I think a lot of us have taken for granted that everyone knows who we are and what we do. After all most of the serving moderators right now have been doing the moderating for as short as 4 years, but in most cases 7 plus years. 

First things first, this board is Cap’s board, he sets the rules and in most cases, when he is around to share his opinion makes the call on things. He is the one that welcomed Mr. Silver Age and his band here, and he is the one who pays the bill to the Ning (and in the past various hosting companies).

Our moderating crew is much more a skeleton crew nowadays, compared to our peak on the previous board.  Our admin powers on this board are not what they used to be. The ning limits our ability to move threads around willy nilly, or edit posts the way we used to. Life has also changed for many of us, and for one reason or another we aren't all around as much as in the past.  

Active Moderators include:

Doc Beechler, Alan M., PowerBook Pete, Cavaliere and me, Anacoqui .

 Chris Fluit, Rich Lane, Mike Williams, BatMatt Beyond and Sly Simpson are among our semi-retired moderators. (That is they retain moderating privileges but are not actively participating in that capacity with much regularity).


What we do, is loosely keep an eye on threads, especially active ones to make sure everything is moving along okay.  If something were to happen we discuss amongst ourselves, before sending an email or a note, and that failing make a comment on the thread.  


But honestly, with the traffic as low as it has been here on the ning, there hasn't been much of any activity for us. Most of you play nicely, and you police yourselves.   The most exciting it gets is when some spammer gets thru and we have to ban them. The moderator forum has been quiet for months.


So if by chance we miss something that needs moderating  feel free to lets us know. Friend one of us, and nearly certain we will friend you, and let us know if there is an issue

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Comment by George on May 22, 2011 at 1:28am
Considering that Sly Simpson hasn't posted a comment since Jan. 28, 2010 (I just looked it up), I'd say she's more than "semi" retired. "Long gone" might be more like it ...
Comment by Doc Beechler (mod-MD) on May 22, 2011 at 8:18am
She still reads things here occasionally...I've seen her do it.
Comment by John Dunbar on May 22, 2011 at 8:29am

Thanks Ana.  It's nice to see the list up there, as I had no idea who was and was not a Mod.  I think that on the old board it indicated in the profiles if one was a Moderator.  As you know, that's not the case here - and a regular member like myself can't get into the Moderator, which is understandable.


Having seen the names of the Mods, I'm even more disappointed in SAF's farewell parting shot.  Totally uncalled for, imo.

Comment by John Dunbar on May 22, 2011 at 8:35am
That should be "a regular member like myself can't get into the Moderator forum"
Comment by Ana Canino-Fluit (Anacoqui- mod) on May 22, 2011 at 8:44am
You are welcome John. You can certainly count me as one of the many who were perplexed and distressed at seeing Fogey's post.
Comment by Lumbering Jack (M'odd-R8-Tr) on May 22, 2011 at 8:58am

Maybe moderators could change their names to something like what Ana does with her old forum name ... Ana Canino-Fluit (Moderator)

This would help newer members who miss this blog entry.

Comment by Cavaliere (moderator emeritus) on May 22, 2011 at 11:22am

Lumbering Jack, that is a very good idea. I'm not going to speak for the entire team but I'll go modify my name right after this.


Just so everybody knows, Cavaliere may be a name I use but it isn't something I hide behind. My real name is Jeff Alan Polier and I have no problem with y'all knowing that.

Comment by Don Collett on May 22, 2011 at 1:00pm

Fogey's post had me scratching my head as well.  Thanks, Ana, for posting this. 



Comment by Mike Williams on May 22, 2011 at 2:35pm
Semi-retierd is as good a description as anythign for me just now - I've been dealing for a couple of months wiuth having to re-apply for a job at work, as well as some personal things, which has taken my eye off the ball here.  Life's like that someitmes  - it just plain stinks.
Comment by George on May 22, 2011 at 3:25pm

We should keep in mind that many people drift in and out of this hobby. People who stay with comics, decade after decade without interruption, are probably in the minority -- or so my highly unscientific observation would indicate. It seems more likely for people to burn out, go away for a while, then get interested again and come back. It's a never-ending cycle for many fans (including this one).


Sometimes the current comics just aren't grabbing you (which seems to have been Fogey's problem). Sometimes there are financial or personal upheavals in your life that force you to put the collection on hold. Or -- as in my case -- you have all the old comics you can't live without, and there's no more shelf space in your apt. for more GN's and trades. (Unlike Cap with his "comics cave," I have more of a "comics closet.")


I'm tempted to say my collection has come to an end -- but I've said that before, more than once, and I started it up again. So who knows how long this break will last?


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