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#91 Old 07-21-2013, 08:17 AM
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Human nature obviously plays a big part but that applies to members, not just mods.  Recently I saw a clever case of manipulation on VB which both fascinated and infuriated me.  They made a comment that was clearly against TOS but nobody reported it due previous comments by that poster.  Personally I don't report 'offensive'comments as I'd rather people saw them and judged for themselves to be honest.

 

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I like the suggestion in the other thread about having a voting system for the mods. It is our community, we should be able to have a say in who moderates it and who doesn't.
The idea that a mod can be voted out is interesting as well.

 

The community can have a say in who moderates. If you know someone awesome, suggest them to a mod and to that individual. Maybe they'll apply. 

 

The idea that a mod can be voted out is interesting, but to vote, members would need to know which mods are most active behind the scenes and they don't always know that. Some are better at zapping spam thus keeping the forum clean for member, some are continually posting new content, some are really good at giving me tips about how the forums could be better, some show up all the time - some don't, and some do other tasks behind the scenes that ultimately benefit the boards. If someone got mad, rallied up support and voted a very useful mod out, I would be upset to lose a useful team member.  

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Okay, here's my take on moderation.  I willingly admit that some of these ideas have been suggested by others and have been stolen incorporated here:

 

2) We need two or three dedicated moderator accounts that the mods can use to anonymise any 'cautions', either on the forum or in PMs.  

 

3)  Linking in with the above, there could to be standard (effectively scripted) responses or advisory's that all the mods use.  

 

2) We've been discussing anonymous mod accounts since it was brought up in this thread and I know some mods and members like the idea. Personally I'm not comfortable hiding behind a fake mod account. I feel like if I give someone a warning or other thing (infraction) etc, it's because I'm standing behind it. If I do that as fake mod Bob or what have you, it would feel like I'm too hidden. If a member wanted to complain about me, they wouldn't have a chance, and to me it's fair for members to have that chance. Plus, if you've agreed to make decisions about people you may as well accept the responsibility of being honest about it. I wouldn't be thrilled if someone called me out but refused to say "hey, it's me" because then I lose the chance to discuss it with them. 

 

3) This is something we're working on to ensure responses are clearer and more streamlined in tone. But I still think these messages should be delivered by a real mod not a fake one. JUST my opinion. If a majority thinks some anonymous mods would rock, I'd go along with supporting it. 

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If moderation decisions were publicly expressed in more of a 'collective' rather than a 'one on one' fashion I might be more tempted to volunteer myself. I'd certainly be willing to do boring little jobs like zap spam!

 

Our new goal is collective rather than one-on-one. We try to make sure at least 4 mods weigh in on each decision. That's hard sometimes because we all have varied schedules, but we're sticking with it - this is why some of our decisions do take longer, but I feel like it's worth it to have consensus. 

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I some ways I agree but I can think of one member here who only joined in April but has generally posted the most sense I've seen so far on VB.  That includes me mooching around in old threads from years ago (loving the duck hunter thread btw lol).  I would hate to think that this member would be excluded under the 6 month rule when they are such an intelligent, measured and articulate poster.

We're open to people with plenty of posts, no matter how long they've been here. I think there are some great new members around here who could work out as mods, but it's good to see a lot of posts. You can't get a real flavor of how people interact without that. Plus, I've seen lots of new forum members (not just here, on many forums) play it safe and nice for a while, then start to get a argumentative later. We're not looking for 8 year long members or anything, just people we know interact decently with a lot of different members.  

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#92 Old 07-21-2013, 08:20 AM
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@Everyone participating. 

 

I just wanted to point out that this is hands down one of the BEST site support threads I've seen over the last year. 

 

Thanks to jumpingspider22 for getting it started and to everyone who has commented. It's been a very interesting and useful thread IMO and one that will likely help bring about some useful changes here. 


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2) We've been discussing anonymous mod accounts since it was brought up in this thread and I know some mods and members like the idea. Personally I'm not comfortable hiding behind a fake mod account. I feel like if I give someone a warning or other thing (infraction) etc, it's because I'm standing behind it.

 

Well it's not exactly a fake account if it's known to all that Moderator1/2/3 etc are doing exactly what it says on the tin but I understand what you mean.  I'm a firm believer of saying it in my own name, even if that 'name' is a user ID :)  My issue is that it then feels personal from that actual person, when in fact it's the decision of other mods as well. The phrase 'don't shoot the messenger' springs to mind.  I can see why you aren't comfortable with the idea though.

