Thank you all for this opportunity.

TL;DR: so long, and thanks for all the flags.

I will soon be stepping down as a moderator on RPGSE. (Effective shortly after the conclusion of the 2020 election.)

It has been my honor and privilege to serve as moderator for the past three years. And I'd like to thank you all--the site's users--for allowing me this opportunity; for trusting me with the tools of moderation; for pointing me toward concerns you had with comments, posts, users, and practices; for questioning me when you thought I'd acted badly; and for providing me with thousands of good examples through your comments, your posts, your edits, your chat messages, and your votes.

In particular...

Thank you to Bryant, C.Ross, mxyzplk, RSConley, Pat Ludwig, Ace Calhoon, Brian Ballsun-Stanton, Wax Eagle, and SevenSidedDie: through the years you-all nurtured and guided this site into one of the internet's finest sources of information about RPGs, and into one of the Network's finest examples of many practices working very well.

Thank you to Rubiksmoose and V2Blast: I've always believed that even if I moderated well, I wasn't the only person who could do so, and watching you step forward has confirmed my faith in the stackizenry to continuously surface people of discretion, compassion, and dedication.

Thank you to the chatizenry, especially BESW, Korvin, Miniman, Shalvenay, and Trogdor: through the years you've been my near-daily companions. You've kept me distracted from annoying work-tasks, you've educated me on all the chat-topics (including sometimes-games and apparently-birds), you've kept me company in tough times, and you've listened to me blow off steam. You even tolerated my perm.

And above all: thank you to doppelgreener. (I know you're uncomfortable with praise, so I'll keep it short.) Occasional users have certainly benefited from your copious editing and gracious commentary Regular users are well aware of the quality thinking and wordsmithing you put into even the most trivial-seeming of meta answers. But well over 99% of stackizens will never know--until now!--your vast competence with the (overly-wrought) tools of moderation at our disposal; your faithful representation of users' interests to SE staff; your courage to argue against other (site and network) moderators and your seeking to find the right in another's arguments; and your firm, kind, and principled treatment of even the most vexing users. I've learned too much from you over the years to properly thank you in words--I don't word nearly as good as you--so I hope you'll let me take you to dinner next time I'm in your neck of the woods. (When I promise I'll carve out more than just half an hour!)

Why run in the first place?

If you've gotten this far I'm going to abuse your patience and tell the True story of why I ran for moderator. (All the things I said when running were true. I believe this story to be the True reason, though I'm not sure when I realized it.)

A year or so into my time on the site I was just starting to get comfortable. I'd shaken off the painful stings of my first few bad questions, I'd answered a lot of straightforward 5e questions, I'd broken the ice in chat with Miniman, my mainsite rival. And I'd started leaving occasional, helpful comments.

One day I left a "I've edited to add some paragraph breaks and make your question a little more readable, feel free to roll back blah blah" comment on a new user's post.

"FUUUUUUUUUCK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!" came the comment back.

As I sat, startled, hands shaking, I saw three things happen quickly:

  • "You don't get to treat anyone that way. Goodbye." -SevenSidedDie
  • The username disappear, replaced by userNNNNN.
  • The post get deleted right under me.

SSD was a stranger to me at the time, but hoo-boy did I feel supported by him.

Years later the opportunity came to step forward and, perhaps, support others in similarly-vulnerable spots. I only hope, looking back, that I've lived up to that ^^ standard.

Then why resign?

No particular reason. Things are good in RPG-land, I feel confident I could continue doing good in the role, and I feel the support of my fellow moderators and of the staff.

I do, however, believe in term limits for moderators. I believe there are plenty of other stackizens who could also serve the site as well--if not better--as moderator. I believe in giving more users the chance to do so. I believe in broadening the set of perspectives that go into moderating the site. I believe in stepping away before burning out, and I believe in the constancy of change.

But there is only one moderator upon whom I can enforce a term limit: me. So now, at the end of three years, I retire.

(By site rules I can simply ask SE for the diamond back at any time. But I won't do that. You can hold me to it: if ever the opportunity and desire line up for me to step forward again, I'll run anew. Sheep's honor.)

Happy gaming, and be kind to each other, friends.

[Update, Nov 2021: I should have explained why I don't believe in asking for reinstatement. It's sorta the same reason that I do believe in term limits. The site changes over time: its userbase, its best practices, its needs. The voters of yesteryear get to determine moderators for a time. But I don't think they should get to determine moderators for all time. To ask for reinstatement is, in my mind, to say "a while back voters thought I was a good choice, and that's probably good enough now." Frankly, that doesn't strike me as wise.]

