February 12th 2014 11:22 am
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I was voted by the A Team (Apollo and Aragorn), of which I am part of, the S Team (Shade, Sterling, Sundance and Shannara) and our dogs Amber, B'Elanna, Kira, Sheba and Pharaoh, to post our farewell.
We never thought this would happen. Mom had the naive idea that even after she would leave for the Bridge our pages would be here for all the world to see. A childlike belief in a world of power and money. But while we existed the world was beautiful, loving and kind. The Catster Community is one-of-a-kind. There is no other like it on this planet. For there was never, and will never be, anything as good as Catster; and when we say Catster, we're meaning Dogster as well. The one most beautiful Community with nothing but LOVE to give, is being euthanized. Ten years of knowledge of everything feline, all gathered on one website, and not the slick, fluff- type magazine style but the practical, REAL life Community that willingly responds to a question with loving and knowledgeable advice will be gone.
We joined Catster almost from the beginning — September, 2004. This was before forums, before Groups, before Plus, before IM (yes, we did have instant messaging for a while). Just one page with a few pictures and a little bio. No way to actually contact each other. Yet, the volume of Catster pages grew and grew and the original creators expanded to FORUMS! For the first few weeks it was people tentatively asking questions, connecting and, suddenly, a light bulb exploded in all our feline heads and the cats started talking! Holy Katz, we had a lot to say! Not just goofiness — although being cats there was a lot of parties and play time — but real information, everything from health issues and practical advice to technical internet issues. There were "kind" forums, too: Get Well and Memorials. That's when human ugliness reared its head, with cruel, mean postings from outsiders in our forums. The Catster creators searched the Community and two families were chosen to be the first Catster moderators: The Fiends (Selket, Jacques, Vijay) and Sweetie's Family. With claws unsheathed they patrolled the forums in the hours that Catster was available on the internet (Catster was not up 24 hours back then. It was down in the late, late night/early morning, doing backup), and set the cat standards in the forums as we know them today. That kind of patrolling needed help and both The Fiends and Sweetie chose my family to join as moderators. We accepted and in April, 2006, Apollo, Aragorn and I became Catster moderators and from a friend's suggestion, The A Team. It has been our greatest honor to prowl the forums for eight years, keeping them fun, friendly and safe from cruel outsiders and trolls.
Those early months of the forums on almost non-stop patrolling took their toll on the two original mod families and they retired, but not before The Fiends' Selket taught us everything she knew about moderating Catster. Practicing various moderator skills in the forums late at night under Selket's tutoring (im'ing sure came in handy back then) honed us into the mods we are. I do have to mention that the Fiends created one of the oldest and THE longest forum on Catster: in 4 threads -- The Late Late Show, The Late Late Show Act II, The Late Late Show Act III and The Late Late Show Act IV. With recommendations from us and the two retiring moderators, the families of Beatrice/Ben/Arthur (and now Jerry), and Bruce and his family joined us as moderators and a few years ago Gimli's family and Sky and her family became mods.
Being a moderator was, we felt, a big responsibility and we took and take it very seriously. That it took us away from joining in various Groups' activities, we apologize. Although we belong to many Groups, prowling the forums gave us little time to engage in the activities of the Groups we belong to and we're sorry we never got to know you all better. Please know that we love all of you and you were always safe in the forums.
It breaks Mom's heart every time she comes here now, and her tears flow looking at the A Team's pages knowing that all the love we gave and received will be destroyed. All the special honors, the friends we made, those cats and humans that have gone to the Bridge and the music she managed to save. Yes, the song on my page was our song (Mom and I) that I had all these years and the song Mom put on Apollo's page the day he joined me at the Bridge because he did see something — all gone, but always in her heart.
We will be here through the last day.
Tail wags from our dogs,
Amber, B'Elanna, Kira, Sheba and Pharaoh
Kitty cuddles from the S Team:
Shade, Sterling, Sundance and Shannara
Purrs and Peace from Aragorn
Love ya, Catsters from Apollo
Purrs and Love from Athena
Love you all, from my heart and through the tears,
We will always be your friends - I know this is so hard - you poured alot into this, and to see it shutter - it is so sad. We never got to play in the groups much either, Momma always liked trying to help in the forums. Thanks for all you did! Hope to see you at Here Kitty or Cathuggers!
Did you see the news?!?!? The Community pages will NOT shut down on March 3, but will live on in some fasion somewhere! We are so looking foward to the next news about it will work. OMC, never give up hope :-)
We love you, too, A-Team, S-Team, Pups and Mom!
***cheekrubs and hugs***
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