We lose a mod, but gain more comments! May 29, 2014 10:32 AM   Subscribe

Today is Jessamyn's last day as a mod.

I know we always haven't been on the same side of almost any given issue, but I have sincerely appreciated you here.

I wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors...including the loads and loads of comments you'll be posting on here.

I'm not really big on metatalk love threads. But it would be a goodgoddamn shame if Jessamyn didn't get this thread to let her know that we all consider her departure to be a loss to the community.

Take care and thanks for being a nice person.
posted by hal_c_on to MetaFilter-Related at 10:32 AM (348 comments total) 53 users marked this as a favorite

Thank you. This thread can be the test of my "staff" tag.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:34 AM on May 29, 2014 [35 favorites]


Thank you, jessamyn!
posted by Curious Artificer at 10:37 AM on May 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


Peace out.
posted by josher71 at 10:38 AM on May 29, 2014


Since it's the end of an era but no one has died, in lieu of a period...


posted by phunniemee at 10:38 AM on May 29, 2014 [21 favorites]


Wait, not Saturday?
posted by zarq at 10:40 AM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]



posted by Etrigan at 10:44 AM on May 29, 2014


You should get your star back
posted by devon at 10:47 AM on May 29, 2014 [18 favorites]


Wait, not Saturday?

Shhhhh.


posted by cashman at 10:47 AM on May 29, 2014


Long live jessamyn!
posted by ActingTheGoat at 10:48 AM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


I know you're going off to do a new thing you want to do and I think that's great!

But I hate change, it's no good, I don't appreciate it. I appreciate you and the many awesome things you have done for and with and to this place, and I will miss you.*

* I know, you'll still be around, but it won't be the same! See the thing about hating change.
posted by rtha at 10:51 AM on May 29, 2014 [6 favorites]


No longer a mod but always a rocker.
posted by koebelin at 10:52 AM on May 29, 2014 [66 favorites]


I have been very grateful for Jessamyn as a mod. I am equally grateful for Jessamyn as a member of our community. I win either way :)
posted by ersatzkat at 10:52 AM on May 29, 2014 [11 favorites]



posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:52 AM on May 29, 2014


*rending of garments*
posted by shakespeherian at 10:53 AM on May 29, 2014 [6 favorites]


You should get your star back

You need Flunkie's greasemonkey script
Screenshot
posted by ActingTheGoat at 10:55 AM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


"You know something? I hate change.
I mean, you know, every day, you wake up, something's changed.
Everything's just changing so fast.
I like things to stay the way they are, you know?
I like things you can count on." ~Woody, Cheers

We'll miss your steady, consistent hand on the tiller here, which we have all grown to count on.

May you accomplish wonderful things at the IA!
posted by zarq at 10:57 AM on May 29, 2014 [3 favorites]


JESSAMYN IS
STILL A MOD

[watch very closely for the deletion of this comment]
posted by griphus at 11:02 AM on May 29, 2014 [153 favorites]


You should retire your username and start over as Cooter.
posted by sweetmarie at 11:04 AM on May 29, 2014 [8 favorites]


You should get your star back

★!
posted by Celsius1414 at 11:04 AM on May 29, 2014


Ave atque vale.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 11:05 AM on May 29, 2014 [3 favorites]



posted by Mental Wimp at 11:06 AM on May 29, 2014


jessamyn ★
posted by SpacemanStix at 11:07 AM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


You will be missed.
posted by kalessin at 11:07 AM on May 29, 2014


Thank you so much for everything, jessamyn.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:09 AM on May 29, 2014


I'm here to thank Jessamyn for her help and guidance with the bad things that happened to my Russian friends. That was tremendous, thanks. Hard to believe that was already four years and eight days ago.

I'm also here to thank Jessamyn for being one of my (numerous) internet role models. By that, I mean that I watched a number of really interesting people with interesting ideas consistently write and share and speak, long-form, about those ideas and act in compelling ways. I saw those people build lives and careers out of their interests and I saw the online world/discourse change in a positive way out of what they were doing. When I was starting out, those people were my (perhaps unintentional) examples of ways to have an awesome life that was otherwise impossible to imagine from the isolated and alienating place that I came from.

After years of work, I feel that I have a meaningful life engaged with meaningful problems in part because I had good examples.

Thanks.
posted by fake at 11:10 AM on May 29, 2014 [57 favorites]


But 30 days hath September, April, June, and November -- all the rest have 31!

Also it's only the 29th.
posted by Rhaomi at 11:10 AM on May 29, 2014


Hear Hear.
posted by MartinWisse at 11:11 AM on May 29, 2014



posted by billiebee at 11:11 AM on May 29, 2014


Before I joined Metafilter, I posted one answer to AskMe from my husband's account; there was some question like "why do the lights keep going off in my house when there's a storm?" or "what's up with the power?" or something and I answered "Have you considered ghosts? It's probably ghosts."

To my utter shock, this was deleted and I spent a while being like "Jessamyn has no sense of humor blah blah I am so funny WTF I am the greatest SILENCED ALL MY LIFE &c &c." (I was also like twenty-two at the time so maybe cut me some slack?). Eventually I realized what an AMAZING resource AskMe is and how it would not be nearly so helpful or amazing without people like Jessamyn in general and Jessamyn herself in particular setting the tone. There would be a bunch of people like me assuming our HILARIOUS answers deserved to be heard and just a lot less signal and a lot more noise.

There are so many awesome, awesome things Jessamyn has done (including not saying "WTF shut up" when I email her comments instead of posting them in threads), and the legacy of AskMe as a really helpful and amazing community resources is, I hope, an appropriate tribute and I hope Jessamyn feels super proud and knows that we are all very, very grateful.

And now I know she does have a sense of humor, just also a sense of boundaries, which I really appreciate.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 11:12 AM on May 29, 2014 [29 favorites]


Bon voyage, great Mod! Welcome, ordinary user!

In other words, put on your glasses, Clark Kent, until the next time we need your good sense in some blasted hellscape of a thread.
posted by wenestvedt at 11:14 AM on May 29, 2014 [4 favorites]


I'm pretty damn sure that the calm and even jessamyn we see as a mod is the real jessamyn. But I so want for her last mod post or her first non-mod post to be a total "I've been holding this in for 10 years" freakout of either foul mouthed obscenity or loathsome bigotry, just for the sheer stuntiness of it. But she won't, and that's a lot of the reason why we will miss her being a mod so much.

Goodbye mod jessamyn, hello fellow member jessamyn.
posted by benito.strauss at 11:15 AM on May 29, 2014 [23 favorites]



posted by Rock Steady at 11:17 AM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


Sincerest thanks for all your work here, best of luck on your new venture, and look forward to your continued contributions here!

I know that all sounds pro forma, but sometimes the best way to say something is just the best way.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 11:18 AM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


End of an era. Thanks for the little helps and memos throughout the years.
posted by RolandOfEld at 11:21 AM on May 29, 2014


Awe damn. Bye!! Thanks for all the fish!
posted by chasles at 11:21 AM on May 29, 2014


Metafilter: It's probably ghosts
posted by cashman at 11:22 AM on May 29, 2014 [4 favorites]


Thanks, jessamyn. You're awesome.
posted by gaspode at 11:24 AM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]



posted by ersatzkat at 11:27 AM on May 29, 2014


Thanks for teaching me so much about human interaction over the years, Jessamyn; I look forward to learning plenty more from you because I am decidedly not done yet. And I hope you liked your postcard!
posted by heyho at 11:34 AM on May 29, 2014



posted by Hairy Lobster at 11:34 AM on May 29, 2014


Who brought the cake? Did someone bring the cake?
posted by octobersurprise at 11:35 AM on May 29, 2014



posted by motdiem2 at 11:35 AM on May 29, 2014


Jessamyn
posted by taz (staff) at 11:37 AM on May 29, 2014 [140 favorites]


/heart (i tried alt-3 and it didn't work) :(
posted by marienbad at 11:40 AM on May 29, 2014


jessamyn, your modding will be greatly missed. Thanks for setting such a splendid example.
posted by MoonOrb at 11:43 AM on May 29, 2014


★ Thanks for all your great work here jessamyn! Best of everything to you going forward! ★
posted by moxiequz at 11:43 AM on May 29, 2014



posted by bjrn at 11:45 AM on May 29, 2014


Happy Trails (from the Mod trail) and thanks for all the patience!
posted by Atreides at 11:46 AM on May 29, 2014


I'M NOT READY
posted by desjardins at 11:47 AM on May 29, 2014 [30 favorites]


I know jessamyn to a kind and thoughtful person, from the e-mail she sent me in response to a routine request, when I wasn't expecting anything more than a pro forma reply. I will miss her as a mod.

