Happy Moderators' Covfefe June 13, 2017 5:25 AM   Subscribe

Well, not much has happened over the past year, and things have been pretty easy for the mods, so I hesitate to even make a post to celebrate Moderators' Day this year. It seems a bit off to thank the mods for all their hard work, thoughtfulness, excellent communication skills, and infinite patience when they have basically been lounging by the pool at MetaFilter World Headquarters eating bonbons and /hamburgers all year.

I'm kidding, of course. It's been a trying year for many people, and MetaFilter would not be the respite and resource that it currently is were it not for the continuing efforts of our world-class moderation team.

Please join me in thanking all of our moderators and technical support - past and present - on this, the tenth anniversary of the original Moderators' Day. Thank you cortex, restless_nomad, taz, LobsterMitten, goodnewsfortheinsane, Eyebrows McGee, vacapinta, and frimble. Special thanks to our moderators emeriti, jessamyn, mathowie, and pb.
posted by Rock Steady to MetaFilter-Related at 5:25 AM (101 comments total) 41 users marked this as a favorite

Aw, thank you, Rock Steady! It's hard to express how much this Covfefe means to us! Truly, no one knows. Just the president and a small group of people.

Thanks for the M Love! :)
posted by taz (staff) at 5:29 AM on June 13 [22 favorites]


Thank you, mods! You are the reason why this is my favorite place on the internet to come for discussion and insights on this flaming hellscape of a presidential administration incredibly boring and non-eventful political situation in which nothing at all has happened for months.

I love you all very much and thank you for all the hard work you do.
posted by none of these will bring disaster at 5:31 AM on June 13 [2 favorites]


Thank you, mods!! You are all excellent people. Thanks for keeping this webspace great.
posted by leesh at 5:32 AM on June 13


Un grand merci aux modérateurs !
posted by fraula at 5:38 AM on June 13


Thanks, mods!
posted by zamboni at 5:47 AM on June 13


Thank you all so much :)
posted by Amy NM at 5:55 AM on June 13


Thank you, mods! We appreciate all the work you do! This site really reflects it.
posted by gt2 at 5:56 AM on June 13


Thanks especially for dealing with so much nonsense behind the scenes and keeping it there.
posted by notyou at 6:02 AM on June 13


huge, huge thanks. I get most of my political news here these days because it's too painful to browse other sources, so I super mega extra appreciate all the hard work needed to keep things in line.

come out to boston and I'll buy y'all a beer.
posted by Old Kentucky Shark at 6:22 AM on June 13


YAY MODS! WE LOVE THE MODS! YAAAAAAAY!
posted by rmd1023 at 6:22 AM on June 13


Thank you mods! Happy Covfeve!
posted by Elly Vortex at 6:36 AM on June 13


Did something happen in politics? (Thanks mods!)
posted by naju at 6:51 AM on June 13


Thanks to you all!
posted by lazuli at 6:53 AM on June 13


We You are the Mods!

Thanks, y'all!
posted by cooker girl at 6:54 AM on June 13


Thank you very, very much for doing an excellent job at something I couldn't handle without a major meltdown within five minutes, let alone doing it full time.
posted by easily confused at 6:54 AM on June 13


It's a true joy to work here and a ceaseless source of interesting reading material. Thanks to you all for being the interesting and kind folks you are! :)
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 6:54 AM on June 13 [2 favorites]


Thank you, Mods, for making this a wonderful community, and modeling behaviors like, "assume the best" and "deescalate when possible" and "we will behave like everybody needs a hug" in ways that have also been inspiration to me in trying times. May we all be more like the mods in our interactions!
posted by ldthomps at 7:42 AM on June 13 [4 favorites]


Happy 10th Moddiversary!

Apparently the traditional gift is tin... I feel like we should have organised some sort of mass depositing of Tins Of Beans to foodbanks in you guys' honour.
posted by greenish at 7:46 AM on June 13 [3 favorites]


I feel like we should have organised some sort of mass depositing of Tins Of Beans to foodbanks in you guys' honour.

This is a good idea, and it's not too late! Maybe it's as simple as putting together a MeTa encouraging people to donate and logging the total quantity in honor of the mods? Is that something people would participate in?
posted by R a c h e l at 8:02 AM on June 13 [1 favorite]


My thanks as well! (I'd put it in Russian, but then the White House might understand it...)
posted by languagehat at 8:04 AM on June 13


I cannot imagine the year you've all had. Sincere thanks.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 8:04 AM on June 13


Huge thanks to the whole MetaFilter team. I couldn't work with a better group of people; y'all help keep me sane.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:32 AM on June 13 [2 favorites]


Thanks, mods!
posted by EndsOfInvention at 8:34 AM on June 13


You guys are the best and hooray to you.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 8:36 AM on June 13 [8 favorites]


You guys rock!
posted by ellieBOA at 8:40 AM on June 13


"y'all help keep me sane" - cortex

I feel there's a bit of a disclaimer needed here. Your paintings are basically the cube version of All Work And No Play Make Jack A Dull Boy and we're all concerned that there's a Jack Torrance moment about to happen in your life and we're concerned.

