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Moderator Appreciation Day: 2022

Posted by Kim on July 2, 2022, 2:50pm

modappr.pngIt's July 2nd, and on the RP Repository, that means Moderator Appreciation Day!

This is a day where we celebrate for all moderators, everywhere. Yes, it's a salute to our extremely hard working site moderators, but I'm certain there are plenty of other moderators in your life, too - moderators of RPR groups. Moderators of Facebook Groups. Moderators of Discords. Moderators of forums. Moderators of LiveJournal groups? Please, take a moment to send a thank you note to the various moderators in your life. They're probably all doing VASTLY more than you know about in order to keep your online experience from being overrun by bots, trolls, and other sea monsters that inhabit the deeps of the internet.

I'm reflecting on one particular incident that happened recently, right here on the RPR. Without going into too many particulars, we removed someone from the community out of concerns that they were not a safe individual. They responded by spending several days harassing as much of the moderation team as they could find, doing everything they could to frighten us, waste our time, prevent us from getting RL work done -- they told us directly that their plan was to make our lives so miserable that it wouldn't be worth it to enforce any rules against them. They promised they would stop if we let them back in to the RPR.

Not one mod flinched. We took turns covering as each of us needed breaks. We weathered the first storm, and the follow-up ones that happened later, when his rage apparently flared up again. Every bit of bullying strengthened the team's resolve to not let someone like this into the RPR ever again.

I'm so thankful to have people like that in our corner. I don't know how the RPR could exist without its mod team.

So today, I want to take time to remember that moderators are people who find time, energy and love to help grow, protect and nurture online communities. They are almost always unpaid volunteers working a frequently thankless job. Sometimes being the one to hold a boundary on behalf of a community can make a moderator into a target for multi-site campaigns of abuse. Even as those coordinated harassments prove that you made the right decision to remove someone from the community, you are still being made into a human shield to protect others. And in most cases, the community members being protected will have no idea at all what they are being protected from - and not letting the community feel those pains is exactly the point.

Being a moderator can be exhausting and distressing work, as to maintain the best of a community they have to confront its worst.
Please join me today in thanking our moderation team, and then go out into your online world and thank every other moderator you can think of too!

Post tags: Moderator Appreciation Day

Comments

CatalinaRose

July 3, 2022
9:01am

Thank you so so so much, mods!!!! ❤️

TouchofSunshine

July 3, 2022
4:50am

Thank you to the moderators and Kim! All of your hard work is truly appreciated, and, without it, who knows where RPR would be today? So, thank you!

Sanne

July 3, 2022
3:57am

HAPPY MAD! Thank you to my fellow mods for being so exceptionally awesome! And thank you to the community for your kind words. :D

On a personal note, I've always felt RPR is one of the most grateful communities around when it comes to moderators being appreciated and thanked. I have some horror stories to tell from other communities I help moderate, but I genuinely feel RPR is a safe haven even for mods who deal with some super sketchy stuff, as per the example in the post.

Kim always has our backs, and for that I also want to send out a very generous and special thank you to Kim herself!

Lunalla-Starlight

July 3, 2022
1:58am

thank you moderators for all that you do for the repository. We all deeply appreciate it and hope you know that you all are truly wonderful, fantastic people. <3

Arekkusu

July 2, 2022
11:27pm

Many thanks to all of the moderators for everything they do to help keep our community safe and running smoothly.

You are all awesome.

Atheist

July 2, 2022
9:40pm

【☆】★【☆】★【☆】★【☆】★【☆】

I couldn't be more grateful for the people who willingly give their time to make sites like these safe, fun, and a good experience for the rest of us. Thank you, thank you for all that moderators do. Your hard work does not go unnoticed! RPR is no exception and has become perhaps one of my absolute favorite places to be! There's so much openness and opportunity here and your protection of that keeps RPR a safe haven for creativity! Kudos to you all for being amazing and helping us have this space to play in. <3

【☆】★【☆】★【☆】★【☆】★【☆】

Bluebeldy

July 2, 2022
7:11pm

Thank you all sm ^^ We appreciate everything you do for us on the rpr, thank you for doing all you can for us all <3

Kruhee

July 2, 2022
6:18pm

Thank you for all your hard work!!! WE LOVE YOU! <3 <3 <3

Cosmonautilus

July 2, 2022
5:54pm

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Dawnia

July 2, 2022
5:39pm

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Thank you very much! Wholly appreciated!
I'm sorry you had to endure the gaslighting and bullying.
Stay vigilant, and I'll bring you coffee and cakes to keep you going through all hours of the day and night!
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Nettle

July 2, 2022
4:21pm

Thank you for responding promptly to my reports and tolerating my never-ending moral judgements upon those I report.

Zelphyr

July 2, 2022
4:02pm

I still believe that RPR has some of the most wonderful and dedicated mods out there. :)

AgentMilkshake

July 2, 2022
3:44pm

Thanks to all of the moderators and guinea pigs who make this site possible!

Madam

July 2, 2022
3:23pm

Thank you to everyone who works so hard on this website, and provides us with a wonderful community. You do a lot to give us a safe environment for making new friends, and for hanging out with old ones. You deserve the best and I'm sending massive positive vibes your way. Your hard work very is always appreciated <3

Mina

July 2, 2022
3:23pm

Thank you so much for the appreciation everyone and also Kim! Thank you, fellow teammates, for all that you do, It's nice to mod for such a wonderful community of creative individuals. I'm incredibly thankful for everyone who's been kind to me as I get my footing as a mod, for positive attitudes, and for the chance to see so much cool stuff being made. I'm always happy to be of help when needed. :D

I look forward to getting back into the swing of things keeping the community safe and comfy, and seeing more fantastic imagination creations from everyone as I go!

Kotomi657

July 2, 2022
3:21pm

Thank you all for your continous help and kindness :)!

AncientCatKing

July 2, 2022
3:21pm

Thank you, mods! I love you guys. <3 I came from another old RP community years ago where all of the moderators had left over time and the site was (and still is) basically the wild west. I was being harassed pretty badly when Loki (a dear ex-mod) invited me over here instead. You guys have always been insanely helpful to me, and you're part of what makes the community here so great.

scarellett

July 2, 2022
3:12pm

Love you guys and thanks so much to all of you Moderators out there shout out to Kim xoxoxo Scarellett

Falyn

July 2, 2022
3:02pm

Thank-you to all the Mod. Team for your hard work and dedication! 🎆

Helleyn

July 2, 2022
3:02pm

Thank you to all moderators here on RPRepository. There's a little a glimpse of catching some of you here or there through the website, but there is no doubt your hard work is appreciated. It speaks volumes, at least for me, that I did not stumble against any unpleasantries since joining this community.

Moderators protect the community in ways that usually go unnoticed by most users. Thank you to all moderators out there and Kim for bringing this appreciation day. <3