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Old 07-05-2018, 06:58 PM
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The new Straight Dope administrator ...

... you're soaking in it.

(I only have 22 years of experience with the site.)

I'm on the job starting now. I'm having to figure it out as I go, so I apologize in advance for any missteps and ask for your forbearance.

With the dimming of our Cecil Adams guiding star, and the huge Ed-shaped hole in The Straight Dope Universe, now we have to gather up our scattered sh--stuff, our scattered stuff and go forward.

We have not heard the last of either of them and I look forward to their next appearances.

As we go on and I get up in this thing I will be appealing to all of you, to "the better angels of our nature;" we need all of you to come along with us. Dopers bring deep energy and powerful juju; you've done some really cool things over the years and we absolutely encourage you to keep on doing so.

Talk to me here, send me a message, email me: tubadiva@aol.com

It's a developing story. There's a lot of I dunno, especially right about now." But I expect even more of "we'll find out." Help me do that, please.

(I wouldn't mind a prayer or two neither.)

Thanks.

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Old 07-05-2018, 07:01 PM
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Congratulations, I think? Do you get a new mug?
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:03 PM
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... you're soaking in it.
Gross. I get the reference, but still...gross. Let's put this down as misstep #1 and move forward.
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:08 PM
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What happened to Ed Zotti?
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:10 PM
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Madge the manicurist says relax your soaking in it, softens hands while you administer the dope. Best of luck!
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:11 PM
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What happened to Ed Zotti?
He's... on a farm... upstate.
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:11 PM
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Congratulations, I think? Do you get a new mug?
What do you think the Palmolive is for? Why spring for a new mug when the old one can be washed?
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:12 PM
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What happened to Ed Zotti?
I presume that Ed was let go by the Reader and/or the Sun-Times, due to the column no longer needing editing.


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Old 07-05-2018, 07:16 PM
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:17 PM
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Good choice. I feel much better. You have way more gorm than Ed anyway.
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:17 PM
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I presume that Ed was let go by the Reader and/or the Sun-Times, due to the column no longer needing editing.


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Old 07-05-2018, 07:21 PM
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He's... on a farm... upstate.

You do realize that upstate from Chicago is probably Kenosha, ... Wisconsin.




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Old 07-05-2018, 07:22 PM
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TDiva: Breathing a sigh of relief, I am.

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Old 07-05-2018, 07:22 PM
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... you're soaking in it.

(I only have 22 years of experience with the site.)

I'm on the job starting now. I'm having to figure it out as I go, so I apologize in advance for any missteps and ask for your forbearance.

With the dimming of our Cecil Adams guiding star, and the huge Ed-shaped hole in The Straight Dope Universe, now we have to gather up our scattered sh--stuff, our scattered stuff and go forward.

We have not heard the last of either of them and I look forward to their next appearances.

As we go on and I get up in this thing I will be appealing to all of you, to "the better angels of our nature;" we need all of you to come along with us. Dopers bring deep energy and powerful juju; you've done some really cool things over the years and we absolutely encourage you to keep on doing so.

Talk to me here, send me a message, email me: tubadiva@aol.com

It's a developing story. There's a lot of I dunno, especially right about now." But I expect even more of "we'll find out." Help me do that, please.

(I wouldn't mind a prayer or two neither.)

Thanks.

Jenny
still your humble TubaDiva
Wait, so does this mean you're in charge now? You can do whatever you damn well please? I assume this means we'll finally be getting the long-rumored forum, The Tuba Hole.
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:23 PM
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I hope you enjoy your new mug, please donít let the new title go to your head😊!
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:23 PM
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Thank you, TubaDiva, for taking this on. Don’t feel overwhelmed with responsibility for the future of this message board — that will evolve through the conversations and decisions of various folks, some outside the control of any of us. We really appreciate whatever attention you kindly provide to the everyday administrative tasks — the things we teeming thousands (the hip ones and the dipsticks alike) take for granted whenever we enjoy interacting here.
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:30 PM
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:30 PM
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Good luck with your new responsibilities. We appreciate your efforts.

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Old 07-05-2018, 07:33 PM
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Congratulations. Or, I'm so sorry for you. Or heaven help us all. I'm not quite sure.

Seriously, I can't think of a better person for this.
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:41 PM
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Congrats and thanks in advance for your efforts going forward!
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:49 PM
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Wait, so does this mean you're in charge now? You can do whatever you damn well please? I assume this means we'll finally be getting the long-rumored forum, The Tuba Hole.
I'm having this place wired for sound.

Let me put it this way: I hope you like polkas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGe9EfLh-ug

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Old 07-05-2018, 07:50 PM
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Condolulations, my dear. You can count on my support.
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:54 PM
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yay!!!

:: ballons and confetti

And just think, I knew you when.....
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:55 PM
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What happened to Ed Zotti?
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I presume that Ed was let go by the Reader and/or the Sun-Times, due to the column no longer needing editing.


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Please see here: https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...d.php?t=857634
Which leads to here: A note from Cecil Adams about The Straight Dope
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:00 PM
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With the dimming of our Cecil Adams guiding star, and the huge Ed-shaped hole in The Straight Dope Universe, now we have to gather up our scattered sh--stuff, our scattered stuff and go forward.
Like Morty said.

