Moderators' Day 2016 GET HYPE June 13, 2016 9:04 AM   Subscribe

Back in 2007 your humble narrator suggested, near the end of a rather challenging day at the comment factory, that we remember and honor June 13th as Moderators' Day henceforth-ish. Please join me in thanking all of our mods - past and present - for the hard and often thankless job they do every day to make MetaFilter one of the best places on the Internet. Thank you cortex, restless_nomad, taz, LobsterMitten, goodnewsfortheinsane, Eyebrows McGee, and vacapinta. Welcome and thank you to our new coder frimble, and special thanks to our moderators emeriti, jessamyn, mathowie, and pb.

Today would also be an excellent day to consider updating your recurring MetaFilter donation, or to make an annual donation, as I do.
posted by Rock Steady to MetaFilter-Related at 9:04 AM (112 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

Thank you all. So much. For everything you do here.
posted by Sophie1 at 9:13 AM on June 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


Much love, your efforts in the multiplicity of challenging threads make this place worth coming back to day after day when so much of the internet is a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
posted by vuron at 9:18 AM on June 13, 2016 [2 favorites]


Happy Your Day, mods! MeFi wouldn't be what it is without you guys. I can't begin to express my appreciation for the work you do here.
posted by capricorn at 9:27 AM on June 13, 2016


Happy Mod Day! Thanks for everything.
posted by nubs at 9:31 AM on June 13, 2016


YOU ARE THE MODS
YOU ARE THE MODS
YOU ARE, YOU ARE, YOU ARE THE MODS!
posted by prize bull octorok at 9:36 AM on June 13, 2016 [5 favorites]


👏🏻👌🏻🖖🏻
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:37 AM on June 13, 2016


Ça tombe bien, as they say in French (literally "it falls well", semantically "nice timing").

Thanks for your hard work! Without y'all, MeFi wouldn't be the place it is.
posted by fraula at 9:42 AM on June 13, 2016 [3 favorites]


Happy Mods Day again, and I apologize for all my contributions that have caused you angst...

(I have to say, I thought the election thread was getting less contentious as the Bernie stuff wound down, but now there's the Orlando thread *and* responses to the event by the candidates and surrogates in the election thread - that's two raging dumpster fires that require full time mod attention. I'm so sorry.)
posted by RedOrGreen at 9:43 AM on June 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


Happy Moderators' Day!
posted by introp at 9:45 AM on June 13, 2016


You guys are doing an amazing job. I am constantly impressed by the intelligence, compassion, and dedication represented by some of the tougher moderating decisions on this site.
posted by biogeo at 9:55 AM on June 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


Thank you.
posted by AugustWest at 9:59 AM on June 13, 2016


How did I not know this holiday existed?! June 13th is my daughter's birthday! Today she turns 3. Thus, for the past two years, and for the foreseeable future, June 13th is a day for supervising a room full of people who barely have control over their own faculties as they run furiously in circles as the sugar from the cupcakes goes straight to the brains, overriding all sense of reason with an insatiable urge to steal everyone else's toys and then push them to the ground. This continues until everyone assembled has hit a wall (literally, in many cases) and gone down for a nap after collapsing from manic exhaustion. Then, the grownups retire to the living room with water-glasses full of bourbon and shell-shocked looks of disbelief tattooed on their faces. Light snacks are served.

If you don't also think that's the perfect metaphor for Moderator's Day, I don't know what to tell you.
posted by Mayor West at 10:03 AM on June 13, 2016 [23 favorites]


Thanks, mods (thmods). I think of this place as my home on the Internet, and you're the ones who make it possible.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 10:07 AM on June 13, 2016


Thanks, mods!
posted by not_the_water at 10:10 AM on June 13, 2016


Thank you, thank you, thank you mods, for your constant work in keeping this space a place that feels like home. Especially on days like yesterday, where MeFi was the only place on the web I felt safe going to get updates on Orlando.
posted by okayokayigive at 10:13 AM on June 13, 2016 [2 favorites]


Thanks, Mods!!! You all ROCK.
posted by leesh at 10:15 AM on June 13, 2016


I'm constantly reminded how lucky I am to work with such a thoughtful and patient group of people, that this strange and sometimes very stressful job is so much more manageable and livable than it might otherwise be thanks to their diligence and steadiness and compassion.

I went camping in the middle of nowhere all weekend, and came back to the terrible news in Orlando and the huge amount of extra stress and difficulty on the site as everybody in the community has been coping variously with it. And coming back and seeing, despite the extra demand on mods and community alike, that being managed as well as I could really imagine is just one more reminder of why I care about this community so much and how fortunate I am to work with the folks here.

