After just reading about Sauron's "promotion", it occurred to me that I don't think I ever wrote an introduction post for myself. (That's not
what this is, by the way, and congrats to Sauron!) Well, in part, that was due to the fact that this is my second identity on ATS. I moved, got a
new PC, and couldn't, for the life of me, log in, despite repeated password resets, so I decided to start over. I lost all my brownie points, but oh
well, such is life. Anyway, I didn't feel the need to reintroduce myself, but it still got me thinking....
In the times that I've been here, I've often wondered about the staff. I mean, typically the staff knows who we are, but we don't always know who
you are until you make an appearance. Of course, I'm sure that info is available on here SOMEWHERE, and I'm not one who likes to wander aimlessly
in a maze...well, actually I do, but I get distracted too easily with all the neat stuff on ATS, and I forget why I wandered to begin with!
The setup here reminds me of a true (and funny) story that just happened recently. Of course, I'm American, but I live overseas. I was going
through the drive-through one morning for some coffee...on base, everything is in English, but all jobs are contracted out to the locals, so
understandably, there can be a language barrier at times, especially for trainees. So I'm sitting at the menu panel, talking to the "box", placing
my order. I could tell the woman was new, so immediately I shifted my language into basic, clear words to help her out. I wanted something that I
couldn't find on the menu panel and I asked for it. She didn't understand me, but rather than say "I don't understand", she simply came out and
said, "no, we have no...."
I sat stunned for moment, because I knew I had just had one of these items a couple of weeks prior, and I couldn't remember the name of it. It was a
Cafe' Mocha, or something along those lines....it was a warm morning, and I wanted my coffee cold, what can I say? Besides, Burger King's normal
coffee tastes like liquid poop in a cup, and Starbucks was another 10 minute drive away - didn't want to wait!
Anyway, we sat for a few
seconds in silence, while I pondered if it was worth the fight - after all, there were cars behind me, and I was starting to feel that evil glare from
impatient, hungry drivers. But just as all seemed lost, I opened my mouth to tell her I would just settle for a normal hot coffee (yack!), a man's
voice came over the intercom! AN AMERICAN VOICE! He says, "Sir/ma'am?" (keeping my gender anonymous) I say, "yes, God?" He chuckled, and sent
my entire family into fits of laughter. "We do carry a cold Cafe' Mocha, if that's what you're looking for." Hallelujah! I wasn't insane!
But more than that, I was shocked that this whole time, "the voice" was listening. I've been half tempted to drive up and ask for god himself,
just to see if he answers.
Anyway, I shared that story to make the point that sometimes that's how I feel it works on here. Just when all seems lost or out of control, up pops
god, (under the guise of moderators). Then POOF! they scurry away somewhere to watch and listen out of sight again, waiting for the next moment of
language and communication barriers to pop up. Of course, not always, but the humor in this is what I'm getting at!
So, I said all that to say this...is it possible to have a roll call here? An introduction of all the mods? It would be nice to meet them. Now,
I'm sure I'm not the first to think of this, so before anyone gets upset, I did run a search, and the search was not working for me AT ALL. I'm
taking a chance that maybe I have a new spin on this, and hopefully there isn't another thread like it. My apologies if there is, but like I said,
the search function isn't working right now. It would be nice to see the structure of ATS and how it works...
Who moderates what?
Do you all sit in an office somewhere, or do you sit in your underwear at home? *insert humor*
How long have you been affiliated with ATS?
How did you come to be a mod?
Is this entirely volunteer or is it a paid position? (I ask, because I honestly don't know how it works - it seems like a very time-consuming
How many hours do you contribute to ATS moderating?
Things of that nature!
It would be nice to meet all of you and have a roll call of sorts....a meet and greet, instead of the invisible voice of god that pops in once in a
while! I realize most old-timers on ATS don't need this, but even having been on or lurking about here for a few years, I still don't know all the
mods, or even how it works. At this rate, it would take me another several years just to get to know even a handful, and I doubt I'd be barely
skimming the surface.
Here's to hoping you all will introduce yourselves! I don't mind privately introducing myself to all of you, but for obvious reasons, I will opt to
keep as much about myself as anonymous as I can.