We've had the regular kind of appreciation thread. Now I think some of our members who aren't on here all the freakin' time deserve an appreciation thread specifically for them.
I think alltomorrowsparties made a really good point
in the earlier appreciation thread:
I know this is done with good intentions and all, but it made me feel sad. I've been a member here for quite a while, and yet not made meaningful connections with other members. I also often refrain from commenting because I'm thin-skinned and I had a bad experience once when I differed from the main community stance in a thread, and because often I'll be thinking of writing something and I'll see, oh X has already spoken and everyone loves X and I won't be able to add anything because they have really covered it all. I don't think that elevating some members as being particularly brilliant or insightful helps people like me feel confident about commenting or included. Sure, I, like everyone, have a soft spot for certain members and I think the moderators are all exceptional people, but I think there are a lot of people like me who find the cult of personality brings up feelings of exclusion.
A lot of people who post on Metafilter are brilliant and insightful but the people who get the most appreciation are the people who participate the most, whether that's posting a lot, going to a lot of meetups, being a mod (of course), participating in all the gift exchanges, and so on. I would hate for anyone to feel like the biggest participators are "better" just because they are around more!
Now we have just had a thread that mainly appreciated the biggest participators. That's awesome. But I would like to open a thread to appreciate people who aren't around here every day. I would like to appreciate these people in their own thread rather than something tacked down after hundreds of comments at the bottom of the other one.
Here are my suggestions for this thread:
-There are a lot of people to mention, and mentioning the same names over and over would make this just like the last thread. It would be great to mention people who haven't already been brought up.
-Tell us about people who are new and maybe haven't posted much, don't have any contacts, but have already made notably interesting posts or comments.
-Tell us about people who are around a long time and we don't often see, but from time to time will suddenly appear to drop a bomb of awesomeness.
-People who had a well-put one-liner that made you laugh.
-People who posted something that made a noticeably positive impact to your day.
You get the idea. Something other than the folks with 50+ contacts and FPPs, or maybe someone who does have those things but somehow doesn't seem to get the constant personal attention.