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#495285 - Sat Sep 05 2009 07:54 PM Interview with Sue943
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Question 1 - When did you first find FunTrivia and what was the site like then?

Sunday December 19 1999 06:00 PM.

I was trying to find the answers to a few questions on our organization’s Christmas quiz. At that time the forum which is now “Why is the Sky Blue?” was called “I Need an Answer” and the members at that time were really active in researching answers for other members. Ask FunTrivia didn’t exist at that time, the quizzes were not there. I think there was a weekly quiz and there was a ‘FunFacts’ section. We also could have a funtrivia.com email address which is not available now. There was a penpal forum which was quite popular. We also had live chat; I remember chatting to gtho4 amongst others. I didn’t manage to find the answers to those elusive questions.


Question 2 - Does your Username have any special significance?

Poor memory. At one time for the heck of it I registered on a dating site to see what it was about and it took my name, Sue, and added three digits to it so making sue943. So that I didn’t have too many login names to remember I have stuck with it and use it on several forum sites.


Question 3 - Tell me a bit about the region you live in, what makes it a good area to live in, what are some of the drawbacks of the area?

I live on a very small island, 45 square miles, about 116 square kilometers. It is a lovely island, quite quaint. We have some really strange laws which I feel adds to the ‘quaintness’. The island is a British Crown Dependency but we have our own laws and government, our own currency and postage stamps. I could wax lyrical for ages about the plusses of living here, I have been here for almost thirty-seven years and have no wish to return to the UK to live.

The main drawback is that it is very expensive to live here, almost everything is more expensive than the UK, except many luxury items. Housing and food are much more expensive. The other problem is that it can be costly to get to the UK and many destinations, in fact most destination, are via the UK. People coming from the UK to this island for a holiday get much better air and boat fares than we can to go to the UK; it is a case of a captive market I am afraid.


Question 4 - How did you get involved with being a staff member?

When I arrived in the forums they had only recently taken their current form, in fact only a few months before and Terry was still looking for more moderators at that time. I had only been on the site a couple of months before being asked to co-moderate Current Events.

After a while I was asked to take on a few more forums. Then over a Christmas period I was asked to be a temporary administrator as Gunslinger and Linda1, plus Terry who were the only ones at that time were all busy over the Christmas period. I did this a couple of times then when Gunslinger became ill I remained as an administrator.


Question 5 - What are the ups and downs of being a staff member?

The biggest plus of being on the staff is when members comment on how FunTrivia isn’t like other sites, that there is no flaming, there is very little unpleasantness, no pornography or profanity and that they feel quite happy with their young teen children, and younger children under supervision, using the site. We also have many older members who feel at home here. It is like a big family.

On the down side staff members can and do receive some very abusive messages. I have even been threatened with physical violence and have to say that in that particular case I was grateful not to be living in the US as this person had an extensive web of people who might have been able to track me down.


Question 6 - What helps you keep going during rough times in regards to things that happen on the site?

Knowing that there is the support of Terry and the other staff members, and indeed most of the members. I have felt like giving up at times when I have come under a lot of attack, there have been occasions when in the same thread I have been accused of being too strict and too lax, a no win situation.


Questions 7 - On average, how much time do you think you put into the site and are you able to enjoy the rest of the parts of the site outside of your responsibilities?

When I am at home I am logged into FunTrivia.com the whole time from when I get up until when I go to bed. It is more a case of checking from time to time, both the forums, the staff areas and also the main site Feedback (Contact Us) where the administrators try to answer questions.


Question 8 - Is there anything that you see from time to time, which is fulfilling and reminds you why you put your time and effort into the site?

From time to time we are made aware of the pleasure this site gives to people who are in some way handicapped, knowing that we are helping people who are less fortunate than ourselves is a great feeling.


Question 9 - What makes FunTrivia special to you?

It is more than a family to me. Back in 2005 I was extremely ill and the support that I had from members and staff on this site still makes me feel very humble. My telephone in the hospital didn’t stop ringing, I never knew who it would be next, I had calls from the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia as well as from the UK. I was showered in gifts, cards and flowers.


Question 10 - Is there anything you wish site members were able to understand about the complexities of your responsibilities?

That we are only human, we try hard but we cannot please everyone.


Question 11 - Is Terry a good boss?

Yes. Terry is supportive of the voluntary staff here. I have only met him in person once and he did pay for my lunch


Follow up questions and answers


Follow up 1 - Do you run into people acting oddly if you use the currency of your island on the mainland UK?


Our currency cannot be used outside of the Channel Islands. The rest of the Channel Islands use Guernsey Currency but there is no problem in using that here or ours there. We also use UK currency. We still have Pounds and Pence and it is worth the same, it is just that in the UK they would reject it as being 'foreign'. When I go to the UK I get some English money from the bank.


