Dear Cathy, Derek, and Jeremy,
We're writing to you because we feel that the time has come for us to speak up, take responsibility, and do what's right for the future of Simple Machines.
While we've had our differences in the past, most of us still consider you our friends and can say without a doubt that you've made an impact on our lives.
First, we would like to thank you for the time and effort you've put into the Simple Machines project. You've together put in countless hours supporting and improving not just the community at large, but those inside and close to the team as well. Many of us can honestly say that without you we would never have been on the team and had such great experiences in the first place.
Simple Machines Forum is coming up on its seventh birthday, is greatly recognized throughout the internet, and has shown that it can survive mostly anything and keep running. We ask that you see this not as an attempt at righting the wrongs of the past, but recognizing that mistakes were made and that a brighter future can be found if some sacrifices are made.
Unfortunately, we think it is time for Simple Machines to stand on its own merits and must request that you resign from your positions on both the SMF team and the LLC and let fresh minds make decisions and take responsibility for the project.
We wish you well in your future endeavours and would even like to see you continue to help with the Simple Machines project(s) at some point down the road, even starting immediately at regular team positions.
Our plans for the immediate future are few, but will go a long way towards improving and fortifying Simple Machines for the forseeable future:
* We plan to create a Non-Profit Organization with a Board of Directors to oversee the current forum project and any future projects.
* We would like to investigate and put in place a new license for the product(s).
* We will work together to create a new team agreement that everyone can agree on in principle.
* We will treat each other, the team, former team members, and the community with the respect and dignity that they deserve, and recognize contributions from all.
* We will communicate with each other to create a team structure that fosters a fun and responsible place to work on projects that we all enjoy.
We intend to work with Kindred, the team, and former team members in an orderly fashion to make these plans into reality, and assure you that the Simple Machines project you know and love will continue to exist for many years to come.
In closing, we would like to once again thank you for your contributions making Simple Machines Forum what it is today, and sincerely hope that you will consider what we've said. This hasn't been easy for any of us, but we feel that this is a necessary step in making sure that Simple Machines thrives once more. We would prefer not to draw this process out, and ask that whatever changes are made be made peacefully and with good will. Since none of us have recently been in management positions within Simple Machines, we would appreciate if you would stay on board for a short period while the handover takes place, and understand if you would prefer not to.
Huw "H" Ayling-Miller
Steven "Fustrate" Hoffman
Jack "akabugeyes" Thorsen
Jason "JBlaze" Clemons
Joshua "groundup" Dickerson
Aleksi "LexArma" Kilpinen
Alex "Akyhne" Kühne
Peter "Antechinus" Sharpe
Eren "forsakenlad" Yasarkurt
Chris "ccbtimewiz" Batista
Colin "Shadow82x" Blaber
Nico "aliencowfarm" Boer
Geoff "bigguy" Brunkard
Rick "RickC" Caudill
Sinan "[SiNaN]" Çevik
Bryan "Runic" Deakin
Jan-Olof "Owdy" Eriksson
Gary M. Gadsdon
Brad "IchBin" Grow
Douglas "The Bear" Hazard
Juan Jose "JayBachatero" Hernandez
Bjoern "Bloc" Kristiansen
Justin "metallica48423" O'Leary
Jordan "Eliana Tamerin" Schnaidt
Ben "Ben_S" Scott
Jeremy "jerm" Strike
Peter "Arantor" Spicer
Jade Elizabeth "Alundra" Trainor
René-Gilles "Nao" Deberdt.