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Title: New moderator VOTE
Post by: Major Wood on October 22, 2010, 01:15:03 pm
Please vote in the poll at the top of this page. The person who gets the most votes will be your new ZH moderator.

To see what each has said regarding their intent, view the links below:

Cliquework - Here (http://www.zebrahuddle.com/index.php?topic=1470.msg21512#msg21512) and here (http://www.zebrahuddle.com/index.php?topic=1470.msg21553#msg21553)

Professor Murder - Here (http://www.zebrahuddle.com/index.php?topic=1470.msg21515#msg21515), here (http://www.zebrahuddle.com/index.php?topic=1470.msg21527#msg21527) and here (http://www.zebrahuddle.com/index.php?topic=1470.msg21529#msg21529)

This vote is set to end in 8 days (approximately 7am CST on 10/30/10).
Title: Re: New moderator VOTE
Post by: Major Wood on October 28, 2010, 07:15:32 pm
Reminder: make sure to get your vote in. Less than 48 hours remaining.
Title: Re: New moderator VOTE
Post by: DayGlo Divine on October 30, 2010, 01:54:34 am
Hi, everyone. Outgoing moderator here. I've pretty much dropped off the face of the derby world, and not just because I don't want the Little Debbie skater-bakers to find me and process my remains into Zebra Cakes. I had planned on retiring at the end of this season since last year, and while I waffled on that decision for a while, it became obvious that derby was the thing in my life that had to go. I'm burned out on it, and I just concluded a four-month stint of physical therapy to fix the physical damage it's done to me. I look forward to making weekly trips to adult open skate, attending bouts here and there, and to watching my former and still hometown league, Charm City, play in the Championship on the small screen. But I'm done.

Anyway, enough about me. This thread involves picking someone to take my place and keep all you zebras in line. Since they are my skates to fill, I have an opinion about that.

Being a moderator really isn't super-duper hard. It requires having enough awareness of WFTDA policies and procedures to know what information can be shared and what isn't quite ready for prime time -- something anyone with access to the WFTDA forum can do. It requires a level head and the ability to keep a thread from derailing and defuse forum drama when it arises (which is next to never). I think both Cliquework and Murder would do an admirable job of keeping the peace here, as both have displayed good judgment and reasoning, sound rules knowledge, and perhaps most importantly, tact. I love 'em both to death. But given my druthers, I'd rather see this position go to an up and coming ref who has proven his mettle (Cliquework) than one who is ridiculously overqualified (Murder). And here's why.

Before I retired, I was one of Charm City's three certified refs -- one of whom is  recovering from a recent foot surgery and will be off skates for at least a few months. I maintained the ref attendance spreadsheet, printed out penalty sheets for every bout and practice until a few months ago, and set up the scoreboard, which ran on my 6-year-old PowerBook, for every home game. In the 45 months that I wore the stripes, I reffed 157 bouts and NSOed 45 more, reffed one tournament and NSOed three others, worked all four ECEs, and gained sanctioned bout experience in every on- and off-skates position except scoreboard operator. My departure gave other, newer refs the opportunity to step up and prove themselves. It meant that a rookie ref who likely would have been benched for the last game of the season despite making amazing progress got to OPR a sanctioned bout. But it also means that my crew spent the better part of this month realizing exactly how much I did for them and scrambling to fill the void I left. That would not have been the case had my tasks been distributed more evenly among my crew members. (It could have been worse, though; I gave up my WFTDA referee representative position in May, so that was already covered.)

As much as everyone loves derby, the fact is that even refs have a shelf life. They get injured, lose their jobs, take new jobs with more responsibilities or different hours, have kids, break up with their skater girlfriends, get new girlfriends who don't like their derby habit, get dealt a crappy hand of league drama, or get burned out and quit. When those refs are people who wear a lot of hats within the derby community, the community suffers a huge loss in terms of institutional knowledge and backstory. I've seen it happen to other leagues when their head refs (or several refs) left, I saw it happen to my crew BIG time when JZ and then Justice left, and it's happened since I left as well. And seeing it has made me really understand the importance of distributing the behind-the-scenes work of derby broadly and getting as many people involved as possible.

In short, what Stego said. :P
Title: Re: New moderator VOTE
Post by: Major Wood on October 30, 2010, 04:41:22 pm
Congratulations to Cliquework! He will be your new moderator here.
Thank you to Murder and Bishop, as well as all others who applied.
Title: Re: New moderator VOTE
Post by: Cliquework on November 01, 2010, 01:19:59 am
Thank you Major Wood and fellow members of Zebra Huddle for allowing me the chance to be you new Moderator. I very much appreciate the confidence everyone has shown. I have big skates to fill and look forward to the opportunity.
Title: Re: New moderator VOTE
Post by: Brad Religion on November 01, 2010, 01:23:10 am
Actually, Dayglo's skates are pretty tiny, literally speaking...
Title: Re: New moderator VOTE
Post by: FNZebra on November 01, 2010, 02:59:27 am
Actually, Dayglo's skates are pretty tiny, literally speaking...

Yep. there were muffin tops on the ankles there on Friday.