Ease of use, not only for users but for moderators—web-based forums have improved a lot since the early days. The user levels here allow more responsible users (Regulars) to take on some of the “mod-like” activities (moving threads), which frees us up a lot, and the post-flagging feature is very convenient. Plus the private messages, trading, and wiki are built right into the site, making it a great “one-stop shop” for many things.
Ummm…no, not exactly. Here’s an overshare: I went through training this past fall, and now I’m a certified yoga teacher (RYT-200). Between teaching and practicing, I usually attend 9-10 classes per week (edit: and yes, that’s on top of my full-time job as an engineer). So yeah, I’m probably in the best shape of my life, but I’m nowhere close to “jacked”.
I’ll let the other mods go into details on the specifics, but it largely boils down to being the right person in the right place at the right time. In my case, @Chispy/Linkshot, @McFarvo, and @Doc/Trustee@BMJ (edit: see @HGKing’s comment below) noticed me in the WildShadow forums. I seemed like a mature, responsible sort of guy, who was genuinely interested in helping new players. Things sort of grew from there.
But seriously, storytime (this my speculation/assumptions/alternative facts up until the part I’m actually brought into the fold):
Spry Fox (chedd and Danc) joined up with Wild Shadow (Rob and Alex) to work on the game with them. At that point, they had to deal with moderation of the forums themselves. They wanted to off-load that, and recruited Skoad, Chispy, and BMJ to moderate.
Things went well for a while, and, I assume Skoad did what Skoad does best, so Chispy and BMJ got chedd to recruit McFarvo to help out a bit. Things went on with those four while the game continued to grow–thereby the forums grew as well. Chispers, Bumja, and Farvbro wanted to grow the Mod Squad to help with the influx, so after getting rejected by zxcv multiple times, they divided a mystical artifact into multiple pieces and hid them as a way to prove who was mod-worthy.
Doc, OtherBill, Stupidity, Remmy, and myself (IIRC) were the ones that reassembled the artifact and were thusly imbued with the powers. This went on nicely for a while, and then Kabam entered the picture. Chispy got axed by them pretty quickly because he directly relayed information to the community that they felt they had shared in confidence. Then, they insisted on having worldwide mod coverage, so they put an application out on the forums. A lot of us expected that to end poorly because we all thought that the Kabam people were being naive, but they ended up selecting an astute bunch: Liam, Nambiar, Blackjam, Sanns, MattyFatty, and Frogboffin (IIRC) were then welcomed to the fold.
As time passed with Kabam, the anti-Kabam faction continued to grow. They were able to find flaws and then turn them into massive issues. Remmy and BMJ took advantage of one of those exploits, and both got axed/said “you can’t fire me, I quit”. BMJ was to sexy to be put out, and was kept on, but he went on hiatus anyway. Then the WSS forums got murdered due to bad password practices of some of the Kabam staff people. We got moved to the Kabam forums, and toiled away, constantly walking the fine line balance of being community members and corporate shills. Sanns got really busy IRL and went on what seems to have become a permanent hiatus. Nambiar also got sucked into the black hole that is astrophysics and left. Blackjam was the next victim claimed by IRL. Followed by Liam. We decided we needed another German to replace Liam and recruited Pfiffel, asking ourselves, “how did we not ever recruit Pfiffel sooner?”.
Yada yada yada, the rest is history, and that’s where children come from.
As relayed in my story, you meant BMJ. You, Doc, and I all got on board at the same time.
[What can I say, it was a long time ago. My memory might be hazy. OB] [No worries. You have no idea how much I fretted over forgetting someone from these lists. I need Sven. HG]
Except in my case, you can remove “cook” (I have horrible eating habits) and replace “go to the gym” with “play video games” and other hobbies. As some of you might have noticed, it can also be tough to keep all my tools up to date since I still haven’t had the time to automate that process. I was very actively playing Trove and also developed tools for that, but I’m currently getting back into Realm!
I absolutely respect their choice to remain incognito. I do sometimes regret using my IGN for my website instead of keeping it a secret like RealmEye. I do appreciate the love and kind comments I’m getting (and occasionally the silly ones), but most of the time I really do just want to play in peace. Attention gets in the way of that, since I’m also not the kind of person who likes ignoring PMs.
@Selimmm Leave my thread alone! The moderators are more professional than the regulars and non regs, also of course no one would dare try to spam here when they know the Mods would be checking this thread frequently…