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As I continue to gradually relinquish administrative control of WS, I've been looking for folks who not only love absinthe as a drink, but who "get" what the Wormwood Society is all about and whom I feel I can trust to continue it in the direction I've envisioned for it. I believe—as do the other current Board members—that these four fill the bill admirably.
A few words about the Board for some of the newer folks:
WS used to be a one-man show, but as I promised several years ago, if I ever entered the commercial arena, I'd take steps to assure WS's brand neutrality. When I announced the release of Marteau in 2007, I also announced the formation of the Advisory Board, which: "ensures that the administration of the Wormwood Society is open to external input and a variety of viewpoints from different political, social and economic backgrounds as well as some international expertise. Its function is to advise and provide input, suggestions and diverse perspectives on organizational projects. " They're also there to make sure that executive decisions and policies are not unduly influenced by my being a brand owner.
Although a number of our functions are offline in the real world and will become more so, Advisory Board members are also de facto forum moderators. That means they can open and close topics, move them to appropriate forums, un-approve posts (this makes them grey to us and invisible to you). We do not delete posts or topics, unless it's a double post or something that just needs to be tidied up. They may also admonish members and restrict or suspend posting privileges if warranted. Decisions like these are always discussed in advance in The Board Room.
I can't stress enough that the Wormwood Society is not just a forum and a website, although these are our principle vehicles—for now. The Board is all part of a larger picture, not just the forum.
Speaking of which, I also want to thank our Content Team, which now overlaps with the Advisory Board: Larspeart, Ron, jcbphd, Ken Hallenius and Scott Cohen.
Eventually we'll incorporate, and the Advisory Board will become the Board of Directors. We'll elect officers—probably with some offices rotating annually or biennially and others, such as Treasurer and Secretary, lasting longer. Then I'll be able to relax, put my feet up on my mahogany desk (from Ikea) and smoke fat cigars while I watch others do all the work.
For now, I'm pleased to welcome these fine people, whom I number among my best friends, and to thank them profusely for sharing this delightful but substantial labor of love.