Thank you, jessamyn.
posted by ogooglebar at 11:49 AM on May 29, 2014


Do we get the 21-Ban Salute now or at the official de-modding ceremony?
posted by EndsOfInvention at 11:50 AM on May 29, 2014 [7 favorites]


I say we lay off MetaTalk too. It was her idea anyway. We can talk about the site in posts on the blue, like before!

And as long as we're consolidating, Projects can get the ax as well since self-links will rule the front page in jessamyn's towering absence.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to an increased percentage of cortex replies to the Contact form
....

*incoherent sobbing*

Ahem. jessamyn, I think your work here helped humanity evolve, just a little. Thank you.
posted by carsonb at 11:50 AM on May 29, 2014 [5 favorites]


Dammit, Jessamyn, you're a nice cannon! Your thoughtfulness is out of control! This mod precinct is done making excuses for your unchecked generosity and wild-eyed composure. I'm gonna have to ask for your badge and banhammer.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:01 PM on May 29, 2014 [51 favorites]


I hope you enjoy your new work! You've been such an important part of the culture here.
posted by jbickers at 12:01 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'll always have greasemonkey!


posted by jessamyn (retired) at 12:03 PM on May 29, 2014 [105 favorites]


I was always sort of hoping if I ever got banned you'd be the one to do it. I mean, seriously, getting banned by Cortex? C'mon, nobody wants that*.

I'm glad you're not actually leaving us.

Just kidding, Cortex! You can ban me any time, sir. But please don't.
posted by bondcliff at 12:03 PM on May 29, 2014 [8 favorites]


I haz a sad.
posted by govtdrone at 12:03 PM on May 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


Dammit, Jessamyn, you're a nice cannon!

She gets results, you stupid chief!!
posted by LionIndex at 12:04 PM on May 29, 2014 [11 favorites]


Early on in my time here I discovered that Jessamyn and I share a (supremely weird and amazing) alma mater. It made this place feel a lil more like home.

Bon voyage, Jessamyn!!
posted by wemayfreeze at 12:06 PM on May 29, 2014



posted by supercrayon at 12:06 PM on May 29, 2014



posted by nooneyouknow at 12:07 PM on May 29, 2014


I was once taking on all comers in a completely pointless Metatalk thread, and I got a message from jessamyn that was equal parts "knock it off!" and "things are getting nasty, are you okay?"

It was the only message I've ever gotten from her, and I still really appreciate both parts of that message as an exemplar of how she has defined moderation here, that it is about making the community the best it can be and that all of us are the community, even when we're being jerks.
posted by hydropsyche at 12:07 PM on May 29, 2014 [23 favorites]


*sigh* Always with the jokey comment, Bondcliff.

In all seriousness, through your posts as a mod I have learned tolerance, understanding and patience. I am a better person because you are here.

Thank you.
posted by bondcliff at 12:12 PM on May 29, 2014 [3 favorites]

Dear Hive Mind: a person I admire greatly is stepping down from her position in a community where we are both active. I have been racking my brains for a week to figure out how to properly express my respect, gratitude, and fondness for her. [More inside]

I have seen her handle difficult situations with grace, clarity and aplomb. I have also gone to a strip club with her, and she (and many other members of our community) were there for me when I really needed support. I haz a sad, Hive Mind, and I just want to know: how do I cope? And should I eat the shrimp salad that's been sitting out on my counter since last night?
posted by scody at 12:13 PM on May 29, 2014 [35 favorites]


So long, and thanks for all the fish.








Also, the birch bark.








And the great modding. That was nice, too.
posted by mds35 at 12:13 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


lol 'retired'
posted by carsonb at 12:13 PM on May 29, 2014 [4 favorites]


The retired badge instead of the staff badge is pretty cute. The blue badge with pale gray text does make it look a little like the badge has been redacted, though.

Anyway, I've appreciated all the hard work, and best of luck at Open Library.
posted by leahwrenn at 12:13 PM on May 29, 2014


/cue up "If I Can't Have You" by the Bee Gees

/edit Hyperbole and a Half image to say
RETIRE
ALL THE MODS
posted by komara at 12:13 PM on May 29, 2014


best wishes to jessamyn in her future endeavors; one of america's premier moderators, librarians and digerati. two questions for her...

any other user have more deleted comments than me? and...

did you ever figure out the facebook thing? i have an account i've never looked at or posted to, yet fb periodically solicits me to friend you in my email, though there is no apparent reason why it should be able to make any connection. this does not happen with the other mods, praise the fsm. i apologize again for bombarding your gmail with the forwards of these solicitations. since then, the solicitations have continued, but now there are umlauts over the y in jessamyn and the e in west. what is up with this? i loathe facebook-style social media, but an inactive account is a great honeypot for graphing them graphing me.
posted by bruce at 12:14 PM on May 29, 2014


The retired badge will look better soon, the rollout is just a little broken at the moment!
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:14 PM on May 29, 2014 [2 favorites]



posted by boo_radley at 12:15 PM on May 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


it should be an animated glitter gif though
posted by elizardbits at 12:16 PM on May 29, 2014 [11 favorites]


cortex: "The retired badge will look better soon, the rollout is just a little broken at the moment!"

Oh thank god

elizardbits: "it should be an animated glitter gif though"

Blingee'd with YOLO rotating glitter text
posted by boo_radley at 12:16 PM on May 29, 2014 [6 favorites]


I have always thought that Jessamyn was the most patient and polite mod while being firm when need be. Then one day she came to the Twin Cities and I met her and my heart went all kinds of fluttery which doesn't happen to me often.

Jessamyn, you are a great mod and a great person. I hope you are even more active here now than when you were shackled with the mod responsibilities. Freedom yay! (at least that's what I've told myself when I've moved on from various jobs)

I'll try to spend more time at my library in your honor.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 12:17 PM on May 29, 2014 [4 favorites]




she may not be a mod anymore but she'll always be a human to me.

so there.

May the road rise up...
posted by infini at 12:18 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


yay, the retired badge worked. Happy trails Jessamyn, knock 'em dead at Open Library.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:22 PM on May 29, 2014 [19 favorites]


Thanks, jessamyn! For so many things, but in particular for shaping AskMe into a resource of unparalleled usefulness, and for helping make Metafilter an oasis of reasonable, measured, egalitarian discourse (and a place where it's okay to be a woman on the internet).

Jessamyn is retired! Long live jessamyn!
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED at 12:22 PM on May 29, 2014


Awwww :D
posted by tilde at 12:24 PM on May 29, 2014


"Dammit, Jessamyn, you're a nice cannon! Your thoughtfulness is out of control! This mod precinct is done making excuses for your unchecked generosity and wild-eyed composure. I'm gonna have to ask for your badge and banhammer."

Uh, everyone knows that you're the loose cannon and she's by the book…

OH GOD SHE'S GOING TO DIE TO MOTIVATE YOU TO BE A BETTER MOD

DON'T DIE JESSAMYN!
posted by klangklangston at 12:25 PM on May 29, 2014 [3 favorites]



posted by woodvine at 12:26 PM on May 29, 2014


hal_c_on: " Today is Jessamyn's last day as a mod. "

I'm guessing this is also LobsterMitten and goodnewsfortheinsane's last day as well. Or at least their last weekend. I'm sure I can speak for many of us when I say we're going to miss you both a lot, too.

One of the nicer aspects of mathowie's "promote from within" policy has been that the people whom many of us probably already respected and liked were given the keys to the kingdom -- and then proved their value by being kind, helpful, patient (ye gods, y'all are PATIENT) and refusing to abuse their newfound powers even in the face of strong temptation. ;)

LM and GNFTI, you've both been exemplary mods, and this will be a poorer place without you both as well. Thank you for everything.
posted by zarq at 12:30 PM on May 29, 2014 [53 favorites]


Like a new country's first election, is this the first peaceful transfer of executive Modly power that MetaFilter has ever seen? You guys, it's history right in front of our eyes!
posted by wenestvedt at 12:32 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


I consider Jessamyn to be more of a friend than a mod, to tell you the truth. But as she rides off to her next adventure, I'd be remiss in not remembering her many kindnesses to me.

Happy retirement, J, and I hope to see you again soon!

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
posted by pjern at 12:33 PM on May 29, 2014 [3 favorites]


LobsterMitten and goodnewsfortheinsane, I hope you two stick around the site, too: just because you had to turn in your badge and gun is no reason to leave us.
posted by wenestvedt at 12:33 PM on May 29, 2014 [11 favorites]


Dammit, Jessamyn, you're a nice cannon! Your thoughtfulness is out of control! This mod precinct is done making excuses for your unchecked generosity and wild-eyed composure. I'm gonna have to ask for your badge and banhammer.

Okay, who wants a buddy cop movie with cortex and jessamyn?
posted by desjardins at 12:34 PM on May 29, 2014 [18 favorites]


noooooooooooooooooooooooo
posted by Justinian at 12:35 PM on May 29, 2014




(Which one hopes will be adopted as MeFi shorthand for gratitude huge too be put into words.)
posted by Doktor Zed at 12:35 PM on May 29, 2014 [3 favorites]


desjardins: " Okay, who wants a buddy cop movie with cortex and jessamyn?"

