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Old 08-07-2006, 07:20 PM   #21
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Elf!!!! We miss you !

Kitchenelf is a very remarkable person. I fell in love with her and her husband the minute I met them in person. Someday if I can get DH on a plane to go see his sisters in N.C. We will spend time with Elf and Bear as I call her DH.

I've been part of this site that I've got cob webs all over me.

And Wasabi is right...my door is always open so be careful...............LOL
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Old 08-08-2006, 12:45 AM   #22
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I've found myself answering questions in grocery stores
LOL Claire - I let the "seafood" guy taste my cilantro then gave him a recipe for tuna sitting on top of a black bean sauce, on top of the tuna was salsa - then strangely enough the cashier asked what the cilantro was and I let her taste it and gave her a recipe for salsa. Cooking is all about sharing!!

I miss you too Dove!!!!!

I was trying to post the picture of us in Napa Valley but I can't find it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-08-2006, 01:01 AM   #23
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I love this site as well and always find myself coming back home. Not often lately as DH has been fighting depression - his appetite has been nil - as in nobody to cook for at all! AND I have become addicted to quilting.

But whenever I need help, commit a complete flop or have something to crow about here I come. This site is full of great people and the Admins & Site helpers make all the difference. It's a fun place to come!

OBTW I found this site through a newspaper article about foodie websites.
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Old 08-08-2006, 01:44 AM   #24
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Thanks to all of you for posting your histories, impressions, memories, I think that it's great that you are still in contact with each other and that this site is so successful because of your commitment in maintaining a friendly, helpful site----I just had a feeling that being a site administrator was not an easy job--and that you do have to make hard decisions---many thanks to KitchenElf for being the industrial glue responsible for holding this site together in the first place--I saw her recent posting to Trip on the loss of her cat and it's loud and clear that she is a caring person- I also love the traveling apron idea--who came up with that???? Thanks y'all.
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Old 08-08-2006, 01:48 AM   #25
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PS--I include all the wonderful site helpers in my appreciation of making this a great forum to come to--didn't mean to leave you all out---I'm so computer illiterate---where do you get the smiley faces to come up?????? anyway this is followed by lots of smiley faces------------------
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Old 08-08-2006, 01:56 AM   #26
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Blowing to Smithereens!!!

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I don't know about the behind the scenes process for selecting site helpers. One day, GB PM'd me and asked if I'd like to help out.

It's not difficult. You just keep your eyes peeled for the stuff the site does not allow and blow it to smithereens using the highly secret and powerful laser guns provided by Admin.
Andy M.-----I meant to reply to you earlier but I've had a sick mother-in-law to dear with-----your job sounds like too much fun!!!!!!!! Thanks for your help with this site.
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Old 08-08-2006, 02:03 AM   #27
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Waaaaaaaaaaay back in the day it was fairly easy for one person to manage - but then the flood gates broke I'm sure I made my enemies but I just wanted to keep this place a friendly place. That's sort of an oxymoron i.e., in order to keep it friendly I had to be firm and stand my ground and I'd say that was the hardest part about being administrator. I had many sleepless nights over this place. I needed someone else to take the blame so I "hired" MJ All kidding aside MJ was my hero. We became fast friends. All the original site helpers became fast friends. It's funny how you can bond with people over the internet. We've been through births and deaths together and everything in between. Some of us have met in person (My husband and I met Dove and her husband in Napa Valley a few years back - they are incredible people).

A link was posted to DC on another site and I took a peek - I answered a couple questions and participated in a few threads and I got a PM that told me to look under my name - well, it said Site Helper and that's how I started LOL.

Life still happens while you're sitting at your computer, dust bunnies multiply, work doesn't get done. I needed to jump back in the game. And besides, I think there was a dead or alive reward fon me LOL

I miss this place terribly. All those "in control" now have done a great job. There's a lot of "behind the scenes" work to do, a lot of discussions about how to proceed with the site, etc. Those that do it do a great job.

The members here are incredible. They give support when it's needed, kindness when it's needed, and a kick in the rear if that's what's needed I've never seen another site on the net like this one.

If we never learn anything else ever we've learned that Sushi likes redheads!