It's been a pretty crazy year already, and it doesn't seem like we're gonna be done with it any time soon, but I know we'll muddle through as a community, and that's thanks in huge part to all the work that LM and taz and Jeremy and gnfti and EM do, and it's fantastic to have been able to bring frimble into the mix recently on the tech side. Y'all are the best.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:16 AM on June 13, 2016 [32 favorites]


Thank you for the day-in and day-out grind of making this place great. Wish you all had more time to bask in the limelight.
posted by Mooski at 10:20 AM on June 13, 2016


Mods save our gracious site
Mods save our noble site
Mods save our site

(duh duh DUH DUH)

Maintaining forums is
Thankless, laborious
You are the best at it
MO-ODS SAVE OUUUUUR SITE
posted by greenish at 10:24 AM on June 13, 2016 [15 favorites]


Having had a comment of mine deleted in the last 15 minutes, I just wish to say to the MeFi Mods:

THANK YOU.
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:27 AM on June 13, 2016 [5 favorites]


Thanks, mods! You're the best.
posted by Shmuel510 at 10:32 AM on June 13, 2016


It's a rather challenging year at the comment factory, isn't it. Thank you.
posted by naju at 10:36 AM on June 13, 2016


You guys are the greatest mods who ever modded anything. Thank you for all the work you do and for your amazingly patient attitude while you do it.
posted by bondcliff at 10:38 AM on June 13, 2016


Thank you the hug facilitation and pony intensive care throughout the years.

Mandatory Broad City.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 10:45 AM on June 13, 2016


Thank you all, so much, especially in this year the Year of Our YIKES of a US presidential election.
posted by rtha at 10:46 AM on June 13, 2016 [2 favorites]


FIAMO already!

I kid, I kid. Youze guyz are teh awesome!
posted by lalochezia at 10:52 AM on June 13, 2016


Thank you for your attention to this community. It's a hard job; I'm glad you guys are doing it.
posted by sciatrix at 10:52 AM on June 13, 2016


Thanks for everything, mods. I really appreciate what you do here.
posted by mordax at 10:55 AM on June 13, 2016


I can't thank you all enough for the hard work you do. If anything around here is the best of the web it's yousens. To offer my appreciation I will have a gin for each one of you this evening. No, no, I insist.
posted by billiebee at 11:03 AM on June 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


If we're goign to celebrate The Mods, we probably ought to celebrate The Rockers before a fight breaks out.
posted by briank at 11:03 AM on June 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


Amen. Amazing work, mods!
posted by small_ruminant at 11:06 AM on June 13, 2016


and special thanks to our moderators emeriti, jessamyn, mathowie, and pb.
We shall remember them:

In MetaFilters

In MetaFilters where comments grow
Between the usernames, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The snarks, still sharply stinging, fly
Scarce heard amid the groans below.

We are the Mods. Short days ago
Logged in, from dawn, past sunset glow,
Loathed and were loved, and now we retire
From MetaFilters.

Take up our quarrel with the mob:
To you from failing hands we lob
The banhammer; be yours to hold it higher.
If ye break faith with us who retire
We shall not sleep, though comments grow
In MetaFilters.
posted by Kabanos at 11:25 AM on June 13, 2016 [10 favorites]


*Leaps to feet to provide lengthy standing ovation with whistling and foot stamping*
posted by bearwife at 11:27 AM on June 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


"Today she turns 3. Thus, for the past two years, and for the foreseeable future, June 13th is a day for supervising a room full of people who barely have control over their own faculties as they run furiously in circles as the sugar from the cupcakes goes straight to the brains, overriding all sense of reason with an insatiable urge to steal everyone else's toys and then push them to the ground"

I do confess to being periodically amused by how certain threads feel literally exactly the same as refereeing my small children's bickering. Up to and including giving time-outs for people who just can't let a point go!
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 11:43 AM on June 13, 2016 [8 favorites]


Thank you so much for allowing me to live under the delusion that there aren't that many jerks around here. It's really comforting.

Seriously, though. You folks are the best.
posted by lumpenprole at 11:44 AM on June 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


[a couple of comments deleted, let's try and keep this on track.]

posted by entropicamericana at 11:45 AM on June 13, 2016 [6 favorites]


Thanks, Mods!!! You all ROCK.

Now, wait a minute....
posted by jonmc at 11:46 AM on June 13, 2016


Thanks, Mods!!! You all ROCK.

Now, wait a minute....


