Message from Designer Stubble to the former JWR members
First of all I am glad to see that many of you have found your way to this great forum, facilitated by Simon. I am sure that after the dust of the JWR shutdown has settled, you will find this to be a good new home.
I would like to apologize for the sudden closure of JWR. In hindsight I should have been more vocal about giving a few days proper warning – you deserved it. I had a one week notice and am still trying to comprehend. It is like having had to bury a good friend.
JWR will unfortunately not be brought back online for the few days I proposed – the decision was final and I too have to respect that. I am sure that as you have been able to find each other here, at least the contacts can continue.
I hope we all can learn a valuable lesson from this – for me it is to stand up more for those not able to speak their voice, for you it may be to keep offline copies of anything you put online.
I decided not to write my farewell on JWR, as Palimpsest and Zeus had already done this, so I will take the liberty of doing it here. Thank you for eight wonderful years and the many virtual friendships, for being able to share my deepest thoughts with you and vice versa. I know that I was able to make a positive difference in the lives of many, knowing that in some cases, with the information I shared people had been able to leave as a family with their spouses and children. In other cases, persons were simply able to get closure. Collaborating with you on JWR meant a lot to me and that is why, despite all hardships of administering and moderating the site, I continued to participate on a daily basis.
It however is not my intention to swap JWR for another forum, as I have reached the point that I want to leave everything JW related behind – and that means also leaving this forum, which I have set my own deadline for, which is at the end of the month. Until then I will check my PMs and am happy to share on an individual basis my email of social media details.
So, in summary – thanks for the great times and please try to look back on the positives, as will I. The closure was less than graceful, I know – but over time I hope you can look past that and remember the many positives. Live long and prosper!