 

 If I do that as fake mod Bob or what have you, it would feel like I'm too hidden. If a member wanted to complain about me, they wouldn't have a chance, and to me it's fair for members to have that chance. Plus, if you've agreed to make decisions about people you may as well accept the responsibility of being honest about it. I wouldn't be thrilled if someone called me out but refused to say "hey, it's me" because then I lose the chance to discuss it with them.

 

First of all, why 'Bob'?!  They are Mod accounts, let's have some proper names like The Terminator or Judge Dredd rifle.gif (joke)

 

 

Again I agree with the right to reply but there are ways of knowing who posted in a certain ID/sent a PM from an ID.  To be fair, if 4 mods have discussed it then any of those 4 mods can respond to any question the member has.  

 

3) This is something we're working on to ensure responses are clearer and more streamlined in tone. But I still think these messages should be delivered by a real mod not a fake one. JUST my opinion. If a majority thinks some anonymous mods would rock, I'd go along with supporting it. 

 

Maybe this would be the compromise; more standardised 'no conflict' ways of delivering messages.  It's not going to stop people being offended but if everyone gets the same/similar message then it should feel less 'personal'

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So we are encouraging people who "try" to only eat meat a "few times a week" to join vb?

 

I meant to address this earlier but forgot. No, we're not trying to recruit semi-vegetarians. This board is still for vegetarians and transitioning vegetarians. However, if someone states they're starting on a path towards vegetarian and their first goal is to cut out meat a few days a week, I think we should support that as a good step. It's better to me than someone not trying to go veg at all. 

 

Some people do go veg cold turkey but most I've met don't. They ease into it. With support, they may do more and more. Without support they may give up the vegetarian goal altogether. 

 

I do think it's ok to tell someone that they CAN aim for even more meatless days though - say if their original goal is three days. I don't feel like it's too pushy to say, "Hey, three is great but I bet with help and recipe ideas you could even do five!" 


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I like the suggestion in the other thread about having a voting system for the mods. It is our community, we should be able to have a say in who moderates it and who doesn't.
The idea that a mod can be voted out is interesting as well.

I don't believe that it is our community, this site is owned by Huddler and personally i feel like an outsider when visiting this place, almost an itinerant traveller who makes a brief appearence then leaves because it's not too welcoming given all the nasty and invasive adverts that pervade Veggieboards nowadays. Yes, admittedly i have never been a heavy poster on this board, but since Huddler took over any feeling of community spirit has evaporated.
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I don't believe that it is our community, this site is owned by Huddler and personally i feel like an outsider when visiting this place, almost an itinerant traveller who makes a brief appearence then leaves because it's not too welcoming given all the nasty and invasive adverts that pervade Veggieboards nowadays. Yes, admittedly i have never been a heavy poster on this board, but since Huddler took over any feeling of community spirit has evaporated.

There were ads on here when Michael owned the site too. Ads are not new. Since Huddler bought this site, what's new is me; some site design; the mobile site; and some forum title changes (some of which the other mods told me to change back and I have). 

 

But, sorry you feel like this isn't a community. It would help if you told us what would make this feel like a community to you. Or maybe PM a mod with a link to a forum you do feel good about so we can see what they're doing that we're not. 


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The community is ours, of course it is. A community is composed of human beings who emotionally and otherwise invest in it and in each other. The platform doesn't belong to us, any more than a cafe that a group of friends hang out at belongs to them. The cafe makes money and supports itself as well as the community by providing a venue for people to gather and socialise, so does Huddler.


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2) We've been discussing anonymous mod accounts since it was brought up in this thread and I know some mods and members like the idea. Personally I'm not comfortable hiding behind a fake mod account. I feel like if I give someone a warning or other thing (infraction) etc, it's because I'm standing behind it. If I do that as fake mod Bob or what have you, it would feel like I'm too hidden. If a member wanted to complain about me, they wouldn't have a chance, and to me it's fair for members to have that chance. Plus, if you've agreed to make decisions about people you may as well accept the responsibility of being honest about it. I wouldn't be thrilled if someone called me out but refused to say "hey, it's me" because then I lose the chance to discuss it with them. 

 

3) This is something we're working on to ensure responses are clearer and more streamlined in tone. But I still think these messages should be delivered by a real mod not a fake one. JUST my opinion. If a majority thinks some anonymous mods would rock, I'd go along with supporting it. 

