Please join me in welcoming two new moderators to the Straight Dope Message Board, Asimovian and IvoryTowerDenizen. Ivory reports she has a fever at the moment and is laying low, but Asimovian will be jumping in right away. He’ll be co-moderating the In My Humble Opinion forum and the new Thread Games forum. IvoryTowerDenizen will help moderate Café Society and MPSIMS.
We also announce with sadness the retirement of several veteran moderators, **TubaDiva, C K Dexter Haven, Gukumatz **and twickster. Tuba and Dex have been around virtually since the day we opened our doors as a content provider on America Online, which was, God help us, going on 19 years ago. We extend our warm thanks to the retirees (who remain members of the SDMB community) for their many years of volunteer service; they helped make this place what it is. I don’t know what I’d have done without them and wish them all the best.
Not to shine a light on something best left unexamined but, may I inquire what it is you’re using to lure these new mods into the job?
I mean I get why the others are leaving! (And I’m impressed with their fortitude for having gone the distance, to be sure!)
But they get no respect and I know you’re not paying them, so what is it? (It’s not chocolate, the mods were always begging for that! )
Whatever it is, it must be mighty powerful! Or magic!
(I’ve been thinking about it and now I’m wondering if perhaps they revealed too much, somewhere on these boards, and now they’re being blackmailed into filling the most thankless position known to man?)
I have had some differences with Tuba and Dex over the years but it’s safe to say that few if anyone have been more dedicated to the boards than the two of them. Gukumatz did a fine job as well. Thanks to all of you.