- "Because to win in the game of football, or life, you have to annihilate errything in your path... in a blind rage."
- — BJ Smith
Former bureaucrat from 2011-2014.
Why I stepped down
I never really had the knowledge of the GTA series to be a great content editor. I played and loved Vice City and San Andreas, and most of my best edits were to VC and SA related pages. I didn't care for GTA3, probably because I started with Vice City and compared to it, GTA3 seemed really primitive with the small car selection, simple missions and silent protagonist. I hated the bleak angsty aesthetic and the driving physics of GTA4, and never played GTAs 1 and 2.
I got the job because the wiki was rebuilding in the wake of the community split. A guy named WikisEditor somehow knew about my work as a bureaucrat on Bully Wiki and invited me (and my fellow bureaucrat Messi1983) to GTA Wiki not because of my content writing but because of my administrative knowledge. We put the wiki back together, got rules written and a fully functional staff promoted and trained.
And with that done, there wasn't much for me to do.
Every so often something requiring bureaucratish knowledge would happen, like the Dodo/Sasquatch dispute or the January 2014 Administrator Elections. But aside from the occasional Big Thing, all I was doing on GTA Wiki was occasionally reverting vandalism or blocking someone, and enforcing the image policy. And enforcing the image policy is tedious, takes a lot of time, and makes you unpopular with editors who don't see the point.
When GTAV came out at first I thought it was awesome. Then I suddenly lost all interest in it. I think it was in the lead-up to a heist where you have to store a getaway vehicle... I don't know. I found that so annoying that I just stopped playing and never started again. And when I realized that GTAV wasn't as great as I thought it was, I began to think it was time for me to leave the wiki.
Funny thing is, it's hard to let go if only because it's human nature to hang onto power, even if it's a power as insignificant as bureaucrat on a wiki, and even if we're rarely using it and not enjoying it when we do. Dan, Tom and I each have stepped down as bureaucrat before, then gone back and gotten ourselves repromoted - we ended up making a rule to keep us from doing that again, and since we each did that once it kind of balances out.
But the truth is, I'm done here, I've been done here for months, and if it wasn't for the fact that there's no takebacks on giving up your bureaucrat spot (especially now that Ilan got promoted into the spot) I'd have left this wiki a long time ago.
What I do now
Mostly dispute resolution, advice giving and that kind of stuff. If anything stepping down helps me to work on such things because I can talk to people without the threatening presence of being someone who can block them.
Sometimes I actually write content too. Mostly I look for articles with sprawling disorganized trivia sections and rewrite them integrating as much trivia as I can into the article, deleting the bunk.