Taking Some Time Off
I wish I didn't have to say this, but I think it's time for some distance.
I've been working on this project, more or less actively, for quite a while now, and in that time there have been a lot of changes. Some of those changes, I think, are for the good; others aren't.
I have always acknowledged that, while this is a collaborative project, some voices take precedence; that is simply as it should be. Andy is the founder of the project, so of course his voice should have the most weight. Likewise, the sysops have demonstrated their dedication and value, and their voices also have substantial weight.
Again, that is as it should be.
However, that leaves me in an awkward position when I find myself in disagreement with the direction chosen by one of those voices. Many of the articles being written recently are not the sort I would want a child or a student of mine reading. To be honest, they make me very uncomfortable, and I'm unsure as to why it's necessary to have so many of them. This comes on top of the recent open acrimony among sysops, which I feel was extremely detrimental to the project as a whole.
However, it is not my place to lecture senior members of the project on what they should or should not write; nor is it my place to lecture them on what they should or should not do.
Therefore, I am faced with a choice: get with the program, or get going. I do not feel that, at this time, I can get with the program, so the only option open to me is to get going, at least for the time being. Perhaps distance will lend perspective, and in a few months I will feel comfortable editing here again. I hope that's the case.
Mr. Schlafly, thank you for the opportunity to contribute. Fellow editors, I wish you the best. God bless.
--Benp 18:16, 26 September 2011 (EDT)