THE MOD SQUAD
posted by zarq at 12:37 PM on May 29, 2014 [36 favorites]


I am currently phasing out of my place of employment and heading on to newer better things, and I have to say, leaving a place in a controlled exit that's actually exuberant and hopeful and wistful and genuine instead of a slow seething stew of resentment and passive aggression looks like a pretty sweet deal from this vantage point.

Kudos to all the MeFi staff for making this such an obviously awesome place to work and be. Just the fact that this can happen is a testament to how amazing this place is.
posted by Shepherd at 12:38 PM on May 29, 2014 [6 favorites]


*keels over from the long days of constant smoopiness smothering the gray*
posted by infini at 12:40 PM on May 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


A retired badge.........

Jessamyn will henceforth sit in a rocking chair on Metafilter's porch, with a sun hat and a margarita to fend off the Floridian humidity, yelling at the kids to stay off the damn lawn.
posted by kaibutsu at 12:42 PM on May 29, 2014 [6 favorites]


LobsterMitten and goodnewsfortheinsane are awesome and I hope they stay with us.

LobsterMitten sent me a Zalgo email the other day after I alerted the mods to the greatest comment of all time and it made my day. gnfti is always droll and we need as much of that as we can get.
posted by winna at 12:43 PM on May 29, 2014 [4 favorites]


thanks, Jessamyn!
posted by ChuraChura at 12:44 PM on May 29, 2014



posted by The Michael The at 12:52 PM on May 29, 2014


★ Thank you jessamyn, LM, and gnfti!
posted by pointystick at 12:52 PM on May 29, 2014


I wrote some words about Jessamyn a few years ago, shortly after joining this site and added to her workload. {re-reads} Still holds true.

Must write a postcard to Vermont, now.

Thank you Jessamyn, LobsterMitten and goodnewsfortheinsane.
posted by Wordshore at 12:55 PM on May 29, 2014



posted by homunculus at 12:57 PM on May 29, 2014


Thanks for everything and best wishes in your new gig! ♥
posted by Lynsey at 12:57 PM on May 29, 2014


I'm bad at goodbye so I will say good luck and see you down the road
posted by wheelieman at 1:00 PM on May 29, 2014


Jessamyn, LobsterMitten and gnfti should form a band and go on a world tour.
posted by ardgedee at 1:04 PM on May 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


and then, Jessamyn vanishes in the blue police box we all knew she had.
posted by The Whelk at 1:04 PM on May 29, 2014 [24 favorites]


Best wishes, Jessamyn. I'm sure we'll meet up sometime, Vermont being Vermont.
posted by beagle at 1:04 PM on May 29, 2014


Too many feels.....

Thank you J.
posted by pearlybob at 1:09 PM on May 29, 2014



Thanks for everything.
posted by thivaia at 1:15 PM on May 29, 2014



posted by lampshade at 1:15 PM on May 29, 2014


Aw shoot, two people already thanked you for all the fish so I will thank you for all the kindness and excellent moderation.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 1:30 PM on May 29, 2014


Thanks for being a righteous dude
posted by angrycat at 1:33 PM on May 29, 2014 [3 favorites]


♥ ★ ♥ ★ ♥ ★ ♥ ★ ♥ ★ ♥ ★ ♥
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 1:36 PM on May 29, 2014


Ya done good, Cooter, ya done real good.

I've set up my account over at the Open Library and am crafting various inappropriate comments to be deleted.

Stay strong, my European sista!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:41 PM on May 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


Like the retired badge!
posted by Melismata at 1:41 PM on May 29, 2014


Okay, the 'retired' badge is pretty spiffy. She may be retired, but I certainly wouldn't describe her as 'retiring', though!
posted by rmd1023 at 1:45 PM on May 29, 2014


I give you a hug, buy you a drink, bake you cookies. For all you have done a hearty thanks.
posted by From Bklyn at 1:47 PM on May 29, 2014


Thank you, Jessamyn, and good luck.

Eventually I realized what an AMAZING resource AskMe is and how it would not be nearly so helpful or amazing without people like Jessamyn in general and Jessamyn herself in particular setting the tone.

Could anyone point me to the MeTa (I assume there was one) when AskMe was first rolled out?
posted by torticat at 1:49 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]




Thank you, jessamyn!
posted by juliplease at 1:55 PM on May 29, 2014




posted by taff at 1:56 PM on May 29, 2014



You will continue to be an inspiration to me. See you around!

posted by obloquy at 1:57 PM on May 29, 2014


Do we get a scene like this when mod Jessamyn turns into retired Jessamyn?

Thank you and good luck!
posted by penguin pie at 1:58 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


You've had your troubles with me over the years (lord knows what the mod-side view of my account looks like) but you've always forgiven and forgotten, and I've always considered the ability to forgive as one of the greatest attributes a person can possess. You've yelled at me, comforted me, scolded me, offered me common sense advice that for whatever reason I was blind to at the moment. All considered, you've been a colorful and valuable part of this community, whether you were being no-nonsense or interjecting your comments/Memails with just a tinge of catty snarkiness.

Thanks for keeping me in line.
posted by item at 2:02 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]



posted by rewil at 2:05 PM on May 29, 2014


I've always been under the impression that one wasn't a Real MeFite until one has received a gently chiding MeMail from Jessamyn. I guess I'll never be one now, wahhh.

All the best at the Open Library!
posted by peripathetic at 2:10 PM on May 29, 2014 [3 favorites]


See you out on the highways!
posted by vrakatar at 2:10 PM on May 29, 2014


★ Thank you for keeping us all in line. I'll miss you telling other misbehaving people (never me, goodness no) to knock it off in off in AskMe with good humor and a firm hand. Best wishes on your new ventures!
posted by donajo at 2:12 PM on May 29, 2014


Jessamyn is retired! Long live jessamyn!

Jessamyn is a replicant? I knew it!
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 2:13 PM on May 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


Could anyone point me to the MeTa (I assume there was one) when AskMe was first rolled out?

Proto-AskMetafilter (December 8, 2003 6:13 PM)

Ask Metafilter is Born (December 8, 2003 9:17 PM)
posted by rory at 2:16 PM on May 29, 2014 [6 favorites]


♥ ★
posted by trip and a half at 2:18 PM on May 29, 2014


We'll always have the chicken.
posted by Carbolic at 2:21 PM on May 29, 2014 [4 favorites]




Sorry, that's:

How 'bout a link on the front page that sez Ask MetaFilter (June 7, 2001 4:34 PM)

MetaTalk archeology is fun!
posted by rory at 2:27 PM on May 29, 2014 [3 favorites]




I've set up my account over at the Open Library and am crafting various inappropriate comments to be deleted.

Bless your heart for being so considerate and worrying that I might feel lonely without constant weird maybe-it's-a-joke-maybe-it's-harassment microaggressions over at my new job!
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 2:35 PM on May 29, 2014 [73 favorites]


How 'bout a link on the front page that sez Ask MetaFilter (June 7, 2001 4:34 PM)

Among my favorite things about that MeTa is that there are nine comments in it.

"Hey, here's a pretty radical proposal for the site."

...
posted by MoonOrb at 2:37 PM on May 29, 2014


jessamyn do you get to write yourself out of the FAQ?
which is to say, really, the 'retired' badge links to the 'Who's in charge here?' FAQ which, uh, should be updated. fucking practical shit, damnit.
posted by carsonb at 2:38 PM on May 29, 2014


Yeah, there's a bunch of little stuff that'll need changing over the next little bit.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:38 PM on May 29, 2014



posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? at 2:40 PM on May 29, 2014


jessamyn do you get to write yourself out of the FAQ?

Did it already. Let me know if there's any straggling stuff you notice.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 2:41 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


All of the mods and Especially Jessamyn have made me a better, more thoughtful internet user. One who more often assumes good faith, tries for patience, and is always reminding herself that everyone's hardest struggle is their hardest struggle, so be kind.

Thank you! It's made my own life so much better, at the very least.
posted by ldthomps at 2:44 PM on May 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


I've set up my account over at the Open Library and am crafting various inappropriate comments to be deleted.

Brandon Blatcher, this reads a lot like you're threatening to go harass jessamyn at her new job, which is kind of shitty.
posted by KathrynT at 2:45 PM on May 29, 2014 [7 favorites]


and then, Jessamyn vanishes in the blue police box we all knew she had.

"Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there's injustice, and somewhere else the tea is getting cold. Come on, Ace, we've got work to do."
posted by grouse at 2:45 PM on May 29, 2014 [8 favorites]


0/ byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Wish you all the best at your new position. :)

Thankyou for being fabulous.
posted by Faintdreams at 2:50 PM on May 29, 2014


Thank you for the good work you've done, and thank you for how you've consistently modeled kind and civil speech. Here's to your taking that to a wider community!
posted by apartment dweller at 2:54 PM on May 29, 2014


I'm going to miss your modding, jessamyn. /sniffles
posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 2:55 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


Thank you for not deleting my jokey AskMe answer that people liked.

Thank you for deleting my jokey AskMe answers that in retrospect were not such a good idea.
posted by hydrophonic at 2:56 PM on May 29, 2014


Thanks, Jessamyn. My participation has been erratic, but not my reading, and you have always been a calm, rational voice. Often in a sea of chaos. You will truly be missed as a mod.

Best of luck in your future endeavors, and hope to see you continue on here as a user.
posted by Meep! Eek! at 3:06 PM on May 29, 2014


KathrynT: Brandon Blatcher, this reads a lot like you're threatening to go harass jessamyn at her new job, which is kind of shitty.

Get a fuckin' grip. Do you actually believe that he's "crafting various inappropriate comments" for her over at Open Library? Seriously.
posted by gman at 3:09 PM on May 29, 2014 [7 favorites]


Something something best intentions.
posted by Big_B at 3:12 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]




Everyone has already said everything I might have said. Sniff.
posted by sm1tten at 3:13 PM on May 29, 2014


Did it already. Let me know if there's any straggling stuff you notice.

Only the gaping hole in my heart.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 3:19 PM on May 29, 2014 [14 favorites]


You can't really see the (retired) on jessamyn's profile page in mobile view. Is that intentional? Or is it my eyesight? Or the gin?
posted by billiebee at 3:22 PM on May 29, 2014


I'm shocked.


... that Jessamyn uses MeFi with the professional white background.
posted by zsazsa at 3:30 PM on May 29, 2014




Thank you, Jessamyn, LobsterMitten and gnfti.
posted by clearlydemon at 3:37 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


Maybe I haven't always succeeded, but one thing I learned in my lurking years was: Try Not To Write Anything That'll Make Jessamyn Need To Straighten Your Ass Out.....
posted by easily confused at 3:42 PM on May 29, 2014 [3 favorites]


I'll miss you Jessamyn.
Best wishes.
posted by SLC Mom at 3:43 PM on May 29, 2014




Thank you.
posted by nenequesadilla at 3:45 PM on May 29, 2014


Thank you for being there, Jessamyn. You're the best.

When I was at my lowest low, you helped me with a comment on my blog. I didn't even know anyone was out there, so it was quite a surprise and it really helped. Your effect on MetaFilter over the years must've been so much greater, so this is going to be quite a loss for the site.

May your future be bright and happy.
posted by Kevin Street at 3:46 PM on May 29, 2014 [5 favorites]



posted by dayintoday at 3:58 PM on May 29, 2014


She killed off the phrase "I'd hit that" singlehandedly. Comparable to cleaning the Augean Stables, that was.
posted by double block and bleed at 4:03 PM on May 29, 2014 [52 favorites]


Get a fuckin' grip. Do you actually believe that he's "crafting various inappropriate comments" for her over at Open Library? Seriously.

ho ho the promise of this unfunny and in fact bad behavior becomes hilarious when it's in an ironic voice

Time and place, dude.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 4:06 PM on May 29, 2014 [3 favorites]


Anyhow, good luck to you, jessamyn! You're bound to do cool work at your next job, and it'll be novel for me, as a relatively new user, to see you commenting as another site member rather than as a site member and a mod. Once again, good luck, and nice new tag!
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 4:08 PM on May 29, 2014


Rustic Etruscan: ho ho the promise of this unfunny and in fact bad behavior becomes hilarious when it's in an ironic voice

Time and place, dude.


Look, it doesn't matter if you or I found Blatcher's joke amusing, there are tons of people on here whose attempts at humour fall flat. What boggles my mind is how anyone in their right mind could perceive what he said as a threat. As for "time and place", I'm not really sure what you mean... are you saying that this thread is supposed to only contain serious sentiments about jessamyn leaving? Like obvious jokes are verboten? Because if so, that's beyond ridiculous.
posted by gman at 4:16 PM on May 29, 2014


Does this mean we can go back to turning MetaTalk threads into recipe swaps??
posted by mudpuppie at 4:17 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


★♥♥★ All the best at Open Library, Jessamyn!! ★♥♥★
posted by Westringia F. at 4:22 PM on May 29, 2014 [15 favorites]


Above. And. Beyond. I look forward to the ceremony next year when they raise the number 292 to hang in the rafters for future generations to look at and remember the golden age.

Welcome to the next chapter, Jess.
posted by not_on_display at 4:26 PM on May 29, 2014 [4 favorites]


Thank you for all these good years, jessamyn.
posted by Pallas Athena at 4:42 PM on May 29, 2014


Jessamyn, LobsterMitten and gnfti: Thank you for the gifts of your help, insight, humor, and patience. Much appreciated.
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:49 PM on May 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


adios, ms. jessamyn, enjoy a vanilla egg cream on me.
posted by jonmc at 4:54 PM on May 29, 2014


♥ ★
posted by various at 4:54 PM on May 29, 2014


You may not realize it, jessamyn, but I've learned a lot from you during the time I've been here. Thanks for teaching me. I'm a better person for it, both in this forum and in life at large.
posted by hippybear at 4:58 PM on May 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


>> Okay, who wants a buddy cop movie with cortex and jessamyn?

> THE MOD SQUAD

... "but very Keystone Kops" !
posted by Westringia F. at 5:00 PM on May 29, 2014 [4 favorites]


She killed off the phrase "I'd hit that" singlehandedly. Comparable to cleaning the Augean Stables, that was.

Seriously. Even here, "boner reports" were a pretty regular occurrence. I can't recall the last time I saw one on MetaFilter.
posted by LionIndex at 5:02 PM on May 29, 2014 [10 favorites]


♥ x infinity!
posted by bitter-girl.com at 5:10 PM on May 29, 2014


Thanks for making askme into what it is. It has been my favorite spot on the internet for nearly a decade. Watching your evenhanded moderation style also taught me a lot about how to fairly diffuse all that insane bickering at my work. So thanks for that too. Best of luck. ♥
posted by milarepa at 5:26 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


Thanks jessamyn. Stay in touch.
posted by DaddyNewt at 5:28 PM on May 29, 2014


Thank your for your service jessamyn.
posted by Dag Maggot at 5:29 PM on May 29, 2014


Congratulations on a job well done and good luck in future endeavors. You are a great moderator. And funny too!
posted by Roger Dodger at 5:30 PM on May 29, 2014


Isn't this the part where we learn that the true power of moderation was within each of us?
posted by humanfont at 5:37 PM on May 29, 2014 [20 favorites]


I'm just going to pretend this isn't happening. La la la la.
posted by madamjujujive at 5:39 PM on May 29, 2014 [3 favorites]


MetaFilter: La la la la.
posted by homunculus at 5:46 PM on May 29, 2014 [4 favorites]


♡♥♡♥♡♡♡♥★☆★☆★☆★♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡
posted by KogeLiz at 5:47 PM on May 29, 2014


Three cheers for all her wonderful work Jessamyning!
posted by Sparx at 5:47 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


Where do I sign up to send Jessamyn 5 ♥ a month? Cuz I'm totally down with that.
posted by Frayed Knot at 5:58 PM on May 29, 2014


My wife is a librarian by education. She may be sick of hearing stories about the latest thing this awesome librarian woman on Metafilter said or did, but I am not sick of telling them. Godspeed.
posted by ftm at 5:59 PM on May 29, 2014 [3 favorites]


I really, truly suck at this sort of thing and often try to just avoid it. Which is basically why I have been staying out of these threads about Jessamyn leaving the team.

Best of luck in your future endeavors elsewhere. And, hey, you aren't actually leaving! I guess some of us five dollar noobs will get to know you in a new way once the staff tag is gone.
posted by Michele in California at 6:05 PM on May 29, 2014


This sucks.


posted by zennie at 6:05 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


Isn't this the part where we learn that the true power of moderation was within each of us?

That was when Jessamyn carried you....
posted by mudpuppie at 6:06 PM on May 29, 2014 [27 favorites]


Keep a little Jessamyn in your soul.
posted by The Whelk at 6:11 PM on May 29, 2014 [6 favorites]


wishing you...
♥ love
☺ happiness (or シ)
★ stardom
☼ sunshine
↑ onward & upward
∞ forever

(any more would require emojis and I'm NOT going there)
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:12 PM on May 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


Also



and


posted by zennie at 6:13 PM on May 29, 2014


I'm with Hippybear. I have also learned so much from reading your balanced and impressively spot on moderation. I do my best to mimic and pass on that behavior wherever I go online.