Kind of like Cop Rock, Mod Rock is a TV show/webseries about mods of a community website who break into song as they go about their duties. Includes such instant classics as:

GTFO, SEO Spammer
Trolls Get the Banhammer
Double Postin' Blues
posted by nubs at 11:53 AM on June 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


Aw, this is nice! Thank you to all the mods for your hard work and general responsiveness.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 11:56 AM on June 13, 2016


The best part of deletions is... I forgot.
posted by y2karl at 12:03 PM on June 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


Thanks mods for everything but especially for your work trying to keep the Orlando thread yesterday from going off the rails. It was a necessary tool in me processing yesterday and I really appreciate it.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:12 PM on June 13, 2016 [6 favorites]


I needed it today for my own processing, and I am really grateful too for your work in that thread. Thank you for forcibly keeping it from derailing away from the feelings of affected communities. I can't express how much I appreciate having a space that still felt welcoming to me to come to even after twenty four hours of discussion.
posted by sciatrix at 12:14 PM on June 13, 2016 [4 favorites]


Thank you all
for all you do.

Posters would brawl
without mods like you!
posted by mightshould at 12:25 PM on June 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


Thank you so much.
posted by needlegrrl at 12:31 PM on June 13, 2016


Thank you very much mods. You make this a safe place, an interesting place, and a great place to come and hang out.
posted by agatha_magatha at 12:37 PM on June 13, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm adding my thanks with a heavy heart that would be heavier if it were not for all the patient work you do. I could never do your job, and you have my full respect and affection. Keep doing it as long as you can bear it!
posted by languagehat at 12:39 PM on June 13, 2016 [4 favorites]


Thanks, mods! You are the best!
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:40 PM on June 13, 2016


Thank you for all the behind the scenes work that you do. You always make this place a more chill and enjoyable environment. We appreciate it. I appreciate it. Cheers.
posted by Fizz at 12:45 PM on June 13, 2016


Thank you to mods past and present for all you have done and do to keep
this place the only place of sanity on the internets, some days.

Turning on the wayback machine, I offer pictures of mods emeritus Vacapinta, plus Jessamyn, current mod-in-chief Cortex, pb and Mathowie, taken at the 8th annual MeFi Meetup in Portland, 2007.
posted by Lynsey at 12:58 PM on June 13, 2016 [2 favorites]


Earlier today I posted a comment and immediately regretted it as soon as I clicked "Post Comment." Oh, I deleted it as fast as I could, but The Mods Know All And See All and I am sure it did not escape their steely eyes.

Now I fear it may have sparked a small derail that they had to delete, and I am ashamed. And so, in contrition....
I offer myself for the Mods Day Wicker Man!!
posted by wenestvedt at 1:05 PM on June 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


Y'all are awesome, drinks are on me if ever we meet IRL.
posted by soundguy99 at 1:07 PM on June 13, 2016


Heartfelt thanks to you all.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 1:08 PM on June 13, 2016


Perfect timing. Between the election posts and the Orlando tragedy post, I was just thinking that the mods must be getting kind of worn out. Thank you so much for keeping Metafilter possible.
posted by theora55 at 1:13 PM on June 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


I don't know how on earth you on the ModSquad, past and present, do it: keeping threads more-or-less on track, smacking down trolls, fighting the good fight for civility and reason. (Lord knows, I couldn't do it, I don't have the Herculean patience it must take.)

If I wore hats, I'd take mine off to you.
posted by easily confused at 1:28 PM on June 13, 2016


Thank you all so much, it's appreciated, even if it may not always feel that way.
posted by Too-Ticky at 1:28 PM on June 13, 2016


Thank you, Team Mod!
posted by zarq at 2:31 PM on June 13, 2016


Mods! Mods! Mods, look at me! I'm over here! Mods, I love you. Look at me, Mods. It's all for you!

[jumps off the roof]
posted by prize bull octorok at 2:33 PM on June 13, 2016 [7 favorites]


Here's to the best mods on the internet.Thank you for everything you do!
posted by happyroach at 2:35 PM on June 13, 2016


Thank you all!
posted by blurker at 2:41 PM on June 13, 2016


Thanks for all that you do. I am a better person because of Metafilter, and that is a direct result of your hard, hard work. I really can't say enough how much I appreciate it.
posted by sockermom at 2:48 PM on June 13, 2016 [8 favorites]


Kind of like Cop Rock, Mod Rock is a TV show/webseries about mods of a community website who break into song as they go about their duties. Includes such instant classics as:

GTFO, SEO Spammer
Trolls Get the Banhammer
Double Postin' Blues


And don't forget the Mod Rock (MetaFilter Podcast) Theme (and the daft electro remix!), Happy Birthday, Metafilter, Metafilter's Down (And So I Hit F5), and matthewchen is spamming! Then there are those songs of the moment, like Ballad of Steven Slater and Oh Balloon Boy!