But seriously, mods, I don't know how you do it. I know based on my own reactions to things that I couldn't do it. I admire you all very much, and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Next time we meet, first second and third rounds are on me.
posted by hippybear at 8:49 AM on June 13 [6 favorites]


Thanks to all the mods for keeping this community a safe haven, especially over the past year. I appreciate all you do!
posted by bookmammal at 9:16 AM on June 13


Many thanks. You are a very thoughtful and kind bunch.
posted by Samarium at 9:22 AM on June 13


I think I've probably said this elsewhere but the last time the U.S. government drove me into dust with their choices (2002-2005, more accurately), I went a little off the rails and this time is even worse; part of me being able to deal with the last couple of years is because I'm older and (believe it or not) wiser, but a lot of it has to do with the community MetaFilter has given me, both virtually and in Chicago. I have no idea where I'd be without it right now but it would probably really suck. Thanks to the mods for everything they've done and do to keep it going.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:25 AM on June 13 [2 favorites]


Your paintings are basically the cube version of All Work And No Play Make Jack A Dull Boy and we're all concerned that there's a Jack Torrance moment about to happen in your life and we're concerned.

Nonsense, there is absolutely nothing worryingly progressively dissociative in my work. Now gimme the bat.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:38 AM on June 13 [12 favorites]


surely "WEEKLY POLITICAL MEGATHREADS" was somewhere on the whiteboard of worst-case MetaFilter doomsday scenarios for years and yet here we are

this is as fine a handbasket as I could imagine for this journey we're on; thank you all for all that you do
posted by prize bull octorok at 9:41 AM on June 13 [13 favorites]


Apparently the traditional gift is tin

After twelve months of election/potus45 threads, surely it's gin?
posted by Mayor West at 10:25 AM on June 13 [15 favorites]


Thanks mods! I can no longer drink gin on account of my sea monster so you may have my portion, which is ample.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:36 AM on June 13


Many thanks to our magnificent mod team! Y'all are the greatest!
posted by merriment at 10:41 AM on June 13


Thanks, mods.
posted by Chrysostom at 11:02 AM on June 13


Many, many thanks!
posted by needlegrrl at 11:37 AM on June 13


You are all Mods even the Rockers could love.

y'all help keep me sane.
posted by cortex

...which I always thought was counter to the main job requirements...
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:52 AM on June 13 [1 favorite]


Thank you all for for being lovely human beings and wise leaders at a time when it's really important to remember that's an actual possible combination. Thanks for taking such good care of us. Make sure you're taking care of yourselves too.
posted by billiebee at 12:09 PM on June 13 [7 favorites]


Yay for our mods
posted by not_the_water at 12:50 PM on June 13


Thank you mods, your vigor is only matched by your thoughtfulness.
posted by smoke at 1:48 PM on June 13 [1 favorite]


I can no longer drink gin on account of my sea monster

Is this a euphemism or can we expect Nessie as a mod soon
posted by solarion at 2:22 PM on June 13 [1 favorite]


VIRTUAL CAKE FOR EVERYBODY.

YAY!
posted by Faintdreams at 2:26 PM on June 13


Thank you mefites and mods all -- you all make this a great place where I'm proud to work.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 2:41 PM on June 13 [1 favorite]


Five stars, would use the contact form again.

Thank you for making this a covfevtivus for the rest of us.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:50 PM on June 13


Thanks to everyone who works behind the scenes to make this place operate as smoothly as it does. Your hard work is appreciated.

:)
posted by Fizz at 3:39 PM on June 13


This place has moderators?!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:55 PM on June 13 [1 favorite]


Obrigado, mods!
posted by chavenet at 4:27 PM on June 13


Thank you indeed for all of your hard and incredibly trying work.
posted by corb at 5:01 PM on June 13


Thanks to all the mods! Is there anything we can send as a token of appreciation? Is there a mod wishlist?
posted by yoga at 5:26 PM on June 13


Thank you, mods. I appreciate your work so much.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 7:52 PM on June 13


I just donated to the Mod Day Recreational Substances Fund. Don't use it to buy cortex a fucking paintbrush.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:16 PM on June 13 [2 favorites]


Don't use it to buy cortex a fucking paintbrush.

Hey man, no need to harsh his paint-fume buzz.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 10:19 PM on June 13 [3 favorites]


I'm just waiting for the tweet where we discover that the megathreads have driven cortex into a state of madness where he's stayed up for a month straight hand-panting tiny little Menger sponges on every one of his walls.

