A day in the life of a forum administrator....

Discussion in 'Hey PUP Staff, Let me tell you what I think!' started by bud121156, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. bud121156

    bud121156 Western North Carolina

    Apr 15, 2007
    North Carolina
    Is it really like this.......... Steve?

    A day in the life of a forum admin
  2. bwilly

    bwilly Always An Adventure

    Sep 16, 2007
    Chatham, ON
    Now that is just to funny [LOL] no offence to Steve though he does a wonderful job keeping everything in line [;)]
  3. jcridge

    jcridge New Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    I was a forum admin for a large online forum for a couple of years and it is a thankless, full-time job. 90% of your users are great, but the other 10% will keep you on your toes cleaning up messes, editing posts and removing other post. Good moderators can help a lot here.

    Then there is general forum maintenance like daily/weekly backups, pruning older threads, checking for users with multiple accounts, working with your ISP and keeping your forum software updated to make sure you're protected against all the latest vulnerabilities.

    Then you have to test all the upgrades before you implement them to make sure they don't break anything, which means you have two forums; a production forum and a development/staging forum to test with, but the alternative is no fun. One time we let our forum software get a couple versions out of date and we got hit by an account creation and SPAM bot and what a mess.

    From the user's side everything looks simple and straight forward, but make no mistake about it... there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure everything continues to run smoothly and professionally.

    There should be forum admin appreciation day
  4. PopUpSteve

    PopUpSteve Administrator

    Dec 22, 2002
    Malvern, PA
    Yup, that's about right. :)

    But, it keeps me off the streets at night.
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  5. Storm Trooper

    Storm Trooper Home is where you park it!

    Cash or bank checks gratefully accepted from your forum admins. [LOL] [LOL] [LOL]
  6. silvermickey2002

    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

    Sep 11, 2008
    Morris County, NJ
    I beleive a big Thank you is in order here!!
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  7. Island Ranger

    Island Ranger New Member

    Aug 14, 2006
    United Kingdom
    Well you do look tense, nothing that a month in Barbados will put right. [LOL]
    Where would we be without you guys
  8. apachejeep

    apachejeep New Member

    Feb 16, 2009
    Santa Ynez, California
    bub, so over the top funny ..........
    I was taking a sip of my morning Tea and splattered my laptop screen blurting out laughter.
    Thanks for the good laugh, you made my day.
  9. Digger

    Digger Foothills of Central Virginia

    ...and the citizens of suburban, metro Philly are extraordinarily grateful [:D]
  10. JoeCamper

    JoeCamper Eastern, Pennsylvania

    Jun 24, 2006
    Eastern Pennsylvania
    This is the first I've seen this thread and it's pretty darn funny. Especially since I'm on the phone with Steve daily, getting together with him every week or two and most of the time that doesn't include the hours every day working on things.

    Steve, Carl, Lou, Joe and Phil work very hard to keep this an information, entertaining and family oriented forum web site. Thanks Guys!
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  11. PopUpSteve

    PopUpSteve Administrator

    Dec 22, 2002
    Malvern, PA
    All you need is a cat or two walking on the keyboards in the background and it would be right on the money. [LOL]
  12. phoodieman

    phoodieman Active Member

    May 18, 2009
    Hutto, Texas
    Thanks for work of keeping this forum spic and span. I like the new look.. It's easier to read.....

  13. phipps

    phipps New Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Sidney, OH
    As a forum admin.....that was pretty good
  14. Csea

    Csea New Member

    Maybe add some ripping out of hair and a complete computer freakout to that vid....... [LOL]
  15. dgarbers

    dgarbers New Member

    Oct 30, 2008
    Thank you Steve! The new things you have done are really wonderful - I love the recent topics, too!!

    Thank you - This is a great group of helpful people who wouldn't be here without you guys doing all the work!!
  16. mamabean5

    mamabean5 Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2009
    OMG that is so funny! :laugh: You know we love you Steve! We certainly appreciate all you do :kiss:
  17. WendyLouWho

    WendyLouWho Wendy & Marlin

    Aug 21, 2013
    Bumping this sticky to current because that is so stinking funny (sorry Steve, I know it's difficult and I thank you for all you do).

    Thank you guys for all you do to keep this site running. I just donated. I have learned so much and met so many kind, caring, sharing people. I adore this site...much to my dh's chagrin. But I now know more about PUPS than he does (though we had them growing up so daddy helps me too, especially with the jayco).
  18. bob barnes

    bob barnes Well-Known Member

    Mar 26, 2017
    I cannot believe the patience Steve has and the lee-way he gives all of us. He truly is a great guy and deserves our respect and thanks

    God bless you Steve

  19. PopUpSteve

    PopUpSteve Administrator

    Dec 22, 2002
    Malvern, PA
    WOW! Almost ten years ago but still true. Made a little easier now with mobile devices to allow me to keep tabs on things from anywhere.

    But PUP Members are the BEST!
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  20. Sjm9911

    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

    May 31, 2018
    I will say the mods here are great, but i will also say, the people are too. Its a calm fourm! So hats off to all!

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