I've been visiting /. for twelve or thirteen years. I was first introduced by a coworker and true geek. I've never reached beyond the level of a wannabegeek, but I've enjoyed /. immensely and learned much from it.
I truly appreciate what you and your partners started so many years ago. I truly hope that your departure is of your own choosing, and amicable.
I sincerely hope that you've been adequately compensated for what you've given the community over the years. I also sincerely hope you find peace, happiness, and compensation in your future.
For myself I want to thank you for having made me look far more intelligent and capable than I really am. Things I have learned of on /. have made me look good on more than one occasion.
Both from me, and many others I know, I simply want to say THANK YOU for /.