Just tossing in something else for clarity:
Just because someone who previously held a Mod role is no longer a Mod it doesn't for a minute indicate they were in any way 'rogue'.
Some do find the Mod role to be quite distracting from their enjoyment of the site itself. Often the role is one that is very time-consuming, very
focussed on specific jobs and actions that need to be carried out for the smoother running of the site...which unfortunately can so often not leave a
great deal of time available to just 'be'...to just enjoy ATS...
Some find that shift in involvement not to their liking and so they elect to step down.
Some also find that life itself starts taking more and more of their focus, time, energies and feel that remaining a Mod may not be in the best
interests of the site...so a few have also stepped down to clear the way for perhaps a new Mod who may have more time and energy to offer to ATS.
Some find that the requirements of the role of Mod, the expectations, the double-bind it can sometimes place you in when you read something that just
curls your hair and every fibre of your being just wants to rip some fool - but as a Mod you KNOW you can't. You can't do that, you can't get dirty,
you can't push too hard...as to do so will bring ATS and other Staff whom you respect into disrepute.
Due to I guess managing that internal conflict that can sometimes present within ourselves, some Mods elect to step down and return to being a
I also wish to be very clear:
A good deal of those who no longer sport a Mod Badge were, and still very much are, damn good people whom I continue to respect greatly. Their
contributions as a Mod were valued and valuable...and their continued contributions as Members are equally so.
I can assure you that De-modding someone is not something we/Staff have EVER - in any way shape or form - found an enjoyable experience.
I'm saying that as the original Mod ever appointed here at ATS...so I know every Mod that has ever been, and the background of the whys and wherefores
that they may no longer be.
Never ONCE has that decision been in any way an easy one to make...and ALWAYS it has been a decision that has been based on the sole focus of 'What is
best for ATS'.
Sure, at times we have our disagreements...thats normal and natural.
At times we get on eachothers nerves. You simply can't avoid that with so many different personalities, nationalities,
political/social/religious/moral viewpoints, genders, cultures, ages and upbringings amongst the Staff.
Yet I can honestly say that I have not ONCE seen personal difference or personal 'agenda' (ie:I don't like that guy/gal, so I vote Demod) enter into
Strangely enough - actually, I think its quite a good gauge of how every Staff Member respects the role itself - any personal axes get put aside
during such discussions...we ALL know how important the roles and thus the immense weight of such discussions and decisions can be.
edit on 14-11-2012 by alien because: (no reason given)