posted on Mar, 3 2011 @ 12:28 PM
On behalf of those Mods that have yet to see this... thank you kindly and sincerely.
The real appreciation is felt throughout though. It is truly uplifting to me when I see two or more people in a thread sincerely disagreeing with
each other while maintaining a dialog about which both members can be proud. Or when the community dissects an issue or event down to its root... and
also when we consistently have better quality and significantly faster news analysis than ANY of the MSM talking-head parade.
Mods are much like you all, we are just members who have taken their turn at trying to keep this place in as good a shape as we feel we all
Other places that need not be mentioned are slug-fests, name-calling, accusatory, and hotbeds of sensationally theatrical disrespect and bluster. With
unchecked cliques and glorified hateful behavior. I suspect many of us are here because we don't belong there, and we could never fit in without
becoming something we really don't like.
I must say, it is also important to remember and appreciate those who work largely behind the scenes (the almighty Admins) taking care of the
infrastructure, listening to suggestions and painstakingly writing code to improve the site itself (like Skeptic Overlord,) the business folks (like
the inimitable Springer) who make this place operationally feasible and strong. Those unsung gallant heroes who use their creativity and wit to
create new features and aspects of ATS which more and more people come to enjoy (such as The Conspiracy Chicks, Nefermore, and The ATS Live! crew, and
the highly talented ATS Media Pro.) And it's worth mentioning that despite the sometimes grueling added effort, they still make time to comment,
learn, and discuss matters, because we are well aware that we don't know every damn thing.
I don't want to digress too far from the heartfelt "thank you," but there is one figure here who deserve special attention and appreciation in my
opinion, namely our one and only Johnny Anonymous (pronounced a-noh-KNEE-muss) who has gently mentored many members in the fine art of serving our
community with professionalism and dignity; while paradoxically maintaining an uplifting and playful disposition - despite how dense I (oops, I mean
"we") can be sometimes. If Mods picked an appreciation day for one of the cornerstones of our community, I would vote it be for him.
At the end of the day however, I still insist that it is the membership that makes us more than another forum or web phenomenon.... because of you all
we are a community; more so than some 'real life' communities out there.... but that is commentary for another day.