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V2Blast is one of those folks who - to me represented a rare mix of skills. I knew him before he was hired and I often found he was a tireless advocate of the places he community managed at and someone with deep reserves of passion. I'd often see him tweet about Nova Drift (where he was a community manager before here) and often about rooster teeth.

He is also one of the few folks who brought in community experience and professional CM skills to the team - as a former moderator on RPG.SE.

In a period shortly after, quite a few big mistakes - I'd say his hire was something they got deeply right, and yet here I am writing a farewell post for a community manager who had it all.

I'd say good luck wherever you go, but they're the lucky ones to have you.

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    Thank you! (And in classic V2Blast tradition, I've edited your post – to fix the capitalization of my username :P)
    – V2Blast
    Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 0:33
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    And in classic Journeyman Geek tradition I have typos Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 2:13
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    Another one of those names you see everywhere, just improving everything they come across. Thank you, V2Blast!
    – Joachim
    Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 8:13
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    @V2Blast, we had a brief encounter back in CV when we were fixing which LaTeX documentation to let in the help page. Thank you for your work. Commented Nov 1, 2023 at 6:56

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The thing I'll remember about V2Blast (besides that classy avatar) is that he didn't neglect the boring work: editing tags, cleaning up links, jumping into heated comment threads not to try to argue or even persuade but simply to drop a factual correction and let folks chew on it while he went on to myriad other tasks.

One of those people who makes everyone around them look more competent by association.

And sure, he was also one of Those RPG Folks who both impressed and irritated me by apparently LARPing a job I didn't particularly want to have to do at all but grudgingly did for some combination of love and money. I'll never understand why someone would gather a group and make up scenarios so that they could resolve the inevitable conflicts, but it takes all kinds - and V2Blast showed us daily what this sort of training could do when brought to bear in the real world.

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I have had quite a few interaction with V2Blast over my time as a mod, and all have been positive. He has always been friendly and helpful, and was a great advocate for the community.

Whether it was editing 90% of posts on teams/meta to fix spelling, links, or tags, helping with CM escalations, jumping into chat to provide info, or helping facilitate mods communicating with the rest of the company, he did it all.

Thanks for all you did V2Blast. You will be missed.

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    The last line makes it sound like I'm dead... (Which I'm not, to be clear :P)
    – V2Blast
    Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 0:10
  • @V2Blast I'm glad you aren't dead. I wasn't intending it to come off that way, but it's probably a reflection of me feeling dead inside atm. I am sad you didn't fall for my trap though :(
    – Dragonrage
    Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 1:12
  • Haha, I appreciate the sentiment regardless. <3
    – V2Blast
    Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 2:31
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As one of his coworkers, I just wanted to take this space to say thank you for all of the ways V2Blast helped me and that I am really gonna miss having him around.

V2Blast and I were in the same new hire group two years ago. As a community manager from the outside, it was splendid to start alongside someone who had in-depth knowledge about the community and, throughout my training, could always add some context to the things I was trying to understand.

I will miss his lightning-speed ability to always locate the relevant link for anything. I don't know how he operates at the speed he does, but sometimes, I think nearly all of the network's history exists in his memory. I never beat V2Blast in sharing the appropriate link for something being discussed; he always beat me to it.

Whenever I had questions about best practices moderating on the network, of which there were many over the years, V2Blast has been one of my go-to for checking in.

None of this addresses what many of you already know about V2Blast, and that is his incredible skill as an editor. Arguably the best on our team, sorry Philippe. The fact that I have to be better at double-checking my work now is a bit daunting because V2Blast's skill and speed are unmatched. I am confident he could put most editors anywhere at anything, out of work.


Thanks for everything, and I hope to see you around here or elsewhere.

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    Thanks, Spencer. It was great working with you, and it's a shame it didn't last longer. Hopefully our paths will cross again in the future.
    – V2Blast
    Commented Oct 19, 2023 at 1:09
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V2Blast, thank you for the work you have done to keep meta posts about the site mechanics up to date (and I sure hope someone else is taking up that mantle). It's always struck me as a curiosity how you'd copy edit and fix problems with your colleagues' posts- almost as if there wasn't a systematic process of CM peer review before posting, and that you were doing it on your own accord. If that's the case, you're awesome. Even if that's not the case, you're still awesome.

I think I've hardly interacted with you, but your good work and cool avatar have always made me think you're a cool guy, and that hasn't changed. Thank you.

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    There definitely was a review process for Meta posts (though it solidified a bit more as my time at Stack went on). I think everyone's just not necessarily as much of a stickler for spelling/grammar/punctuation as I am, haha.
    – V2Blast
    Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 0:12
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So many people have said this but I need to say it too. V2Blast makes everything better. I never had to worry about my posts because I knew V2Blast would check it before and after I hit the button. Part of me wants to post this full of errors just so I can see his screen name next to mine again.

V2Blast exemplifies what this site is at its foundation – collaboration. And I was honored to collaborate with him for the last two years. Thank you for every edit, every link, and every laugh during our time together. I will miss you, but know I will see you around.. Thank you, V2Blast. Like I always said: you are the best!

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    Thanks, Bella. I was always happy to help edit your posts or help you in any way I could. And who knows - I might still edit some of them, albeit as a regular user instead. It was a joy working with you and getting to know you as well!
    – V2Blast
    Commented Oct 19, 2023 at 1:11
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    @V2Blast if you'll stick around you'll also get to 20k super fast, and can become super curator even without a diamond. ;) Commented Oct 19, 2023 at 7:35
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My strongest memory I associate with V2Blast actually comes from before he was a CM - as one of the most prolific editors across multiple network sites that I had ever seen.

With the sort of energy and investment he displayed it came as no surprise when he was hired as a CM, and that energy remained a constant driving force. It was not uncommon to see V2Blast's name popping up everywhere, from performing all sorts of (very appreciated!) cleanup efforts (tag synonyms on meta sites, editing, retagging and organising info on the Mod Q&A), to being a constant presence in mod chat rooms, even for minor discussions. Just an dedicated, committed, professional and awesome person all around.


I cannot thank you enough V2Blast, Stack Exchange will be worse off without you :(. Best of luck with everything the future holds.

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    Thanks, Robotnik. I appreciate the kind words.
    – V2Blast
    Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 2:32
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I came across the news when checking a private chatroom; instead of seeing something like the first screenshot, I was struck by the second one:

V2Blast unfreezing a private chatroom within a day


V2Blast Removing himself from the list of room owners

From maintaining tag wikis, providing feedback on feature requests and bug reports, popping to a chatroom, or even editing out typos in the comments, I have known V2Blast as one of the very few remaining CMs, who cared about the quality of the network and the community and represented the now fading memory of good relationship and clear communication between community and CMs.

I cannot agree more with Philippe:

...folks we laid off ... they are some of the best folks I have ever had the chance to work with...

Thank you for everything. I am sure you'll have a blast :)

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    I just want to say that I know all of the remaining CMs do care about the quality of the network and the community. I know not all parts of the company operate in unison at times, but I can confidently say that everyone on the Community Team is great. (Not all of them might be maintaining tag wikis and editing typos, but that's not actually part of the job – just me being a stickler about spelling/grammar :P)
    – V2Blast
    Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 0:17
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    @V2Blast You being among the bests doesn't undermine others. It's just that the CM team size is shrinking, hence, very few :)
    – M--
    Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 0:22
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    Fair enough. I figured that's what you meant; I just wanted to speak up for my former teammates as well. :)
    – V2Blast
    Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 0:27

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