Thanks @southpaw and @rolandh for the
I have been a customer of RW since 2012 but I watched, and participated in, the Community for a year prior to that. I really wanted to move to Republic because cell service where we now live is poor to non-existent but we do have WiFi/Internet via DSL.
Like some of the others here, I am both an Ambassador and Expert for Republic. I am now retired from real-life employment but worked in computing and networking throughout my career. I do still help my neighbors from time-to-time and I am a Local Guide for Google Maps, helping local businesses look their best, have accurate info and good pictures. These are more hobbies at this point.
I got started in online support on craigslist where things are a good deal rowdier than they are here. One thing I noticed is that people who ask for help on craigslist are really good at describing the aspects of the problem that are important to them e.g. “My legit ad got flagged, why?”. They are less likely to include the additional information a helper needs to actually be helpful. This led me to frequently ask for more information and eventually led me to change my online name to johnny5 because of this: Short Circuit More Input - YouTube
I thought this was a fun name to use and still encounter customers who get the reference.
I look forward to handing out swag over the next 5 days or so!