On the forum, retiring is a word that is used for no more than a 24 hour period in which users create a general post announcing their retirement. These posts often consist of titles such as “Goodbye”, “Goodbye Infinite Flight”, and “Goodbye Everyone”. Retiring users often thank the staff, moderators, and the people on the IFC or members within their VA. The latter tend to be more affectionate when reading these posts responding with the likes of “No please don’t go!”, “Sorry to see you go.”, and “There’s no reason you have to retire over this.” After a few have their cake, the post is quickly closed by a moderator to prevent a huge dogpile. It is also important to note that sometimes, retirements occur because of a lack of judgement on the expert server commonly resulting in a ghost.
During this period, the retiring user will often walk away for a few hours, maybe take a walk, have dinner, or to go sleep. Without fail, this user returns the next day and thanks everyone for their kind words while they were away. This is not to be confused with a hiatus, which actually tends to last longer than a retirement. Also, it is important to take into account the users age: younger users tend to have shorter retirements, also known as bedtime.
This post is not meant to be taken seriously or literally of course. This post is meant to be satirical in nature and is not directed at any specific retired users. If you are seriously thinking of retiring and making an announcement, thanks for contributing to this great community. And if you decide to come back, we’ll all be here waiting for your return. Cheers!