Welcome to the second instalment of “Meet the team”, a blog series where we interview Super Users, Moderators and Skype employees who are active on the community.
Meet Elaine, one of our volunteer Moderators who has posted nearly 5000 times since joining the Skype Community. Elaine joined the community only a few short months after it launched in 2011 and has been a firm part of day to day life on the Skype Community ever since. Initially, Elaine was simply another user of the forums who just wanted to help people and contribute in some way to the community that was, and still is growing rapidly. We recognised her as a Super User for the reasons that she was so willing and able to help those who asked in the first place, and then continued to maintain this level of contribution. She then became a volunteer moderator in order to continue to assist those in the community in a more involved manner.
Always ready with a warm welcome for a new user, we’re really glad that Elaine is part of the team helping make the Skype Community the wonderful place it is today through her tireless assistance and seemingly endless contributions to the users as a whole.
We asked Elaine a few questions about her experience with the Skype Community:
Tell us something about yourself
I am a people-person who enjoys serving and helping others. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would glean so much satisfaction and sense of accomplishment by participating in on-line Communities or forums such as ours.
Why did you become a Moderator?
Moderators are privileged to use cool tools that make moderating fun and efficient!
On a more serious note, I will never forget the video call that happy day when I was invited to join the Super Users. Much as I enjoyed my work and role as a Super User (I still refer to this as being anointed with my sapphire tiara), I recall asking NormanM, whom I had always respected from my initial acquaintance with the first user forum years ago and who is now my mentor and friend, “How can I do this,” and “How can I do that.” I soon realized I truly desired to step up to assume more responsibility and to undertake a more serious commitment to the Community. I was so excited to receive an invitation to become a Moderator! The tool box is an invaluable asset as I strive to give my best assistance to every thread I contribute to.
If there is ever a place for me to thank those to whom I owe so much gratitude and respect for so freely and willingly sharing their expertise with me, and from whom I have learned so much about Skype and being a moderator, this has got to be the opportunity: I must thank NormanM, Bruno, Carola, g4pilut, Neil, Ruwim, and in the very beginning, TheUberOverLord. Special thanks to Claudius … you are all my friends and family now. This is what “community” is all about!
What do you enjoy about being a Moderator?
Working with people and problem-solving; helping people find their way and pointing them in the right direction. Ensuring the Community is a safe place for anyone, anywhere to visit – I take that task very seriously. My stint in broadcast radio taught me that there are real people on the other side of the microphone … I can readily imagine the faces reading our posts. I compare being a Moderator to sometimes being a friend, sometimes a Mom, and other times a teacher and even a police officer. Maintaining the balance is key.
How would you weigh a plane without scales?
- Find a calm body of water large enough to accommodate the aircraft in question; measure its dimensions and calculate its volume and ask Super User and Physicist Ruwim for assistance with the mathematics.
- Arrange to apply padded straps to the aircraft in all the right places, transport the aircraft to the body of water, hoist the aircraft in question gently and lower the airplane into the pond or body of water using a Huey or some other heavy-duty, load-bearing helicopter. We ought to seal the airplane closed beforehand to prevent water from leaking in.
- Measure the water displaced and draft created by the aircraft. Perform the calculations based upon the weight of the water (2.5 pounds per gallon). Easy! ;0
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