 

 

I strongly agree with you.  I'd much rather deal with someone directly rather than talk to a fake mod account. 

 

 


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The community is ours, of course it is. A community is composed of human beings who emotionally and otherwise invest in it and in each other. The platform doesn't belong to us, any more than a cafe that a group of friends hang out at belongs to them. The cafe makes money and supports itself as well as the community by providing a venue for people to gather and socialise, so does Huddler.

Of course, business first, or to be precise, profits first. I would suspect that Huddler don't give a rat's dick about community as long as the moola is rolling in. Conversely, if this site wasn't profitable it would probably get pulled, more than likely without a word spoken to the "community" i suspect that would be their style.
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I don't believe that it is our community, this site is owned by Huddler and personally i feel like an outsider when visiting this place, almost an itinerant traveller who makes a brief appearence then leaves because it's not too welcoming given all the nasty and invasive adverts that pervade Veggieboards nowadays. Yes, admittedly i have never been a heavy poster on this board, but since Huddler took over any feeling of community spirit has evaporated.

I don't find that to be true at all, I think we have a great community here with a lot of friendly and intelligent people. How can you say there's no feeling of community spirit here when you're never around to LET ME LOVE YOU? Come on, Vincent, you know you want to look at all my cute animal pictures and food porn posts. laugh.gif

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I some ways I agree but I can think of one member here who only joined in April but has generally posted the most sense I've seen so far on VB.  That includes me mooching around in old threads from years ago (loving the duck hunter thread btw lol).  I would hate to think that this member would be excluded under the 6 month rule when they are such an intelligent, measured and articulate poster.

 

Well, I am not certain if he has an interest in the position, but he has been added as VB content creator and has done admirable work in this regard. Here is an excellent article that he authored: https://www.veggieboards.com/a/discussing-vegetarianism-and-veganism-using-difficult-conversations

 

 

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Of course, business first, or to be precise, profits first. I would suspect that Huddler don't give a rat's dick about community as long as the moola is rolling in. Conversely, if this site wasn't profitable it would probably get pulled, more than likely without a word spoken to the "community" i suspect that would be their style.

 

Huddler aren't moderating this forum.  Huddler aren't posting on this forum.  Why would I give a rat's dick what their attitude is to our community?

 

We 'own' it in the sense that if we weren't here keeping it going then it wouldn't exist.  This forum is what it is based on the contributors.  I can't see Huddler or any other large internet company crying bitter tears of regret if a (in relative terms) small forum goes *kaput*.  I'd miss it though, and so would many others and that's why I'd like to see it thrive.

 

I think we are 'profitable' based on numerous accidental clicks on their interminable bleddy adverts ~ mainly by me.  I could power the forum alone based on my lack of ability to control a touch-pad after a glass of wine  rockon.gif

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Of course, business first, or to be precise, profits first. I would suspect that Huddler don't give a rat's dick about community as long as the moola is rolling in. Conversely, if this site wasn't profitable it would probably get pulled, more than likely without a word spoken to the "community" i suspect that would be their style.

 

Many "members" don't give a rat's dick about the VeggieBoards community either. They post once or twice or for a week, and then disappear never to be seen again. I've never imagined Huddler to be some altruistic, veg*n charitable organisation so if they did pull the plug on the forum, I don't think I'd be in total shock.

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I don't believe that it is our community, this site is owned by Huddler and personally i feel like an outsider when visiting this place, almost an itinerant traveller who makes a brief appearence then leaves because it's not too welcoming given all the nasty and invasive adverts that pervade Veggieboards nowadays. Yes, admittedly i have never been a heavy poster on this board, but since Huddler took over any feeling of community spirit has evaporated.

 

I will acknowledge that there has been a noticeable change on VB from when I joined five years ago until this point. However, change is inevitable and unavoidable. If we knew which element of community spirit you think we're missing, we could address the issue. While I'm personally good at seeing the writing on the wall and reading in between the lines in interacting with people, the administrator and mods (myself included) aren't mind readers. If you have suggestions, please feel free to send them to me or another moderator and we'd be happy to take them under consideration. We can't change what happened last year on this forum and any other happenings here, but we can work to make VB an even better place. I encourage all members to voice their opinions (which I know many don't have a problem doing).

 

 

So, everybody, here's the invitation to the dance! carrot.gif Let's work together to make VB a more rewarding and welcoming community for as many individuals as possible. 

