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#1 TechAngel85



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Posted 01 July 2020 - 11:29 AM

To the modding community,


I'm announcing that I will be taking a step back from my involvement with the community, which I've been heavily involved with over the past eight years. My involvement started with STEP where I slowly learned the "trade" over time and expanded myself from editor/writer to up to an Admin and one of the project leaders. My thirst for knowledge eventually lead me to mod authoring, where I began helping various other authors manage and take their mods to the next level. Though I have several modding projects of my own, few have been released due to lack of time and other obligations.


To be clear, I love the creative process of modding so I'm sticking around. However, I've been doing eight solid years of user support between STEP and Nexus Mods. Over the years there have been plenty of ups and downs; however, I feel there have been more downs than ups over the past year or two. I don't see that turning around for myself. I suppose I've lost some of the passion I once had for Guide creation and user support; at least on the level I've given over the years.


STEP's traffic has reduced over the last two years to the point of support being a small task; mainly due to the need of an overhaul to our framework. Speaking of, STEP's development has been on hold until MediaWiki releases a fix for the version of PHP used for the updated forums. What is still a rather large task for STEP, and one that I've been doing alone for some time, is the Guide creation and maintenance. It's become a chore for me rather than the fun process it was when we had a full team. Therefore, I've decided to take a step back from the Guide until others wish to take up the challenge of guide management, or the new development is complete.


As for Nexus Mods...how do I put this...I've felt like nothing but a parrot for the last year. The majority of Nexus users fail to read, fail to search, fail to try to help themselves, fail to try to learn... There are some good users, but unfortunately for them, they are heavily drowned out by the mass of others. I lack any drive, desire, or willpower to continue with user support on Nexus Mods. Therefore, I will be mainly absent to Nexus users besides responding to legitimate bug reports. Bug reports I test and find to be user error or simply know are user error (8yrs experience and you get to know a thing or two), will be deleted without response.


Going forward I will continue maintaining the mods I currently manage, but with less frequent updates. This is to free up time so I can work more on my own creations. For STEP, I'll maintain my position as the main community Admin. I'll also help with development when the time comes and am able, and I'll be a tutor for any of our community who are willing to take up a team position. This means there will be less frequent updates to the SE Guide. I will maintain it so it remains viable, however, users shouldn't expect very much change to the Guide for a while.



  • I'm stepping back to focus more on mods I manage and my own creations, which still bring me joy to develop.
  • I'll be providing little to no user support (for my own sanity).
  • I'm taking a large step back from the STEP Guide management; very few updates will be released until more staff are in place or the new development is complete.

~ Tech

#2 SaintBourbon



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Posted 04 July 2020 - 12:21 AM


Thank you for doing so much for so long. The latest SE Guide has made my current playthrough of Skyrim the absolute best I've ever played. You've done great work.

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#3 PioneerRaptor



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Posted 04 July 2020 - 09:06 AM

I've been lurking for years here and it's sad to see you step back! However, you have to do what you think is best for yourself. Good luck and I think many people here would wish you the best!

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#4 z929669


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Posted 06 July 2020 - 05:24 PM

Many thanks to TechAngel for his continued dedication to modding and STEP. One cannot do it forever, that's for sure. Such is the reason I stepped back from continual community management a few years ago. Tech had more stamina than anyone else on the project then and now.


I look forward to continuing to support this project as well, we're not going anywhere. This will just mean less input/feedback/support for the guide aside from what Greg does routinely. I am always lurking on the forums, since it is my browser home. Mostly looking for admin notifications and specific staff-related forums though. The rest of my time is spent on server maintenance and development, which will begin again when Mediawiki 1.35 is stable released ... looks like August-ish, but these are strange times, so could be longer.


... SO, anybody that has been around STEP long enough to understand our guides and what we do, please feel free to volunteer to help out. PM Tech or myself if interested. We could use the help of one or two good and fair-minded communicators.

#5 tadastalalas



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Posted 06 July 2020 - 08:16 PM

I'm lurking step guide for a few years, this is super honest job done here. Thank you for everything that you've done here. Well at least it made an impact on me for sure, thanks to you guys I'v played skyrim as it should have been done in the first place.

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#6 rsdbhamre



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Posted 07 July 2020 - 03:54 AM

I am indebted to you Tech. I will forever be grateful to have experienced Skyrim through your work. Good luck to your future.

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#7 TechAngel85



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Posted 07 July 2020 - 11:07 AM

Thanks everyone!

#8 manoosie



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 08:43 PM

Thanks for the service! It has been fun to watch STEP evolve and I, like many others, greatly appreciate your dedication to creating something we've all enjoyed so much. You've done an incredible amount for the community!

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