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    Ch-ch-ch-changes

    I am sorry to say that I don't come bearing good news...

    After 9 years as our esteemed co-leader, Sarah has decided that her time has come and she'll be leaving our staff ranks (but hopefully not our ranks in general). Sarah has been an admin since well before my time here at the forums and to be honest, I can't imagine a SitePoint without her. As with most jobs, 9 years is more than enough for anyone and Sarah has decided to move on to new (although I can't possibly imagine more exciting) pastures.

    Unfortunately the bad news doesn't end there. At the same time, the other half of our red team, Raena, is also stepping down. Although Raena's stint with us hasn't been long, she has made some awesome changes and she'll be sorely missed. The glimmer of good news amongst all this is that Raena'll be hanging around as an Advisor in the Community team.

    The last (and perhaps worst) bit of bad news is that both Sarah and Raena are going to be replaced by me. Some may say that's an impossible feat, but I'm going to give it a go.

    So please join me in farewelling both wonderful women from the ranks of the red and in thanking them for all they've done for us.

    ps: And pull your socks up people. There'll be no more having fun around this place.

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    Sarah (Sarah Sarah) - You've been such a magnificent contributor to and leader of the SitePoint Forums for such a long time. I personally wish you all the very best, and thank you for all the advice and assistance you've given me over the last few years. You certainly made SitePoint a better place to be around -- and you will be missed.

    Raena - You were the very first dedicated community manager her at SitePoint, and I'm really glad that your still hanging around. More importantly, and something I probably never thanked you for enough, was that you were able to work through my book without punching me in the face, you really helped turn it into something special -- and that's something I'll never forget.

    Sarah (Hawk Sarah): I'll be brief -- Welcome back! Yeeehhaaaa
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    That's not changes ... that's upheaval!

    Sarah and raena: Many thanks for all your dedicated work on these forums! As a former moderator I know well what mayhem would result if it weren't for you.

    Sarah (Hawk): Your stepping up to take over is the only mitigating circumstances here. I know you'll do a superb job, as you've done before as a moderator. I hope, for your sake, that you'll get some help eventually, though. Administrating a forum this size is a bit much for one person, even one as capable as you.
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    Sarah, always sad to see a familiar face step down
    Thanks for everything you have done, its going to be difficult to get used to SPF without you in red!

    Tommy, it will be a mammoth task but rest assured HAWK has plenty of support from all the staff
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    Sorry to see Sarah and Raena leave.
    Congrats Sarah (HAWK) Well deserved As Tommy and Mike said it is a huge amount of work you're about to take.... But I believe you can handle it quite well! (this is gonna be a full time dedication right?)

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    Bluddy hell - must be fate. Haven't been poking around for ages... and come on to find this .

    Good luck Sarah, hope all is workin' out for ya
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    welcome back Hardy
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    Thanks Tommy.

    DT - yup, this will be my primary focus.

    G'day Hardy!

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    Time to get nude...

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    Sad to see Sarah and Reana but good luck to them and congrats HAWK.

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    Congratulations, Hawk. You certainly are...BRAVE!


    I hope to see Sarah around and Raena will be here in her new capacity anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairybob View Post
    Time to get nude...
    Only HAWK could elicit a comment that is so inappropriate but fitting at the same time.

    Sarah - sorry to see you go. You've been here nearly forever, so it'll be wierd not seeing you in red. Thank you for all your efforts over the years. They are greatly appreciated.

    Raena - I'm very glad you're sticking around as an advisor. You've made a big impact on the forums, so we're much better off having you stay on than if you'd had to go.

    HAWK - what can I say? If nothing else, things'll be....interesting. Never a dull moment with you around. And now you're in charge (what were they thinking )

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    Goodluck to both ladies, Sarah & Raena

    Hawk(Sarah), I'm sure you're going to do a fantastic job and are more than competent in fulfilling these roles, best of luck to you also

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAWK View Post
    DT - yup, this will be my primary focus.
    Then I am sure you will do great... You've been around for ages and you were an outstanding member, staffer and now SPHQer! You will do an excellent job! Of this I am sure!

    Nice to see you again Hardy

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    Wow! Good luck to Sarah and congrats to you Hawk. I know you'll do just fine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ses5909 View Post
    Wow! Good luck to Sarah and congrats to you Hawk. I know you'll do just fine!
    Look who's here?!
    Hey Sara how are you? nice to see you again!

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    This comes as a real surprise to me. Farewell to Sarah and Raena and congratulations to HAWK.
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    Thank you Sarah for all the years spent working tirelessly. It is much appreciated.

    Thank you to raena also, you made a nice difference to the forum.

    Sarah/HAWK, wow. I knew it all along that you would be in this kind of a position some day. You have the right stuff for this. Really great news. Congratulations
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    Wow, this is a shock. Goodbye to Sarah and Raena and congrats Hawk!!!!

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    Best of luck, Sarah and Raena.

    Congratulations to Sarah, as well.

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    What the hell?! Ohhhhh bad news?! Are you kidding me?! Yea, it is bad news and it couldn't have come at a worse time either! Jeez SP are you trying to make me suicidal?! I hope Raena is still Community Manager for a couple more days...

    Sorry to hear Sarah leaving too, I'm sure you'll be missed dearly and I can bet SP Forums would have been in bits a few times if it wasn't for your hard work over the past amazingly long 9 years! I Goodluck though! All the best in the future.

    HAWK...Why is everyone fearing you?! Are you a meany ? Are you scary?! Or is this just to the fluffers and spammers? In which case you're a forum goddess!

    All the best!

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    I have no idea Andrew. It's scaremongering, is what it is.

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    HAWK (Or is it Ok for me to call you Sarah?) I should probably say Congratulations too! And uhm..Welcome to erm...Hmmm ok forget that I guess! My previous post wasn't very nice on your side I guess!

    You seem nice anyway! I'll send you a PM and you'll soon realize why it's such a bad time for me that Raena is stepping down!

    All the best in your new position, I'm looking forward to your approach to forum spam and fluff!

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    I guess now's a good time to mention I always thought HAWK was a dude before today.

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    I am. I pretend to be a girl online for popularity reasons.


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