There already is a JK editing community that has no signs of going away any time soon, and that's JKHub. Massassi hasn't had anything to do with JK editing revitalization for years. I think it's pointless at this point to go "hey, I know how we can all get back to editing JK, and it's going to involve blackjack and hookers- actually forget about the JK editing".
Honestly, I think that Gebohq and the ISB crowd should be given the time they need to finish their projects and after that CoolMatty can really do whatever he wants. Of course, he can already do that at any point in time but still.
As the creator of the globally* most popular post-Drazen JK level
(whopping 12 reviews against 3.5k downloads!), the only occasions when increased download activity or interest pops up for JK is when someone actually popular
goes ahead and features the game or when there's a game re-release
(and the last one before that one was in 2009).
* = As in, outside the usual JK communities
And as you can see from the GOG comments, most of them are on the lines of "hey I remember this game from when I was a kid, nice to revisit this one again, shame about not actually being modern-system compatible
". No comments (yet) like "hey, I remember being an insufferable c*** at Microsoft Zone in the late 1990s and I AM CURRENTLY REMEMBERING being an insufferable c*** right now!", by the way.
But then there's this oddity (which I guess proves my earlier point wrong): standalone release of DBZ:TDIR
. Over 8k downloads.
Is it popular because JK MP is so great
or that the game is just a masterpiece of eternal proportions
? Or is it because DBZ is f***ing popular and the DBZ fans who have downloaded TDIR don't give a flying toss about the game itself?*
* = Or is it because Earth's Defense Force for Half-Life is eternally under development?
(By the way, standalone releases like that are specifically prohibited by the JK EULA but guess how much LEC/Disney cares. In fact, that release was deleted from ModDB once but it didn't take too long for it to be reuploaded and it's been there ever since.)
In other words,
keeping Massassi alive has and hasn't had anything to do with JK editing in years, it certainly won't be a part of it now, so if someone really wants to take up the effort to keep the forums alive (or even update the software), well, that'd be nice. But may be unlikely.
Yet like zanardi (an actually talented JK editor who has moved on to actual 3D editing software and has an actual life! I love you, man), this site has affected- no, effected me way too much for over half of my life. Which is why I think that I should be allowed to make the last forum post (that and it'd be absolutely fitting considering all of those threads on which I posted last and they were never posted in again). Unless Brian wants to do it. That damn kayaker!