This compilation of best hits is only available today, so call now! The first ten callers get a free ... uh ... misprinted tee? I have the rare "move on" shirt, without the usual "flag it and," and "MetaFiler," for those MeFites who also like filing. Quantities are limited, so get dialin'!
posted by filthy light thief at 2:57 PM on June 13, 2016 [2 favorites]


Thanks mods.
Thmods.
posted by Meatbomb at 2:57 PM on June 13, 2016 [2 favorites]



*weeps inconsolably*
posted by infini at 3:01 PM on June 13, 2016


Thank you, moderators!
posted by CMcG at 3:04 PM on June 13, 2016


Every day I make the mistake of reading the comments on other sites is an unofficial mefi mod appreciation day. Their peculiar skillset comprising diplomat, editor, referee, and bar bouncer seems difficult, if not impossible to replicate elsewhere. Many thanks!
posted by Doktor Zed at 3:12 PM on June 13, 2016 [3 favorites]


Thank you, Mods!
posted by Gotanda at 3:15 PM on June 13, 2016


special thanks to our moderators emeriti, jessamyn, mathowie, and pb.

We have a moderator named emeriti? I learn something new every day.

I kid.
posted by SpacemanStix at 3:41 PM on June 13, 2016


PS: the mods here rock.
posted by SpacemanStix at 3:42 PM on June 13, 2016


>Earlier today I posted a comment and immediately regretted it as soon as I clicked "Post Comment." Oh, I deleted it as fast as I could

Is this even actually allowed?

(pours one out for pb)
posted by Joseph Gurl at 3:44 PM on June 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


If government had leaders like our mods, all Ya all, this country would work better. This job entails so much but diplomacy and conflict resolution are key.

Thank you, all.
posted by clavdivs at 3:49 PM on June 13, 2016 [2 favorites]


Is this even actually allowed?

I've flagged my own comment and had it deleted quickly.
posted by Deoridhe at 4:59 PM on June 13, 2016 [3 favorites]


Oh! And thank you mods for all you do!

...I'd edit my previous comment to add this, but that would be being bad on your special day.
posted by Deoridhe at 5:01 PM on June 13, 2016 [2 favorites]


Thank you all for the extraordinary work you all do.
posted by Lyn Never at 5:17 PM on June 13, 2016


Thank you, Moderators! You all rock!
posted by gt2 at 5:43 PM on June 13, 2016


Love ya, Mods!!
posted by kimberussell at 6:20 PM on June 13, 2016


Happy day, mods! You guys are the best and I'm glad to be part of this community :)
posted by foxhat10 at 7:12 PM on June 13, 2016


Thanks, mods! I will try to be less of a turd this year, I promise.
posted by Literaryhero at 8:01 PM on June 13, 2016


much appreciations!
posted by zutalors! at 8:03 PM on June 13, 2016


I, for one, welcome our moderating overlords.
posted by scratch at 8:33 PM on June 13, 2016


Much love to the mods. I know we don't make it easy sometimes.
posted by PearlRose at 8:34 PM on June 13, 2016


I'm kinda surprised that the modsquad didn't send the rangers in after Cortex with a note saying "I'm getting to old for this shit" or "You don't pay me enough to moderate the never ending trainwreck of 2016 election political threads and the Orlando thread".

But it sounds like cooler heads than mine were at the wheel.
posted by vuron at 8:48 PM on June 13, 2016


For mods are jolly good people, for mods are jolly good people, for mods are jolly good people, and so say all of us!
posted by homunculus at 9:10 PM on June 13, 2016


YOU ARE ALL ANGELS STRAIGHT FROM HEAVEN
posted by The Noble Goofy Elk at 9:11 PM on June 13, 2016


Moderate me less, moderate everyone else more. Problems solved.

but seriously thanks
posted by GuyZero at 9:29 PM on June 13, 2016


Oh god. They're the angels in my online life that few people know about. Taz is my very own private time zone mod who is so patient and cheerful when I'm being tone deaf. Love you all. But special Taz thanks... and sorries.

And I've said it before, Jessamyn's is still the voice I try to emulate when I'm trying to "adult".