Thank you and good luck!
posted by Vaike at 6:29 PM on May 29, 2014


I'm voting #1 Jessamyn West in perpetuity.
posted by arcticseal at 6:40 PM on May 29, 2014 [5 favorites]


♥ ★
posted by introp at 6:43 PM on May 29, 2014


Thanks for always keeping it reasonable, sensible, and classy around here.
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:51 PM on May 29, 2014


Do LobsterMitten and gnifti get a retired tag, too?

I'll miss you.
posted by gingerest at 7:12 PM on May 29, 2014 [4 favorites]


Thanks for all the patience, grace, and good humor you've shared with us here, Jessamyn - count me among those who have learned a lot from you being here in all your modly glory. I'm still in denial about you, LM, and gnifti no longer being mods, although sadly the little "staff" stickers I've fashioned out of Post-Its don't really scroll all that well so I guess it's time to get used to it. Best of luck in your new endeavors!
posted by DingoMutt at 7:13 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


I already knew librarians were awesome but I think you go above and beyond awesome. You've already been to New Orleans before I joined, I think, but if there's another meet up here and you come, I probably will too. I also joined Open Library and am following your blog. -- Just another fan of Jessamyn!
posted by Anitanola at 7:36 PM on May 29, 2014


Happy trails and thank you, Jessamyn. Please don't leave us alone too long - you know we'll just get into mischief when you have your back turned.
posted by aryma at 7:40 PM on May 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


I feel I treated LobsterMitten and GoodNewsFortheInsane a bit shabbily. I've not interacted with them much, I tend to read more than post and usernames don't usually stick unless I've had a particular interaction in person or online.

Since hearing the news of cut backs I've started to look out for their names and read more of their decrees. I can see what a loss it will to not have them around either. Not just beloved Jessamyn.

So, in short, everyone here has brought something special and losing your modliness will be felt by all. What I love is the genuine regret your boss shows about losing you. It means he realises how great you are too. And that's not as common in bosses as it should be.

So...travel well all three of you and please be in our lives here as contributors forever, if that's what you'd like. Because I think that's what we'd all like, possums. Xx
posted by taff at 7:42 PM on May 29, 2014 [12 favorites]


I may have missed this ( and since I'm just now listening to the latest) will you still be on the Podcast? if not I'm afraid I'll always be like wait, which one is Matt? Which one is Josh?
posted by 922257033c4a0f3cecdbd819a46d626999d1af4a at 7:47 PM on May 29, 2014


Yes, indeed—good luck, Jessamyn, LobsterMitten, and good news for the insane! I hope that each of enjoy building your respective presidential libraries.
posted by ignignokt at 7:50 PM on May 29, 2014 [2 favorites]



posted by mediareport at 7:50 PM on May 29, 2014


Hexidecimal string guy: In the initial announcement, Jessamyn did indeed verify that she'll still be casting pods as she did before.
posted by ignignokt at 7:52 PM on May 29, 2014


Thanks!
posted by dmh at 7:53 PM on May 29, 2014


You can call me hexy.
That's good news!
posted by 922257033c4a0f3cecdbd819a46d626999d1af4a at 7:54 PM on May 29, 2014


THE MOD SQUAD

Does anyone else feel that this could be some kind of smoke screen? Top mods "retiring?" Who believes that? I imagine we'll soon hear about some "Impossible Modding Squad" cropping up with plausible deniability in moderation hotspots across the Internet. Mark my words....

Seriously, though, if you're asked to come out of retirement for "one last moderation," say "no." That kind of thing never ends well.
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:54 PM on May 29, 2014 [5 favorites]


Accentuating the postive, Jessamyn is a really good commenter - which I know is a bit like saying "well, the tip of the iceberg is absolutely gorgeous!", but.
posted by running order squabble fest at 7:55 PM on May 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


Jessamyn, you're up in New England, and I'm here in the midwest, but should we ever find ourselves at a meetup together, your drinks are on me.

/not kidding/
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:56 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


"Seriously. Even here, "boner reports" were a pretty regular occurrence. I can't recall the last time I saw one on MetaFilter.

2010, probs.
posted by klangklangston at 8:02 PM on May 29, 2014


Last weekend I bought a super-cool postcard that at first I was going to send to one of my brothers, but today I sent it to Herself in recognition of her honorable service. I hope you like it (and that the Post Office doesn't put routing stickers over all my writing)!
posted by wenestvedt at 8:06 PM on May 29, 2014


Thank you for not deleting my jokey AskMe answer that people liked.
Ditto. Or my untraceable duplicate post about poorly constructed burritos.

♥ ♥ ♥



wait, which one is Matt? Which one is Josh?
Matt is the one that sounds like Roman Mars.

posted by jeoc at 8:14 PM on May 29, 2014


I guess he sorta does sound like Roman.
posted by 922257033c4a0f3cecdbd819a46d626999d1af4a at 8:23 PM on May 29, 2014


Sigh... Be well, and thanks to Jessamyn, LM and GNFTI (which I always pronounce as "nifty").
posted by carmicha at 8:28 PM on May 29, 2014


I'm still holding out for the "Jessamyn tours and blogs all the Carnegie libraries" that Matt suggested. (Because, as previously mentioned, Oakland has five. And I want Jessamyn to come to Oakland.)

LobsterMitten, gnifti — what Oakland-related interests do you have that we could use to entice you to visit, hmm?
posted by Lexica at 8:32 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


Fare thee well, jessamyn.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:37 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


Vaya con dios, guys.

Which dios is left as an exercise for the reader.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:44 PM on May 29, 2014 [3 favorites]


Thank you Jessamyn. You've been the heart of so much of what I love about Metafilter. I will miss you very much as a mod, but am already enjoying seeing you more on the blue as a regular user. All the best with your job at Open Library!

And thank you too, LobsterMitten and goodnewsfortheinsane. You've been really good mods in the short time we have had you, and though I really cannot afford to help support Mefi at the moment, as soon as things change and I am able to, I will do my part. I hope that in time one or both of you will be able to come back as mods (if that is still what you want to do then), and in the mean time, all the best wishes for what you are moving onto next.
posted by catchingsignals at 8:47 PM on May 29, 2014


You've been wonderful Jessamyn, and I'm sure you're going to continue to be wonderful, so it's all good!

Thanks for all you've done to make this the place it is, best of luck with everything!
posted by marxchivist at 8:50 PM on May 29, 2014


I'm glad to hear you'll still be one of the Metahawks at the diner. All the best, Jessamyn.
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 9:02 PM on May 29, 2014


KathrynT: Brandon Blatcher, this reads a lot like you're threatening to go harass jessamyn at her new job, which is kind of shitty.

Get a fuckin' grip. Do you actually believe that he's "crafting various inappropriate comments" for her over at Open Library? Seriously.


Amazing. I was wondering who was going to be the asshole who ruins this thread by calling someone out for a joke. Also, I think Brandon Blatcher is pretty prolific here. He's kinda a jokester, but his comments are never inappropriate.
posted by hal_c_on at 9:05 PM on May 29, 2014


Many thanks for all the great things you've done for this community. ♥
posted by tonycpsu at 9:05 PM on May 29, 2014


Wandering down memory lane, I'm kinda bummed that all the chicken fucking pictures are gone. I mean, I could find other chicken fucking pictures, but it's not that I want to see any old person fucking any old chicken, I want to be able to look at those pictures and think "A mod did that".
posted by Bugbread at 9:05 PM on May 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


I mean, a mod posted that. I don't think Jessamyn is physically capable of actually doing that.
posted by Bugbread at 9:06 PM on May 29, 2014 [4 favorites]


Also Jessamyn, have you (specifically) ever banned me?
posted by hal_c_on at 9:08 PM on May 29, 2014


♥ Many thanks. G'luck out there!
posted by Alterscape at 9:26 PM on May 29, 2014


Good night, good night!
Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night
till it be morrow.

posted by Meta Filter at 9:45 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


"He's kinda a jokester, but his comments are never inappropriate."

Yeah, yeah, mine neither!
posted by klangklangston at 9:51 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


Wishing you every success and satisfaction in your future endeavours, Jessamyn.
posted by Cheese Monster at 10:18 PM on May 29, 2014


I was wondering who was going to be the asshole who ruins this thread by calling someone out for a joke.

It really wouldn't be a farewell from MetaFilter without some internecine sniping.
posted by gingerest at 10:22 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


Wandering down memory lane, I'm kinda bummed that all the chicken fucking pictures are gone. I mean, I could find other chicken fucking pictures, but it's not that I want to see any old person fucking any old chicken, I want to be able to look at those pictures and think "A mod did that".


Keep fucking that chicken!

posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:39 PM on May 29, 2014 [4 favorites]


Love and buckits
posted by krinklyfig at 10:52 PM on May 29, 2014


Jessamyn "retired"
how about, Mod Emeritus!
posted by calgirl at 11:05 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


You're absolutely the greatest, Jessamyn. Thanks for so much. It's really impossible to put in words how much the visible and invisible things you've done here as a mod have contributed to our lives. Big, big star.

