I am sure from time to time, many of you get tired of seeing some of my threads/posts talking about doing this or not doing that, etc
In the scope of everything, I would say this is probably has the best set of members of any forum site. I belong to a number of technical, beverage, etc web sites. The moderators are extremely strict, but I can understand because reading what some members say, it is a big challenge.
I think we have the best group of members. I look over the past almost 10 years being involved as a moderator and more here, there have only been a handful of problems. And when I look back at some of those problems, I have to put some of the blame on myself. Together with my moderator team we watch for forum violations or other problem areas. When we see them, I want to make sure we act on those quickly. I dont want to see problems surfacing for long periods of time
But I look at some of those situations. Those members were frustrated and any attempt from my team to reign them in was viewed as a threat.
I dont regret the decisions we have made, because I always believe we act for the good of everyone, not just one or two individuals.
That being said, I know I have personally irritated and annoyed some members. I have banned members for various reasons and they have registered their complaints. I am far from perfect , I have made mistakes and will continue... But I just want everyone to know that everyone on the moderator team has one objective: Make this a safe environment for everyone
I can not say enough about one of my long time moderators, LIZ... She is basically my right arm. Together we have seen so much good and have dealt with problem areas.
You always hear the term, Good Cop, Bad Cop. Liz has always demonstrated compassion and that she is the Good cop. Yes, when there is a problem she will be quick to identify it and attempt to correct it. That is exactly what a good moderator should do. But she does it with an understanding of who the member is. That allows me to be the Bad cop.
So, far this combo has been working very effectively.
Recently I brought on Savage as another moderator. I've known here (via Spine-Health) and have always appreciated her style. But since she has become a moderator, I never imagined just how much compassion and understanding she has.
These are things you cant teach people, they have it. Both Liz and Sue have made my job as System Moderator so much easier. In my 35 years with IBM, 10 as a manager, I always tried to surround myself with the right people. Success of anyone on the upper side really comes from the people that do the day to day work. I am very lucky to have both of these talented ladies working with me.
And that translates to how our message, objective and goals reach each and everyone of you.
I am very fortunate:
- I have a company, Veritas LLC that trusts me and has confidence in my behavior
- I have one seasoned ant veteran moderator in Liz, and I have a very strong presence with Savage
- And most of all, I have all of you.
I know, many of you are saying right now, Oh, there goes Ron with more words
I've been around long enough to know what makes things work and how it can fail.