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Friday, 20 April 2018

Season 4 Finale

Hello all.

So, as you have most definitely noticed, there has been a severe lack of any kind of posts or activity from the society for the past two months. No scammers, no updates, no community service, nothing. Vic and I owe you an explanation for this.
We’ll cut right to the chase - the society just isn’t working out as much as we wanted it to. Referring back to the post we made in November, some of the points there ended up coming back to haunt us after the ball started rolling.

For starters, scam catching itself feels like an awful laborious chore now. It’s not a hobby, it’s not a fun little thing we do to help the community, it’s just an excruciating experience that we want nothing to do with anymore. Confronting scammers, getting evidence, and writing posts is absolutely draining, which is far from the mindset we had initially going into this. Just dealing with the game’s community induces much more anger and stress than we’d like it to.

Not only that, but we also feel like the society’s purpose is obsolete considering the current state of Animal Jam itself. The game’s diminishing funds and lack of staff that actually care has resulted in its livelihood hanging by a thread for the last several months. There really isn’t much point pouring hours of hard work into a game that we all know isn’t going to last much longer.

There’s also the fact that it gets harder and harder to care about the game with each passing update. For us personally, there’s nothing of substance that would make us want to ever come back to it. We both have other activities that we’d rather indulge in than go on the game at all. We had a good, albeit short run with the Discord server. Despite all the people interested in joining and helping out, it just wasn’t the same as it once was, and we don’t think it ever will be. Things are changing, we’re getting older, and overall, it’s just an infinitely different experience.

It goes hand in hand with the general problem of trying to steer this whole ship with only two people at the wheel. The reason the society managed to stay afloat back in 2016 was that we had a team of people working on it, cooperating to make sure needs were met and things were getting done. But when you only have two half disinterested people with their own important things to do, it immediately becomes apparent just how hard being a single parent to a family of several dozen people is.

All of this, combined with our own piles of personal things we have to deal with has just boiled down to nothing getting done and nobody wanting to get anything done.

With that, we regret to inform you that we are permanently closing down the society. Maintaining it is tiring and stressful and none of us in higher ranks really want to do it. However, we appreciate your interest and dedication in our cause. If you are still interested in joining a group similar to what we strive to be, I would like to direct you all to the Animal Jam Special Agents Stopping Scammers, our sister society run by one of my friends. Our Discord server will stay up for now as just a general Animal Jam chat room, but we don’t quite know how active it’ll be. The blog will also be staying up for old time’s sake.

We’ll be signing off for the last time today. Thank you for these rocky, stressful, but all-in-all enjoyable four and a half years, I’ll never forget them or the experiences we all had here. Now go out and have a good time.