I think we formed a consensus, when I became a Moderator, that the role should rotate about every year, if only to avoid the Group becoming over-identified with one person.
Having now had some experience with the issues of managing the Group, I think we should actually have several roles.
Lead moderator - I think this should rotate annually (in January?)
to whoever is willing to serve and who is accepted by the group by
consensus (or by polling, if we ever really need it). The Lead
Moderator should have all powers except deleting the group, removing or
banning a member, making the group a moderated forum or changing his/her
Co-moderator - I think that former Lead Moderators should chose the
co-moderator with a rotation about once every 5 years. This person can
stay pretty inactive, but can have the few powers that probably shouldn't rotate annually (e.g., banning members, deleting the Group). This person can also help coordinate the process of
an annual recruitment of a new lead moderator.
Assistant moderator - one or more people who volunteer to help the
lead moderator. Can approve new membership requests when lead moderator
is on a hike, or could offer to update or organize the Links or Photos
It seems to me that Roleigh Martin is a logical lead Moderator for 2011, given the amount of effort he has devoted to the group over the last few years, and I'm willing to continue as his Co-moderator. I'll go ahead and do that soon, unless there is an upswelling of contrary thought.
If you have concerns and would rather not post them to the board, feel free to e-mail me off-board at JohnLadd@...
. Or express any concerns to Roleigh at roleigh@...
It would be GREAT if we could have some volunteers for Assistant Moderator or expressions of interest in becoming lead moderator in future years, after the end of Roleigh's term.
I don't want to be high-handed about suggesting Roleigh for the job. If we have other volunteers for the Lead Moderator position for 2011, feel free to suggest yourself or another -- either by a Group reply to this posting, or to me off-board. We could arrange a poll, if needed.
Note that the Owner and Founder (1999) of this group, Dan Braun, will continue to be the Owner. He's been inactive, however, for the past few years and has pretty much allowed me to be the most active party in management of the group. We all owe Dan a great deal of thanks for founding the group and graciously handing off the lead management roles.
John Curran Ladd
1616 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114-3707