Thanks all for the very kind words.
I do agree fully that no matter how many times someone may ask "What's your favorite smoker fuel?" or "What's the worse place you ever got stung?" I'm always glad to see that "new answers" always appear in posts and the archives. This occurs as new members add their tales to older member's postings to aid new members - it is a wonderful thing here, the most seasoned members still help out with the most common of questions, even when asked a hundred times before, nothing makes a new member feel more welcome than a personal reply rather than someone saying "Check the archives for an answer!" I think that is unique here and it is something I am very proud that our members participate this way.
But I need to clear something up that is long over due and it needs to be said in public: Buzzbee foremost is our eyes and ears of our forum, not taking anything away from any of the other mods who serve more of a technical role - but Buzzbee reads ever post imaginable and is our first line of defense against any issues that may be brewing. For that I can not thank him enough. So often I get all the credit, and it is very over-rated what members assume I do here. Life has dealt both my wife and me health issues and other curves that (along with 60-80 hour work weeks) keep me away from the forum way more than I'd rather be.
You tend to see me come out of the woodwork when someone's hands need a good slapping or when the mods collectively decide on major issues such as member status, and I prefer to be the guy who dishes out the punishments or do any cleaning up of matters - better to air your issues of disagreement toward me than spread it all over the mods. An important point though, all the mods are very capable of banning members and they will always have my 100% backing, all of them are strong, knowledged in the rules and will do whatever is necessary to keep the forum running friendly and respectful for all the members.
So, I needed to clear that up. I get patted on the back much too often, I do the forum layouts creating new forums to let members socialize more, I participate in mostly the general forums and check out our moderator's forum every day - I'm here when needed, but Buzzbee, and our great techies Robo and Eivindm are in my mind and in my heart the GREATEST TEAM a forum could have. I just wanted you and them to know that.
HAPPY NEW YEARS and GOD BLESS ALL