Follow up 2 - Do you think you could have imagined how the site has changed and increased for the better since you first visited the site?

Not in my wildest dreams. I can remember Terry first introducing the quizzes, in fact the moderators were asked to write some and be editors but as I was so new as a moderator I didn't like to put myself forward.


Follow up 3 - What was the trickiest thing about administrating the forums when the amount of site members increased?

The trickiest thing is when we get the occasional newbie who is hellbent on trying to change the forums to what they want rather than seeing how we operate then deciding if they wish to post here.

There are so many forum sites out there that there ought to be something to suit everyone, they ought not try to make us to their liking.

Having said that we are open to good suggestions, as this forum proves.


Follow up 4 - Some think of the internet as a new discovered country where anything goes, in your experience is that fact or fiction?

I think you are correct. I think it can be a very scary place. In real life there are some evil people and the same applies on the internet. What does concern me greatly is how the younger people give out personal information and often approach strangers asking them to be friends.


Follow up 5 - You mentioned Gunslinger, and I see the forums section is dedicated to his memory. I am guessing he was an important member of the FT family when it was starting out. Can you tell me a little bit about him.

Gunslinger, or to give him his real name, Larry, was a tremendous influence on us all here. He didn't take any nonsense from anyone, he was a really great guy and if it were not for him the forums would probably have closed years ago. I guess he was almost a father figure to many of the staff members and other members from way back then. His daughter is one of our moderators. He is still greatly missed by those of us who knew him.



Thank you very much for a great interview Sue.

Edited by sue943 to add bold in order to see if this would be an improvement


Edited by sue943 (Sun Sep 06 2009 05:15 AM)

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#495286 - Wed Sep 16 2009 12:50 AM Re: Interview with Sue943
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Sue, I know that Bergerac, and the department he works for, are fictional, but do you think the programme gave a reasonably accurate portrayal of life on Jersey?
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#495287 - Wed Sep 16 2009 01:50 AM Re: Interview with Sue943
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Far from it I am afraid. Even the geography was turned on its head, we would see him driving into the road tunnel heading east and seconds later he would be in the far west of the island. Streets in town would be one-way the wrong way, they did close the roads to the public when filming.

At the time the series were made this was a very low crime area.

What was great fun was trying to spot the local people who were used as extras, my neighbour (at that time) was in several episodes as were various other friends and acquaintances. With hindsight I wish that I had gone for it, they paid and it would have been fun but alas my ex-husband wouldn't have helped me to do it by taking the children to school for me.

There is no Bureau des Etranger or similar department within our police force. The first building used, well frontage and door, was in fact the States Building, the entrance to the Court Room I think. When they moved offices they actually moved to Haut de la Garenne!

The government here bent over backwards to assist the BBC as much as possible, the police vehicles and uniformed officers in those cars were the genuine article. The value in advertising was almost impossible to calculate, the Tourism Department were over the moon as you can imagine.
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#495288 - Wed Sep 16 2009 02:08 AM Re: Interview with Sue943
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Sounds a bit like when they filmed Morse in Oxford. Anyone local could easily spot the wrong turns.
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#495289 - Fri Sep 18 2009 09:05 AM Re: Interview with Sue943
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Sue, I've seen some of your beautiful cards in the crafts forum, and I have a couple of questions about your hobby --

How and when did you first get inspired to make cards?

Do you remember the first FunTrivian (FunTrivia-ite?) to whom you sent a card, and the occasion?
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#495290 - Fri Sep 18 2009 11:56 AM Re: Interview with Sue943
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Thank you, that is very kind of you to say they are beautiful.

Back in 2005 I was ill for a number of months then lost my job as many of you will know and this meant that I had time to watch daytime television, and in particular QVC. Each week they have a craft programme and initially I wasn't interested at all in what they showed. However, it was my practice at that time to watch their midnight launch of a special offer product which would be featured during the following day and one night it was a Christmas card making kit. The sample cards shown looked nice so I bought a kit and some other bits for making Christmas cards. I then ordered more supplies through ebay, then more kits and supplies from QVC.

I look back at those first cards and cringe, they were really awful. Despite that I was sort of hooked and when I received a stunning Christmas card from Tellywellies and his wife (she made it, not him) I contacted her for ideas and she gave me very helpful information including telling me about a dedicated craft channel on television! I think I ought to send Martin (TW) my credit card bills.

After a few more months of making cards I came across a technique called Iris folding and was telling Ren about it, she searched the internet and found a site which showed how to do it, and some patterns. I joined the site and learnt quite a lot, I am still learning new techniques daily from other members on that site.

