I just saw this thread. I'm heartbroken. Hermes always treated me with respect and was a great person to interact with.
For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol.
"The world, no matter how monstrously it may be threatened, has never been known to succumb entirely" - The Little Snicket Lad
I am no longer active on this forum, but being part of the community here (which I am happy to see is still thriving!) was a formative part of my teenage years. Hermes was a huge, huge role model for me. I discovered the forum primarily by the (first) Great Re-Read, where I spent hours reading and re-reading in great detail each idea put forward there, a huge number of which came from Hermes (in discussion with Dante). This opened my eyes not just to an immense amount of details in my favourite book series, but to a world of media literacy and critical thinking.
Participating in this forum improved my writing skills, critical thinking skills, my sense of self and discovery of an identity. It taught me a lot of important social norms, like how to communicate positively, inspire the best from others, write praising feedback and constructive criticism, and stay open-minded. Hermes' endless patience and politeness was a large part of this. He will be greatly missed, but he lives on in our hearts.
Just logged in for the first time in a while and I'm so sad to hear this news. I've always struggled with being too shy to post my work or talk with others in online fan spaces but Hermes definitely played a huge part in making 667 a very welcoming place, I always loved reading his thoughts and discussions.