It is too easy to comment on the work of others without providing any justification for one's point of view. Most readers can't see my own ODP history, so here's a rough tally of some of my activities over the last 3 years as a volunteer meta editor in both the main directory and in the separate Kids and Teens directory.
I was immensely proud to reach these positions of responsibility, and I took my role in the community very seriously.
However, these figures reflect what I eventually realised was an excessive amount of time to spend on a volunteer activity. In fact this is part of the reason I resigned, so I take no real pride in these figures, and post them purely to validate my earlier comments by showing that for several years I have indeed been very actively involved in many aspects of the volunteer community.
- Total edits.......almost 85,000 [correct - see below]
- New editor applications reviewed........many thousands [over 10,000]
- New editors accepted.........hundreds [over 250]
- Internal applications (to edit in more categories)....over 1000 reviewed [correct]
- Those applications accepted (or granted).......hundreds [over 450]
- Editor reinstatements........hundreds [over 600]
- Internal editor feedbacks.....over 10,000 [correct]
(I have been very conservative when guessing, but if there are big errors I'm sure someone will correct me, and I'll post an amendment.)
Added in August 2008:
Having recently been reinstated, I can now add more accurate approximations, while still preserving directory confidentiality. See the [bracketted italics] in the list above.
Added in April 2010:
Sadly, my hard-won and enthusiastically-used meta/kmeta permissions have fallen victim to the prejudices of the volunteer Administrators.
As a result, many people are re-visiting this post, so to update it I'll quote from a post I made not long before the axe fell, to highlight the extent of their foolhardiness in driving me away (along with other formerly active meta-editors) for reasons which amount to little more than vanity.
"I take pride in having added almost 30,000 sites to the directory. As a meta editor, I've accepted over 340 new editors and restored the accounts of more than 1200 others who wished to return to editing after some time away."
Not a bad effort for a volunteer, and in most cases a far greater contribution than that of those who summarily reduced my permissions!