Love my mods, every single one... and frimble and pb! Mod party happy dance of appreciation. Xx
posted by taff at 10:47 PM on June 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


Happy moderators day!
posted by Going To Maine at 10:54 PM on June 13, 2016


Happy Day to all past and present moderators. To celebrate I would share my chocolate chip cookie with you, but you aren't here and the cookie might get stale, so...
posted by Cranberry at 10:56 PM on June 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


Did I forget to mention how good it is to see a comment from languagehat?
posted by Cranberry at 11:05 PM on June 13, 2016 [5 favorites]


Thanks mods!
posted by ellieBOA at 11:16 PM on June 13, 2016


Thank you, mods. Sorry if I'm occasionally hard to manage.
posted by yesster at 11:17 PM on June 13, 2016


Thank you mods! Xxx
posted by runincircles at 4:01 AM on June 14, 2016


Thanks, mods! You guys* are awesome.

* - used in the colloquial sense regardless of actual guy or gal-hood. :-)
posted by jferg at 4:20 AM on June 14, 2016


Happy Mod Day Mods!
posted by carter at 4:31 AM on June 14, 2016


Hip hip hooray for the wonderful mods!
A heavenly host that's more saintly than God's.
Their flesh as delicious as a lightly fried cod's,
And each has eight limbs (like some cephalopods).
And for 8-hour shifts they divide into squads
And marshall the MeFites with carrots and rods.
If we step out of line, then with pokes and with prods,
They guide us to safety. But - what are the odds
That they'll always be there for us horrible slobs?
I say: give them time off from their onerous jobs!
And of course you agree - I picture your nods,
So assemble yourselves in your plazas and quads
And vote #1 quidnunc kid as your new King, you clods!
Umm ... heh heh. Only kidding. Hail to the mods!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 5:39 AM on June 14, 2016 [21 favorites]


I love the mods here. You make this a respectful, safe and generous place to share ideas. xoxoxo
posted by Dressed to Kill at 5:43 AM on June 14, 2016


Cheers and many thanks for all you do!
posted by juliplease at 8:48 AM on June 14, 2016


Thank you for deleting the comments that I wrote when I was too intoxicated to delete them myself ;)

Seriously though this place is my most frequented website of all time, and I (we?) owe it all to the amazing job the mod team is doing (often thanklessly) , and has been doing for YEARS.

Sincerely,
posted by some loser at 11:35 AM on June 14, 2016


Thank you, mods, for everything that you do. Metafilter is consistently one of the only reliably tolerable places on the internet, thanks in no small part to your hard work and patience, and I appreciate that more than words can say.
posted by skycrashesdown at 11:48 AM on June 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


Lately, I have a habit where, when I see a thread that is a total shitshow or is otherwise clearly necessitating a lot of hard work from the mods, I just PayPal an extra $5 in for mod snacks. So mods, if you're up to your elbows in it and you see $5 come across from me, get a taco or an ice cream cone or something. It's not much, I know, but it comes from love.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:15 PM on June 14, 2016 [10 favorites]


I joined the site mods traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.
posted by amtho at 12:59 PM on June 14, 2016


Thank you, mods!
posted by griphus at 1:08 PM on June 14, 2016


Thank you mods for your guidance and the occasional pruning in our comments and posts. We make an untidy garden. You keep the kudzu at bay and the fruit producing.
posted by Cuke at 1:11 PM on June 14, 2016


Thankee.

::tips hat::

Thankee kindly.
posted by Splunge at 3:05 PM on June 14, 2016


From the mongrel doggerel of the quidnunc kid, good Mod deliver us...
posted by y2karl at 5:57 PM on June 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


Yay mods!
posted by chapps at 8:15 PM on June 14, 2016


*Bounces excitedly round*. Mod dance!
posted by Namlit at 8:41 PM on June 14, 2016


Thanks for everything!
posted by valkane at 5:11 AM on June 15, 2016


Thanks, mods. Thmods.
posted by dmh at 6:27 AM on June 15, 2016


Happy belated! Thx.
posted by Lyme Drop at 9:54 AM on June 15, 2016


I'm down with that.

Happy Mod's Day.

May your wits ever sharpen,
your hides ever thicken,
and your bright lines stay ever shining.
posted by mule98J at 12:16 PM on June 15, 2016


Thank you!
posted by EmilyClimbs at 5:12 PM on June 15, 2016


The mods are all wonderful and lovely and if you ever find yourselves in Calgary, the beer is on me.

Which explains the smell.
posted by arcticseal at 9:14 PM on June 18, 2016 [3 favorites]


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