I sure hope what Iím going to attempt to put into print will make sense and not offend the forum.
I am a fairly new member, and I will admit I have taken every advantage of the forum in regards to asking question after question, and have benefited from the many answers Iíve received. Did I vote? No! Why? Because I really did not what I was voting for or who I was voting for!
Sure I know that it was for a moderator, but excuse my ignorance, what is and what does a moderator do? Yes Iím sure had I not been so lazy and had done some research I could have easily found the answers, but I had on blinders and was really only interested in my selfish quest for knowledge in woodworking.
I know the importance of group participation. Iíve gone thru the chairs in the Elks Lodge and served as Exalted Ruler. Iíve served as president of the Kiwanis, and the Rotary Clubs and have served on many state, local and national hospitality committees prior to retiring from the Hospitality Industry. To vote for officers, committee people, etc is not just to give recognition to itís members but itís the catalyst in helping to make a group grow and succeed.
Iím sure that there has to be other ďfreshmanĒ members who have the same question I had. Maybe there should be a blurb prior to elections defining the duties and or functions of a moderator. Perhaps there should be a nominating procedures of members to allow us that are really familiar with those you feel are qualified to do the job.
Now I know someone is going to tell me that these things exist and was just to stupid to see them, if so I truly apologize for my ignorance. I do know that when I ask a question I always receive a immediate answer, and these answers seem to come from the same people every time. I notice that these same people are either past moderators or are the new moderators, and I really feel that they deserve it, my congratulations.
I guess what I was attempting in this post is to see if it could light a spark to get more members involved and active,