Hello! Welcome to the Friday open thread, where I mourn the impending departure of long-time Lifehacker editor Whitson Gordon and wish him luck in his new role as offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys.

As many of you know, Hackerspace started off as a reader-run spinoff of Lifehacker. As a blog run entirely by volunteers, it faced a supply problem from the very beginning. Without writers, no one had a reason to visit. Without readers, no one had a reason to write. Whitson helped prevent Hackerspace from devolving into ruin in two ways. He allowed us to run the open thread every Friday, which gave us the exposure we needed to attract new readers. He - and Andy Orin - also routinely picked out the best posts from Hackerspace and shared them to Lifehacker. That was important too, because the chance to have our work seen by the massive number of eyeballs that read Lifehacker everyday gave many of us the motivation to start writing.

So thanks, Whitson, for keeping us alive for two and a half years (hashtag whoa) and for always being accessible. We’re sorry to see you go. Good luck in the National Football League.

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