Post by Why did you bring an accordian on Jun 2, 2022 1:48:54 GMT -5
Back in February, El Juanico Diez approached me about stepping down, citing that he thought a replacement for his position would be best for someone with more energy and enthusiasm to match the forum, particularly as we enter into a new decade this year. So I'm a little embarrassed only to be getting around to it now, but I've chosen a replacement for him to moderate FFanwork. Honestly, I don't know what the future holds for 667, but hopefully, we have many years left to come.
Having been here for over 10 years, You Look Lost is one of our most senior members at 667, and a lot of you have been calling on him to be a mod for some time. Despite our differences in the past, I can also confirm, after meeting him in person at his wedding last year, that he's an all-around decent guy and by far the best choice to replace Jean, particularly for his contributions in writing to 667, and encouragement of others. He's also an active enough member to help shape the leadership here, which we definitely need to keep going.
So please join me in welcoming MisterM as your new moderator for FFiction and AArt. Hope everyone has a lovely day.
Post by El Juanico Diez on Jun 2, 2022 5:45:01 GMT -5
Oh, I'm really glad that You Look Lost is back where he should be. I'm a huge fan of his writing, especially one in particular. I have to admit that Roxy's innocent remark was a little morbid... Did I already have the "next to be fired" sign on my back? (I'm kidding R. ...) I think moderators set the tone for the forum, so energy is needed for this function. And these changes give more oxygen to the Forum.
As Dante used to say, it's important that moderators don't see their being moderators as a high-profile position, but as work (albeit voluntary work). I can say that I mentally agreed with what he said but in my heart I was always proud to be a moderator here. I felt on top of the asoue community across the planet. I felt like I was slapping the face of those in the fandom who made fun of me. But of course, these feelings were unhealthy and based on wrong assumptions, and trying to value myself based on that only highlighted my... Well, I think it's better to stop talking about it in public... But the fact is that I developed a lot in this volunteer work during that time. I think I improved mentally and also in digital skills (I literally learned to edit images so I could make cool banners and somehow feel worthy of being the AA moderator.)
And I was really thrilled with my title of Tortuous Theorist. And working with Dante, Sheryann and Hermes was a lot of fun... Amazingly, we found that the three of us were playing the same relatively little-known boardgame called Pandemic Legacy, and we even discussed strategies in PM. At that time I felt like I was in a secret society within a secret society.
Regarding my service as FF moderator, I found this especially difficult for me, because of the time I need to spend reading the fanfics. And not all of them pleased me right from the start... And when Roxy started to find shocking content in some... Well that was tense. I didn't want to read that either. In fact, reading the old forum posts has always been a herculean effort for me... Also, I love the new mods and the new leader, I just can't connect with them as well as the old ones... It's not their fault, of course. Our minds just work in very different ways. So I'm sure You Look Lost will do a great job and have fun in the process. And that's how a moderator should feel.