I just wanted to take a quick moment to let you all know that I've stepped down as a moderator on this here Board. LSA is stepping in to pick up my slack and probably perform a much better service than I have of late.
I've been a moderator over 2 years now (!) but during past few months my outside life started to cut more and more into my personal time. Two little children, a wife, and my career now leave a lot less time for my extracurricular activities. A while back I stopped working nights - thank goodness BiSB and now JGB were there to pick up my slack - and I now find it increasingly more difficult to read through all of the threads created each day. I realized that was not fair to Brian and you all, especially after seeing what a great job JGB is doing and realizing that a full-time moderator needs to be available much more than I have been.
In addition, when BiSB rage-quit I realized that he was feeling all those same things I am without having thought about it. The Board is a great place but it just doesn't have the same feel as it used to. I can't place my fingers on it and I don't want to go negative, but it just doesn't feel the same. I'm hoping that by becoming a "normal" poster again and not moderating anymore will un-jade me. You all might or might not realize this, but being a moderator is pretty damn hard, and not-so-rewarding, work. I always took great pride in knowing that Brian and Seth appreciate our hard work at keeping the Board classy and respectable (e.g. not MLive-ish) but the wear-and-tear of the daily job is pretty tough. At least it was for me. I'll still be around to help provide damage control in case anything blows up and the Board goes crazy if they need me (kind of like BiSB is doing now).
All that said, its been a pretty entertaining run. A special thank you to: (a) FormerlyAnonymous and Brian for thinking enough of me to recommend and accept me, respectively, as someone who was worthy of my former role, (b) BiSB and JGB for being good friends and colleagues, and (c) most all of you for being respectful, patient, and understanding. With that, time for profitgoblue to make like a fetus and head out! You stay classy, internets.
Sometimes I hate people. Sometimes is almost all the time.
- Brian Cook, March 19, 2012
Reading some of the threads at mgoblog, I can begin to understand Mr. Cook's sentiments. In light of this, I want to hail and praise and thank the moderators of mgoblog. Recently, some threads have started to degenerate. And no, this has nothing to do with bewbs. It has to do with stupid, mindless, irritating, trolling, time-wasting posts. I had almost forgotten why I came to mgoblog in the first place. It was to avoid endless threads elsewhere (Mlive?) with virtually no real content or news or analysis or commentary. The moderators here protect us, and we are often clueless of our protectors.
(from a gloss explaining rangers in Lord of the Rings.) They secretly guarded and protected Eriador which included the Shire unbeknowst to its people from spies and invaders.
This explanation of rangers, including Strider/Aragorn, provides a good description of the moderators. They have an often thankless task. They guard and protect the realm of mgoblog, (often) unbeknowst to its people, from spies and invaders. Policing threads and deleting posts, administering the banhammer, occasionally participating in discussion, makes this one of the best blogs ever.
I want to single out BISB (Blue no longer in South Bend) and mgoprofit. There are others, who are in the background, and I want to thank you too.
I salute, thank, praise, and honor all of you who serve as moderators.