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wifehad5 posted 9/6/2013 15:13 PM

The other day I realized that I had been a moderator here for over a year. The same goes for Jo and AN. This was a big realization and made me reflect back on my days here at SI.

I still remember finding SI for the first time just over six years ago. I was very frustrated that it took 30 or so minutes for my membership to be approved. I also remember how relieved I was that people responded to my first post, and actually understood! Not long after I found DS’s profile and realized that you actually could survive this.

After a while, it was time to move to the next step. We attended a Get together. In attendance were Threnody and Mr. T, Fallen and others. Going to that was totally out of my comfort zone. BR was afraid she’d be stoned as a WS. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to hold a conversation with Thren. It turned out to be amazing, life changing even. Since then we’ve hosted several ourselves, and attended them all over the US and Canada.

Throughout this all I saw the staff, and wondered how SI worked. The mods were all funny, compassionate, and didn’t hesitate to step in when necessary. They all seemed healed. That was something I aspired to. A funny thing happened as time passed. Healing did happen. Mine, BR’s, our marriage. Almost two years ago I was asked to be a Guide, and just over a year ago a Mod. It’s an honor that I don’t take lightly. As I recall I moved a thread accidentally on my first day.

Thinking about this all made me think of some of the things I always wondered, and some of the questions I’ve seen. I’d like to take this opportunity to answer some of those questions, and then open it up for the rest of you to ask questions for the Staff to answer.

• We Moderate to the Guidelines. Please take a moment to read them if you haven’t recently.
• Yes we can see who is active on the site. No we can’t tell which forum you’re on.
• It’s not personal. We don’t flag or PM because we don’t like “you”. We flag or PM because you’ve done something to violate the Guidelines.
• If we send a PM, at least acknowledge it. Did you get the point? Did it piss you off? Do you understand? Let us know.
• We don’t do anything unilaterally. We always discuss an issue before acting.
• We universally hate the Phrase “No Stop Sign So…..”
• Someone is almost always here, even if you don’t see us. We see you.
• Yes we read every post. We don’t always read them as soon as they’re written, but we get to them.

That’s it for a start. Feel free to ask any other questions you might have

lieshurt posted 9/6/2013 15:17 PM

We universally hate the Phrase “No Stop Sign So…..”

I'd like to make a motion to ban anybody who uses this phrase ever again. Will somebody second this motion?

authenticnow posted 9/6/2013 15:23 PM

***waves hand in the air wildly***

wifehad5 posted 9/6/2013 15:30 PM

StillGoing posted 9/6/2013 15:31 PM

Yes we read every post. We don’t always read them as soon as they’re written, but we get to them.

Well.. shit. Sorry.

lieshurt posted 9/6/2013 15:31 PM

Luv ya AN!

authenticnow posted 9/6/2013 15:33 PM

RyeBread posted 9/6/2013 15:35 PM

No Stop Sign So…

Just thought I would say thanks for all you mods do

Williesmom posted 9/6/2013 15:36 PM

No stop sign, soo....

I can't believe it's been a year already. Seems like just yesterday.

Every one of the mods/guides kick ass. Thank you so much for being there.

authenticnow posted 9/6/2013 15:37 PM

Oy, WH5, look what you started .

Aubrie posted 9/6/2013 16:08 PM

We universally hate the Phrase “No Stop Sign So…..”

So I'm not the only one who grits their teeth when I see this?

Congrats y'all on Modding for a year+. Keep up the good work.

Deeply Scared posted 9/6/2013 16:13 PM

I was just telling MH the other day how great you all (Guides too!!!) have fit in and come together

It is such a joy to hang with you all in the Mod forum and Guide ditch...MH and I are so, so blessed to have you here and in our lives

Thank you so much!!! You all truly do make a difference!!

20WrongsVs1 posted 9/6/2013 16:16 PM

I'm a troublemaker who's been flagged/warned/chastised and I recognize how difficult your job must be. Thank you for doing it.

Watching SportsCenter just now, and on the little blackboard over his shoulder Woody Paige has written:

If people could read my mind, I'd get punched in the face a lot.

That would've been pre-DDay 20W's tagline

Sal1995 posted 9/6/2013 16:16 PM

NO...STOP...SIGN...SO...

What's up?

Love what you mods do, keep up the good work.

SuperDuperWonderboy posted 9/6/2013 16:28 PM

I am glad that everyone of my contributions get seen!

(but seriously, thanks to you, all the guides, and MH and DS for all you do---as well as the rest of the SI community)

unfound posted 9/6/2013 16:35 PM

Is there really a chinchilla covered lounger and fancy soaps in the Mod bathroom?

WH5, I remember when you and BR came on SI . You've both come such a long way and are both an inspiration, as a couple and now, you, as a Mod, as are our other Mods and Guides.

I can't imagine the time and hard work you put in behind the scenes, but I appreciate it more than you'll ever know.

Here's to your first year, and many more to follow!!!

click4it posted 9/6/2013 16:42 PM

I'm one of the longest quirky members of SI. Sorry its my home and I'm not leaving.

I wonder if y'all talk about the old members who don't go away?

wifehad5 posted 9/6/2013 16:42 PM

They've outsourced the bathroom

Skan posted 9/6/2013 17:13 PM

Another beginning I personally hate is "I haven't read all the responses but blah blah blah."

h0peless posted 9/6/2013 17:27 PM

We universally hate the Phrase “No Stop Sign So…..”

I always thought that was sort of like someone calling into a radio show and saying "Long time listener, first time caller!" You know, sort of obligatory.

And then there was the time when I said "I see that there's a stop sign but I'm going to post anyway... Note to anybody else who is rule following challenged: You'll miss out on a lot of the really good non stop sign threads in Wayward if you do that.

[This message edited by h0peless at 5:30 PM, September 6th (Friday)]

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