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25-11-2008, 05:26 AM
Hi all

It's with great pleasure that I announce and welcome David Hough (h0ughy) as a new moderator on IceInSpace.

Our list of moderators has been stable for a long time, and with an excellent community that's capable of self-moderation there hasn't been a need to increase our gaggle of moderators until now.

With some recent changes in personal lives, a few moderators simply won't have as much time to spend online anymore.

Janoskiss (Steve) simply didn't have the time to commit anymore and asked to be removed as a moderator about 2 months ago, which I regrettably agreed to do. I'd like to thank Steve for his contributions, help and friendship over the past couple of years.

xstream (John) and his wife Anna will now be on the road in their campervan, travelling from star party to star party and across our wide brown land. John will still remain a moderator but won't be able to get online as much as he used to (lucky his campervan has satellite! :)).

RB (Andrew), acropolite (Phil) and [1ponders] (Paul) will now be joined by h0ughy (Dave).

Dave has been a long-time member of IceInSpace, and during his time on IceInSpace he's become a great friend. Dave is widely known on IceInSpace, and legend has it that his face is recognised throughout the universe, simply through his avatar here on IceInSpace :)

Dave has made a great many contributions over the years, and he has been on the organising committee of all 3 IISAC's where his help and support have been invaluable.

I think Dave has at one time or another owned every piece of astronomical equipment ever available on the shelves, and his knowledge, friendliness and helpfulness, combined with his loyalty and friendship to IceInSpace, are just what we look for in a moderator and I'd like to thank him, and welcome him to his new role on IceInSpace.

Being a moderator is a mostly thankless task, and can at times be worrying and stressful, so please give Dave some time to ease in gently as he learns the ropes. With the continued self-moderation and friendly attitudes shown by the IceInSpace community i'm sure he'll have no trouble at all getting up to speed.

Thanks Dave, and :welcome:

25-11-2008, 05:58 AM
Good On Ya Dave, many happy moderations: thumbsup:

25-11-2008, 06:09 AM
Onya Dave!:thumbsup:


25-11-2008, 06:28 AM
Welcome aboard Dave.

First things first though....initiation ceremony ;)

25-11-2008, 06:42 AM
Hi Mike

Thanks for the update on the “life of moderators”; their contribution to the success of the site is crucial and is certainly much appreciated - they all do a top job and for that I thank them.

Okay, moving onto our own Mr H0ugh. Well, what more can I say about this Ice In Space legend, indeed Icon! You couldn’t meet a nicer bloke, on-line or at a star party so congratulations on the appointment David and I wish you every success in your new role.

To outgoing Steve – thanks for your contribution to Ice In Space and best wishes in your new, un-moderated life!



25-11-2008, 07:06 AM
Welcome Dave, congratulations on the new appointment... :thumbsup:

25-11-2008, 07:20 AM
Sigh.... another babe into the lions den.


Congrats David. I beseech thee to leave my posts alone!


25-11-2008, 07:34 AM
Well deserved indeed, congratulations :thumbsup:

25-11-2008, 07:53 AM
NOW, WHO!, is gunna MODERATE DAVE, i ask you ?

congrats Dave


25-11-2008, 09:06 AM
Makes sense. "Moderate" is a pretty good adjective. Congratulations, Dave.
Actually, three cheers for all the moderators for keeping this ship of fools well-steered and on course.


25-11-2008, 09:24 AM
Congrats Dave!
Mike, excellent choice.

25-11-2008, 09:25 AM
Nice one Houghy, :thumbsup: do you now get a pay rise.:whistle:

Leon :thumbsup:

25-11-2008, 09:52 AM
Congratulations "hOughy" be gentle with me, I tend to climb onto my soap box or should that be (orange box) now and again and go off topic ;)
And I wish John (xstream) and his wife Anna a safe and happy journey around this great country,half your luck :thumbsup:

25-11-2008, 10:01 AM
Glutton for punishment hey Dave??

Congratulations on your promotion.


25-11-2008, 10:01 AM

Muhahahaha *evil laugh*

Can I get you to do my bidding, now? Banhammer! :P

Congratulations, and, thank you to all the other moderators for being a helpful bunch. :)

John (and Anna) you lucky so-and-so's! Enjoy your time travelling around the country. :)


25-11-2008, 10:39 AM
Just checked, it's not April 1st...................:confuse3:

Welcome Dave! :)

25-11-2008, 10:48 AM
I think the only reason Houghy accepted this position was so that he could setup a personal RSS feed to the IceTrade Section.

