MEET THE MODERATORS...

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
one month ago
405 posts

John, I just clicked on the "Follow" button on your page and it now says "Pending".  When you accept me as a follower (or follow me back?) then you send a message to me, ask me a question, etc. as a private aside.  As Dusty said, it's a messaging system rather than a list of who likes you!




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Jan Potts, Lexington, KY
Site Moderator

"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." Henry Van Dyke
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
one month ago
858 posts

Hi John.  That's a good question. Before I answer it, let me point out that we have a Forum discussion for questions about how to use this site.  It is called "Site Questions?  How do I . . . ?" You can click on the link I just created or you can just choose "Forums" from the toolbar on the top of your screen and choose it from the list of Forum topics that have been created.  That is the place where any questions about how to do anything on this site should be posed.

Now to your question . . . we don't really have "friends" here at FOTMD, we just have followers.  But it's basically the same thing. If you and another member follow each other you are able to send private messages that will only be seen by the two of you.  To follow someone, click on their name to go to their homepage, and then click on the "Follow" button. I have made a screen shot of your homepage and have circled the "Follow" button so you can see it clearly.

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Once you "Follow" someone, I think they have to accept you or Follow you back, but they will be notified to respond.  To try this out, when I finish posting this response to you, I am going to follow you.  Let's see if it works.




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Dusty T., Northern California
Site Moderator

"A good song makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think."
-- Pete Seeger

updated by @dusty-turtle: 02/17/17 12:28:13PM
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
one month ago
25 posts

Hi, I am needing help concerning the process of obtaining friends and becoming someone else's friend. In other words, what are the steps.

 

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
9 months ago
858 posts

Hi Irene. I'm delighted you found us!

First, let me point you to a specific discussion specifically devoted to asking questions about the site. You can find it here.

Second, there are a couple of ways to share photos.  In a discussion board such as this one, you can embed a photo by clicking on the "Embed Local Media" icon, which looks like a film strip and is the second-to-last icon above this text box.  You can also add photos to your own profile page.  To do so, go to your profile page by clicking on your avatar photo, or your name in the upper right-hand corner.  Then click "Photos" and then click the "+" button to create a new gallery.

I hope that helps, and if you need more assistance, please check out the "Site Questions" discussion.

One final note, I edited your email above so that it should not be detectable by those spybots that roam around the internet.  Since our site is open to the public, it is better not to share personal information like that except through personal messages, which are not open to everyone and are genuinely private.




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Dusty T., Northern California
Site Moderator

"A good song makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think."
-- Pete Seeger
IRENE
@irene
9 months ago
42 posts

Hi folks, I totally love this site and am sooooooooo happy to be a part of it.  yep, I DO KNOW HOW to write in this box, but I can't figure how to add a photo.  I've got photos I'd love to put up, even some little things i'd love to show and tell or show and sell............please email me at harpvisionATgmailDOTCOM and see if I can get some special help on doing it.  Once I learn, I'll just TAKE OFF flying.  Thanks so much to anyone that reads this and addresses my concern.  aloha, irene

Ken Backer
@ken-backer
2 years ago
32 posts

I, too, would like to give a big thanks to our moderators.  I know they help make Lisa's job much easier.  clapthumbsup

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
2 years ago
347 posts

Hay Jan, Sam and Bob R. thanks so much for joining our wonderful moderators team. I appreciate all the work you each do and keeping us all in line is a great job cause we are a wonderful group of members. Keep up the good work and don't let the "SPAMERS" INTO OUR WONDERFUL SITE!

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
2 years ago
840 posts

So glad to have Bob, Jan, and Sam be a part of the Mod Squad! 

PS- A bit of trivia: FOTMD's own Ken Bloom was one of the musicians who performed the music for the pilot of The Mod Squad television series. 




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Robin T
one of the Moderators here :)
Keep a song in your heart!
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 years ago
1,700 posts

I am extremely happy to announce that we have now added THREE brand new additions to the FOTMD Moderator team!!  clapper


 

As FOTMD continues to grow and evolve, I am so grateful for the generous guidance and assistance of the site Moderators, and now there are SIX site moderators who help out every day to keep FOTMD on an even keel.


