I don’t often consider myself to be an emotional sort of person. With the impending closure of the SUSD forums and the future of the posts on that site uncertain, I wanted to quickly mention a favorite memory of, perhaps, the SUSD forum’s greatest member: Justin a.k.a. MinuteWalt.
When I joined the forums, it was MinuteWalt that eagerly ushered me inside and made me feel welcome. It was a privilege to know him and I will forever think of him.
He issued me the title “blade trudger” in response to this particular exchange on the SUSD forum thread “Poorly described plots (seven words or fewer)”
Though perhaps the thing I will most remember about Justin was how he was always focused on ensuring the forum was as welcoming as it could possibly be; this usually took for form of cheerfully shooing us regulars away from the introduction thread when, claiming we were blocking the door for other people to come in. So, in a unique-to-him way, he was simultaneously upholding the duties of a moderator and making those in the discussion feel appreciated and valued as members of the community and going that one extra step further to ensure those lurking or new to the site always had a place to jump in and say ‘Hello.’