Late to the show -- I'm on island time; that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
So mods what do you get out of being a moderator on ATS?
I was amazed and humbled when asked to join staff. At that time, I had been a member for a couple of years and ATS had become my second home. The
ability to help preserve this unique site while adapting to its evolution is an honor. ATS never fails to surprise me, and not a day goes by that I
don't learn something here. I think we all have something to learn and something to teach, and if I'm able to give back even a fraction of what
I've gained from ATS, I'll be happy.
Are there any perks too being a mod?.
Many. Being a mod has caused me to get up to speed on some computer skills that I've been lazy about acquiring, such as BB code, functioning with
several windows open, as well as organizational skills. I'm a patient person for the most part, and being a mod has taught me a bit of humility
and empathy. Staff discussions are serious and often lengthy, but are also at times extremely funny and I love the camraderie.
I was asked to join staff after the ATS shirt and cup thang. Hoping for a hat someday; Since I shave my head and work outside, I think a small
ATS logo should be cut into the back of the [future] hat, so that I have a tanned ATS logo.
As others have said, I also enjoy giving applause for a well-crafted, informative and/or insightful post. It's not unusual for me to disagree with
all or part of a post and still applaud it.
Do you get paid or get any freebies for your time and effort?
As said, many benefits, however none that are monetary. Just one benefit is having a sounding board of friends that feels more like family;
people I trust enough to completely be myself, and who are supportive and willing to tell me in a kindly way when I'm wrong.
Do you enjoy being a mod?
You bet! I wouldn't do it if I didn't.
Are there any drawbacks to being a mod?
Sometimes, when my time is short, I don't feel I have time for 'enjoyment' reading on the site, however that's my choice and not one imposed upon
I am required to wear more than a loincloth when modding. 'nuff said, other than to note that I'm not above using nudity as a weapon. Plus,
the mandatory tracking chip sometimes itches.