Good Evening, Fellow Nestizens!!
Let me preface this by saying that I speak here only for myself, not as a representative of any company or entity that is involved with a cam of any kind.
As you know I was a moderator for the MN Bound Eagle cam all of last year and part of this year. I also wrote their “official” blog last year and the beginning of this year. Since the mods were let go this year I have continued to blog about the nest here for the balance of the year. I have also been a moderator at the Pip Ostrich cam and at the NEFL Eagle Cam for the AEF.
Being a moderator comes with some perils and baggage. There is always someone that won’t like the way you answer a question. Or they want to challenge the rules and see if they can get away with it. Or they think there is no need for moderators because “everyone at this cam is nice” and we don’t need you interrupting what we are doing.
Well, please read the following .pdf and you can see what being a moderator sometimes entails. I warn you now there is bad language in it, none of it mine. Well, one or two words are.
This is what I have been dealing with for the last 15 months since the incident known as modgate happened. The entries in the .pdf that start labeled 2:19am and later happened early in the morning of July 3rd last week just as I was posting the previous days blog. Needless to say I didn’t get much sleep that night.
This woman and her pals, the leader of which is clinically paranoid, have decided I am the Great Satan because, in their words, I have “destroyed” the MN Bound eagle cam. The leader also believes that I have been stalking her, hacking her facebook accounts and intimidating her online. You know, I wish I was capable of all the stuff they accuse me of doing. I wish I had the time.
For the last three months I have been dealing with renal cancer, valley fever(a fungus infection common to the Southwest US) in my right lung, working on 2 TV series and tickling my granddaughter whenever I have a spare minute. Not to mention keeping up with the nest and writing this blog in the wee hours of the morning because thats when I can find the time.
Truth of the matter is I really don’t care about her or her pals except for the fact that the lies they are telling are affecting your experience on the MN Bound eagle cam. This group is directly responsible for the mods being let go and the chat being shut down. They will deny it until the universe grows cold but I have her words to prove it. They harassed MN Bound with their lies to the point of MNB’s lawyers telling them to shut down the cam and chat and let the mods go. Luckily for us they changed their mind about the cam and we did get to watch our beloved pair of eagles have another successful season.
Why are they doing this?? I really don’t know other than the fact that I or one of the other mods banned them at the eagle cam or the O cam last year which is quite an accomplishment considering we only had one easy rule at both of those cams rather than pages of rules like some other cams. What was the rule you ask?? BE NICE! That’s it. Very short, very simple, very easy to obey. Yet these people couldn’t manage even that. Oh, and I did tell a chatter at the O cam to suck on it after she posted a 20 minute diatribe against me on the O cam SS calling me a murderer and worse after Popcorn was injured by the raccoons and had to be euthanized. I did apologize for that remark the next day but they conveniently forget about that. Oh and maybe because I called one of the group on her lies about visiting the nest. They could probably give you many more reasons why, all of them made up and false to fact.
What can be done about them and their lies?? Ignore them. Unfriend them. Let them skulk around in the dank corners of the net with no recognition.
As for me I will still be here writing this blog and watching the nest until they turn the cam off again. And I will be here next year to do the same.
A short update on the nest: Both Arky and Dakota were heard in the nest tree today and at least one was seen scrambling up the tree after being fed on the nest. We could also see tails up on the high perch and at least one fly-in was observed. Hopefully we will get to see more of them in the coming days.
I hope you had a great Monday and we’ll see you on the nest tomorrow!
PS: Can’t wait to see them try to defend themselves in the comments.
PPS: I do apologize if what I have written spoils your morning coffee. They have been spoiling mine for months 🙂
Here’s a pic of Gbaby to make it better 🙂