And the lonely wind whispers "cooter"
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:31 PM on May 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


Yay Jessamyn! I renewed my library card today in your honor.
posted by deliciae at 11:37 PM on May 29, 2014 [2 favorites]


Noooooooooo!

We'll miss you immensely, jessamyn. Thanks for all the exemplary modding.
posted by Salamander at 12:15 AM on May 30, 2014


Thank you for your contributions to this place. Your influence has helped me grow into a stronger person and expect better from the world around me.
posted by samthemander at 12:16 AM on May 30, 2014



posted by mumkin at 1:04 AM on May 30, 2014


jessamyn, your influence as a mod over the years here = incalculable; you may have handed over the banhammer, but I'm really glad that librarian jessamyn will still be around.

Thanks again for everything, jessamyn, and also to LobsterMitten, and goodnewsfortheinsane! This place wouldn't be the same without you, so I'm looking forward to seeing your comments in future threads.

♥ ♥ ♥
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 1:11 AM on May 30, 2014


It's easy to compose a glib line or two in an attempt to demonstrate you are right.
What's more important, and a lot more difficult, is to change people's minds.

Thank you for each occasion where you changed mine.
posted by Pudhoho at 1:47 AM on May 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


♥★♥
posted by gleuschk at 3:10 AM on May 30, 2014



posted by EvaDestruction at 3:17 AM on May 30, 2014


With one simple email, Jessamyn guided me into becoming a more thoughtful Metafilter and Internet citizen.

Years ago, I had responded to a question and started getting fighty with another member. She sent me a quick email saying she understood where I was coming from, but noticed that my posts had a tendency to attack and then become apologetic.

As self-aware as I wanted to think I was, I truly had no idea that was how I was behaving.

But it is how I was behaving.

And she called me out on it, in a thoughtful, respectful and intelligent way.

When people say that Metafilter is a special community, I know they're right. We are smart. We are kind. We are connected. And for me, it's because years ago, Jessamyn went out of her way to treat me with kindness while also saying that frankly, I was acting like a dick. She genuinely helped me change how I interact with people in all areas of my life, and helped me feel like part of the Metafilter family.

Thank you, Jessamyn.
posted by kinetic at 4:20 AM on May 30, 2014 [8 favorites]


Thank you! I hate goodbyes, I'm so glad it isn't one! Damn you wet eyes, must be all these stars. And thanks for the enthusiastic muffin badge, I'll always wear it proudly.
posted by hat_eater at 4:30 AM on May 30, 2014


One day (before I realized that there was another Jessamyn West) I happened to be in a very fancy private library in NYC. As I waited for the person I was to meet, I was looking through fancy rare book after fancy rare book when I spotted a collection of small, beautifully bound books with the name Jessamyn West on the spine. My first thought was; "Damn, is there nothing that Jessamyn can't do?"
posted by R. Mutt at 4:43 AM on May 30, 2014 [7 favorites]


.
posted by Flood at 5:08 AM on May 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


Do the departing mods get a day of grace when they first appear as normal users? I think they've more than earned a 24-hour window for unlimited snarking, odd derails, edit window abuse, replying @people, and all that fun stuff. After being on best behaviour for so long, letting some of that out can only be good for your souls.
posted by metaBugs at 5:24 AM on May 30, 2014 [2 favorites]



posted by greenish at 5:29 AM on May 30, 2014


<3
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 5:33 AM on May 30, 2014 [1 favorite]



posted by dg at 5:43 AM on May 30, 2014


[scene: Planet Metafilter]

Jessamyn: I'll return. I promise.

[Jessamyn takes off in X-wing fighter]


Matt: That mod was our last hope.
Cortex: No...there is another.
Matt: ...Well, yeah, there's taz and r_n.
Cortex: Okay, you just totally killed this. I'm going to go eat a giant doughnut.

Best of luck to all departing mods. You have made this a better place.
posted by Chrysostom at 5:54 AM on May 30, 2014 [3 favorites]



posted by pemberkins at 6:00 AM on May 30, 2014


Thank you for all you've done here. This place is awesome, and it was in no small way helped by you Jessamyn. May your journey be met with unyielding happiness.
posted by Twain Device at 6:00 AM on May 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


At last!!! Now nothing can stop my eeeevil plans to rule the ENTIRE TRI-STATE AREA!!!

Bwa-haa-haa!!!!


oh, wait, that's Perry the Platypus....nemmind
posted by briank at 6:06 AM on May 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


I missed the cake. Was there cake?
posted by octobersurprise at 6:11 AM on May 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


Do the departing mods get a day of grace when they first appear as normal users? I think they've more than earned a 24-hour window for unlimited snarking, odd derails, edit window abuse, replying @people, and all that fun stuff.

You know, I was thinking exactly that - either that or the opposite - for the first day everything they post is deleted with a stern but vague warning in square brackets ([Don't do this, please], [You need to not do this], [We can be better than this, and if you can't be, we will help], [Just... no]).
posted by running order squabble fest at 6:12 AM on May 30, 2014 [8 favorites]


Thank you, Jessamyn. Good journeying to you.
posted by anya32 at 7:28 AM on May 30, 2014



posted by lungtaworld at 7:31 AM on May 30, 2014


As Jessamyn West awoke one morning from uneasy dreams she found herself transformed in her bed into a gigantic user...

Thanks for all the remarkable work modding, and welcome to the Dark Side.
posted by philipy at 7:41 AM on May 30, 2014 [3 favorites]


Thank you so much for all you've done here.
posted by odinsdream at 7:42 AM on May 30, 2014


how about, Mod Emeritus!

I also wanted to suggest "emeritus" as maybe being snazzier than "retired."

And that way we could argue about whether everyone is "emeritus" or we should make the distinction between a "mod emeritus" and a "mod emerita" or whether we should let the mod in question determine how they want to be emerited.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 7:50 AM on May 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


And thanks, and sorry for the times I made work for you.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 7:51 AM on May 30, 2014


Ever since I discovered bourbon, I've been saying Moderation is Overrated.

But it wasn't when Jessamyn did it. G'luck! ♥
posted by DigDoug at 8:00 AM on May 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


Jessamyn, have you (specifically) ever banned me?

Twice! Just little bans though, really.....

I'm not sure I've said enough good things about gnfti and LobsterMitten here. It may not be well-known but gnfti besides being a terrific musician, affable mod, and all around mensch, lives in the Netherlands from which he sent me a delightful bag of licorice, stroopwaffels and a little magnetic pin that says "Staff" My return package to him is woefully late. He is, I think, the most conscientious of all of us.

LobsterMitten is the only mod I have never actually seen (r_n has met her, I know she is real) and that's weird because she's the one who lives closest to me and is, I believe, the closest to me demographically (age, gender, education, number of living parents). She took to the FAQ like a duck to water and has made a lot of the user-facing verbiage clearer and more concise and probably friendlier.

When I was at the local public library this week, the librarian asked me "But what about LobsterMitten?" and I was completely freaked out that maybe she'd been following me online but no, she had just read my note on Facebook and thought the username was hilarious and wanted to make a joke about it. This is a librarian not known for jokes and now I have one with her and this makes me happy.

I went out for ice cream last night with some local friends & planning to work on my MeFi Mix today and read this little stack of postcards and mail I've gotten from people. Tomorrow I'm heading to Board Game Night in MA (if anyone else is in that area, come on by) and I may briefly Facetime in to a London meetup earlier in the day. My inbox was weirdly quiet this morning but I think it's a thing I can get used to. Thanks again everyone, this is super sweet.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 8:01 AM on May 30, 2014 [24 favorites]


I missed the cake. Was there cake?

Funny you should mention that... for folks in the Boston area, there will be cake later in June (not mine, but tickets are free).
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 8:03 AM on May 30, 2014


Thank you, Jessamyn, for everything!
posted by tel3path at 8:10 AM on May 30, 2014


Welcome to being a retired mefite Jessamyn! Hope your new gig is pretty awesome. : )
posted by xarnop at 8:12 AM on May 30, 2014



posted by Brainy at 8:12 AM on May 30, 2014


I've been around online communities since the BBS days and I've seen each and every one devolve into a troll fest and then slowly die. I've sometimes been skeptical of mods, but THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for keeping MeFi amazing for far longer than any forum I've known.
posted by Skwirl at 8:12 AM on May 30, 2014


I'd like to change my username to "two little bans".
posted by hal_c_on at 8:16 AM on May 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


You will be missed, Jessamyn. Thank you for all you've done for the community.


posted by dawkins_7 at 8:29 AM on May 30, 2014


Oxford commas and cake are two of my favorite things!

