For the new mods. The way we were.........

by HeySal
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Dear new mods. Welcome to the dissident section of the WF. I will warn you now, that you have one tough act to follow. I wanted to give you a few glimpses of what this place was like in the "old days" in case you weren't part of the forum before the buy.

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.
  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    i always wanted to be an immoderator

    thats the technological abbreviation for internet marvelling moderator, i have no doubt
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    • Profile picture of the author HeySal
      Originally Posted by hardraysnight View Post

      i always wanted to be an immoderator

      thats the technological abbreviation for internet marvelling moderator, i have no doubt
      Well since the definition of "im" is: not, opposite of, without.......

      I'd say you made it.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    The place has certainly altered significantly since the changing of the guard...some good, some not so good. I just think it's a shame to make radical changes to things that appeared to flow so well.

    But kudos to all the former mods and those still doing. I used to be a mod in forums MUCH more intense than this place so I can totally relate to many of the issues that crop up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      It's interesting that you brought up Ken. Here's a guy who didn't know me from Adam. But when I was in trouble and needed some help, he offered to do a JV with me. I was totally floored. It was right before he passed. We never really got a chance to get it off the ground. And with all that he had to deal with, he felt bad about that. Can you imagine?

      I would have to be reincarnated 100 times over to have a fraction of his character.

      His passing was the first time losing a member here really hit me personally.

      Sal, you're right. We argue and sometimes call each other terrible names. I'm probably the poster boy for lashing out at others. But when you really need help, these people are there for you. I have been humbled by that very experience. The assistance I've received from this forum has literally changed my life...again.

      I don't know what prompted this post of yours but I'm glad you made it.
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      • Profile picture of the author HeySal
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post


        I don't know what prompted this post of yours but I'm glad you made it.
        Simple. I've had a lot of change in my life - a little more than welcome in the last two years since I've been in Central Oregon. There's a lot of things I love about this place, but there's also a lot very wrong with it. Short story of it - is I need to move again and I'm just tired this time. I don't want to do this whole thing again right now, and if I lived where they'd accept me having a dog, I'd put up with all the other BS and work through it. But, not allowed (and the worst part is I was lied to about it when I moved here). Not sure if you can empathize with the torture that is for me. It's also unhealthy in the winter for me not to have one because I won't go outside when it's cold unless I have someone I need to take care of and take for walks.

        So anyway -- no matter what's been going on in my life over the last decade, the forum was always the one place I could count on going that remained largely the same. A few have come and gone, sure - but for the most part, it's been a changeless haven for me, so was always a point of stability no matter what. Now that is being threatened and I'm not a happy camper about it. I still have my own forum, but that is a very pointed niche and many on there don't understand anything about running the show, they just like their rocks. I can't be diversified in there at all, and there are times I absolutely have to be around a crowd of old friends that understands more of me than the agates.

        So..............it's raining and bringing out some retrospective thinking, memories, and that. I'm just really hoping that this place doesn't turn into digital point revisited.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
    Anyone taking bets as to whether the intended audience will ever actually read this thread?
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

      Anyone taking bets as to whether the intended audience will ever actually read this thread?
      I'm fairly certain they will read it but no one that I know actually knows the new mods, except for the old mods, so the only thing I can say for certain about the new mods is that when I report, they delete, usually.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
        I've had a couple interactions with a couple of the new mods and they seem to be decent folks trying to do their best.

        Mark

        Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

        I'm fairly certain they will read it but no one that I know actually knows the new mods, except for the old mods, so the only thing I can say for certain about the new mods is that when I report, they delete, usually.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
      Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

      Anyone taking bets as to whether the intended audience will ever actually read this thread?
      Oh, I'm sure at least a couple of them have already, after all they are monitoring this place.

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