Natty, you know I have respect for you as man an as mapmaker so please don't think I'm writing this post to defend the site or something like that, nor to argue with you.
I'm writing this post just for make things clear about the fact you said the admins stole your map idea.
- You posted the map (April, 7th @ 19:14) (my time zone)
- I asked you to keep the map on hold (April, 7th @ 19:53)
- I asked to the admins (April, 7th @ 19:45)
- I received an official answer (April, 9th @ 17:14) with precise instructions
- I sent you a PM, the one quoted in the OP, two days later (April, 11th @ 11:53) - sorry for waiting 2 days but you know I'm busy sometimes
- The first time I received info about this admin project was on March, 28th and it was confirmed to me on March, 30th
So, even if you already know my opinion about this whole thing (i'm not going to post here the things we discussed in private) and even if you certainly know that it wasn't simple for me to tell you to stop with that map, your assertion about the admins stealing your map idea is false.
Moreover, knowing the admins working time line I bet this project is born really much much earlier than yours.
And just for the record, you should say all the truth, I know Andy has given you an answer:
AndyDufresne wrote:You can still certainly develop World XL, we aren't really stopping you on that front....Omissis....We just did not want you investing your effort into something that may end up the similar gameplay. But you can certainly create a World XL map if you think it has unique enough gameplay different from the map we'll be releasing and if the Foundry supports it like any other map.
So, for what I can understand, he said you to wait a bit (and you have to wait till we decide the new supersize limits anyway), look the map they will realease IN the foundry for a public review, and then if you have support and if it's unique enough continue your map project.
Said that, we have already talked about this and I don't think your current feelings/thoughts are caused by this map but for a sum of things. You know that I'm saying the truth.
Listen to me, take your time, relax, refresh your mind and come back stronger!