In moderator news today . . .

Bibliophage and MEBuckner are retired from active moderating on the SDMB effective today.

We thank them both for their years of devoted service and their hard work in Cecil’s vineyard and wish them best always. Also hope they continue to be members of the community at large, perhaps now that there’s no enforcement chores they can have more fun.

Ah, yes. The parable of the laborers in the vineyard. Speaking of which, I worked all day and never even got my lousy denarius. Got a pretty good coffee mug out of it though. Not to mention the free ulcers.

Repeating TubaDiva’s thanks to both of you for doing this. I know he’s not going away permanently, but I wanted to thank MEBucker in particular. He was one of the first atheists I encountered online, and it was very encouraging to read his intelligent and thoughtful posts.

Reducing overhead costs, are you? :smiley:

My thanks to both now-ex-mods for their selfless contribution to our community. :slight_smile:

I’d guess a lot of the work a moderator performs is of a behind the scenes, resolve before a real issue develops variety. For that and for all the visible stuff, thank you both very much.

Do you get to keep the jackboots, or do you pass them on to your successors?

Back in my day, there were about a dozen e-mails a day discussing how to deal with various nascent problems. I hope for the current moderators’ sakes that it’s gotten more efficient since then, but then again, the board has also grown since then.

Damn! You’re both pretty cool.

It depends on which forum you’re in. I can go for a couple of days without a reported post in IMHO (I’ve gone weeks without a post being reported in the Game Room), but then we get a couple of dozen reports in a day. I can’t even imagine modding the Pit.

The mod email list can be 50 emails a day when things are … interesting.

How many times do you reckon you’ve pasted that whole “Welcome to the SDMB…a link is appreciated etc” thing into a post :slight_smile:

Oh, pasting. Sure. Now you tell me. That would have been a good idea.

Nice moderating, both of you!

Why don’t y’all just IM? ETA: Or Tweet?

Thank you both for all your hard work.:cool:

Thanks very much, both of you. I’ve said it before: This is one of the best boards on the net, and that owes much to the good moderating.

Thanks, y’all. I’ll still be around.

Oh, we do IM sometimes, but I don’t know if we’ve ever all been online at the same time, and email lets us all participate in the discussion regardless of time zones and day jobs (and I hear a rumor that at least one mod actually has a life).

Most of our conversations require more than 140 characters per response, so Twitter is right out.

Much thanks to both of you for all of your hard work.

“Ban them all. Cecil will know his own.”

See, that’s only 38 characters (counting spaces).

(Gee, he doesn’t look atheist at all.)

Welcome to sunshine and freedom! Thanks for putting in your time.