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Former Community Manager
"Obtaining knowledge isn't the same as taking a guess, educated or otherwise, so there isn't a need to play off how sure you are of things you don't know."
Jonathan Brown (alias Zarhym, previous aliases Timbal and Batta) is a former Blizzard employee and a Community Manager for the US World of Warcraft forums. Brown is believed to have joined Blizzard in 2005, and was introduced to the community on the forums on June 13, 2008 by Eyonix. Zarhym is also found in-game on the Timeless Isle as a ghostly skull resembling Brown's forum avatar.
Zarhym abruptly left Blizzard on Friday, March 10, 2016, with no official "goodbye thread" as is typical of departing community managers. His next career move was previously unknown, but he has since surfaced as a Community Manager with long-time friend Bashiok at NCSOFT West.
Before posting as Zarhym, Jonathan posted as Timbal.
Timbal was a US moderator staff, usually taking care of the graveyard shift. This typically means he dealt with the more blatant and offensive trolls who believe that because there are fewer moderators on, their posts will remain up until morning. Frequent posters in the Off Topic forum had a rather cordial relationship with him, due to how frequently they interact.
- Eyonix's Introduction
Welcome Zarhym! | 2008-06-13 00:00 | Eyonix
- Zarhym's response
Welcome Zarhym! | 2008-06-13 00:00 | Zarhym
His birthday appears to be May 22. Bornakk posted with this message to Zarhym:
Re: Recent In-Game Fixes | 2009-05-22 00:00 | Bornakk
Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday Zarhym! Happy Birthday to you!
Zarhym and Bashiok are big fans of Puscifer - a band that shares the vocalist of Tool. At one point, Zarhym had lyrics from a Puscifer song as his forum signature. Puscifer member Josh Eustis was invited to visit Blizzard HQ, and Zarhym posted a photo afterwards to Facebook and Instagram.
At Dragon*Con 2012, Zarhym was presented with the very first "Community Manager of the Year" award. Blizzard won "Best Community Management team" as well.
- ^ Russell Brower on Twitter (2015-07-16). Retrieved on 2015-11-07. Johnathan Brown's name appears in the image under "10 Years" of service
- ^ @BellularGaming on Twitter (2016-03-10). “@HeelvsBabyface Damn :/ Got a source on it? Couldnt find an announcement from them”
- ^ Zarhym on Twitter (2016-03-10). “Thanks for all the well wishes. I'm no longer with Blizzard & won't be using this Twitter account anymore. You can reach me @talkingcongas.”
- ^ See Crithto and Bashiok as recent examples.
- ^ Bahamutzero-Illidan 2016-03-11. Zarhym is gone and no sendoff why Blizzard?!.
- ^ Jonathan Brown on Twitter (2016-03-10). “Dunno yet what the future holds, but I've met countless fantastic folks these last 11 years. <3”
- ^ Jonathan Brown on Twitter (2016-05-17). “New gig day one! Nobody warned me I'd be stuck with this guy again... @ NCSOFT West https://instagram.com/p/BFh5O2vG1aC/ @micahwhipple”
- ^ CM_Zarhym on Twitter (2012-11-06). Retrieved on 2015-11-07. "Hired as GM. CS forum launched '06; joined as Batta. '07 became forum mod Timbal. Before Wrath became Zarhym!"
- ^ http://www.guildlaunch.com/blog/index.php/2012/09/guild-launch-presents-inaugural-dragon-slayer-awards