Happy Community Manager Day! January 26, 2015 1:44 PM   Subscribe

It's the 4th Monday in January, and thus, it is Community Manager Appreciation Day! Felicitations and appreciation to our mods, both past and present: Mathowie, Jessamyn, cortex, vacapinta, restless_nomad, LosterMitten, taz, pb, and goodnewsfortheinsane.

PS: We got you guys mugs. You totally wanted mugs again, right?
posted by DarlingBri to MetaFilter-Related at 1:44 PM (63 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

This sounds like one of those made up hallmark holidays they invented just to sell mugs.
posted by phunniemee at 1:49 PM on January 26, 2015 [5 favorites]


And boy, with all the MeTa drama going on lately, it sure seems like they could use a reminder that they're appreciated.

Thanks, mods!
posted by tonycpsu at 1:57 PM on January 26, 2015 [19 favorites]


Aw, this was a nice Meta to post. I'll jump right on that bandwagon and crack the whip for the ponies to fly on this one! You couldn't ask for a more skilled set of fine folks to look after the community. It amazes me all the time.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 2:06 PM on January 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


HCMAD!
posted by oceanjesse at 2:10 PM on January 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


Thanks! Huh, I hadn't heard of it anywhere yet today and was surprised to hear it was today. I used to hear this mentioned all over Twitter and Facebook in the past.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:15 PM on January 26, 2015 [3 favorites]


!!!!!
posted by Michele in California at 2:55 PM on January 26, 2015


thanks!
posted by pibeandres at 3:10 PM on January 26, 2015


That's great. We appreciate y'all for sure.

We've got our very own day for this anyway, but yeah, we can't over-appreciate the mods, frankly.
posted by Rock Steady at 3:13 PM on January 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


Here's your damn mug.
posted by Curious Artificer at 3:23 PM on January 26, 2015 [4 favorites]


While we're appreciatin': every time I use the contact form I'm astonished by how quickly I get a response email. Like wow. Even the ones where I say "not urgent" or "no need to reply, just letting you know".

It's a simple little thing, those "thanks, we'll take a look" replies. But that they happen, that they happen so fast, that they're so obviously not auto-generated -- really gives a feeling of personal engagement.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 3:27 PM on January 26, 2015 [23 favorites]


Thanks, y'all. You're the best.
posted by benito.strauss at 3:47 PM on January 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


OH YEAH.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 4:20 PM on January 26, 2015


("fetch the guitar...")
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 4:21 PM on January 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


Thank you mods <3
posted by stoneandstar at 4:37 PM on January 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


Hooray for the mods!
posted by EndsOfInvention at 4:50 PM on January 26, 2015


You do such a service to all of us! Thank you so much, mods.
posted by Hermione Granger at 5:11 PM on January 26, 2015


i really really wish they had named it universal moderator appreciation day.

you know, because UMAD?
posted by emptythought at 5:15 PM on January 26, 2015 [8 favorites]


Many thanks - you're amazing!
posted by aryma at 5:37 PM on January 26, 2015


Previously.
posted by drlith at 5:40 PM on January 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


The moderator:

A feature of Viennese (and some other) pianos from roughly 1780 onward well into the 19th century, by means of which thin tabs of cloth were inserted between the hammers and the strings to create a softer, more muffled tone. Some researchers think that when Schubert wrote ppp in his piano music, he was invariably indicating the use of the moderator. The Moderator soon got company of other stops and gadgets. There was the una corda; a bassoon stop in which rolls of parchment were brought in contact with the strings to make a buzzing sound; and the noisy and unmusical Turkish Music with cymbals and drums, operated by a foot pedal.

Agency has changed over time (Bruno Latour would be so happy). Now the moderators, apart from sometimes perhaps still damping a discussion, are themselves the ones wielding the hammer, pulling the strings (even single ones), creating a buzz, and operating cymbals and drums.

Yay, then!
posted by Namlit at 5:43 PM on January 26, 2015 [4 favorites]


thank you for all the hard work and tough decisions you have to make, lovely mods. i worry maybe my meta pondering implies i don't think you're fantastic, so in case i've been unclear--i think you are all wonderful, patient, thoughtful people with the amazing talent of putting your ego/self aside for the sake of what's best for the community, that rare thing where when people are distressed at you you listen and think about it and sometimes change your mind on stuff, and at least always explain your line of reasoning. amazing. cheers.
posted by ifjuly at 6:04 PM on January 26, 2015 [2 favorites]


Yay mods! I flag all of you as fantastic.
posted by mochapickle at 6:13 PM on January 26, 2015 [4 favorites]


I like mugs.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 6:17 PM on January 26, 2015 [2 favorites]


Great job, everyone!
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 6:38 PM on January 26, 2015


Yay for the mods! You do a really good job in trying conditions.
posted by arcticseal at 6:42 PM on January 26, 2015


I have one of those mugs.

I found it at Spencer Gifts.


Thanks for the toleration and reasonableness and hard work and stuff, mods.
posted by uosuaq at 6:43 PM on January 26, 2015


Thanks Mods! I know it has been kind of a mess lately up in here.