 

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We 'own' it in the sense that if we weren't here keeping it going then it wouldn't exist.  This forum is what it is based on the contributors. 

 

This is true. You can be owned by the most savvy forum company ever, but when you get right down to it, it's the community who makes the place. 

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Of course, business first, or to be precise, profits first. I would suspect that Huddler don't give a rat's dick about community as long as the moola is rolling in. Conversely, if this site wasn't profitable it would probably get pulled, more than likely without a word spoken to the "community" i suspect that would be their style.

 

You didn't answer my question. I'm still curious about what changes you would like to see here at VB.
 
From what you wrote, it sounds like the only way VB would be more community minded would be if an individual owned it vs. a company and if that individual ran VB as a non-profit.
 
An individual who was independently wealthy could do that. A very wealthy, over-loaded with time human wouldn't have to place ads on the site or ask for community support, but otherwise I can't see a way around that. 
 
I don't know what VB costs are, but I've been working with forums and large websites for years, so I can guess. Some sites are run cheaply, around $500 a month or less, but that's low end and usually involves horrid design and lots of negative tech issues. I know of bigger sites who pay $5,000 a month just for bandwidth. Hosting alone can cost $100 to $900 a month for forums. 
 
Forum owners pay for images, design work, hosting, bandwidth, developers, hardware, software, tech support, back ups, programming, domains, licenses, legal costs, time involved and so on. Some of this can be done yourself, but then we're talking about massive amounts of time (time is also money). 
 
Most people and companies can't afford to run a site ad-free and it's not easy to find sponsors who do match up with your site ethics willing to just hand over cash. 
 
As to Huddler not caring about this site at all... 
No company (or individual) buys a site unless they feel the site has potential and a good community already, so one might assume Huddler values what VB has going on.
 
I know it must hard for members to get a feeling for Huddler staff, because no one from Huddler really comes here to hang out - but to be fair, Huddler staff is respecting the fact that you can't post here if you're not vegetarian or vegan, which is cool. It's always been that way and they're sticking with that site rule.  
 
Because I interact with Huddler I see more of the stuff going on in the background. For example, when I have tech questions for myself or members, Huddler normally gets back to me quickly. They haven't tried to change the site goals (it's still a site for vegetarians and vegans). Plus, when I mentioned that the non-veggie ads drive me and other people nuts they hooked me up with their ad fella so I could tell him what sort of veggie-minded ads would fit in better with our community. Getting like-minded sponsors at a small forum can be a long process, but this issue is not just being ignored. 
 
Is Huddler a perfect fit with VB? No of course not. As I noted above, an independently wealthy vegan/vegetarian would most likely be the perfect owner. It's harsh though to say they don't give a rat's dick about VB - I don't think they've interfered here much at all, unless myself or a member has a question or suggestion. As Quiet-Vegan noted, this community really comes down to all of us who do post here. 

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I certainly would prefer if this site was owned by a vegan or a vegan company, with preferably no adverts. If adverts were needed to finance the board they would take up a tiny fraction of space and be for vegan products, services etc. The board could still rightly discuss vegetarianism, but the owner/s would be vegan. Anyway, that's all pie in the sky on my part.

I did not state that Huddler does not care about this site at all, i stated that they don't care about the community. Of course they care about this site, as long as it is profitable.

Would Huddler pull the plug on Veggieboards if it become unprofitable without any prior consultation with this community?
Also, do they have any view on veganism/ vegetarianism, or are they a typically faceless company?
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Well, I am not certain if he has an interest in the position, but he has been added as VB content creator and has done admirable work in this regard. Here is an excellent article that he authored: https://www.veggieboards.com/a/discussing-vegetarianism-and-veganism-using-difficult-conversations



 

While I am not certain whether he would mind his name being mentioned (it is rather complimentary 
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Ahaha, you really go out to make sure no one can walk away feeling even remotely provoked. I love that. I'm sure you're be an awesome mod!

As for me, I'm not fit to be a moderator. I'm just far too inexperienced, as a member on this site and as a veg*n. No amount of furious research can overcome this limitation.

I've been concerned about my lack of foresight in a few recent comments, so I'm scaling my participation down while I think about it. I'll publicly admit an identity issue I have. Right now I feel like a vegetarian diet is being forced on me in camp, when I really want to go vegan, and although I have told myself that it's okay to only go vegan at the end of the year, it makes me somewhat resentful about my vegetarianism. It doesn't change my moral position, but it's a little more difficult for me to show emotional restraint.