When watching the craft channel I watched some demonstrations on 'parchment craft' and I was fascinated and sent away for a DVD, cue spending another small fortune on equipment.

Who from FT received my first efforts? I had to look back to my old 2006 Christmas card list and the following people were on it...

Ren33, PurpleFan, Chelseabelle, Copago and Linda1 who is no longer with us.

DakotaNorth and JuniorTheJaws ought to have had one but their card was returned to me some months later so they didn't receive one.

The following year I asked people to contact me if they wanted one of my cards and quite a few responded.

Edited to add that I just remembered the first card that I made which was not a Christmas card, that went to PurpleFan because I had told her that I was going to make some cards so she asked me to send the first one to her. It wasn't very good but she was sweet about it.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e393/sue943/Cards/Bonnie01-1.jpg


Edited by sue943 (Fri Sep 18 2009 12:38 PM)
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#495291 - Sat Sep 19 2009 12:30 AM Re: Interview with Sue943
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Edited to add that I just remembered the first card that I made which was not a Christmas card, that went to PurpleFan because I had told her that I was going to make some cards so she asked me to send the first one to her. It wasn't very good but she was sweet about it.


Yes I proudly own one of Sue's first cards. It was very nicely done and I showed it to everyone who came to visit me.

I also am the proud owner of a box of Personlized Purple Cards for all occassion from Sue and the people who have received one of the cards are thrilled to pieces.

Sue's designs and cards are awesome and anyone who receives one or who has received one knows I am not fibbing.

I can't wait to see what card I get for Christmas this yr.

I am glad you remembered sending me the cards Sue.

If I can find them I will try and take pictures and post them in here.

PF
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#495292 - Sat Sep 19 2009 03:23 AM Re: Interview with Sue943
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You see? That's what I have always said about our Sue, she is kind to old people.
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#495293 - Sun Sep 20 2009 02:20 PM Re: Interview with Sue943
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Sue, It was lots of fun to read your interview and to get to know you better. I think you do a lovely job of running the forum - I can't imagine why anyone would threaten you! I particularly love it when some posts something in inteligible teen-speak or something similar, and you chide them politely with "Would you please try and use standard English? It makes it easier for all of us to understand." Shalom, Janet

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#495294 - Sun Sep 20 2009 03:06 PM Re: Interview with Sue943
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The person who threatened me was on the main site, not in the forums. I cannot remember why it was now, either asking him to change his avatar or to moderate his language, I suspect the latter. Anyway his account was closed, I am not sure that it was me that closed the account but he blamed me (nothing new, I often get blamed for everything like that!) then threatened to have me tracked down.
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#495295 - Mon Sep 21 2009 09:23 AM Re: Interview with Sue943
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Thanks so much for opening up and letting us get to know you more. I have always felt a fondness for you, Sue, whenever I read your patient yet firm responses to posters on these pages. It is great to find out more about you.

You've mentioned having overcome health problems in the past and how the FT community was very helpful in that. My husband is also going through a trying time in that he's almost "back to normal" after a "minor" stroke (easy for me to say, right), but is extremely bothered by the things that just haven't come fully back yet. Do you have any insights for me (as someone who wants to be supportive without being annoying or insensitive) to him in his recovery?

Thanks!

Sue

(edited to add a question)


Edited by shuehorn (Tue Sep 22 2009 01:59 AM)
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#495296 - Tue Sep 22 2009 04:34 PM Re: Interview with Sue943
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People who 'appear' to have recovered from strokes have a whole different set of problems to those who have suffered major effects. As they appear to be back to normal people can and do expect them to be exactly the same as before but in my own experience and the experience of a number of people in a group of stroke survivors that I belong to this simply isn't the case. Of course we also expect to be the same as we were before, but we are not.

It is seemingly silly things that can be upsetting, for instance I can no longer change the timer on my boiler, nor can I change the clock in my car when the clocks change by an hour. Once I accepted that I cannot do these things it was easier, heck, my car clock is correct for half the year and when I have the boiler serviced the engineer sets the timer for me and I then leave it switched on for the winter, I just override the cycle when it is too warm or cold.

To be supportive try to work out what he cannot do and don't ask him to try, it will be frustrating for him and probably upsetting when he cannot do it. Last week I was staying with my brother and he asked me to explain how to do Sudoku. I had never tried it but it is the sort of thing that I used to do easily and so I picked up the paper with the grids and worked out the first grid easily but then it started to become difficult for me and I ended up very frustrated, I ended up going in circles instead of dashing through it.

What I found helpful was to join a group where most of the people have no 'outward' signs that they had had a stroke and are relatively young, that is to say under retirement age. Talking to others who have experienced the same and to discover that you are not the only one with unexplained pains, one cold hand etc is great.
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