I'd like everyone who has any special mod and WF memories to share them for the new guard. I have several.
It used to be tradition for Warriors to post profound statements about IM and life in general when they reached post count milestones. When I reached 3000 I was trying to figure out what I might say that would be witty, fun, and extremely educational. I got ready to post and came in to find that one of the mods had moved my post count to 3001. I commented in the OT so as not to move my count, they moved it back, then seemingly they watched for me because every time I came in, the count was at 3001 again.
Finally I came in and the post count sat at 2999 so I just used it to thank the mods for their work and their "special" senses of humor.
Paul never banned me, but he used to send me pm's chewing me a new one over one post or another. I remember the time I posted a comparison between a piece of literature that a prominent figure wrote to Mein Kampf. I almost bit it that time. The post was deleted and I got a pm from Paul that gave me an impression that his head was so close to exploding that fluid was dripping out of his ears. I've never been so glad that someone didn't have my phone # in my life. LMAO.
There were a few times that mods stepped in when things weren't so funny, though. I had an ex who thought that since I'd put up a website I was instantly rolling in money and was trying to extort me into buying him a car. He came in a few times and I called for help. Both Allen and Paul got that situation taken care of. I am not sure if they were ever contacted by police or FBI - but they sure did one superior job of stemming that attack in the forum.
One other time, a thread got out of control and someone wrote absolute porn about me and another member. I was devastated. That situation was handled quickly, and now, years later, I have to say, permanently.
My last memory -- Ken Strong. Moderator, Friend. It's been awhile and I really miss picking up that phone and hearing his voice on the other end. We talked about fundraisers that we held for some of our members in serious health situations including indepth talk about the one for him and his health, we talked about the nuances of being a mod, and projects we were working on. I really, really miss him.
Through the years, this place grew as a community. Some of us bicker from time to time - even call a few names, but push comes to shove......if one of us is in trouble or going through hard times, you will see the same people who slammed each other just a few threads back, right there to catch our fall.
It will take time for you to understand us if you are new here - but we hope that you will understand us, and how important the community has been to the achievement of many of our accomplishments over the years. We hope you will see yourselves as one of us and come in and share your friendship and wisdom with us.
Here's a wish for your success here - and the continuation of the strong community and friendships it took so many years to build.