Monday, April 4, 2005

Leaving VATSIM

I have been struggling with VATSIM in the past regarding code compliance and NDA issues of PCProxy, which I released as Free Software. After numerous discussions back-and-forth in which I repeatedly stressed that I would not sign such an agreement, I decided to hand over PCProxy to Jeroen Hoppenbrouwers. Hoppie is from now on the main developer of the application, and I will limit myself to packaging it for Debian GNU/Linux.





While all of this was going on, VATSIM also decide to remove my Administrator rating. This in itself was a good decision. However, to do so by just sending out an automated message stating that I had been demoted from the highest rating back to the rating of observer, without any prior notice or personal note, sealed the fact that VATSIM is an organization with which I do not wish to be associated.



As a result, I have asked the membership department to withdraw my account. My intention was to do so because I have no more interest in receiving pompous announcements. The reality is this:





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Kees Leune (810419),

This is an automated notice from the VATSIM central database.

You have been permanently suspended for the following reason:

BY USER REQUEST

You are receiving this email because you have requested that your
VATSIM.net account be closed. This action has now been completed and you
have been automatically unsubscribed from our mailing list and forum system.
Should you wish to re-activate your account in the future, please contact
the membership department via the help form located at the following link:
http://vatsim.net/mememail.php. Thank you for taking part in VATSIM.net.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RE-CONNECT TO THE VATSIM NETWORK OR TRY TO CREATE
A NEW ACCOUNT AT ANY TIME! If you believe your suspension was
in error, please contact the VATSIM Membership Department through the
following link: http://www.vatsim.net/mememail.php

Please note: You cannot reply to this automated e-mail.

-VATSIM-



Especially the last part in which it is said that by leaving, I will never be allowed to use the network again makes me sad. I used the term neo-coloniolists once. I still believe that was a good choice of terms.



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