 

Please see the initial post in this thread to meet and our BRAND NEW Moderators!


 

Thanks and big hugs to Bob, Jan, and Sam !  grphug


 




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Site Owner

Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
-Strumelia proverb c.1990

updated by @strumelia: 07/29/15 12:57:27PM
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett
2 years ago
134 posts

Not to worry Dusty, It'll never get to that...I bet HD's would burn longer, too.thumbsup




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Site Moderator
Gary Major
@gary-major
2 years ago
9 posts

Thank you everyone for the great new site. Your hard work has paid off from what I can see. A bright and cheerful outlay!! Thanks again to all involved.


updated by @gary-major: 06/16/15 01:46:32PM
John Keane
@john-keane
6 years ago
253 posts

Oh no...he would surely bend the rules in his favor! He's a crafty sort (and one to keep an eye on) for sure. Grin.gif

Robin Thompson said:

John,

I'm afraid you're on your own with this one!3.gif Perhaps you & John K should arm wrestle to settle this.67.gifGrin.gif
John Henry said:

WHO..... ME ? What have I done? (except use a noter !) I try to help people where possible......... sometimes complement them on their dress sense......... always apologise for my inept use of the computer, and yet get landed with the troublemaker label !!! I really must find out who the moderators on this site are.........!

JohnH


Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
6 years ago
840 posts

John,

I'm afraid you're on your own with this one!3.gif Perhaps you & John K should arm wrestle to settle this.67.gifGrin.gif
John Henry said:

WHO..... ME ? What have I done? (except use a noter !) I try to help people where possible......... sometimes complement them on their dress sense......... always apologise for my inept use of the computer, and yet get landed with the troublemaker label !!! I really must find out who the moderators on this site are.........!

JohnH




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Robin T
one of the Moderators here :)
Keep a song in your heart!
John Henry
@john-henry
6 years ago
331 posts

WHO..... ME ? What have I done? (except use a noter !) I try to help people where possible......... sometimes complement them on their dress sense......... always apologise for my inept use of the computer, and yet get landed with the troublemaker label !!! I really must find out who the moderators on this site are.........!

JohnH


updated by @john-henry: 07/26/15 01:53:09PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
6 years ago
840 posts
Ann, it's a joy to see folks learning about and making homemade music! Smile.gif


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Robin T
one of the Moderators here :)
Keep a song in your heart!
Ann Evans
@ann-evans
6 years ago
4 posts

Thanks so much to you folks for being here online for us 'newbies' to learn stuff in a safe environment.... Grin.gifKeep up the good work...

Strumelia
@strumelia
6 years ago
1,700 posts
wow, that's what I call friendly! lol!


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Site Owner

Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
-Strumelia proverb c.1990
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
6 years ago
858 posts

Thanks everyone for your warm welcome. I'll do my best to help maintain the friendliest place on the internet.

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Dusty T., Northern California
Site Moderator

"A good song makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think."
-- Pete Seeger
Marion Seaman
@marion-seaman
6 years ago
5 posts

Thanks for all the hard work to the Mods! FOTMD is a harmonic haven in a mad world!Smile.gif

Marion

carol anderson
@carol-anderson
6 years ago
9 posts

41.gifI completely agree that moderaters want their job to be boring! I'm a moderator on another site with around 45,000 members, and we keep the site "family-friendly"; as we have members as young as 7. We strive to be members first, & mderators second.

This site has definitely impressed me, with the friendliness, & assistance offered; so excellent work Mods & Admin!

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
6 years ago
840 posts

One thing about moderating is it's a job we want to be boring.3.gif Free exchange of ideas and musical friendships are what we want to flourish here!

It's been really fun to see the site develop. I stumbled onto FOTMD very soon after Strumelia put it up-- if I remember right, there were yet no discussions (or maybe one), no groups, no videos.

PS-FOTMD is a Great Group!