BTW I recently dropped my Aperture Science mug on the floor and shattered it, recommendations welcome for a new vaguely dorky mug!
posted by selfnoise at 6:53 PM on January 26, 2015 [1 favorite]




You guys have a very difficult job, under intense criticism, and you do it as well or better than I've ever seen anywhere in my thirty years online. Thank you for your hard work.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 7:27 PM on January 26, 2015 [7 favorites]


You all deserve many, many mugs of your favorite intoxicating liquids.
posted by rtha at 7:43 PM on January 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


thanks so much mods!
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 7:47 PM on January 26, 2015


Thanks for all y'all do!
posted by colt45 at 7:48 PM on January 26, 2015


Nice work. pb, please create a satisfactory reward on the computer for you and everyone else. You know, something on the computer, wizard-y like. In your free time
posted by aydeejones at 7:48 PM on January 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


Thank you to our moderators! In a time of widespread and episodic internet drama, all y'all are doing a great job at keeping this place awesome.
posted by wuwei at 7:52 PM on January 26, 2015


You know, something on the computer, wizard-y like. In your free time.

Maybe some emoji? I think there's some left over from the previous thread. Thanks for including me in the mod list, but I can't take credit for that. I'm in awe of the mods every day and want to join in the thanks too.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:30 PM on January 26, 2015 [2 favorites]


On a semi-related note (?), much respect and appreciation for pb and any other people who do damn well with the operational, nuts-and-bolts aspects of keeping this place thrumming along.
posted by ambient2 at 8:37 PM on January 26, 2015 [3 favorites]


...because some moderators are more moderate than others.
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:08 PM on January 26, 2015


Maybe some emoji?

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posted by zamboni at 9:08 PM on January 26, 2015 [2 favorites]


Thanks mods!
posted by radioamy at 9:24 PM on January 26, 2015


Yay!
posted by eamondaly at 10:11 PM on January 26, 2015


Today of all the days, OH MY GOODNESS I appreciate our mods.
posted by KathrynT at 10:51 PM on January 26, 2015 [3 favorites]


If you appreciate the mods, post a β™₯.
posted by Cranberry at 1:37 AM on January 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


Thanks for including me in the mod list, but I can't take credit for that.

You can delete posts. Therefore, you are a mod. Just accept the mug already; I am tired of you leaving it under my pillow and it's getting creepy now.
posted by DarlingBri at 3:36 AM on January 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


Mods of mefi, past and present: you all are the absolute best, and I hope to one day be able to do even half as much for mefi and the people that run it as mefi has done for me.
posted by Dysk at 4:19 AM on January 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


For they are jolly good peoples
For they are jolly good peoples
For they are jolly good peoples
Which nobody can deny!

Thank you, mods!
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 6:50 AM on January 27, 2015 [2 favorites]


mathowie: I used to hear this mentioned all over Twitter and Facebook in the past.

I blame the fall of moderated spaces, or at least the rise of the faceless moderator who manage communities from behind curtains, never to be seen by the community they moderate.

Thanks again for keeping MetaFilter a community blog, complete with moderators who value and are valued in the community.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:12 AM on January 27, 2015 [2 favorites]


Community Manager Day was a day off for me, and I've been trying to do a better job of taking my days off actually off some days, so I spent it ignoring the internet, getting my tires on my car fixed up, making arrangements with flooring contractors, and then zooming around the galaxy for a while in Elite:Dangerous and blowing up space pirates. Which is I guess a kind of galactic community management.

Anyway, it says something about Metafilter that on my days off I often tend to find myself thinking "okay, yeah, but I could be working...". Weird as it can be and grumpy as I occasionally am at the rougher edges of stuff, I really like this job and this place and am glad we've got such a connected and thoughtful community.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:21 AM on January 27, 2015 [6 favorites]


🐢🍻🐱
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:31 AM on January 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


As a community manager in my professional life, I'm constantly amazed and humbled to see the great work done by the mods here. Thanks for all you do...a day late on my part!
posted by xingcat at 9:54 AM on January 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


The MeFi moderators are Flagged for awesome!

/RalphWiggum-candyheart
posted by wenestvedt at 10:25 AM on January 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


You folks are the best.

*Kermit wavy arm hooray*
posted by blurker at 10:38 AM on January 27, 2015



posted by Lynsey at 11:05 AM on January 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


*hearts mefi*


posted by taz (staff) at 11:16 AM on January 27, 2015 [13 favorites]


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posted by dg at 1:27 PM on January 27, 2015 [2 favorites]


β™₯
posted by moira at 3:12 PM on January 27, 2015


Yay! Many happy wotsits of the thingy!
posted by carter at 3:57 PM on January 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


Better late than never. Y'all rock. Thanks for your efforts on our behalf!
posted by Bella Donna at 10:47 PM on January 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


An... inline image?

*faints*
posted by Dysk at 2:04 AM on January 28, 2015 [1 favorite]


Thanks mods, you're the best in the business! Keep sane as long as you can.
posted by picea at 6:19 AM on January 28, 2015


I'm a bit late to the party, but I'll say this: I've been a reader of Metafilter for years.

So recently, I thought: hell, I should join and support it, both with contributions to conversations and a few bucks a month. I can't begin to repay what I've gotten out of Metafilter over the years.

That's it's such a great, civil and interesting community is a testament to the mods. It's a beautiful, fragile thing that you handle deftly and with care. I really appreciate your work.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:52 PM on January 28, 2015 [4 favorites]




Belatedly, many thanks to the dedicated and often inhumanly patient moderators!
posted by running order squabble fest at 8:15 AM on January 29, 2015


I'm late to the party, but I wanted to add a β™₯.
posted by Cheese Monster at 9:51 PM on February 2, 2015


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