Anyway, the good thing about being on the content team is that my articles can be supervised, and in this aspect I'm working closely with Jennifer. As a moderator, your each and every comment is representative of vb's choice to put you in a position of power, and I'm not confident that I will always act in a way that benefits vb's image, or at least consistently enough.

I do feel like I can be passionate about this site. Gimme another two years, and if I'm still hanging around then (I hope I am), then we'll see. I won't even dream of applying for this position until I can meet my own expectations of what it means to be an effective moderator, and I have no shame in admitting that I still find myself sorely lacking.

With regards to the unanimous mod account (I prefer this over fake mod, because it's not fake), we know exactly who's behind the account, and in that aspect it's a truthful representation of the mod consensus. In fact, if you're not going for style points, you should totally call it Mod Consensus for the added clarity.

PS: Whenever I comment on weekdays, it's while I'm in camp and typing on my laggy-as-hell non-camera smartphone, where I have to open notepad and then copy paste what I wanna say over. It's finally starting to get on my nerves >sad.gif
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Most forums are not profitable when the community is small, and ours is a small community. Most small communities only break even. I wouldn't want the plug pulled on VB either, just because we're small, so I recently had a meeting with Dan, Huddler's CEO about this. He told me Huddler's VB plans are to invest further resources into the community - which is when they hooked me up with their ad specialist (he finds ad campaigns and sponsors for sites that match the site goals). He also noted that he thinks this community is thriving and is worth investing in. 

 

I seriously doubt Huddler would pull the plug on VB with zero input from the community. If they were going to do that, it wouldn't be in their best interest to invest in resources for the site. They'd just ignore VB, wait til it shriveled and shut it down. 

 

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Huddler is not a vegetarian / vegan company. They're a general company who hires all kinds of people. But there are Huddler associated people who are into veg issues or who honor the goals here. 

 

There's me: I'm associated with Huddler and I feel like I've tried as hard as I can to support and grow this community while respecting site goals. I take suggestions mods or members give me to Huddler and try my best to get those suggestions implemented. I'm continually asking for mod and community input and I haven't tried to change this forum other than with stuff I think might help improve it and widen it's scope for members (like our Pinterest page, more articles, getting better ads, etc.). When Huddler staff members make a suggestion I think clashes with VB I tell them, "Hey, that won't work.... here's why." I'm sure not everyone here adores me, but I am trying my best to support this community in ways that honor the original vision of the site. 

 

There's some other vegetarians on staff: Huddler has some vegetarians/vegans on staff (like in tech) and they've been really helpful when I've needed help with something asap.

 

There's an aspiring vegetarian (thanks to VB): The Huddler staff member I work with the most (she's kind of a go-between for Huddler and me) was not mostly veg when we met. That resulted in some lively debates and is also why she didn't post here much (in order to follow the rules). Lately, that's been changing though. She told me that she's been reading posts here and going veg is making sense to her. I've seen her popping in here more and more, and I believe she's at some sort of 95% vegetarian transition mark - eating almost no meat now. It's cool that VB has changed the mind of a key Huddler staff member. 

 

There's the ad fella: The Huddler ad guy I'm working with to get like-minded sponsors going here, is extremely knowledgeable and supportive about veggie issues. When I told him the ads here aren't veg-friendly he railed off a list of awesome companies who might be a good fit, and he was right about all of them. Companies like Earth Balance, juicer companies and raw vegan bars, stuff like that. When I tell him, "We don't want to see animal tested cosmetic company ads here!" he never says, "Sorry, that's what's profitable - be open minded" he says, "Of course you guys don't - let's look into seeing if we can find better veg sponsors. Who do you suggest?" 

 

There's the CEO: Dan is not vegetarian, but he is veggie-supportive IMO. Often people or companies who buy websites will bring in an admin with lots of forum, writing and social media experience but zero experience with the topic at hand because all they care about is site profits. When Huddler bought VB, they already had staff who were perfectly knowledgeable about forums, writing and social media and could have made one of those individuals a VB admin, but none of those individuals were vegetarian or vegan. Instead Dan contacted me. Dan knew me because a few years back, I was a community manager for an eco-forum they own and I tended to spout off about veggie issues, which I guess he remembered. When he contacted me last year he said they wanted someone to help admin VB who had forum, writing and social media experience but who was also already invested in vegetarian issues. To me that says he cares about maintaining the community goals not just profits. 

