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Mumbling moderator

Posted 07-26-2012 at 09:35 AM by Xyon

Yeah, I totally forgot this thing existed again. Oh well.

It's been quite a year for me. I've met a new partner, had a new baby (bringing my progeny total to 3 now), moved house, changed jobs, and I'm in the planning phase of starting a business to undercut the service I already provide (because the price is wayyy inflated).

In short, much has changed, and I think at the moment all for the better. Things finally settled out long enough for me to practically sit down and "do orbiter" again, as my better half puts it; this could be either flying a launch or moderating someone here on the forum, it all comes under the same title. .

While some might appreciate this and others not, actively participating in a community takes a good deal of time and concentration - being a staff member in that community probably doubly so, really. I wouldn't pretend I read every post on the board (I think that's what we have Orb for) - but then I don't need to, since we're a staffing team rather than a bunch of individuals (who might have their own agendas on who to ban and who not, etc).

I love it, though. Particularly when the result is amicable, it reinforces the concept that we are making the right decisions and that the rules work and all the rest. When it's not, we look at the process and the rules and consider if we need to change them.

Honestly, 90% of the time the answer is "no". Because, yanno, head over to a hundred other forums on any topic and you'll see a broad spectrum of what's allowed and what isn't - what's being tried by various board owners and their staff, and if it works or not.

We remember M6, or at least I do. And the flaming inferno it became in the end. Alright, perhaps it's an example a little extreme, but I honestly believe the system we have ensures you get a fair deal even when you're being infracted (my defacto answer of just "BAN ALL THE FORUM" is thankfully ignored ), and that the rules we have give the staff the capacity to keep this place and its 8,000+ members happy, safe and able to use the board for its primary purpose.

This is just what I think, but it makes me happy to be part of the team responsible for the creation and protection of this community as it currently is, mostly (if you don't look in the basement anyway) flamewar free.

Here's to the board, to the staff and to all the members of it (yay sappy I know) - I love signing in here every day. Don't you?
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    IronRain's Avatar
    I love signing in here every day. Don't you?

    Posted 07-26-2012 at 10:07 AM by IronRain IronRain is offline
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    Urwumpe's Avatar
    What about installing some Admiralty three-drum boilers in the Bacement for powering the server?

    Posted 07-26-2012 at 12:01 PM by Urwumpe Urwumpe is offline
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    Spacethingy's Avatar

    Right on! (In fact, OF is one of the very few net sites I have "keep me signed in" checked for... )
    Posted 07-26-2012 at 12:17 PM by Spacethingy Spacethingy is offline
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    garyw's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Urwumpe View Comment
    What about installing some Admiralty three-drum boilers in the Bacement for powering the server?

    Tut! We are a green forum, can't have pollution reaching the upper levels of the forum.

    Great post Xyon. From my point of view it's humbling to be a part of the staff and fantastic to be part of the community as a whole.
    Posted 07-26-2012 at 01:03 PM by garyw garyw is offline
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    Samuel Edwards's Avatar
    It seems like you have a busy life. Xyon. Remember, family is very important, and so is your orbiter time. Don't let them conflict though.

    Have a good life, and if you need to take a break, go for it. You've more than earned some PTO.

    Posted 07-26-2012 at 01:45 PM by Samuel Edwards Samuel Edwards is offline
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    Eli13's Avatar
    Hey just know that all your efforts (all the staff) don't go unnoticed and unappreciated. Here's to you!

    Posted 07-26-2012 at 05:58 PM by Eli13 Eli13 is offline
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    Codz's Avatar
    Great post, and I completely agree that this is a wonderful community.
    Posted 07-26-2012 at 11:29 PM by Codz Codz is offline
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    Izack's Avatar
    I'll be honest on this point - signing in has become more enjoyable since leaving the staff, and thus losing the ability to see the basement.

    It's great to see you happy with your moderating duties, and great to see a clean, spam/flame-free forum (haven't had more than a few twitches from the mod-senses, 90% regarding oversized signatures...you fellows are fast as always.)
    Posted 07-27-2012 at 12:35 AM by Izack Izack is offline
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    Xyon's Avatar
    That's usually orb. Sometimes I swear he's just a vbulletin hack posing as an administrator. The man just sits listening to the GET requests coming into the server, waiting for the ones that don't add up quite right... 0-second response time.
    Posted 07-27-2012 at 05:31 PM by Xyon Xyon is offline
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    Izack's Avatar
    Yep. A regular Heimdallr he is.
    Posted 07-28-2012 at 12:05 AM by Izack Izack is offline

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