I know some people might think that this thread belongs in MPSIMS, however, I consider it neither mundane nor pointless. I humbly open by asking TubaDiva to keep this thread here.
I registered for the Straight Dope Message Board one year ago today. I wanted to just take a minute or two to thank everyone here who has made my posting experience an extremely pleasurable one. I am a refugee from several newsgroups on Usenet where (with few exceptions) if they don’t agree with you, they flame you. I was surprised to find this place where (for the most part) people are polite, civil, kind and caring. It’s been a pleasure to be able to debate issues with people with whom I have an honest disagreement without having it degenerate into a flame war. I have seen countless posts where people ask for personal advice when something has gone wrong with their lives from the downright silly to the there-but-for-the-grace-of-God-go-I type. I’ve seen members of this board reach out to offer advice and help solve those problems. I didn’t really know WallyM7, but the outpouring of grief from this group when he passed away truly moved me. I’ve found people whom I consider to be friends, even though I’ve never met them in person.
I really want to thank you all for the wonderful experience I’ve enjoyed the past year and hope to continue enjoying in the future. There are, however, a few people I wish to thank individually:
First of all, I’d like to thank the Chicago Reader for providing this forum free of charge. I know that there is quite an expense in maintaining this forum in both the equipment and the techincal personnel who keep in running.
I’d like to thank our wonderful administrators TubaDiva, Lynn Bodoni, Ed Zotti and C K Dexter Haven for putting up with us.
I’d also like to thank our moderators, especially manhattan, Gaudere, David B and Chronos who, more than the other mods, have to put up with my posts and my nitpicking.
I’d also like to thank some individual posters. Danielinthewolvesden, whom I know I can count on for a good religious debate; cmkeller, sdimbert and IzzyR whom I know I can count on to correct me when I mess up on posts of Jewish content, and BobT whom I know I can count on to correct me on baseball issues.
Lastly, I’d like to thank the master Cecil Adams without whom none of this would be possible.