If you didn’t already know, Idle Thoughts was fired in disgrace and no longer publicly participates here. Which bring up a question…
Why does someone that left, if not abandoned, the boards for years get a Moderatorship almost immediately upon return? I’m not asking from a position of ‘Gary is bad’ as I do think I recall him being a good mod. Rather, it’s from the ‘wouldn’t someone more currently active be both better informed about the current state of things as well as more deserving of the privilege of elevation to Moderator?’ point of view.
Welcome back, ex-Wombat. I was traveling and didn’t have a chance to post before.
Being a Moderator is much more about having a proven track record of good judgement than being up on the issues of the moment. Since Gary has amply demonstrated the former, I have no doubt he will quickly get up to speed on any policy or rules changes since he was last modding. (There haven’t been that many, anyway.)
And “deserving the privilege of elevation to moderator”? :dubious: Being a moderator has its drawbacks as well. Many potential candidates would rather not deal with the hassles.
All decisions of whom to make a moderator are handled on a case-by-case basis, and while the existing moderators typically contribute arguments for and against various candidates, it’s ultimately the sole decision of the Big Boss (formerly Ed, now Tuba).