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Robin T
one of the Moderators here :)
Keep a song in your heart!
Sue Simms
@sue-simms
6 years ago
50 posts
I think we have a Great Group here ! Grin.gif
folkfan
@folkfan
6 years ago
449 posts
Hello, Moderators. You all are doing an important job, keep up the good workGrin.gifGrin.gifGrin.gifGrin.gif
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 years ago
1,700 posts

Well I add that FOTMD needs almost nothing in terms of 'censorship'. FOTMD members (and dulcimer players in general) seem to be unusually kind and thoughtful.

I like a good spicy debate once in a while, and I am not particularly prudish either.

The moderators' job is really mostly to be there in case a spammer gets through the usual defenses that have been put in place. I might be sleeping late or off somewhere else for the day, and if a spammer gets in and starts posting their annoying posts here, any of the 3 mods who sees them has the ability to kick them off the site and delete all their content. This gives me great peace of mind! We have had a few spammers making trouble here in the past, and I've since further tightened up the joinup process to prevent them from joining in the first place. But it's inevitable that one may slip by at some point in time. The good news is that now there are seven of us who can notice them and kick them out. (And keep in mind that even if they do get on FOTMD and post junk, they would never have access to any members' account info or email address.)




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Site Owner

Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
-Strumelia proverb c.1990

updated by @strumelia: 07/29/15 12:25:56PM
John Henry
@john-henry
6 years ago
331 posts

At my age......................?, why, you look just a spit of a boy !!! LOL

My regards

JohnH

John Henry
@john-henry
6 years ago
331 posts

Good morning Bob (sorry, I forget you are 'in front' of us, as we are 'infront' of them, LOL)

So far as I see it the moderators are not there so much as to censor us , tho' of course they may should it prove necessary, but to look after us. I recollect a couple of occasions in the past when the site has had 'dubious' intrusions which have always been dealt with very quickly. As Kathie has already said, humour/joshing is different for everyone, and does not travel well in some instances. I am sure that many members do not appreciate the remarks I sometimes make about my good friend John S !!! (he loves it ,honest!)

my best wishes to you

JohnH

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
6 years ago
858 posts

Are moderators necessarily moderate?

And if you practice moderation in all things, aren't you being excessive in your moderation? If you are excessive in your moderation, then you are not practicing moderation in all things, so you are not excessive in your moderation.

Oh, my head is spinning. Good thing my wife just popped the bottle of California bubbly that we never had a chance to share on Valentine's Day.




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Dusty T., Northern California
Site Moderator

"A good song makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think."
-- Pete Seeger
John Henry
@john-henry
6 years ago
331 posts

Congratulations to our moderators from 'the group across the pond' , and thanks for agreeing to do the job.

JohnH

ps. Jim, keep your eye on the other two, they do have a tendency to bicker now and then!!!

Strumelia
@strumelia
6 years ago
1,700 posts

Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer is a pretty friendly community. We don't see much bickering in general. But like everywhere else on the internet, you never know what might happen.

It's good to have a few extra pairs of eyes watching over FOTMD in case disaster strikes, a spammer gets by the barriers, or some member suddenly decides to go berserk.

In addition to the site creator (Strumelia), FOTMD has SIX great moderators. They can eject spammers, watch for any flame battles, are around when I go off somewhere on short trips (or sleep late, as I am known to do on occasion), and generally help make sure things stay on course. I am very grateful for their level-headed presence and generosity!

Visit their pages and get to know who they are. Feel free to ask any of our moderators questions about how things are organized here on FOTMD- they are very friendly and helpful folk.

Meet your Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer Moderators!...

 

Jim Fawcett

(visit Jim's FOTMD Page, click here)

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DUSTY TURTLE

(visit Dusty's FOTMD Page, click here)

Dusty as a wee babe....

 

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Robin Thompson

(visit Robin's FOTMD Page, click here)

 

 

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Jan Potts

(visit Jan Pott's FOTMD page, click here)

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Sam

(visit Sam's FOTMD page, click here)

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Bob Reinsel

(visit Bob's FOTMD page, click here)




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Site Owner

Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
-Strumelia proverb c.1990

updated by @strumelia: 02/17/17 12:21:10PM