Yes, it is a sad time indeed that retro has stepped down as admin to take care of some things in his life. For the record it was his decision alone and he will be greatly missed.
He did excellent work here from inception with the set-up, moderating, and administrative duties.
And of course, I welcome Ben to fill that role and know he will continue to do well.
Dhamma Wheel would not be what it is today (the most popular, most visited Buddhist forum on the internet) were it not for Paul. He is not only a co-founder, but kept it together when times got tough and had a level-headed, compassionate, liberal moderating style. I cannot say enough good things about him and whatever I say is an understatement.
He is the one who encouraged me to assist him with the starting of a Buddhist forum, primarily geared to Theravada. And then when this forum went well, it was his encouragement again to start a Mahayana forum (Dharma Wheel), appropriately with the same type of name and design, but with the different spelling for the language of the tradition.