 

I wouldn't say Huddler understands vegetarian / vegan issues inside and out, but I do think they're supportive of said issues. After working with a ton of clients over the years, I can tell you that not all companies put as much effort into being supportive of various sites they own - many really do only care about profits at any cost and ignore what long-term site members want. In my experience, Huddler's not like that though. 


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Huddler aren't moderating this forum.  Huddler aren't posting on this forum.  Why would I give a rat's dick what their attitude is to our community?

 

We 'own' it in the sense that if we weren't here keeping it going then it wouldn't exist.  This forum is what it is based on the contributors.  I can't see Huddler or any other large internet company crying bitter tears of regret if a (in relative terms) small forum goes *kaput*.  I'd miss it though, and so would many others and that's why I'd like to see it thrive.

 

I think we are 'profitable' based on numerous accidental clicks on their interminable bleddy adverts ~ mainly by me.  I could power the forum alone based on my lack of ability to control a touch-pad after a glass of wine  rockon.gif

If there were any vegan rats in our community, they might feel a bit offended that we are all talking about their genitalia in so casual a manner. shocked.gif

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Anyway, the good thing about being on the content team is that my articles can be supervised, and in this aspect I'm working closely with Jennifer. As a moderator, your each and every comment is representative of vb's choice to put you in a position of power, and I'm not confident that I will always act in a way that benefits vb's image, or at least consistently enough.

 

What is this "content team"? Is it a place where everyone goes to feel that all is right in the world? How can I get an invite? No, really though, what is it?

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What is this "content team"? Is it a place where everyone goes to feel that all is right in the world? How can I get an invite? No, really though, what is it?

See the link below that nog posted.

 

Just an FYI, if you're not into writing content, I'm also going to be kicking off a VB review team soon - I'm just hashing out the details.

 

This team will involve me or a sponsor sending you vegetarian / vegan products (for free) that you get to keep. You'd test them out and then post an honest review about it here at VB. I'm hoping to include products such as food, body care, movies, books, etc., though it depends on the sponsors. Also there may be some private panel discussions involved between members and vegan companies. 

 

Mods and content team members will be getting a little more priority when it comes to joining the review team, but I'd also like to get other community members (non-mods, non-content team) involved. If you're interested, watch site support because once I suss out all the details I'll make an announcement there and ask for people who would like to join. 

 

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If there were any vegan rats in our community, they might feel a bit offended that we are all talking about their genitalia in so casual a manner. shocked.gif

 

If there were anything like my rats they would have been delighted!  They were never shy about that sort of thing (especially Buster Gonad, he was awesome hence the name)

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Did buster have U L Ts ?

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Most definitely.  When he sat up on my shoulder it looked at though he was astride a rat-sized pink space hopper.  I never tried finding him a mini wheelbarrow though :)

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If there were anything like my rats they would have been delighted!  They were never shy about that sort of thing (especially Buster Gonad, he was awesome hence the name)

Yeah, I think mine would have too. My husband and I have rescued over twenty rats in the last seven years, and they have all been the most wonderful little individuals, quite happy to roll over onto their backs and expose their goods for a belly scratch. The boys of course had much more to be going on with in that department!

 

One of the first ratty babies we rescued was Napoleon. He became the absolute sunshine of our lives, and he went through a lot in his life. He endured a broken leg, a huge abscess in his stomach that we had to flush out daily, and he had bumble foot. During the last few weeks of his life he slept in bed with us, laying in the crook of my arm and never peeing or pooping on me; nor did I ever roll over on him or hurt him. He spent most days either on a blanket on the floor or on our bed, and when I would walk into the room he would run across the bed or floor to me, and when I put my face down to his he would reach out and grab my bottom lip and gives me tons of kisses. He began to have little seizures and each time I was so afraid he was going to leave us; finally he did, and I completely broke down for months. I got a tattoo of him on my arm, with the words "He's a little namblo; He decides which way the wind blows"--god, I'm starting to cry now! I used to hold him and dance with him to Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon," telling him that when he is ready to go I will understand--hence, he decides which way the wind blows. I have so many ratty memories, so many little ratties have come into my life and blessed me with their love and beauty and intelligence and wisdom. Why do they have to leave?

 

Oh dear, now I've gone and derailed this thread. Sorry. I'll reel it in now.

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