j5 wrote:I believe Adder has intentionally "gone dark". He mentioned in the past (either on his blog or here or at TilTeed, I don't recall) that he was doing so.
Tilteed wasn't really Adder's site, I think he just "worked" there (I'm not sure if curators were paid, need to ask JadenKale since she's still somewhat active here...I think). Therefore, I don't think there is causation between the decline of Tilteed and Adder's departure, unless you consider the failure of the former to have a dispiriting effect on the latter to such an extent that Adder "gave up"
Is it sad that I know this?
I can answer many of these questions, beginning with "Where's Adder?"
Adder is still fighting the good fight against all tee failings on the web, but he has become quiet about it since October, when Tilteed asked us to discontinue being curators there. (And as paigeg said, "a bought of disinterest" doesn't help.) To be honest, I felt the need to lay low as well... to a certain degree... because Tilteed never informed customers or artists that they were going to pretty much shut down operations, save for the pieces Patrick (the owner) has the rights to sell. We were left with our hands full of artists in various positions of curating (we had a month and a half's worth of artists lined up - with contracts completed - waiting for print dates) when we were told we basically wouldn't be working for them anymore. We were wary of it happening, but the blow was immediate, painful, and the feelings of all members involved were hurt. It wasn't pretty.
For the next three months, if he got even HALF the emails I did when Tilteed stopped all attempts to promote the site, he was still wading through a ton of stuff. I was swamped. The worst was needing to decide who would know a bit of what had happened, and simply telling others, "Sorry, but feel free to offer your work to other sites". We didn't give up. We actually tried to come up with ways to keep the site going so people could continue to send us work. Most every solution we came up with was shot down or unfeasible, financially.
So after Tilteed's short lived "Daily Limiteds" and nearly 2 years of Limiteds, Adder and I were on the streets, so to speak. We were a month into fall, he had schooling to attend to, and I started a second job to make ends meet, now that I had lost the small amount of supplementary income I had coming in.
Fast forward to now. I've got a lot of free time on my hands, so I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things, though I'm hoping I can get some support again.
As for Adder... he's going abroad to study in Italy, so he may be out of touch with the tee world for even longer. I don't think he'll have a regular an internet connection there.