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The following is a message from oojason:

There was a significant difference of opinion over how a decision was reached / acted upon in the moderation of the site; significant enough for me to decide I could not continue on the OT - either as moderator or member. I decided it would be best for everyone that I left the site immediately.

I won’t be changing my mind and returning to the site (honestly - this time around! 😉). I have no idea where the idea or rumour came from that I am on a ‘sabbatical’ - that is simply not true.

These type of decisions and partings occur on every forum / site over time - people come and people go. It is a little sad, yet no big deal in the ongoing functioning of the site - it will continue on as it always has.

There are no bad feelings - and I genuinely and heartfeltfully wish all the members, site staff, and the site, all the very best for the future.

Thank you for all the ‘enquiries’, ‘thanks’, and ‘best of luck’ messages sent my way through the various online channels - they are very much appreciated. Just to be clear… I will be not be talking about the details or circumstances about my decision to leave the site - nor am I starting up my own site, or moderating elsewhere etc. The OT is still one of the best Star Wars site around and is unique in its outlook, content and goals - so it is up to all you great people to continue upon that - and make the OT even better.

May The Force, and the unaltered theatrical Original Trilogy, Be With You all… Always.

oojason

ps - ‘Now can we all please get back on topic; whatever that is…’ (I just had to say that again - one last time!) 😉

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I’m sorry to hear and I appreciate his positivity. I don’t know a thing about this but this is a class act. Lang may yer lum reek.

The blue elephant in the room.

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Really gutted to hear this. Jason always seemed really, really nice and I know I’m going to feel his absence on OT.com.

Jason, if for some reason you’ve come to check these messages, thank you so much for everything you’ve contributed! Take care and may the Force be with you, always.

“Remember, the Force will be with you. Always.”

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Yeah, that is the message oojason has been sending out in reply to questions and good luck messages after his leaving here two weeks ago.

He has been very helpful to me, and others on here. Even a quick look around and anyone can see the contributions he made to this forum. If you read this Jason, thank you and MTFBWY too.

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God speed and much happiness to you, you Scouse-Midland sounding loon!

jedi_bendu said:

… I know I’m going to feel his absence on OT.com.

I think we all will.

I do hope oojason comes back, and some of us have tried talking him back on here. Unfortunately it seems there is no way he is returning here again.

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I debated about posting anything. I was hoping matters would eventually be resolved. When it appeared they wouldn’t, I waited to see if the mods would make an announcement or oojason himself would post something.

It seemed wrong to not acknowledge it at all, and since oojason said he didn’t mind if I posted his message, I started a thread for it so everyone could start talking openly.

I’m relatively new here, and I don’t know what happened before, but I’ve always felt there is an underlying tension I don’t understand, though I’ve never had any trouble with anyone.

All I can say is oojason was one of the first to reach out and make me feel welcome. I’ve always found him articulate, knowledgeable, and helpful. We have different tastes and don’t always agree on everything, but I consider him a friend. When I look at all the work he’s done around here, I can’t help but feel he will be sorely missed.

None of us can see the future. Maybe he will return one day. Until then, may the Force be with you, oojason.

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So does that mean he’ll randomly ban me on Christmas again?

After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true. ~ Spock

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This all played out in the space of a few days, and as I awaited a reply as to whether we should make a formal announcement, word leaked out anyway. (It does not help that my life is a raging dumpster fire at the moment and I sometimes only have a few minutes a day to even be on here.) Jason didn’t want any additional drama generated by this.

originaltrilogy.com Moderator

Where were you in '77?

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Thanks Wook. I couldn’t resist just one snarky comment. Wish you the best.

After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true. ~ Spock

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Rodney-2187 said:

I debated about posting anything. I was hoping matters would eventually be resolved. When it appeared they wouldn’t, I waited to see if the mods would make an announcement or oojason himself would post something.

It seemed wrong to not acknowledge it at all, and since oojason said he didn’t mind if I posted his message, I started a thread for it so everyone could start talking openly.

I’m relatively new here, and I don’t know what happened before, but I’ve always felt there is an underlying tension I don’t understand, though I’ve never had any trouble with anyone.

All I can say is oojason was one of the first to reach out and make me feel welcome. I’ve always found him articulate, knowledgeable, and helpful. We have different tastes and don’t always agree on everything, but I consider him a friend. When I look at all the work he’s done around here, I can’t help but feel he will be sorely missed.

None of us can see the future. Maybe he will return one day. Until then, may the Force be with you, oojason.

Well said Rodney-2187.

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Johann-500 said:

Rodney-2187 said:

I debated about posting anything. I was hoping matters would eventually be resolved. When it appeared they wouldn’t, I waited to see if the mods would make an announcement or oojason himself would post something.

It seemed wrong to not acknowledge it at all, and since oojason said he didn’t mind if I posted his message, I started a thread for it so everyone could start talking openly.

I’m relatively new here, and I don’t know what happened before, but I’ve always felt there is an underlying tension I don’t understand, though I’ve never had any trouble with anyone.

All I can say is oojason was one of the first to reach out and make me feel welcome. I’ve always found him articulate, knowledgeable, and helpful. We have different tastes and don’t always agree on everything, but I consider him a friend. When I look at all the work he’s done around here, I can’t help but feel he will be sorely missed.

None of us can see the future. Maybe he will return one day. Until then, may the Force be with you, oojason.

Well said Rodney-2187.

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Working on many edits, may take many years to complete…

Also known as Mr. Liquid Jungle.

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I’m really sad to hear this about oojason. I’ll always remember our fun back and forths on the main forum and the few times we talked in messages. I hope you come back but it doesn’t look like that’s in the cards right now. I wish you all the best, Jason. Thank you for your kindness and teaching me things. Your absence will be felt.

“Heroes come in all sizes, and you don’t have to be a giant hero. You can be a very small hero. It’s just as important to understand that accepting self-responsibility for the things you do, having good manners, caring about other people - these are heroic acts. Everybody has the choice of being a hero or not being a hero every day of their lives.” - George Lucas

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I’m saddened to hear this. oojason has been here forever and a day, and always been a staple of positivity.

I don’t know what drama went on, and I don’t need to. But I will miss you, old timer. If you do come to find your way back I’ll be glad, but I wish you the best.

I know I’ve made some very poor decisions recently.

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He was nothing but generous and kind to me. Some of the moderation was welcome in my honest opinion, the site felt welcoming again.

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It was great to rap at you from time to time buddy!

Word to the Spookies…
RiK

“My skill are no longer as Mad as the once were” RiK

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Bummer, dude. I just came across this.
oojason was the one who encouraged me when I inquired about launching a thread reviewing Fanedits.
He was very patient, helping me with markdown, then offering a few suggestions as to the wording of the opening page.
This was invaluable and I remain grateful. In the past, elsewhere, when I PM’d a MOD, half the time it would be like talking with the cat.
Really class guy.
I will miss him, but I know what it’s like to roll away and not look back.
Safe journey.

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I know I’ve made some very poor decisions recently.

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Oh, how I’ll miss this guy. I’ve appreciated his support and the last post I received from him was a good luck on both my moving situation and my sequel trilogy fanedits. I wish him the best in whatever he does next.

I have altered Lucas’ visions. Pray I don’t alter them any further.

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Man, very sorry to just find out about this.

Just want to add my appreciation here for oojason’s huge contributions to this site which will be useful long into the future. And thanks for your quick responses to any queries I had too. Good luck to you, and thanks again.

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So long oojason, and MTFBWY
o7

“Always in motion is the future” 🌌