You may fully recover before I can get back online Susan. Power bill was twice as much as the last 2 months combined. StumbleUpon isn't that great as far as groups but for favorite search it takes some of the work out of serfing.
As graceful and as helpful as you are you should recover in no time.
--- In email@example.com, "Susan" <beldingenglish@...> wrote:
> Excellent letter, Stan...I am most appreciative of all you have done in
> setting up and keeping watch over this group, all the support you have
> provided, and fine articles, links you have sent.
> Having surgery in the morning, will be out of commission for awhile,
> Welcome to Teddy B from Princeton, Minn!
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, minnesotastan@
> > This November will mark the 7-year anniversary of the founding of the
> > AWS. The project was Susan's brainchild; I served as the technical
> > assistant, setting up this board, creating a graphic for the header,
> > becoming by default the "owner" of the site. If you look at the
> > "message history" at the bottom of the homepage, you can see that for
> > the first several years this was a quiet place, with just a couple
> > messages a month. Then Susan kicked into high gear, contacting and
> > inviting her friends and colleagues to join, and the growth has been
> > substantial since then. We've had about a thousand messages in the
> > three years, most of them useful and interesting. And our membership
> > up to 87.
> > But as the years pass, people's situations change. Such has been the
> > case for both Susan and me. In my case there are an increasing number
> > of family-based distractions related to an elderly mother; for Susan
> > there have been health issues which have occupied much of her time and
> > energy. We were pleased when Vince came on as an additional
> > administrator, but as I look toward the future I anticipate that this
> > group would benefit from one or two more people in administrative
> > positions.
> > There are just two types of admins. The first is the "owner" (me), who
> > controls all the settings on the board and who has the ultimate power
> > deleting the group with the click of a button (I've never been
> > btw...)
> > The second administrative personnel are the "moderators" (presently
> > Susan, and Vince). Moderators can delete individual posts and can
> > delete (and ban) members. In practical terms, it amounts to being a
> > spam-killer. I just checked the list of banned members and found 22
> > names that have been put there during this 7-year period, in almost
> > every case for posting sexually-based offers or trying to peddle
> > pornography. The rest of the time the moderators just monitor the
> > and try to make sure that interchanges and discussions are maintained
> > a professional, courteous level. Personally, I'm ruthless if someone
> > comes on here and verbally insults another member; I'll just zap the
> > post into cyberspace. If they plead innocence, claiming a "right" to
> > criticize and saying the other person really is a blankblank idiot, I
> > just ignore them.
> > That kind of thing happens quite infrequently, but monitoring the
> > on a regular basis is a necessary form of housekeeping. And I foresee
> > myself being less often able to visit here. During the first years I
> > came here daily, then a couple times a week, then every Saturday, and
> > now I'm missing several weeks at a time. Thankfully Susan has watched
> > over the group and has emailed me for backup a couple times.
> > All of this is a roundabout way of saying that I would like one or two
> > other people to step forward to become moderators on this board. I'd
> > like to find persons who are easy-going and flexible in their own
> > opinions and tolerant of different views, but strong enough to step in
> > an delete people's posts if/when animosities arise or seem imminent.
> > you'd like to be a moderator, just write a short post saying so. I'll
> > consult with Susan and Vince and we'll try to pick someone by the end
> > the year. There's no hurry.