This is not about me. It never was. It's about the Cafe.
I left this thread, and the Cafe for the season, at page 7. It went on for 16 more pages. And at this point, it's not like it's me against the world. So whatever axe you feel you have to grind, stop it. Stop it and listen to the people who you value here at the Cafe.
The Cafe is hurting. You have people who have been here for 5+ years, who never thought they wanted another fantasy site, out looking for other alternatives. They don't want Sit/Start advice. They want to talk football. They want to talk fantasy football. They want to debate if Chris Johnson is better than Adrian Peterson or if the Colts made a mistake not going for the perfect season or if Jake Cutler is the real deal or if he was helped out by a strong receiving corp in Denver or who are going to be the top 10 receivers in 2010. Heck, you want to talk about this stuff, or at least I hope you do. And those kinds of conversations are not happening, at least not to the extent that they did. And that is what's missing from the Cafe.
It's not about blob forums. It's about traffic. It's about getting opinions and voices and feelings and debating them and pulling out the stats and normalizing them for team and teams opposed and all of the other stuff that makes talking sports great. And there's probably a number of ways to encourage that but that's not going to happen until the Cafe decides that something has gone wrong or that what used to work doesn't any more.
You think that 4 pages of Sit/Start advice is something that's fantastic? Heck, I remember the days (and I'm sure many here do as well) when I couldn't even connect to the Cafe on Sundays because the server was too busy. Meanwhile, I was frantically hitting F5 to try to get in to get some insight for the day's games. People want those days again. Or at least they want to feel like when they log on they're not the only soul in an empty room.
But you know what? The users can only do so much. And you can backpedal and say, "I'm just a guy who cleans up the trash" but if every Moderator looks around and says, "Yup. Looks fine to me. You guys need to quit whining or move out" people are going to move out. Heck, people have been moving out. And people aren't calling this to your attention to stick it to you or to be a problem or whatever... people do it because they care. People do it because they want their old place back. They're trying to fight to make the Cafe back into what attracted them to it in the first place. And if the people in charge don't get that... well, you're on a trajectory. And personally, I have to say it's a crying shame.