I have the hugest boner for Mike, and after reading this, I can't say that it has reduced.
I don't know you very much at all, I only see what people tell me about you and what I see on the forums, but I genuinely admire you and hope that we'll get to talk more in the future. I have a very specific sense of humour, and you just hit that thing with a baseball bat. Numerous times I've laughed out loud while reading some of your posts, or even just your user title.
And you just seem so good. A good friend. A good mod. A good fapfap fapfapfap fap fap fap fapfapfapfap...
There's no way to deny that you're one of the most dedicated and diligent mods on the site. As a member, you're among the best, and your SD posts are always very impressive. I've been quite awed by a lot of your responses, mainly due to how consistently informed you are on practically every major political or social issue. There have been times when we haven't seen eye-to-eye in that battleground, but that isn't important. On the topic of arguing, though, you're a master. I don't think I've ever seen you come close to losing a major political debate. Besides knowing everything about how the world works, you certainly know how to handle yourself in an argument. I'd say that you're by far and large one of the most skilled debaters on the site, and it shows.
Although we haven't always had the best interactions, you're somebody who I really deeply respect, Michael. Your prowess in SD is all but unmatched, and I'd love to someday have a fraction of your talent over there. And as a leader and a moderator you do your job excellently, and it's great that you've been given this little award, because if anybody deserves it, you do.
When I first saw who ZUer of the week was I was thinking "bout god damn time." And then when I read Liah's whole thing and it was like yesssss. (Beautifully written by the way.) And I know that I haven't really ever talked that much, but I have seen you being awesome from lurking the forum like a creep.
And since a picture is worth a thousand words, I will leave everything that needs to be said with this:
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Rakshael: if I know one thing about Ruki, it's that she'll prove you wrong just for the sake of saying she did it BA Characters
Well what can I say? Despite being part of the staff team, I don't know you that well. I also don't see you as a super mod because you're like one of the admins to me.
You're always engaged with the community and important matters at hand - and good lord, when you put your foot down to set down rules, you can feel a shockwave coming out of it. It even makes me run for the hills. xD
I have to admit, you are scary xD but at the same time, you're an excellent member and moderator on ZU. <3
I know this may seem a bit late, but I've been hesitant in responding. I'm not often given praise for what I do and I don't expect it either. That's okay with me. Because I don't get it often, I'm really unsure of how to deal with it (lol "deal with it" like it's an issue). I much more often deal with complaints or criticism. I'm okay with that too. But in doing so I've been very unfair to you all and that is not right.
I'm often told I'm the tough guy, that I am scary. For a while I cultivated that, it was useful in it's own way. But I realised much later on, that this hurt me a lot more than it helped. People were scared of speaking to me about issues, things I could help with. That mattered and matters more to me than an image. Ultimately the reason I am here as a mod is to help people, to help anyone and everyone who needs my help.
I've tried to change that by being more friendly to people, by just trying to respond to everyone who says hello. I don't know how much that's worked, but I'm still trying, and I won't stop until everyone knows that if they need anything, anything at all, I'm there for them. I don't care if you've been here years or days, if you're a friend or not, I care about this community and my job is to help. I wouldn't be a member let alone a mod here if I didn't care.
But it is easy to see why someone may think me uncaring when I do not respond to the good things said at me. I'm really going to try harder to get better at addressing compliments. I'm sorry I've delayed responding.
To Malia: Thank you for this beautiful post. I know you have gone above and beyond the call of duty for this post and it is clearly evident. This expression of love has touched me in a way I can't describe. I cannot thank you enough for it nor can I tell you how much joy it brings me to read it as I have done several times this week.
As a mod serving the community, I am often motivated by just that: the community. But the individual who has inspired me the most, who has shaped me the most has been you. Watching you interact with members, even from the times before you accepted being a mod, has always been something I strive for. Having witnessed and worked with you as a mod, that has only strengthened it.
It has always been a pleasure working with you, even when we fight, it's always been worth it because I know the community and I are better for it.
Also you know my maniacal laughter is the best.
Alsoalsoalso you neglected to mention *I* wasn't in a great spot either when we first became friends. And you helped me through than and picked me up and kicked my ass when I needed it. You were a true friend to me and I gave you back what you gave me! Love :3 You'll always have a friend in me, otter.
Thank you so much for putting this post together for me. I know how much hard work and love you have put into it and it means the world to me. I cannot thank you enough for it. I love you.
To Chris: I know you organised this BEHIND MY BACK, but thank you for doing it. Also thank you for acknowledging I am the Batman.
To Buu: Thank you for contributing to this. I will set your house on fire. The good fire.
To Josh: Thank you for your contribution! I have just as much fun talking to you!
To Nesi: Stop disappearing and write more nice things about me miss. :3
To HIKER Blak: I can be pretty grouchy! But think of me like Oscar the Grouch. I'm still a good guy! MOSTLY. But I don't usually ban people! Unless they like ponies *nod*
(That is a joke, please laugh hardily now)
To Sabbo: Liah is the one who keeps ME in line xD But thank you
To The Dude: Thank you! Could we make that 80 or so more years, preferably of splendid health?
To Buu: Hello again, thank you again, fire again.
To Keith: APPRECIATE ME ALL THE TIME.
Ahaha, *hug* thank you. I really enjoy getting to speak with you and help you EVEN WHEN YOU WANNA BE THICK and you're always fun to chat to.
To The Black Knight: Thank you
To Boy: pics or gtfo
More seriously, thank you very much. I enjoy seeing your posts around the board!
To Liam: Thank you very much.
It's not something I was just born with, I'm just argumentative by nature and knowledge hungry. It leads to an informed arguer >:] Key thing it exposure and constant questioning, and the SD is an ideal environment for that. For example, with regards to debating morality, the key questions are simple: what do I want to accomplish with this, and would I be okay with this happening to me? Think about it :>
I imagine you now like this:
To Ahluk: Thanks Kenneth, it means a lot
To ArtsyGal: Thank you!
To Zay: UNTRUE. I believe we spoke a tiny bit in Nayru on the odd occasion where I visited.
To Saul: Yee, love me.
To Nesi: I'm Khal Drogo on STEROIDS.
To Silver: They're the best boners.
To Necco: Hey man, long time no see! Thanks, haha.
To Tesla: You find it confusing because it is AWESOME.
Thanks man, haha.
To Zay + Tesla: KISS MY ASS HARDER.
To Toby: One day, son. One day.
Thanks for posting xD
To EL: Thank you Janice! I have been told that from a few people. Liah makes sure not to let it all go to my head though, DON'T WORRY.
Also I'm not scary, I'm fluffy.
I don't think I missed anyone, I SURE HOPE I DIDN'T. But really, I cannot thank you all enough. I am truly humbled by the show of support and love from everyone. Thank you all, for being my friends, for being members of this wonderful community and for making me smile.