Passing the D20: The BBS is Leveling Up with New Moderators

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Ooh, does this mean that there’s a moderator manual? And did they read it?

No, but seriously, this is great news. This is going to send our signal-to-noise ratio through the roof. (I mean, it’s high already, but we are already asking way too much of Orenwolf to achieve it.)

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Excellent news!

Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to the new mods!

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I am not sure about worship. Spammers will definitely come to fear me and tremble in my presence. There are a LOT of them trying to sign up every day.

Thanks to everyone for the welcome :grin:.

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Don’t say that. You have loads of friends in this very thread, @orenwolf .

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Sigh.

“MetaFilter turns 25 this month, a shining beacon of the Good Web. Reluctant owner Jessamyn West tells us how rusty tech and vibrant community keeps it vital.”

MeFi’s b’day is Sunday. I haven’t been there all that time but I have been lately. Here’s a podcast talking about some of the challenges of moderating a very different web than the one we had in '99

Of particular note is the auto-generated transcript which misses words like Gopher, NNTP and Usenet :lolsob:

https://publicinfrastructure.org/podca

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“A very different web” indeed.
An iteration currently dang near unrecognizable, I’d say. A ghost of its former self.

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But Boing Boing, and the BBS, carry on, due in no small part to the incredible community of mutants here.

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… and that’s why so many of us are here, have stayed here, and care about this place.

Thanks for the work you do. It’s a lot. It’s invisible to many. And it’s like the air we breathe–essential.

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I bow to she who even disease fears :slight_smile:

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Bowing isn’t necessary, really. I’m pretty casual about all of that. :grin:

I will say this: our goals for this community are largely summed up by the Guidelines and the Forum Rules– both in their letter and in their spirit. (It’s never a bad idea to take another look at them, and the other Word of Mods, to better understand what’s expected of EVERYONE who participates here.) As long as posts remain within those Guidelines, things stay groovy. Any posts that cross those lines (or dance on the pixel-thin edge of the rules with obvious intention to inflame and provoke) will get om-nom-nommed with relish. :cucumber:

Please play nice. :smiling_face_with_three_hearts::hugs:

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It does, though.
I am of the opinion that it would not be wise to ignore this, or claim it wouldn’t be the case.

Identity of a person is reflected in their decisions. Moderation is hard, and @orenwolf, you do a great job. I trust you because your decisions in the past, and the explanations you provided often in great transparency, and moderation.

I hope no-one misunderstands me - I welcome our new moderators and give them the benefit of the doubt. But of course it affects my flag that I know they have been here for a while, and they wear a different hat on the same head now.

You guys -
Thanks for taking that hat! May it whisper to you, and help you sort past, present, and future! :hugs:

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cool!

as someone who has done a bit of monderating it’s a time consuming job, sometimes a bit thankless.

So, I’ll offer my thanks right now.

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