Member Rara Avis
Please don't cringe, but I was a teen in the sixties. You might have heard of that decade? We were the ones with long hair, bell bottoms, Woodstock, beatniks, flower power, and music deemed an instrument of Satan. Some of us fought in Vietnam, many of us fought against Vietnam, some of us burned bras, all of us burned bridges. If there was a rule - we broke it.
Was that a result of the era? Or was that simply because we were teens, rebelling against a world that made little sense to us. I don't know. I make the point simply to make it clear that I understand "breaking rules." To be frank, I've spent most of my life breaking rules.
I came into Teen today because I received an email from Ender offering to help moderate the Teen forum. Coincidentally enough, it arrived not an hour after another email from Marilyn - asking if I could find someone to help her and Alwye in here. So, needless to say, I was very pleased with Ender's offer. But before I turn over the keys to my home to someone, I kinda like to know a little bit about them. What better way, I said to myself, to learn about someone than by reading their poetry. So, in I came.
A moderator's job, first and foremost, is to encourage people to write and to contribute. I'd like to think Passions is about sharing. And about growth. I think both Marilyn and Alwye, and indeed all the Moderators here, do a great job of encouragement. But a Moderator also has a secondary job, the job of enforcing the rules. We don't have a lot of them, I think. Most deal with content and keeping Passions a family-oriented site, though a few are a bit more arbitrary and are concerned more with just plain keeping the place organized. I really do understand breaking rules. I know something about chaos. And I know it doesn't work for long. Rules - and especially our primary rule of Respect & Tolerance - are the lubricant that makes a society able to function. Without that lubricant, friction would destroy us.
Unfortunately, Ender's credibility as a potential Moderator was hurt a bit when I discovered this thread. One of those "organizational" rules we have is that Poetry forums are for poetry and Discussion forums are for discussions. We also have a rule about using our Photo feature for things other than photos, both to preserve bandwidth and insure our threads load quickly on your computer. Gee, just one thread and Ender already broke two rules.
I really would like to find another Teen moderator in here. Not because I think Marilyn, as an "adult," can't or isn't doing the job, but rather because I'd very much like to get the Teens more involved in the web site. Those that have been to the main site might know we have three categories there entirely devoted to teen poetry. And I get a lot of great participation there. Marilyn is a moderator here because she cares about two things very deeply - Teens and what we're trying to accomplish at Passions. Heck, Marilyn cares about people - and I guess that pretty much covers the other two points.
I'm going to close this thread and move it to the Alley - where it should have been posted to start with - but I encourage everyone to come over and continue the discussion. What do you think I should be looking for in a Teen moderator?