For the last three years, this forum has had a Monthly Observing Challenge that I am sure you are all familiar with, and which by all accounts has been very popular. These threads have been overwhelmingly driven by the efforts of the members here, and I thank everyone who has taken on a month, as well as everyone who has participated in the threads.
While the bulk of the effort has certainly come from the members, there has also been a demand placed on the Moderating Team in two regards; first, the trivial effort of pinning and unpinning threads as the months change, and second, the more significant task of organizing volunteers and seeking out replacements as conflicts arise.
These tasks actually lie outside of the scope of the volunteer Moderators' role as "custodians" of the forum, a role which consumes a fair amount of time in and of itself. So after discussion, we have decided that beginning with the 2019 series of challenges, the organization of the Monthly Challenge Volunteers should be taken over by you, the members. This will recenter the EAA Moderating Team on its core function, and will invest the members here even more greatly in the success of this enjoyable series.
So, with that background being provided, my next post will outline the rules and our guidance for the series moving forward. It is essentially unchanged in all respects other than the role of the Moderators.