It came to my attention over the weekend that there’s some confusion about the role of the forum moderator. For the record, Kate, whom many of you know as a longtime and frequent DW commenter with an amazing memory for details, has been a volunteer forum moderator for a couple years. She is not an employee of the site! There are no paid employees of the site. There’s Kate, who volunteers as forum moderator, and my mom, who is a retired English teacher and volunteers as a copy editor, and I’m very grateful to them both for the time and energy they invest to help keep the site running smoothly and looking at least a little professional. They do these jobs because it’s fun for them, they enjoy the site, and it’s something of a “pastime” (Kate’s word here, and I think my mom would agree, too).
Someone asked me if Kate speaks for me, if the views she expresses in her comments reflect the site/me, and the answer is: Kate speaks for herself and I speak for myself! I don’t think either one of us has a problem speaking for ourselves. Kate’s role as keymaster is to keep trolls under control. She very rarely deletes or edits a comment — almost never from regulars, and only if there’s, like, a slur in it. Sometimes a comment may automatically go to spam because of a glitch or something, but I promise that, when that happens, it is not Kate or me deleting comments that we simply don’t like or don’t agree with. In summary: Kate’s comments are her own; they do not necessarily reflect the views of the site. She is not employed by me, but she has a full-time job and does the forum moderation in her free time and on a volunteer basis. In addition, the only other person who pitches in is my mom, who edits, also on a volunteer basis, and I don’t believe she has any presence in the forums or comments at all, but if she did, it should be noted to avoid confusion, my mother’s comments would be solely a reflection and expression of her own views as well.
I do not employ any staff at all, I am not in a position to employ a staff; this is a part-time gig for me that pays a part-time salary and supplements my main job as a mom of two small kids. (If you’re curious, know that my salary comes from ad revenue — with major support from my ad network — and from affiliate commissions.) As always, I am really grateful to everyone’s support — as readers of the site, as advice-seekers, as commenters, and as volunteers who help keep things running smoothly. I hope this clarifies things for anyone who may have been confused.