In any case, thank you all. You are much appreciated.
posted by zachlipton at 10:32 PM on June 13 [2 favorites]


So many thanks for keeping our heads above water.
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese at 11:15 PM on June 13


Mods! Mods mods mods!
I wish all of the web could be so well- and thoughtfully-moderated.
Or moderated at all.
So much out there gives me that "well then who's flying the plane???" feeling, and the MetaFilter pocket-universe is so much better-kept than that.
You all rock.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 11:55 PM on June 13 [1 favorite]


Is there a mod wishlist?

a) A different president
b) Yardsticks
c) Time off
d) Drinks of choice, forever, wherever, whenever
e) Money

Feel free to add to the list. I love you guys.
posted by wallabear at 12:11 AM on June 14


Much love, thanks and mad respect
posted by AlexiaSky at 1:01 AM on June 14


Dear mods, you all have made this a lovely corner of the internet I think of as my online home. It's been an absolute pleasure hanging out here. Thank you!
posted by mdonley at 2:21 AM on June 14


I saw the word Covfefe in the title yesterday and immediately skipped this thread because I am so tired of Politics on the Internet.

Mods, you must be even more tired. Thank you for slogging through everything that is thrown at you and trying to separate the wheat from the chaff. Words cannot express how appreciate you are this year. Thank you.
posted by kimberussell at 4:16 AM on June 14


You mods do a difficult job very, very well. I care and admire most about people their "goodness" -- how much they contribute to the world and the lives of those people around them. But second only to that is what I would call professional competence and excellence. There is something tremendously satisfying to me, in even a visceral sense, in watching someone do something with consistent excellence. That's how I feel about the mods here, and it's not something I've seen to this degree anywhere else.

I am not the measure of all things, of course, and my assessment is worth only what it is worth. But I think that others of us who have been here a long time feel and think the same. The mods here are inspiring in their acumen, nuance, and good will in the face of frequent challenge. I think that's something to be celebrated, and for the mods themselves to rightfully be proud of.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 5:17 AM on June 14 [6 favorites]


I can no longer drink gin on account of my sea monster

Is this a euphemism or can we expect Nessie as a mod soon


It is a baby, a human baby, and I'm breastfeeding it so no gin for me. Nessie is a fresh water beast.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 6:38 AM on June 14 [9 favorites]


Huge thanks to all the mods! You do amazing, amazing work, and keep this place habitable for all of us.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Every day is Mod Appreciation Day!
posted by kristi at 10:20 AM on June 14


WHAT HO, MODS.

Your tireless muck-shoveling keeps the Blue and Green (and professional white) pages of MetaFilter among the best things on the web, and certainly at the top of my reading.

Thank you for all your effort!!!
posted by wenestvedt at 11:19 AM on June 14 [1 favorite]


It is a baby, a human baby

Well, let's just wait for those lab results before we get too certain.
posted by Chrysostom at 11:26 AM on June 14 [2 favorites]


Enormous thanks to the whole mod team for their great work and for their collective grace under the pressure of the past year and a half! "Best of the Web" was never so richly deserved!
posted by Doktor Zed at 11:46 AM on June 14


One thanks the splendid MetaFilter Moderators for the celerity of their duties, their constant exipotic effect on comments in contentious threads, their oft-gaudiloquent tone during the most trying of times, and for their continued efforts to obstrigillate those who would make this hallowed place a less balanced arena of informed and considered debate. May your guacamole never be sinapistic in nature.

Yours Sincerely,
Wordshore,
England.
posted by Wordshore at 12:28 PM on June 14


Hartelijk bedankt, moderators!

(Fun fact: phonetically, the English word 'moderator' sounds like the Dutch for 'mud eater'.)
posted by Too-Ticky at 2:49 PM on June 14 [1 favorite]


tl;dr thank you mods, for everything.
posted by Wordshore at 3:44 PM on June 14


Keep on eschewing obfuscation, Wordshore my man.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 4:05 PM on June 14


Yay!
posted by Gotanda at 4:14 PM on June 14


You guys are great. If this were one of those weird new live-work coworking spaces I would totally live here. Because that's not weird to say at all.

Thanks for being awesome.
posted by limeonaire at 7:07 PM on June 14 [2 favorites]


Thanks, guys!
posted by Defying Gravity at 12:39 AM on June 15


Thank you mods, current and emeritus. Your hard work makes this place a good place to hang out.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 12:46 AM on June 15


The mods here collectively do such a fantastic job that I routinely forget you all exist except as mascots. That's how smoothly you do your jobs. I'm very grateful for the work you do that I never have to think about.
posted by DarlingBri at 7:09 AM on June 15 [1 favorite]


Suurkiitokset moderaattoreille!!!
posted by severiina at 7:52 AM on June 15


Another glass raised to the moddereters (there IS a bridge there somewhere, Too-Ticky! You don't need to eet modder)

Sweden is a little more straight-laced than the Netherlands. Moderaterna here would be the let's-say-conservative party.

