This is something I posted in the Moderator forum, but that I feel should be shared with everyone else who has witnessed the recent problems.
With all the recent drama, I want to first apologize to the moderators and then offer a gift to express my apologies and appreciation of what you all do.
First, I'm sorry for coming here so rarely and not having enough of a presence to help reinforce the forums as a branch of CC. That's something I discussed with Marc, and with CC editor Jeremiah Vandermeer and assistant Marius (those two are the whole CC team), and we agree that somehow we need to find time to come to the forums more often. It's a struggle, because none of us can keep up with just our basic work assignments already, but we will try.
Secondly, I want to apologize for being so harsh when I DID come here recently trying to fix a problem that seemed a continuous refrain I heard in emails; that moderators are too harsh and the forums are falling apart. Not being here means I have no perspective on that; I only ever heard the complaints. But it was wrong for me to take those complaints as the actual situation without spending time consulting here. So I'm sorry for my harsh words and tone.
Third, I recall CC used to give free CC Magazine subscriptions to the moderators. We don't publish CC anymore (as you all know, I'm sure) so that can't be offered, but I would like to send a New Year, New Beginnings gift to moderators. I'll send each of you a CC shirt, a FREE MARC shirt, and some other stickers and goodies I'll pick from our store to offer as thanks for the work you do here. Please send an email to me at Jodie [at] cannabisculture.com
Fourth, let me know if there is even ONE more problematic post made by MAD and/or Unnamed Grower. I told them that any more trouble-causing won't be tolerated, which was stated right after I got their messages - so they know they're on watch. Please keep me updated, which is what I asked of members when I unbanned them.
And fifth - please accept my apologies again. And I hope to invest more time here on the forums, as much as I can find and afford. It's a branch of our business that has been neglected and it needs some attention to maintain its value to CC and to all the people who use it.