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    \$\begingroup\$ Strange to see you pass on the fleece, though I'm sure whomever picks it up will wear it with pride. (Couldn't help myself :p) \$\endgroup\$
    – Someone_Evil Mod
    May 4, 2020 at 22:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ That was moving to read. Thank you. \$\endgroup\$ May 5, 2020 at 12:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ Should this not be featured? In any event, thank you for all you have done for us. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    May 5, 2020 at 14:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan Thank you. As for featuring, I'm not sure. The election question is featured (and later posts will be), so I imagine people will be prompted to come take a look at meta and might find this. I'll leave that decision to the other mods [toes ground (wait for it...) sheepishly.] <rimshot><laughtrack> \o/ Alright! That's it for me! Be good, everybody! \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60 Mod
    May 5, 2020 at 15:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan: Yeah, I was waffling a bit on whether the post should be featured mainly due to the election posts which will also be featured... Only so many of the featured posts will be shown in the "community bulletin" box. \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    May 5, 2020 at 21:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ And one of my favorite DMs too ... thanks for that most precious of gifts; your time. \$\endgroup\$ May 6, 2020 at 16:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KorvinStarmast I have hopes that in the after-time, when I'm again able to view a screen as a place to recreate, I'll regain my enthusiasm for running something online. You'll be one of the first to know if I do! \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60 Mod
    May 6, 2020 at 16:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ See also: In which a doppelgreener becomes somewhat less shiny \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    May 9, 2020 at 22:21
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    \$\begingroup\$ Thank you for your service. In turn you were a daily inspiration to me as a moderator, and when I retired I knew I was leaving the mod team in good hooves. I hope you enjoy retirement. :) \$\endgroup\$ May 15, 2020 at 23:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ Someday, and that day may never come, we might call upon you to do the mod for us again. But until that day, we accept what you have done as a gift. Also: Power to the Sherson! \$\endgroup\$
    – Trish
    May 19, 2020 at 7:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ You're stepping down so other people can take a Turn! Turn! Turn!? \$\endgroup\$ May 19, 2020 at 9:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Pilchard123 NAILED IT! =D \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60 Mod
    May 19, 2020 at 12:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ You will always be our favorite sheep. I got teary over a damn RPG.meta.SE post. :( \$\endgroup\$
    – HellSaint
    Jul 18, 2020 at 22:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ Mutton is back on the menu! \$\endgroup\$ Nov 2, 2021 at 21:27

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So long, and thanks for all the fish!

I'll miss your mentorship! I would not have totally known what I was doing as a mod without being able to look up to you and doppelgreener and learning from your collective knowledge and experiences. I've already thrown enough praise at you in the mod room, so I'll try to avoid being too long-winded here. You were a great mod, and I hope you stick around as a valued community member. <3

EDIT: Dangit, I just saw you already made the same reference in your tl;dr... :P

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    \$\begingroup\$ For once, I got there ahead of you =) \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60 Mod
    May 4, 2020 at 22:04


Sometimes we need lots of words to express an idea, sometimes we only need one. Thankyou. For everything you've done for the site, for me and for sheepkind everywhere.

I can attest that you have lived up to the goal you set yourself. You've been a moderator ever since I joined the site and from the first time I understood what a moderator was I have felt supported and comforted by the excellent work you have done. You have set a consistently high bar for the rest of us to live up to.

So again, thankyou. I hope this isn't goodbye.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Thank you for the kind words. Certainly not a goodbye--just a bit of a reshuffling both for me and, as a knock-on effect, the site =) \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60 Mod
    May 5, 2020 at 2:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ @nitsua60 glad to hear it. Best wishes for this new phase for you! \$\endgroup\$
    – linksassin Mod
    May 5, 2020 at 2:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ Technically "thank you" should be two words ;) \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    May 5, 2020 at 21:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ @V2Blast touche... \$\endgroup\$
    – linksassin Mod
    May 6, 2020 at 0:26

Wool miss you!

You (and doppelgreener of course) made me feel instantly at home as a moderator and never shied away from helping and mentoring me and helping to pass on you considerable experience. Your patience, eloquence, intelligence, humility, and humor constantly inspired me to be a better moderator even just from observing them. I will certainly miss seeing your brand of these in the mod room, but I've been assured that I will continue to see it around the site so I'll try not to be too sad.

Thank you for everything. :)


Thanks for that precious gift you gave to us all: your time.

Given that you have a few rooms full of students to mentor, and three of your own to raise, that you were able to fit in some time to help make this little corner of the internet better is deeply appreciated. From where I sat your term as mod appeared to be a labor of love. (Also smart to step down before burnout becomes a risk).

There's an old expression regarding a wolf in sheep's clothing, but I think we've found something else during your term as mod: a ki-rin in sheep's clothing.

Fly safe.


Thanks for your service

As the next-to-last mod that I had the pleasure of serving with, thanks for helping make RPG.SE a better place and investing your tie and emotional energy into it. I don't come around too much any more but it's great to see the stack is still high quality content and low on shenanigans, which makes it both new and old user friendlier than the rest of the Internet.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Thank you. I really mean everything I said up there ^^ thanking you and the others for so much effort through the years. I'm sorry for the occasions when I lost my cool in back-room arguments, and am grateful that you were there to take it so that I never blew my top on a mainsite user! \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60 Mod
    May 6, 2020 at 20:54

Thanks for being there

You were a huge help to me when I started using the site, and I had to stop coming here regularly due to Life Stuff around the time you got elected, but more than once it's been comforting to reflect on the fact that the site was in good hands with you at the helm (or, perhaps more accurately, swabbing the decks.)

Of course, I'm sure our other mods and our new mod(s) will (continue to) do a great job as well!

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    \$\begingroup\$ The pedantic part of me insists that I started here before you did, Nitsua, but you immediately became such a fixture that my statement stands. ^__^ \$\endgroup\$ May 7, 2020 at 13:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ Namaste. The pedant in me acknowledges the pedant in you =D \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60 Mod
    May 7, 2020 at 19:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ Swabbing the decks: yeah. Nicely put. \$\endgroup\$ May 9, 2020 at 2:48

Has It Been Three Years?!

Good grief, I forget to check meta for three days and a mod retires!

Anyway, I thank you for your time spent, and while I agree with and admire your principles on moderation, please know that you'll be missed in that role. And thank you for all the time you've spent.


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