I learned today that Tess Warn, a long-time volunteer and moderator on the WordPress.com support forums, passed away recently. My former coworker Jackie Dana wrote a beautiful post in Tess’s memory:
Tess, known as 1Tess on the WordPress.com forums, was the one and only volunteer moderator on the English support forums where I also worked. She had earned that unique role for her consistently helpful and pleasant demeanor, and she was always constructive in her approach. As happens in most online forums, such traits are rare among the “regulars” and it was no different there. She was a compassionate and friendly voice that rose above the not infrequent sour notes.