When a new thread gets posted on the forums that receives a certain number of replies inside of a certain time period, thanks to the magic of Boxcar, an alert is pushed to my phone. I've got similar things set up for other areas that make my job easier. What does the freedom from this separation of needing to be on my computer 24/7 allow me to do? Well, since my fiancee and I both have jobs where we work over the internet, in the past six months we've lived in the following places, in no particular order:
-In the heart of Manhattan in New York City
-In downtown Chicago on the coast of Lake Michigan
-A creepy old coal town in the mountains of western Pennsylvania
-In this really cool recently revitalized area of Milkwaukee
-In a cute little cabin on one of the top ridges of the smoky mountains in eastern Tennessee
-In a condo on the beach in South Carolina
-In a house near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to see the Space Shuttle launch
-In a condo on Marco Island on the opposite side of Florida
In the next two months, we're going to be living in Key West before heading back north for another stop in the smoky mountains area because we loved it so much, spending the holidays in Boston, then trekking up to Maine to get snowed in living in a cabin with an outdoor hot tub.
In other words, I wouldn't trade my gig on TouchArcade for anything. I've been more awesome places, and seen more amazing things in the last six months since we started this adventure than most people see in their whole lives. Furthermore, I've had various community management gigs online since the release of Ultima Online, and I've seen so many of your types it's hard to remember anyone's names anymore.
The process goes a little something like this:
-Someone gets way too absorbed in the community.
-Racks up a ridiculous post count.
-Begins to think the rules don't apply to them.
-This line of thinking results in them getting banned.
-They apologize, come crawling back, with a new chip on their shoulder regarding the community management.
-This inevitably leads to them pushing the limits until they get banned for good.
Again, I've seen this so many times that it doesn't even excite me anymore. I don't have any kind of grudge against you or the other people who post here. My only goal is to keep the forums free of morons, to make my life easier.
If you call that obsessive, well, I'm not really sure what else to say. I'm not sure how much more clear I can be that to me, the forums are just another cog in the machine that basically allows me to do 75% of my job from the stool of this phenomenal little beach side bar we just discovered a few days ago.
I hope one day you find a job you enjoy as much as I enjoy my time here. Maybe then you will understand.