Many ♥s, thanks, and well-wishes to Jessamyn, LobsterMitten, and goodnewsfortheinsane.
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:29 AM on May 30, 2014



posted by solotoro at 8:35 AM on May 30, 2014


Welcome back to gen pop, jessamyn
posted by MoonOrb at 8:37 AM on May 30, 2014 [3 favorites]


I've never been, uh, modded, but I've watched from afar. You and the team are great. Thanks for everything.

And best of luck at the Open Library! They're lucky to have you.
posted by postcommunism at 8:46 AM on May 30, 2014


What has always astounded me is how Jessamyn will say "this is kind of a not so great way to approach things" or somesuch and you know in your heart she means "Cut out that shit!" but you still feel okay about it. It's like mod kung fu or something.

I always read those comments and marvel.

You're awesome, Jessamyn, you're gonna wow them at Open Library, too.
posted by Omnomnom at 9:00 AM on May 30, 2014 [7 favorites]


It's like mod kung fu or something.

It's Jedi mind tricks.

"Those were not the words you were looking for.... I find your lack of civility disturbing..."
posted by philipy at 9:15 AM on May 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


Omnomnom: "What has always astounded me is how Jessamyn will say "this is kind of a not so great way to approach things" or somesuch and you know in your heart she means "Cut out that shit!" but you still feel okay about it. It's like mod kung fu or something."

I've been thinking about that kung fu a lot lately actually as when I was explaining to non-Mefites what mods actually do, it was suggested that I'd be good at it. I argued vehemently that I would not. They argued why not; I know what does and doesn't derail a conversation. I argued that I don't the temperament or patience or the delicate touch.

I also know what it looks like when a guy has a good hair cut. That doesn't mean I can cut my own hair.

Thanks to Jessamyn and LobsterMitten and goodnewsfortheinsane for doing it and making it look so easy.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:15 AM on May 30, 2014 [5 favorites]


You're an inspiration, Jessamyn! Happy professional trails (but of course you'll still be around here all the time as a commenter, right? RIGHT??)
posted by aka burlap at 9:17 AM on May 30, 2014


Oh hey pb &al -- I just noticed that the little "(retired)" link on jessamyn's profile is basically invisible, at least once it's been followed. screenshot
posted by Westringia F. at 9:24 AM on May 30, 2014


But with everyone else "kind of" and "not so great" would be seen as waffling and wouldn't be taken seriously! Except with the mods, they Mean Business.
posted by Omnomnom at 9:25 AM on May 30, 2014


Totally disagree with this MeTa post - which is, in my opinion, nothing but a deathly dagger plunged deep into the hitherto death-and-dagger-free midriff of MetaFilter.

I draw your attention to the fact that this thread began on 29 May, and states: Today is Jessamyn's last day as a mod. But is that not completely inconsistent with Matt "ironclad" Haughey's promise to us all that the mod-austerity package would be [s]tarting June 1st - ?

In other words: have we not been short-changed of TWO whole jessamyn-days, not to mention 48 gnfti-hours and 2,880 LobsterMinutes? This is just another example of the horrifying effects of "mathowienomics" on our market-place of ideas.

On that basis, I demand that MetaFilter compensate us all for the precise quantities of moderation excellence we have been denied. Vote #1 quidnunc kid as Chief Auditor of MetaFilter, and I will immediately conduct a thorough study into just how many additional cortex-weeks we should receive in just compensation for this outrage. I will also seek to recover late payment interest at the rate of five taz-points above the restless_nomad base rate. My fees are only 500 vacapintas per day plus 20% pb-tax, which I think you'll agree is very reasonable in the circumstances.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 9:32 AM on May 30, 2014 [35 favorites]


I vote #1 Jessamyn!
posted by blurker at 9:36 AM on May 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


(The quidnunc Jessamyn?)
posted by blurker at 9:37 AM on May 30, 2014


Bon voyage Jessamyn!
posted by spilon at 9:40 AM on May 30, 2014


blurker: "(The quidnunc Jessamyn?)"

She's the opposite of quidnunc, though.

The anti-quidnunc Jessamyn.
posted by zarq at 10:08 AM on May 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


Jessamyn, I will miss your modship.

Of course, I will not have to miss you, because YOU'RE STILL GOING TO BE POSTING ON METAFILTER REGULARLY, RIGHT? RIGHT?



posted by subbes at 10:22 AM on May 30, 2014



posted by Phire at 10:34 AM on May 30, 2014


Thanks, Jess. Sorry for sometimes being such a jerk.
posted by dobbs at 11:15 AM on May 30, 2014


Bye. I'll miss you.
posted by amtho at 11:31 AM on May 30, 2014


What everyone else said.

I seem to be a little choked up. No, no, I'm fine, I'll just, like, blow my nose and have a drink of water or something.

Thank you Jessamyn, and GNFTI and Lobster Mitten too.
posted by jokeefe at 12:00 PM on May 30, 2014


Civilian life ain't too bad. Thanks for everything (really).


posted by Lutoslawski at 12:07 PM on May 30, 2014


More like Jessamyn Best, amirite
posted by kenko at 12:15 PM on May 30, 2014 [3 favorites]


Thanks for everything you've done, Jessamyn!

I remember at the 10th Anniversary Meetup in New Orleans, everyone was craning to view your laptop screen so you could show them the MeFi backend. And for some strange reason several people got a thrill out of having you temporarily block them.
posted by radioamy at 12:21 PM on May 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


The retired tag is awesome.

Thanks for being such a great moderator, Jessamyn. I am happy you are sticking around as part of the community!
posted by bedhead at 12:26 PM on May 30, 2014


Don't be a stranger, eh?
posted by The Deej at 12:46 PM on May 30, 2014


Hugs. Thanks. Looking forward to your comments. More sniffing.
posted by Namlit at 12:48 PM on May 30, 2014


Best wishes on your retirement, Jessamyn. I hope you make the most of the early bird special dinner rates down at the senior center.

Gnfti and LobsterMitten, good luck in your next endeavors.
posted by medusa at 1:36 PM on May 30, 2014




Thanks for everything, and all the best in your future adventures!
posted by betafilter at 1:37 PM on May 30, 2014


Goodbye Jessamyn
Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled
posted by Kiwi at 1:43 PM on May 30, 2014


Sad to see this day come - for the community, and for our departing mods (although I've already been in one or two threads where jessamyn is acting like a regular commentator, which is both causing some cognitive dissonance and is also quite enjoyable).

Jessamyn, gnfti, LoberstMitten - warm thoughts and wishes on your next steps and hope to still see you around here too.
posted by nubs at 2:37 PM on May 30, 2014


Jessamyn and LobsterMitten and goodnewsfortheinsane, thank you all so much.
posted by Kinbote at 2:42 PM on May 30, 2014


Thanks for being awesome. Good luck!
posted by clango at 2:47 PM on May 30, 2014


I'm at a loss for what to say. Other thank thank you. Jessamyn, you've been a wonderful role model. In my own forum moderating adventures, I've begun starting responses by thinking to myself "What Would Jessamyn Do?" Not that I come close to the level-headed, frank comments you share (but I try). But it has given me a way of looking at things unexpectedly. It's certainly made Metafilter a better place. I am failing at expressing myself now. Best of luck going forward, and thanks for everything.
posted by [insert clever name here] at 3:23 PM on May 30, 2014 [1 favorite]




Thank you Jessamyn, you're someone that reminds me to be a better person.
LobsterMitten and goodnewsfortheinsane, as mods we knew ye too briefly
posted by litleozy at 4:14 PM on May 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


Thanks and best wishes to all the departing mods. I am in awe of your patience and grace - I'd never be able to manage it.
posted by bitmage at 4:20 PM on May 30, 2014


Good luck Jessamyn!
posted by SpecialSpaghettiBowl at 5:07 PM on May 30, 2014


Wow. I'm not sure what to say.

I don't want to say "this place won't be the same without her," because that seems unfair to the other mods—although that was my first reaction.

So I'll just say Jessamyn, you've done a good thing here.


posted by adamrice at 5:16 PM on May 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


Best of luck in all your future endeavors, Jessamyn!
posted by Telpethoron at 5:25 PM on May 30, 2014


Jessamyn is a model for all moderators, finest of the fine. Farewell and best wishes! The community will not be the same without you, just as the community has been blessed to have had you for the time that it did.
posted by Sticherbeast at 5:39 PM on May 30, 2014 [1 favorite]



posted by sgrass at 6:26 PM on May 30, 2014


She will probably never see this, but I feel like the site could use as many shmoopy/happy vibes as possible, especially now.

I was really sad to hear that Mefi was having issues-there was an instant dread, like hearing someone you know is sick. (No, this is not a hyperbole). Then when I saw that Jessamyn was stepping down, I teared right the fuck up. I've been lurking on this site since I was 15 ish. I grew up in a conservative town, and all the grown-ups that have ever been in my life weren't really adults. I had next to no guidance on how to be anything other than what you'd assume you'd get if you let a 14 year old parent themselves.

