FINAL POST:Opinion Piece / Op-ed
Yesterday after numerous discussions with my friends, family and connections within the human rights community, i have decided that after 13 years on this site it was time to devote my time and energy towards a more worthwhile setting. I had notified some members earlier this week ( both on and off site ) that i was leaning towards leaving the moderating team as well as the site as a whole for very specific reasons, some of which i will mention below.
I had originally decided that i would hand in my 2 week notice later today as to respect the process of finding a new mod to replace my work on this site. However... issues came to a head sooner than later, thus making my exit as a mod effective immediately as well as my decision to leave the site. I was not given the same respect.
There are more than a few reasons behind my departure which i will not get into on this particular public platform
However, as stated above i will say that the 2 main reasons behind my departure are #1, i no longer feel comfortable moderating or even posting on a site that has shown a continued lack of interest and general disrespect for my numerous calls to make our moderating ( esp. GM ) and admin team more diverse.
This includes most members of the administration team and a portion
of the moderating team . I felt very strongly the importance of developing a hiring strategy to make our workforce resemble the community we operate in. After many months of trying to get my concerns and thoughts across to fellow mods and admins i decided to create a thread tackling this subject head on since we had just started the process of hiring new Non Tennis moderators. Note that my frustration and issues are almost exclusively with the admins of this site who are responsible for hiring new team members.
Let it be known that this thread was completely ignored by every admin for 4 days, in addition to my numerous attempts over my term as GM moderator to rectify the current TF climate. This was my final attempt at trying to make this place a more diversely appealing and welcoming community to our users.
#2, I felt that certain members of our team ( including ONE former team member ) were treating members of the site with obvious issues in their life with an appalling lack of respect which has been chronicled over a significant period time.
In closing, i would like to thank you all for taking the time to read this lengthy "opinion piece" or closing statement, whatever you
want to call i... LoL This is strictly my opinion as to what i personally witnessed during my time as mod and on the site over the years.
I would also like to thank you for for helping make me a better person over the years and for helping me see the world in a much more comprehensive, all-embracing and compassionate manner. I truly feel like a better human being from the life lessons i have experienced on this site .
Good luck to you all, god bless and may i see some of you on Facebook and/or the Twitterverse at a later date... But for now, i need to be left alone...
Ps... Sorry for any typos, but i just want to get out of here.
Au Revoir, Heath