the interaction with you guys. So I'm going to start reading your posts again, occasionally joining in, and hopefully repairing the bonds we had.

Thank you all for reading. You are the best group of Star Wars fans in the world.


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  Life Is The Path
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I ... honestly have no idea what situation you're talking about, but I'm glad you're back Smile .
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  Darth Skuldren
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"I believe toys resonate with us as humans, we can hold them them, it's tactile, real! They are totems for our extended beliefs and imaginations. A fetish for ideas that hold as much interest and passion as old religious relics for some. We display them in our homes. They show who we are. They are signals for similar thinking people. A way we connect with each other...and I guess thats why I do toys. That connection." -Ashley Wood


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Welcome, back, Ben! We've missed you. Very Happy
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  Hogy
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Welcome back,


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No idea on what the situation was, probably don't want to, but I'm just thrilled to see you return Very Happy
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As long as you're not the dude that posted that stupid sexist article, we're cool.
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"I believe toys resonate with us as humans, we can hold them them, it's tactile, real! They are totems for our extended beliefs and imaginations. A fetish for ideas that hold as much interest and passion as old religious relics for some. We display them in our homes. They show who we are. They are signals for similar thinking people. A way we connect with each other...and I guess thats why I do toys. That connection." -Ashley Wood


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  Mara Jade Skywalker
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Welcome back, Ben. I don't know that I'm necessarily "here" or not, but I've seriously missed you guys and have been lurking the last couple weeks. Good to see that you've returned. Smile
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Welcome back Ben!
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Mara Jade Skywalker wrote:
Welcome back, Ben. I don't know that I'm necessarily "here" or not, but I've seriously missed you guys and have been lurking the last couple weeks. Good to see that you've returned. Smile


You know you're allways welcome Mara. I hope you haven't forgotten what we do to lurkers 'round here. Wink




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Welcome back, Mara, too! Very Happy
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  Old Master Ben
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Dog-Poop_Walker wrote:
As long as you're not the dude that posted that stupid sexist article, we're cool.


No, I'm not that dude. But if I was, I'd expect us to be cool anyway. This isn't a forum for people who feel like holding grudges. People make mistakes and I give second chances. If said "dude" did ever want to post on here, I'd expect him to be treated the same way you treat any other member.


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Mara Jade Skywalker wrote:
Welcome back, Ben. I don't know that I'm necessarily "here" or not, but I've seriously missed you guys and have been lurking the last couple weeks. Good to see that you've returned. Smile


Hey Mara! I saw that you left a while ago - please come back and join everyone when you can! I know they all miss you greatly!


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Welcome back, Ben! your presence has been missed!
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