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Question #90131 posted on 07/26/2017 11:26 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Writing for you has been the most consistent, formative experience of my college years (other than dating and marrying Dr. Occam, I guess). Thanks for your anonymous questions and the empathy I've learned in responding to them. Thanks for providing me with a bunch of real-life friends and the chance to research and write with just the amount of broad, surface-level curiosity I have for most topics.

I'll miss you, but I'm pretty busy with school, work, raising Baby Z, and arguing with alt-right Mormons on Twitter.

All the best,

-Zed

A:

Dear Zed,

Thank you so much for everything. I honestly don't know how to express all the gratitude I feel, but I'll try. 

As a writer, you're incredible. Arguably one of the best we've ever had on the Board. You can take a complicated question that's sat around for hundreds of hours and crank out a well-written, analytical response in 20 minutes. With that, you've rescued us many a time from drowning in overdue answers. Your research skills and respect for the order of the Board has helped it to survive. We'll have to keep that up when you're gone. 

As an involved citizen, you're able to stand boldly for the things you believe and know. When I first started writing, some of your views were foreign to me and I had never been exposed to them in the context of a friendship. This was awesome because I started to better see the merits of views that were so different from mine. I got to find the flaws in my own perspective, and come to a better understanding of other people's realities. More importantly, I've come to understand that just because I don't experience something or witness it, doesn't mean it's not real and I shouldn't discount others' experiences. Thank you for helping me become more compassionate and aware. 

As a friend, you kept me safe and sane when I couldn't get there on my own. You let me be sad and angry when I couldn't be with anyone else. I could feel okay existing around you because you clearly saw all my flaws and still treated me like a whole person. You proved to me that I could still do great things even if I was a little (or a lot) broken, because you were doing great things. Your example gave me courage to get the help I needed, and I could still talk with you when that journey got stupidly hard. You showed me that a mission wouldn't fix all my problems. You let me serve you when I could and didn't expect me to when I couldn't. You shared with me that a good, happy relationship is possible if I kept my eye on Christ. You helped me hope that I could be more than I was. 

In summary, you're just really great and you somehow you let me be your friend. I'll forever be grateful for that. 

Take care, and if you ever can't, that's okay, too. 

Love,

-Auto Surf

A:

Dear Zed,

I can't deny that it makes me really sad to see you leaving. But alas, real life responsibilities must catch up with us all some day I suppose. 

Anyways, I want to say thank you. Thank you for masterfully clearing out the inbox, for providing incredibly well thought out and nuanced answers to controversial topics, for sharing your personal experiences, for fresh insights and perspectives, for amazing advice, and well-researched responses. In short, thank you for being one of the best writers the Board has ever known.

Reading your answers has led me to broaden my world view, confront my subconscious assumptions, and truly has made me into a better person. I'll miss you writing here, but I'm also thankful for the privilege of being able to write alongside you for a few months, and to get to know you in person.

~Anathema