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Edited: Jan 21, 2007, 2:21am

Thanks to Google Reader - I spotted Chris (LT Staff - DB/Sys Guy) just posted a blog post, in which he announces he is leaving LibraryThing. Link:

No doubt, there will be a formal announcement of this on the LT blog, but in the meantime I wanted to jump the gun and reiterate my appreciation (I've commented on his post) for the work Chris has done in stabilising the site and fixing many of those little niggly glitches we all remember.

Best wishes in your future adventures Chris, I'm sure you will be sorely missed by the community in your capacity as a pleasant and approachable staff member. Do come back and visit us!

Jan 21, 2007, 3:05am

Yes, even in the last couple of weeks I have missed him. It seems things were getting strained behind the scenes, nothing I think to be suprised about there. I am sure we are all aware of how stressfull riding this tiger must get. All the Best Chris.

Jan 21, 2007, 3:26pm

I'm not completely surprised and I think we will all miss Chris and how on the ball he always was. Best wishes are indeed in order.

Jan 21, 2007, 3:36pm

I'll definitely miss Chris. I really appreciated his responsiveness and feel like he listened to the community.

I am surprised. I don't know anything about the behind-the-scenes issues at LT, but I would have thought that the main thing was that he did good work.

Best wishes, Chris.

Jan 22, 2007, 9:44am

I did wonder how he could work all the time! He was always so responsive, and pleasant too, and I certainly join in wishing him all the best.

Jan 22, 2007, 2:58pm

Best wishes indeed - thank you for your hard work.

Jan 22, 2007, 3:44pm

There is indeed a an announcement in the LT Blog.

Let's face it: sometimes folks just don't mesh. Doesn't mean anyone's at fault, or that anyone's not doing their job.

I wish Chris all the best.

Jan 22, 2007, 4:49pm

Many thanks to Chris for all his hard work and responses here. I hope he's back as a regular user at least, once he's had time to have a rest!

Jan 22, 2007, 5:14pm

Heh, this proves one of my blog post points: I'm private. I feel funny seeing this thread and reading Tim's post, almost the same feeling as when you hear your own voice on tape or see yourself on television. I'm sure there's a word for that.

Thank you all for your kind wishes. I'm really not doing anything right now except for spending time with family and getting some outdoors time. PillHelp may indeed take off, but in the meantime, I'm going to pound the pavement for some work.

It felt strange to me to write a blog post about this whole thing. And I know Tim disagrees with me, I count on that! It's one of the things I found the most fun about working with him: the combustible nature of two strongly opinionated people can really bring out some of the best in everyone involved*.

I'm looking forward to using LT as a civilian - and posting bug reports, feature suggestions, and "why would you DO something like that?!" feedback :-)

My best to everyone, always,

(now let's find out if my special touchstone still works)


yep. it does.

*not always, of course**

**i started doing these footnotes because of Tim

Jan 23, 2007, 8:27am

Thanks for all you've done, Chris. It was much appreciated.

It's nice to know you'll still be among us (civilians). I'm sure some fun and challenging work will be right around the corner. Let us know when you find it!

All the best.

Jan 23, 2007, 8:46am

Chris, you radically improved my LT life, y'know? Your fixes lured me back to my trashed catalog. Thanks so very, very, very much.

I hope your next big project is something interesting and cool as well.

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Edited: Jan 23, 2007, 11:43am

I'd like to add my well-wishes for Chris to the rest. When I first dove into LT, I came in for a number of wacky problems, and Chris, Abby, and Tim were all incredibly responsive. In fact, when I was at the height of my flailing about, Chris chimed in to offer an answer to a question that I hadn't even known to ask! Receiving such swift, knowledgeable, and responsive help from TPTB reassured me enormously, and I'm very sorry to hear that Chris has departed, and under what felt like such a cloud. (I was, however, glad to see it addressed on the blog, and to find a link there to Chris' blog post as well.)

I know that I tend to assume that the partners in a start-up like this one--especially when we're talking about something so cool that brings so many folks such joy--are like a family in the positive sense of the term. More often, however, it seems they're more like a family in every sense of the term, including the not-so-positive ones. And because the profile of LT has risen so fast, the pressure on everyone has to be monstrous, and the impact of those less-than-happy family moments must feel, and be, enormous.

Chris, we'll miss the hell outta you. I'm so sorry that the way-parting was so fraught, and that your offer to stay on wasn't accepted, but I'm sure that you set everything up as well as is superhumanly possible. I hope that this sudden free time will turn out to be a real boon, and that you'll use the time for yourself, even if it's only to make sure to get what I'm sure is some desperately needed rest. (Not to mention lots of rejuvenating critter-face-time!) I really appreciate all the work that you've done to make LT the delight that it is, and hope that you'll find something at least as exciting and fantabulous to work on, just when you're most ready for it.

Abundant thanks, and all the best--