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George hasn't logged in for several weeks, which is very abnormal for him(usually here daily). Concerned something may have happened to him.

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I'd noticed his absence as well.
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Just checked his profile. I can't believe he's never been GOTW.
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He posted lots everyday but appears to have gone silent 4/30.


Hope he's ok.


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Maybe if you post in the regional forum (wherever Oregon is classified), there may be people who know him in person.
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Looking at his posting history, I don't see any indication that he was upset at something. Very worrisome.
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Oregon is in the West region
 
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We noted his absence over in the wargame subforum a couple of weeks ago, but (as far as I know) hadn't heard any news.
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Someone noted:

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/991063/no-sphere
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MWChapel wrote:

Thank goodness it's just a hiatus. I am hopeful that it will end at some point but am very happy to hear (given what little we know) that apparently he's OK.
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Didn't look good for a bit there.

 
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Wow, can't a guy take a break without people freaking out?? Not to sound harsh but am I the only one that finds this reaction a bit odd? If I had noticed he hadn't posted in 2 weeks I likely would have done exactly what I did after reading the first couple posts of this thread. Looked at his profile, seen that he has 4 kids, realized summer is winding down and assumed he probably took a much needed vacation. What's with the 'OMG, he hasn't posted in 2 weeks' stuff??
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What's with the 'OMG, he hasn't posted in 2 weeks' stuff??


Take it as a badge of honor, in a sense.

In martial arts, there is the concept of the “pillars of the dojo.” These are the guys that the dojo depends on for spirit and authenticity of training. I think Sphere is one of the pillars around here.

So, if he goes missing for a bit, people get concerned.

It’s not a prying or intrusion so much as the utterance of a worry that one of the core members may have left (or be leaving) the community.

Of course he can take a vacation or do whatever strikes his fancy, but I think what you are seeing is that BGG would miss his presence, so people ask.

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I think it is nice for the forum to show concern for its fellow members. :-) A bit Pollyanna, but it's true! It's good to feel cared about, even if it's only in 1s and 0s at times!
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alkaiser wrote:
Wow, can't a guy take a break without people freaking out?? Not to sound harsh but am I the only one that finds this reaction a bit odd? If I had noticed he hadn't posted in 2 weeks I likely would have done exactly what I did after reading the first couple posts of this thread. Looked at his profile, seen that he has 4 kids, realized summer is winding down and assumed he probably took a much needed vacation. What's with the 'OMG, he hasn't posted in 2 weeks' stuff??


It has been nearly three MONTHS not two weeks. He was a regular poster then he wasn't. And nothing in his profile to indicate he was taking a break.

People note and enjoy the guy's presence on BGG so we noticed Sphere's absence. Nobody's freaking out, but people were expressing a bit of concern. Relax.
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alkaiser wrote:
Wow, can't a guy take a break without people freaking out?? Not to sound harsh but am I the only one that finds this reaction a bit odd? If I had noticed he hadn't posted in 2 weeks I likely would have done exactly what I did after reading the first couple posts of this thread. Looked at his profile, seen that he has 4 kids, realized summer is winding down and assumed he probably took a much needed vacation. What's with the 'OMG, he hasn't posted in 2 weeks' stuff??


I really fail to see how this can bother some. If anything, threads like these only prove that BGG is not just an anonymous site for some, but rather is considered a real community where people care about each other, even if they've never met in person...
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Edit- this was in response to Alan, can't fix the quote while posting on my phone.

Do you jump down people's throats when they ask how you're doing? Not sure I get why you're aggravated that we are concerned. He posted every single day and then he hasn't been seen in 3 months. If he never posted on BGG again, that's fine, I just wanted to know if the guy was ok. Last time a regular geek buddy stopped posting it was Tim Seitz/Outforblood.
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alkaiser wrote:
Wow, can't a guy take a break without people freaking out?? Not to sound harsh but am I the only one that finds this reaction a bit odd? If I had noticed he hadn't posted in 2 weeks I likely would have done exactly what I did after reading the first couple posts of this thread. Looked at his profile, seen that he has 4 kids, realized summer is winding down and assumed he probably took a much needed vacation. What's with the 'OMG, he hasn't posted in 2 weeks' stuff??


Did he just adopt these kids? If not, then he's had kids for a while, BUT he has posted and updated regularly since 2004. A 3 month MIA after regular contribution for 10 years is something that would raise a flag in any situation.
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Hope George is ok. I always wondered why he was never "Geek of the Week." One of my very favorite posters/Bggers by FAR!
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charlest wrote:
Edit- this was in response to Alan, can't fix the quote while posting on my phone.

Do you jump down people's throats when they ask how you're doing? Not sure I get why you're aggravated that we are concerned. He posted every single day and then he hasn't been seen in 3 months. If he never posted on BGG again, that's fine, I just wanted to know if the guy was ok. Last time a regular geek buddy stopped posting it was Tim Seitz/Outforblood.


Oh, remembering what happened to Tim makes me very sad. I hope Sphere is just taking a break and not battling any hardships. He's one of my favorites around here.
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I took a break from Chit-Chat a while back and no one asked about me... modest

YAY, it worked!
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I'm doing fine in case anyone is concerned.
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Sphere was generous to me when I had a bad break, so he shouldn't be afraid to let the community know if he needs a favor because I would certainly try to return that generosity.
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His last connection was more than a year ago.
Hope Sphere is doing well.
Sometimes we get completely saturated of things we adore. I played football (soccer) in competition until I was 27. Suddenly I quitted and in 10 years I have not played a single time. Hope that's the situation and he's OK. He's one of the smartest guys I've come across on the internet. Best wishes for him!
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Yes, anyone heard from sphere?
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