Thanks for not fleeing in terror (yet), TubaDiva; you totally fucking rock!
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:00 PM
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Ed was never forthcoming about what he did as administrator. Will you take some time and detail what the job entails?
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:00 PM
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I'm having this place wired for sound.

Let me put it this way: I hope you like polkas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGe9EfLh-ug

Niech żyje The Tuba Hole!
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:01 PM
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TubaDiva, Huzzah Huzzah Huzzah !! It goes to figure- you were there in the AOL Chat Room when they lit the candle and launched it, weren't you?

Awfully glad you're steering the ship. We're fortunate Dopers.


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He's... on a farm... upstate.
" You know that thing we took care of ? "

" Wait, the Jersey thing? "

" No, the Upstate thing. They're building condos on the land and we have to dig up the bodies and move them. "

That L'il Ed, he always loved working the land.

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Old 07-05-2018, 08:02 PM
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Good Luck TubaDiva, delegate and let the mods help you, you're now trying to herd 3500 cats.
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:05 PM
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Congrats, TubaDiva! You deserve it!

(Is that a congratulatory “you deserve it” or a damming one? Bwahahahaha!)
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:13 PM
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Niech żyje The Tuba Hole!
But hey, maybe your first act as administrator could be changing that ridiculous name. "The Tuba Hole?" It's like no effort whatsoever went into coming up with that.
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:16 PM
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I salute you with my official moderator whiskey mug-I can't think of anyone more deserving, and more capable, than you for this job.
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:28 PM
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Ed was never forthcoming about what he did as administrator. Will you take some time and detail what the job entails?
I could but then I'd have to shoot you.

No, seriously, I'll be herding cats managing moderators, assisting them when necessary, and handling some of the technical issues on the user side. Like name changes, sdmb/vb customer service, that kind of thing. This is in addition to the work I do on the rest of the Straight Dope site involving content management, the weekly mailing, etc. All that continues.

Even though there's not new columns (at least not right now) please do your part to help. Read some columns. Sign up for the weekly mailing. Click on a link every now and then. Be encouraging to newbies who wander by. Bring your friends. If some of your friends are Dopers who have wandered off, ask 'em to come home. I would love to see our regular regulars, old familiar faces, and new names -- and lots of everybody.

Soon (not in this thread) I'm going to be asking for your opinions and advice and ideas on things we can do to keep on keeping on ... I'm not kidding when I say we're all in this together and I hope you work with me and your mods to find ways to improve and maybe make a buck or two, that would be great.
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:30 PM
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Congratulations/condolences! Like Morty said.

Thanks for not fleeing in terror (yet), TubaDiva; you totally fucking rock!
Imagonna get my shit together but I'm having trouble tying it up at the top.
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:31 PM
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Congratulations, I think? Do you get a new mug?
No, but I have an idea about that maybe.
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:32 PM
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Congratulations, TubaDiva!! A long time ago, I asked for your help in finding a person who stopped posting abruptly and about whom I was worried. We were unsuccessful in locating her, but you went above and beyond to try to help. I really appreciated that.
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:43 PM
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No, he was a fictional character, the alter-ego of Cecil Adams, who is now retired. Wake up, Sheeple!
http://www.ipass.net/whitetho/edcecil.htm
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:44 PM
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Are you still going to be a humble Tubadiva?
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:45 PM
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No, but I have an idea about that maybe.
An additional mug with different art work would be a great addition. I have the "classic mug" but one without the existing art work might sell to a new audience.
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Old 07-05-2018, 09:26 PM
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If there's one thing that makes me feel more confident about this whole situation it's that the administration has come into the more than capable hands of TubaDiva. I can't think of anyone better equipped to take us forward.
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Old 07-05-2018, 09:27 PM
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Old 07-05-2018, 09:58 PM
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Good news! Thanks for taking the job.
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Old 07-05-2018, 10:14 PM
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God help you. Er, I mean ... Congratulations? That doesn't feel like the right word. What's that word you say when your toddler wants to "play with the puppies" but you know the puppies are a pack of rabid wolves? That's the word I'm looking for.
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Old 07-05-2018, 10:42 PM
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I'll bet Lynn Bodoni is smiling from where ever she is.

I know I am.
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Old 07-05-2018, 10:46 PM
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1) I can't think of a better person for the job.
2) I can't believe you were sober when you accepted the job.
3) I am picturing you playing your tuba. And wearing a mortar board.
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Old 07-05-2018, 11:07 PM
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I assume whoever gave you the news had a square of black cloth on his/her head and said, "You are the new SDMB administrator, and may God have mercy on your soul."

Seriously, congrats and good luck.
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Old 07-05-2018, 11:17 PM
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Tubadiva!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-05-2018, 11:21 PM
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"Amazing Grace" on tubas... might be strangely appropriate... and I'm sure that strange is just the start of it.

Remember to laugh often. Congrats, congrats, congratulations!
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Old 07-05-2018, 11:39 PM
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I, for one, welcome our new TubaDiva overlord.

Not that I'm alone in this regard. Natch!
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