The human relations section of AskMe taught me more about proper boundaries, relationships, conflict resolution, dealing with depression, and just in-general adultitude than any live human in my life.

I know it was hard on the Mods, but the long, fighty, sensitive posts about feminism and politics and touchy subjects shaped me to be who I am. If it wasn't for this place, I'd probably still be completely in the dark about a lot of things-trans issues, the prison/industrial complex, race, etc. It's been immeasurably valuable to hear the sides of so many people who otherwise I would not have encountered, growing up where I did.

I was, and am, sad that Jessamyn is stepping down. I'm glad that she will still be active on the site. She's tops on the long list of users that I thank silently for being themselves.
posted by FirstMateKate at 6:43 PM on May 30, 2014 [34 favorites]


double block and bleed: She killed off the phrase "I'd hit that" singlehandedly.

Unfortunately, the approved-of substitute of "I'd have mutually satisfying consensual sex-positive relations with it" proved far too cumbersome.
posted by dr_dank at 6:54 PM on May 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


the quidnunc kid: "Vote #1 quidnunc kid" Jessamyn

Sorry, QK. You can have my vote back after this weekend.
posted by double block and bleed at 6:57 PM on May 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


Wow FirstMateKate, flagged as fantastic to make sure that the mods do see it.

Letting someone know how large a role they've played in helping you to become the awesome person you are is a wonderful and deserved tribute to all of them.

I know I speak for many MeFites in thanking you for expressing your gratitude so warmly.
posted by marsha56 at 6:58 PM on May 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


Now that jessamyn isn't a mod anymore, should we tell her where we all go for drinks every Friday?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:10 PM on May 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


I knew it!
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 8:13 PM on May 30, 2014 [5 favorites]


I believe the traditional retirement gift is .
posted by XMLicious at 8:21 PM on May 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


Modspeed, Jessamyn.
posted by uosuaq at 9:38 PM on May 30, 2014 [3 favorites]


Okay, who wants a buddy cop movie with cortex and jessamyn?

If only for the scene where he finally pleads her out of retirement to help with the Ultimate Banning, & she sighs, hikes up her banhammer belt, & while hammering her password into an old IBM Model M keyboard, mutters "I'm getting too old for this shit..."

Your work here has been strong, my friend, and it will be missed.
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:07 PM on May 30, 2014 [4 favorites]


Good luck on your future endeavours (all three of you).
posted by aroweofshale at 11:37 PM on May 30, 2014


★♥
posted by Obscure Reference at 11:41 PM on May 30, 2014


♥★
posted by faineant at 11:48 PM on May 30, 2014


Wishing you all - Jessamyn, GNFTI, LobsterMitten - the very best. It's certainly going to feel different without your voices behind the mod wheel, but I'm so glad to know that you'll all still be here as regular MeFites. Thank you all for everything.
posted by hapax_legomenon at 12:02 AM on May 31, 2014



posted by Cranberry at 12:14 AM on May 31, 2014


best wishes and thanks for all your hard work!
posted by modernnomad at 2:37 AM on May 31, 2014


Many thanks Jessamyn.
posted by Chairboy at 3:09 AM on May 31, 2014



posted by fraula at 7:54 AM on May 31, 2014


Thank you, Jessamyn!
posted by korej at 9:28 AM on May 31, 2014


<3
posted by enkiwa at 3:05 PM on May 31, 2014


♥ Jessamyn.

I don't post much, but I read everyone else's posts regularly, and I have appreciated your moderation and comments more than I can say. Best wishes!
posted by Amy NM at 8:19 PM on May 31, 2014


Madam J, please don't be so busy with your new job that you can't hang out here and give more of your thoughtful and considered comments and maybe even a few moderately snarky one liners.

The mod squad has just taken a massive hit with you and your partners in crime hitting the dusty road.

May your sky be full of stars.
posted by BlueHorse at 10:21 PM on May 31, 2014 [1 favorite]


FIAMO!

posted by islander at 10:55 PM on May 31, 2014



posted by Reverend John at 6:14 PM on June 1, 2014


Best of luck, jessamyn.
posted by Quilford at 6:23 PM on June 1, 2014


Dear jessamyn, I've learned a fair bit about responding to people I disagree with, and about clear, assertive, non-judgemental communication just from reading your responses on the grey, the green and the blue. Thank you. I wish you all the good things.
posted by andraste at 7:23 PM on June 1, 2014 [1 favorite]


klangklangston: "OH GOD SHE'S GOING TO DIE TO MOTIVATE YOU TO BE A BETTER MOD

DON'T DIE JESSAMYN!
"

Jessamyn has died.

Jessamyn is risen.

Jessamyn will come again.
posted by Reverend John at 7:24 PM on June 1, 2014 [1 favorite]


Oh,myI just saw this. Wishing you all the best, wherever your life takes you!
posted by scottymac at 10:41 PM on June 1, 2014


Late to the party, but you will be missed! Thank you for everything you've done.
posted by Jubey at 11:17 PM on June 1, 2014




Thanks for everything, jessamyn!
posted by klausness at 8:23 AM on June 2, 2014




Thanks, and best of luck, jessamyn!
posted by paulg at 9:16 AM on June 3, 2014


I was a MeFi Swap partner with Jessamyn once. I felt like I had a brush with celebrity.
posted by arcticwoman at 11:48 AM on June 3, 2014


Love the archaeology! I trace the origins of Ask a little further back, through Link people v Discussion people (March 15, 2001) to Advice Threads in MeTa (January 25, 2001).
posted by sudama at 7:09 PM on June 3, 2014 [2 favorites]


Thank you thank you thank you thank you.

Thank you for all that you've done for this place.

Thank you.

<3
posted by shiu mai baby at 10:37 AM on June 4, 2014


Thank you, jessamyn!
posted by frenetic at 10:41 AM on June 4, 2014


You're the best, thanks for all of your time, patience and hard work!
posted by haunted by Leonard Cohen at 10:52 AM on June 4, 2014


See you around. I'm assuming that you'll always be available in the mod timeout playroom jessamyn.
posted by unliteral at 11:52 PM on June 4, 2014 [4 favorites]


Jesus, I forgot I ever made that thing.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:09 AM on June 5, 2014


Good thing that Mod Timeout Playroom Matt is wearing a helmet.
posted by The Michael The at 9:16 AM on June 5, 2014


Bless your heart for being so considerate and worrying that I might feel lonely without constant weird maybe-it's-a-joke-maybe-it's-harassment microaggressions over at my new job!

Touche, you made a good point. While my comment was meant as an awkward joke and nothing more, I should have been more cognizant of how it could come off.

I apologize my comment.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:53 AM on June 16, 2014 [2 favorites]


Forgiven! Thank you.

And an interesting story, now that we are at the bottom of this long thread. I've been volunteering at the Archive for a year now, only been made official just recently. Most of what I do is support and planning. Every so often the site, because a lot of it is an open wiki, gets someone who wants to mess around with it. Add porn shots instead of book covers, fuck with someone's author page, or generally add a zillion books that don't exist. There are back-end tools to shut this down and we (I) use them.

One user who was totally internet-anonymous to us--we had a gmail address but nothing else but an IP--decided he was sort of unhappy being denied access to this fertile playground and decided to take it up with me personally. He sent crappy and generally more and more aggrieved email to the contact form and eventually tracked down who I was personally and sent personal email that could be construed as death threats to me. Now, I did not think the guy (who was somewhere in Washington state) was going to come and find me because I had stopped him from vandalizing this community resource, but it was still pretty unsettling. So I reported it to the Internet Archive people and said I was done responding to this guy.

And they sprung into action. They took it seriously, they had a meeting, they banned the user, they blocked his IP, they totally supported my going no-contact with the guy and they sent him a "Do not contact Jessamyn again in any way or we will actually take legal action against you, this is totally unacceptable" email that was polite but totally firm and clear what the issue was and what needed to happen. In all my time in various kinds of work online and off, I have never felt so completely supported and felt like a nasty issue like this got so totally and completely handled as I did then. And this was for me, still at that time a volunteer, over an email that would have been pretty easy to sweep under the rug as "Eh it's just some angry internet dude, ignore him and he will probably go away." I was impressed and it takes a lot to impress me.

So, like a lot of things, the future is pretty uncertain but I hope a lot of people have seen me around these past few weeks and are more confident that I am, in fact, not really going anywhere. But I think I am in good hands at my new job.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 7:23 AM on June 16, 2014 [39 favorites]


I hope a lot of people have seen me around these past few weeks and are more confident that I am, in fact, not really going anywhere.

I had been a bit worried that it was like the end of the yoga retreat glow when you all exchange emails and promise to stick together and five months later you see one of them in line at Krispy Kreme at 11pm and stare intently into your phone.
posted by shothotbot at 9:23 AM on June 16, 2014 [4 favorites]


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