I believe the first message board I ever read regularly was "Tractor Tales" on the "Yesterday's Tractors" website... a site I had googled up for Cliff, should he ever find the patience to sit at a computer for more than ten minutes. I lurked, mostly... and laughed a lot. It was like sitting in the corner of a men's locker room. It didn't get too bawdy, though. The guys would mention how "Miss Kim" would "skillet" them if things got too vulgur.
Kim, it seems, is the glue that holds the huge Yesterday's Tractors website together. She moderates the many message boards there. Until recently, she remained faceless, just a somebody who could magically make spam and filth disappear from a screen, and even totally block trolls from the site, if necessary. She was a mysterious figure in the shadows, holding the skillet, ready to pounce.
Recently she started a blog. Her picture is there, so she is no longer faceless. She's been sharing some of the ins and outs of moderating the website, particularly the message boards.
Yesterday I went to read her latest entry and found a touching tribute to her sister... and a wakeup call for all of us, especially during this holiday season. You can tell by the seventy comments on her entry that she touches many lives. Please read THIS and let her touch yours.