Community Manager Appreciation Day :) #CMAD

...was yesterday! Apparently. However I thought it would be nice to show some appreciation for Steve Bridger, our very own long serving* (*over ten years) CIPD Community Manager *\\0//* *\\0//* *\\0//* three cheers for Steve!

So please show your appreciation for all that Steve does well below - don't be shy, it would make his week ;)

What do you like about Steve's style, approach and community management skills. Who's going to start us off?

  • Lesley

    | 393 Posts

    Chartered Member

    27 Jan, 2015 16:26

    I saw a tweet yesterday from yammer about it being community manager day and I must admit I immediately thought of Steve when I saw it, but wasn't sure if it was just a Yammer thing or a universal day covering all online communities. Never heard of the day before!

    hip hip hoorah for Steve! 

  • Thanks Lesley, there's a day for everything isn't there! However we are very happy to get aboard this particular bandwagon in this case... more compliments for our Steve please, keep 'em coming! 
  • Mike Morrison

    | 4176 Posts

    Chartered Fellow

    27 Jan, 2015 17:00

    Without a community manager, there would be no community

    Steve has a great way of being "just behind the scenes" and at the same time his presence is always there. 

    I have been a member of many forums and communities, and this is lightyears ahead in terms of community feel than 99% of the rest

    Whatever the "special sauce" is you use, keep it up Steve 

  • Jenny

    | 10 Posts

    CIPD Staff

    27 Jan, 2015 17:07

    In reply to Lesley:

    Agree, Steve has been doing an amazing job to support our members through the community forum.

    I'm still surprised at the range of conversations that are explored and the insights shared.I hope it's seen as a great benefit to members who use it.

    Thanks again Steve. 

  • Similar to Mike, I think Steve exemplifies a 'hands ready' approach.

     I also like the way he jumps to the rescue to answer posts that don't appear to be getting any responses. It can be very lonely when that happens ...

  • Keith

    | 10639 Posts

    Chartered Fellow

    27 Jan, 2015 17:41

    Steve who? :-)

    Great job Steve - the light but firm touch is much apprecviated.

  • Thanks for your comments, nice to hear from you Mike - of course Mike deserves some community manager appreciation of his own for his sterling work over on the linkedIn group for CIPD members!

    Keep those lovely comments coming in for Steve - I predict he'll make an appearance on this thread today at some point! 

  • Liz

    | 1256 Posts


    28 Jan, 2015 09:11

    much appreciation for Steve, I too am a community manager on a forum elsewhere and know how difficult and rewarding such responsibility can be


  • Steve Bridger

    | 7569 Posts

    Community Manager

    28 Jan, 2015 09:31

    @Johanna - I'm here. Just sheepish. An 'invisible presence' as Keith insinuated (which is how I might describe it - if it doesn't sound too creepy).

    Anyway... it's not about me - but the people who pluck up the courage to share their questions and those who give up valuable time to respond.

    @Mike - right back 'atcha! :)

    @Liz - respect! There are days that are hugely rewarding and frankly, moving.

    I'll show this thread to my mother.

    Thank you.

  • In reply to Steve Bridger:

    *Waves* to @steve :) 
  • Julie

    | 1954 Posts

    Chartered Fellow

    28 Jan, 2015 10:41

    Joining in with huge thanks to Steve - problem solver, expert at removing crazy formatting, apologist for lack of bells and whistles on forum and all round good guy *grin* even if your Mum does think you play on your tablet all day instead of doing a real job *big grin*

  • Lesley

    | 393 Posts

    Chartered Member

    28 Jan, 2015 12:02

    Yes - I completely agree with Liz - I have fulfilled the community manager role a number of times in the past (mainly when I was a nerdy teenager hanging around on indie music forums) and it is not an easy one. That said, this community is a lot less rowdy than the ones I used to manage!!

    I really appreciate how well Steve manages this place, despite a system which is, quite frankly, inadequate for the needs of such a busy community. His job would probably be a lot easier if we could fix our own crazy formatting issues (or never made them in the first place). 

    Really can't wait for the promised new system! :) 


  • I enjoy seeing Steve just 'pop up' in a thread if he has something to say.  Whether that be in relation to the conversation or just a fun* and witty* tit bit that he wanted to share.

    So Happy Birthday Steve! You're a star



    *loosely applied meaning :-p 

  • In reply to Lesley:

    If I could 'like' these comments I would ;)


  • Steve Bridger

    | 7569 Posts

    Community Manager

    28 Jan, 2015 13:09

    In reply to Johanna:

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