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A Very Important Announcement For You

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Today we have an important announcement to make for you, the GOL community. Before you go reading any further, please remain calm and read the whole article through before making any rushed decisions or leaving comments.

Liam, the founder and the chief editor of GamingOnLinux, has taken a break from writing for the website. He has had rough times for a while and it hasn't helped that he works online, where he's also exposed to a lot of hatred or comments he might interpret as being hateful. I'm not saying that you should feel guilty for any criticism you've left on the website, because I'm sure that many of you haven't meant it in a bad way.

Liam believes that his situation is rather serious and we should respect his decision to do something else for a while to clear up the things in his personal life. I ask you not to be angry at him. We all have our share of setbacks in life and Liam has had a plenty of them recently. It's not our job to judge whether or not he's capable of running the website at this moment, nor should we judge if these setbacks are his fault. We can only hope that he can get up on his feet soon.

So, what does this mean for the website?

Well, first of we are not going to simply give up and disappear. I will continue to write for GOL and I hope that other editors will also do that. But the rate of articles might be seriously affected. Liam was responsible for a huge majority of the articles per month and we might not be able to reach his speed. So, I'm asking for the community to step up and help us.

Many of you might already be aware of the possibility to write your own articles. This functionality has been around for at least as long as I've been involved in GOL. So, I'm asking you to help us by contributing articles about anything related to Linux gaming. Reviews, opinion pieces, organized events, giveaways, tutorials and news articles are all welcome. You won't be doing it for nothing either. If you submit enough quality articles, you will be given a “Contributing Editor” badge and eventually you might get promoted to full Editor status. These ranks will allow you to get premium features, like themes, an ad-less experience and any of the future premium features that we might add.

You can find the link to the article editor in the side-bar under the “Popular this week” and “View by category” sections. The link is named “Submit Article”, you can't miss it.

If you want more information about writing articles for GOL, feel free to pop into our IRC channel to ask questions or simply chat with us.

What about the GOL Supporters and Patreon patrons?

Supporters and patrons are the our biggest source of income, as far as I know. We've been mostly relying on your contributions to stay afloat. That means that you are very important for us, so losing you would be catastrophic. We'll try to keep up the quality you paid to support and we will do our best to get you your supporter badges if you have already paid for those.

Things might be a bit hectic for a while as we figure out how things like server costs, donation/ad incomes, user badges and article writing are handled. I'll try my best to keep in touch with Liam so that we can get everything sorted out.

Thank you for your support and keep calm. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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I'm a Linux gamer from Finland. I like reading, long walks on the beach, dying repeatedly in roguelikes and ripping and tearing in FPS games. I also sometimes write code and sometimes that includes hobbyist game development.
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scaine 16 Aug, 2014
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Really sad news. I'll continue to contribute to the Funding Crowd as best I can and maybe have a stab at an article, where, in the past, I would just have left a tip (using the Submit Tip feature, or dropping Liam an email).

Hope things turn around for Liam.
Liam Dawe 16 Aug, 2014
I am not going anywhere guys just taking a little time out to work on a few things. I will be around to make sure the site doesn't die and can help co-ordinate behind the scenes, but for a while at least there won't be much in the way of articles directly from me.

So don't fret too much ;)

Life has a way sometimes of doing the worst, and some family troubles and health stuff is affecting me a little too much.

With all of that "stuff" going on it's been a little hard to handle the negativity I get from all corners of the 'net at the moment.

Peace & Love.
fabertawe 16 Aug, 2014
I wish Liam the very best, he will certainly be missed. Hopefully we will see his return at some point.

I've always been amazed by the sheer amount of work he puts into the site and a break is deserved.
Eike 16 Aug, 2014
Real Life is much more important than gaming.

Liam, best whishes to you.

How I hate like some people are behaving in the net... :-(
Ivancillo 16 Aug, 2014
I wish to expres my gratitude for this website.


I check it a couple of times a day and I found it very interesting.
It also entertains me.
And I use the Sales section as my basis for purschase games.

Normally I have Ad-block Edge activated; but from now I'll disconect it for this page.


To Liam :


I know people were dicks sometimes and that the World's top sport is to criticize in Internet.
Many times that critics were by uneducated people who like to troll.

I've got insulted in Internet in various forums only because someone didn't share my point of view.
At first it disturbed me a lot. But does because I took it serious and personal.

So that's the trick : Don't take that dick's comments seriously.


Best wishes to you pal. I expect to read you again very soon.
Samsai 16 Aug, 2014
Keep in mind that it's not just the trolls and hatemail that made Liam stop writing. It's the combined effect of that and recent events in his personal life. Under normal circumstances Liam would be capable of just ignoring those posts but not now.
Cunningman 16 Aug, 2014
In a case like this, it's best to just ignore the negatives and continue doing what you enjoy to do.

This site is a valuable service if you are a Linux gamer. There's no better place on the net with up to date Linux gaming news than this one.
MayeulC 16 Aug, 2014
I wish you the best, Liam. I hope you'll be back soon as the main site editor :)

I would be interested in helping writing articles (I wrote one, brief article about Space Pioneer once), but I don't know if my English skills are up to the task. Moreover, I don't know how the coordination is done internally to reduce work duplication...
zirlo 16 Aug, 2014
Quoting: liamdaweI am not going anywhere guys just taking a little time out to work on a few things. I will be around to make sure the site doesn't die and can help co-ordinate behind the scenes, but for a while at least there won't be much in the way of articles directly from me.

So don't fret too much ;)

Life has a way sometimes of doing the worst, and some family troubles and health stuff is affecting me a little too much.

With all of that "stuff" going on it's been a little hard to handle the negativity I get from all corners of the 'net at the moment.

Peace & Love.

I was really worried until I read that.
Qantourisc 16 Aug, 2014
/me also looks annoyed at troll and hatemail senders...

It's usually the combination of little things that get you down :/
Best of luck getting your life back in order Liam !
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