Oh, and I only received one death threat, which I guess is pretty good over a 3-4 year period

Thanks, Kitchenelf, I can see why you're so admired!
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Old 08-08-2006, 02:29 AM   #28
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Hi expatgirl. The history of the site has been summed up well by the others so no need for me to add anything to that.

As for how people become helpers, from time to time MJ, Alix, and myself will see a need to add another person. We will have conversation to decide what we need and who would be a good fit for that role. We try to pick members who have shown their love for the site and who are well respected here. We pick people who have already positively contributed and who want to contribute more than they already have. We try to get people from all over the world so that we have opinions for not just the US and also so that while people in the US are asleep we still have staff members who are awake and online. The administrators will them ask that person if they would like to join the team. If they say yes then we wave our magic wand and give them their powers right away

The staff here spend a good amount of time working on the site, even when you do not see us on the boards. We are often doing research or writing things such as policies or articles for the newsletter or doing other site related things in which we were offline sometimes.

There are a ton of positives to being a staff member and only a few small negatives. The positives, in my opinion, are being able to help this site live up to its full potential. We have been able to watch DC go from a small well run site to a much larger site that just keeps getting better and better. The staff members are the type of people who love to help others in general so there is a satisfaction that comes from that as well.

As for the negatives, well from time to time we do need to make difficult decisions which can be hard. We try our hardest to make sure we always think of what is best for the site when doing this. It can be hard at times though. Another hard thing is occasionally we get people who sign up just to cause trouble. They post horrible things including pictures that no one should ever have to see. Thanks to the swift and diligent work of the helpers, most members never see these things. Our staff is so quick that as soon as these things are posted they have them removed. They work so well that for the most part you never even know they have done their job.

I want to echo what MJ said earlier about Kitchenelf. She is the person who made this site what it is. She had a love for this place that is like a mothers love for her child. She nurtured it, but was also firm in a loving way making sure that this place grew up to be what she had envisioned. If not for kitchenelf DC would be a much different place today. I am honored to know her and have been able to see how she worked and to have learned from the master!
Dear GB,

Thanks for all your input and for being a caring site administrator.
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Old 08-08-2006, 02:29 AM   #29
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Hi expatgirl. The history of the site has been summed up well by the others so no need for me to add anything to that.

As for how people become helpers, from time to time MJ, Alix, and myself will see a need to add another person. We will have conversation to decide what we need and who would be a good fit for that role. We try to pick members who have shown their love for the site and who are well respected here. We pick people who have already positively contributed and who want to contribute more than they already have. We try to get people from all over the world so that we have opinions for not just the US and also so that while people in the US are asleep we still have staff members who are awake and online. The administrators will them ask that person if they would like to join the team. If they say yes then we wave our magic wand and give them their powers right away

The staff here spend a good amount of time working on the site, even when you do not see us on the boards. We are often doing research or writing things such as policies or articles for the newsletter or doing other site related things in which we were offline sometimes.

There are a ton of positives to being a staff member and only a few small negatives. The positives, in my opinion, are being able to help this site live up to its full potential. We have been able to watch DC go from a small well run site to a much larger site that just keeps getting better and better. The staff members are the type of people who love to help others in general so there is a satisfaction that comes from that as well.

As for the negatives, well from time to time we do need to make difficult decisions which can be hard. We try our hardest to make sure we always think of what is best for the site when doing this. It can be hard at times though. Another hard thing is occasionally we get people who sign up just to cause trouble. They post horrible things including pictures that no one should ever have to see. Thanks to the swift and diligent work of the helpers, most members never see these things. Our staff is so quick that as soon as these things are posted they have them removed. They work so well that for the most part you never even know they have done their job.

I want to echo what MJ said earlier about Kitchenelf. She is the person who made this site what it is. She had a love for this place that is like a mothers love for her child. She nurtured it, but was also firm in a loving way making sure that this place grew up to be what she had envisioned. If not for kitchenelf DC would be a much different place today. I am honored to know her and have been able to see how she worked and to have learned from the master!
Dear GB,

Thanks for all your input and for being a caring site administrator.
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Old 08-11-2006, 12:43 PM   #30
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Wow, great thread! I was wondering about all of this myself and now I know. I too admire the way this site keeps up such a friendly tone. Great job to all who are responsible! I'm glad I found DC. I found it by accident one day while surfing and have been returning almost daily ever since.
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