Anyway, I came here to say that we just bought a bunch of Covfefe Lagers, so, skål to y'all.
posted by Namlit at 9:46 AM on June 15 [1 favorite]


Thank you to everyone, and thank you also to the moderators. You're all great people to work with and provide excellent and insightful feedback on what I do, helping me a lot with refining ideas and finding issues with wording and functionality that I otherwise would have missed.

I really appreciate how thought-through decisions and changes are, even if it sometimes means talking about something for weeks before deciding 'nah, not going to work'.
posted by frimble (staff) at 11:05 AM on June 15


frimble is the best.
posted by jessamyn (temp) at 2:50 PM on June 15


Ooh! I'm late! Thankee kindly, ye mods of wonder.
posted by Splunge at 2:55 PM on June 15


Tusen tack, as some Swedes might say. I know I'm just repeating what others have said, but the moderators rock. Thanks for maintaining this safe (for me, anyway) place I'm happy to call home.
posted by Bella Donna at 4:34 PM on June 15


Late to the party, but thank you dear moderators!!!
posted by MrBobinski at 6:01 PM on June 15


Thanks, mods!
posted by Lyme Drop at 10:29 PM on June 15


Thank you, mods, for all of the obvious work that you do, especially that which is tedious or onerous ... but also for all the fine, fine silly jokes that you slip into reasons for deleting posts as doubles. "Show Deleted Posts" Greasemonkey script is the best Greasemonkey script because it betrays y'all's secret goofball tendencies, which is relevant to my interests.
posted by sldownard at 10:45 PM on June 15 [1 favorite]


Tusen tack, as some Swedes might say.

Or tack så mycket!
posted by Chrysostom at 9:54 AM on June 16


Next time we meet, first second and third rounds are on me.

I know from experience rounds four, five, and six are much more fun.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 12:49 PM on June 16


Thanks Mefi Mod team, I love your work.
posted by Coaticass at 1:41 PM on June 16


Thanks mods! I see what you do and I appreciate it!
posted by Secretariat at 2:01 PM on June 16


Thank you mods and the rockers as well!
posted by arcticseal at 2:43 PM on June 16


Thank you mods! <3
posted by CoffeeHikeNapWine at 3:20 PM on June 16


You miss rock!
Tausend Dank! (To add to the linguistic tour of the Baltic)
posted by From Bklyn at 11:56 PM on June 16


... that is, you Mods Rock, whether 'miss' 'mister' or any variation in between.

Thanks for all your hard work I'll pick up rounds four five and six.
posted by From Bklyn at 12:03 AM on June 17


Dziękujemy moderatorom i na zdrowie! May your covfefe be whisky-infused every morning.
posted by Ender's Friend at 11:03 AM on June 17


I sent a message through the Contact Form yesterday, which I've never done before, to explain a flag, and very quickly got a thoughtful, empathetic email from LobsterMitten. I really appreciated that. Thank you all for the great care you bring to your difficult work.
posted by ITheCosmos at 5:55 AM on June 18 [1 favorite]


Oh man, I missed this thread over a conference and the weekend.
Thank you, Mods, for everything that you do!
posted by RedOrGreen at 3:19 PM on June 19


Is Jessamyn modding again (still)? I've noticed her doing mod stuff in three threads relatively recently, so is she back on board or was just covering some blank spots in the schedule?

Either way, thanks all mods, past and present!
posted by ODiV at 9:55 AM on June 22


Blank spots, restless_nomad had some travel and vacation stuff lined up the last couple weeks so jessamyn hopped in to help cover the gaps.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:26 AM on June 22 [1 favorite]


Exactly, I am quite happy in my post-MetaFilter lifestyle but also just as happy to hop in and help. And frimble gave me a special "temp" tag!
posted by jessamyn (temp) at 7:53 AM on June 23 [4 favorites]


Which has possible expired, though I'll be around tonight and Sunday!
posted by jessamyn (temp) at 7:54 AM on June 23


Oh ho! We may have miscommunicated Friday as inclusive vs. exclusive bounds, plus the time difference in Austria means "today" isn't always "today" when we're discussing stuff.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:55 AM on June 23 [2 favorites]


Oops. The [temp] tag now should go through Sunday.
posted by frimble (staff) at 11:40 AM on June 23 [2 favorites]


frimble you are the very best.
posted by jessamyn (temp) at 7:06 AM on June 24


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