This Week @ Shack: 'Passing the Baton' Edition

Thanks for the memories, Shacknews.


Welcome to This Week @ Shack, our regular highlight reel of the coverage on Shacknews from the past, oh, seven days.

By the standards of an industry with remarkably high turnover and wild uncertainty, my near decade at Shacknews makes me relatively ancient. In that time I've seen Editors-in-Chief come and go: Garnett Lee, John Keefer, Andrew Yoon, and Steven Wong. Now it's my turn. This is my last day as EIC of Shacknews.

I love Shack, with all its weird quirks and history and inside jokes. This site has always had a unique sensibility about it, which has made it hard to describe to outsiders. It's a saloon full of pirates, a Quake fan site, a community message board. Leaving a place after so long can't help but feel bittersweet, but it's time for me to move on. Before I do, though, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has made my years here some of the most rewarding of my life.

Shacknews has been independently owned and operated during my entire tenure as EIC, and that is due largely to the diligence and faith of investors. They saw value in Shacknews when few others did, as a plucky site increasingly surrounded by giants. They afforded me the resources and space to build this place with an ethos of quality journalism over quantity or exploitive practices.

The staff has been dependable and hard-working, never shying away from a difficult task. They are universally some of the most professional writers and producers I've known. They've regularly come bursting with ideas, understanding that a tight-knit site like ours needs everyone to give it their all. Most significantly for me, they have been agreeable and easygoing. It's been a pleasure to work with them.

Finally, you, our readers and community, made it all possible. Your goodwill and honest feedback made us strive to do our very best.

I'm proud of what we've built over the last several years, and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next. Asif Khan is currently staffing up to take the site to the next level. Editors come and go at Shacknews, but no one really leaves. As the site moves into this next phase in its life, I'll be cheering it on from the Chatty. #DoItForShacknews.

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