:shrug: :poke:

25-11-2008, 11:03 AM
Congratulations Dave, Welcome to the mad house mate, life will never be the same again. :lol:

Thanks to those that have wished Anna and I well in our travels around this wide brown land we're really looking forward to it and meeting many more of our great community on IIS.

25-11-2008, 11:23 AM
Congrats Dave, I promise to be on my best behaviour.:whistle::lol:

alan meehan
25-11-2008, 12:05 PM
congratulations David....walk lightly but carry a big stick . :fight:

25-11-2008, 12:24 PM
Thanks guys,

a daunting task, and a challenge to find the time. RB need to talk to you on that suggestion LOL. John and Anna - you will never be that far away - especially with that big broadband aerial of John's - though his sense of direction might come into question. (thanks for the delivery to the doctors too for the HEQpro5 - it has come back with a new lease of life)

25-11-2008, 04:37 PM
Not that much extra effort required really, RB is always up with the chickens and usually catches all the foul play...:P

25-11-2008, 04:39 PM
Yep !

25-11-2008, 04:56 PM
I'm not promising anything but I'll try and be good.

Congrats David.

25-11-2008, 05:14 PM
Congrats Dave,

I'll get the spam started...need to increase that post count!!:P;)



Dog Star
25-11-2008, 07:23 PM
Onya Houghy:thumbsup:
So it's your shout for the startin' carton innit?

25-11-2008, 08:17 PM
LOL all i can see with that new avitar of his mug is a terminator chasing the chooks ......

25-11-2008, 09:16 PM
Congratulations David.

25-11-2008, 09:44 PM
thanks JJJ:thumbsup:

25-11-2008, 09:51 PM
Mikes offered me 4 times what i am earning now:rofl: - I am still waiting for the clear skies cheque to clear:whistle:

26-11-2008, 04:27 PM
Hi David


Cheers Petra

26-11-2008, 04:34 PM
Onya Houghy :thumbsup:

26-11-2008, 05:21 PM
Good Luck Dave! I guess it is a matter of f you can't beat-em, join-em...

I'm sure you will do a fine job!

26-11-2008, 10:46 PM

27-11-2008, 06:00 AM
My heartiest congratulations h0ughy, it obviously an indication of the respect that all who walk these halls hold for you. Well deserved I say!

Now if only we can get Phil back up for Astrofest next year, along with yourself and the good Mr Ponders we'll have 3 Mods all together in one place at the same time.

(anyone else thinking Critical Mass ??)


Rick Petrie
27-11-2008, 12:20 PM
Now you can Hough and Puff and blow them all down.;)
Well done on your new appointment. Now, can you organise some brilliant clear dark skies for us all.:)
Cheers and congratulations.:thumbsup:

27-11-2008, 12:29 PM
Alas I waived my wand and nothing happened:sadeyes:

27-11-2008, 12:30 PM
:scared: maybe if mike went up??;)

Rick Petrie
27-11-2008, 01:41 PM
You're sacked!!!!!:lol:

28-11-2008, 07:31 AM
Congratulations David

What power you can wield as a moderator! I know I am a moderator on the Unwired Forum.;);)


28-11-2008, 01:48 PM
thanks Barry

30-11-2008, 05:39 PM
That's what went through my head too!!
All the best David

07-12-2008, 09:06 PM
congratulations in your new role David.

All the best:thumbsup:


01-01-2009, 04:35 AM
:clap::clap::clap: Congrats Dave :welcome: to ISS :lol::lol::lol:
im going to take it upon myself to be the female mod around here and make sure no one over does there emoticon quota for the month :lol::lol::lol:

Rick Petrie
01-01-2009, 09:42 AM
You will always be the emoticon Queen and no one will ever take that from you.:prey2:
Cheers and congratulations on your new appointment.;)
Happy New Year:party2:

03-01-2009, 03:13 AM
Awwwww thanks Rick :thumbsup:

11-01-2009, 12:46 AM
"Better late than never", as they say.
Heartiest congratulations on your "Modship" h0ughy.
As one mod (Mozillazine) to another, just be wery, wery careful with all
those fancy new buttons, eh wot!
Can't have you deleting too many posts now can we?
Moderation with common sense/decency will do fine.
You can always bring out the big pointy stick if/when needed.
(Just don't sit on it).
Regards, Laurie..