I started Mu-43.com in December of 2009. From the outset, my goals for the site were that it would be a nice, friendly place for a community of people who like me were enthusiastic about the Micro 4/3 system. I hoped but never expected that it would develop into the kind of wonderful, active community we have today. How did we come this far? To begin with, we've been fortunate to have a truly amazing group of members. Along the way, it's taken a lot of hard work from the forum leaders: Streetshooter, BBW, and Brian Mosley. Some of the newer members may not know Brian Mosley, a wonderful, encouraging, positive admin who had a major role in creating the community that we now enjoy. Brian had to depart months ago due to a very demanding long-term work project, and he is greatly missed. Hopefully he will be back with us before too long. One of the downsides to having a community of photographers who share a common gear system is that some of the friends we develop here decide to move partially or completely when they become users of a different brand or system of gear. Many of you know that I also started a forum at the site of my old blog, SeriousCompacts.com, and one of the best things about that site is that some of our friends met here at Mu-43 who no longer shoot Micro Four Thirds remain easy to find "across the hall" at Serious Compacts. This really hit home for me recently when BB (BBW) decided to give up her Super Moderator position here at Mu-43 while continuing to lead over at Serious Compacts. BB has been with me here, it seems like, from the beginning. As much as anyone, BB fostered the spirit of welcome and encouragement that is so pervasive here. On a personal note, I went through some tough moments with this site. Without BB keeping me sane, I'm sure that I wouldn't have stuck with it. With mixed emotions, I now write to announce that Don Springer (Streetshooter) will be stepping down from his position as admin here at Mu-43 and joining BB as an administrator at Serious Compacts. Like Brian and BB, Don has given tremendously of himself to make Mu-43.com what it is today. I can't overstate how important he has been to this site. Yet like BB, Don has moved on from Micro Four Thirds. He now has a growing interest in Sony NEX, and I have no doubt that he and BB will make an amazing team on the other site. After writing about how important Brian, BB, and Don have been to Mu-43.com and how all three have moved on from our admin/moderator team, it is natural to wonder what will become of this site. The bottom line is that I think we're going to continue to flourish, and here's why: Our members: A community as talented, friendly, and encouraging as this one is a rarity. I can't say that I've seen another photography forum like it. I remain committed to this site and more enthusiastic than ever about the Micro 4/3 system. With Don stepping down as admin and Brian Mosley on a sabbatical of undetermined duration, I will be resuming the day to day admin role here at Mu-43.com. New leaders: Our new Super Moderator Alan Roseman has been incredibly welcoming, encouraging, and helpful to other members: exactly the spirit that makes our membership so special. Alan and I are in the process of finding another Super Moderator to help us in our endeavor to continually improve this home for Micro 4/3 users on the web. [April 6 update: https://www.mu-43.com/f68/luckypenguin-new-mu-43-super-moderator-10990/] Please join me in thanking Don for all that he has done at Mu-43 and wishing him well as an admin at Serious Compacts. Like BB, Don has many friends on this site. It's good to know that while they are stepping away from these leadership positions, they will continue to participate here as well as across the hall.