Modmins

Below are some quick facts about the lovely Tuataria mods and admins! If you have any problems, questions, etc. you can message us on the discord and we can help you out!

Alaska

aka Katie | Admin
In my real life, I’m… A student studying accounting, I know, super exciting.
I’ve lived in… Currently living in Stoughton, Massachusetts (moved here when I was 18) but grew up in Palmdale, California. I’ve basically been bouncing between California and Massachusetts my whole life.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… 8 years? I started watching Vlogbrothers in 2009 I think, but didn’t become as much a part of the community until around 2012.
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… Other than some leadership adjacent stuff in Girl Scouts, none! So I think this is going prettty well.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? Hmm I think probably a John.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? I’m secret triplets with Katherine (PullingaKatherine) and Emily (Ylime) and is anyone really surprised by that?
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… Made the Tattooataras (with the design from Emily) which are now in the possession of John, Hank, Rosianna, and Valerie. Also helped convince Lily to go to Nerdcon!
How did you become an admin? Part of that first round of admins. Erin asked and I raised my hand (who knew this is where we’d be now?).

Alipeli

Ali Peli

aka Ali, Alicia | Admin
In my real life, I’m… A Biotechnology major at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. I have a minor in Anthropology and Literature (hopefully).
I’ve lived in… Quito, Ecuador for most my life, except for two years when I attended Connecticut College.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… Approximately since 2010, around when the Target punishment happened. How did it happened? Who knows? My best guess is my brain went “yes, you are this, you have always called yourself the queen of nerds” (it is kinda oficial now too).
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… Mostly just student council stuff in high school. I’m one of those people that has a secret leadership role, like people know that I know so they come to me more than the official leaders. I just really never liked public speaking.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? I would probably say I am a Hank, but I also have a lot of the John pessimism in me sooo maybe I’m a Dave. What even is a Dave?
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? My secret sister is sh (aka potato) and she asked me because she wanted to be part of the royal family. I said yes because I really like her.
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I am a major advocate of the docs. I hold close to my heart the emoji doc, the quotes doc and the creative slides. I was also the first Queen, which involved everything from stopping civil wars, to marrying people that have fallen in nerdfighter-like. I am also an advocate of community projects. So if you have any ideas, hit me up.
How did you become an admin? I became an admin by becoming a guinea pig. Admins asked if I could help with something and I helped SO much they made it official.

Allison

aka Allison Floof | Admin
In my real life, I’m… A Marketing/Communications Specialist, Web Designer/Developer, Graphic Designer, amateur half-marathoner, and owner of a grumpy 12 year old dachshund.
I’ve lived in… Syracuse, NY my whole life! (except during college a few hours north in Potsdam)
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… About 4 years? I think tumblr led me to John which led me to vlogbrothers which led me to…everything. Although I’ve subscribed to the concept of unironic enthusiasm my entire life, I just didn’t have a name for it.
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… I’ve run or helped run a few other online communities, including some large LiveJournal groups and Fanlistings (#tbt), and was president/vice president of my college theater company for 3 years, along with several show management roles. I’m also a sometime-creative director for a friend’s sometime-theater company.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? Hank for SURE.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? I’m Enchilada’s secret sister, which I guess makes me Boed’s secret sister, and guster, and Jessie…it’s complicated around here.
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… A few emojis, a few unwanted nicknames, a few epic typos, a good chunk of this website, a lot of spreadsheets, and a representative of the Floofs in the historic Ryan-Rose-Floof truce of 2017.
How did you become an admin? Erin asked, I answered. I love community, loving helping form it, and love watching it flourish.

Andythewestie

Andy the Westie

aka Andy, Andrew | Admin
In my real life, I’m… A university student, studying Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry, at least when I’m not tramping/hiking.
I’ve lived in… In New Zealand, within 1km of a single point, but in 3 different houses.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… A few years now, ever since being introduced to the vlogbrothers channel. That led to reading John’s books, which led to watching the movies made from John’s books, and somehow that turned into me joining in on this crazy hunt, and getting involved with this crazy, wonderful discord.
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… I was the captain of my high school orienteering team for 2 years, and the captain of the school running team for 1 year. I was also a prefect at my school, and a peer support leader for the juniors, to introduce them to how high school worked and make sure they didn’t kill each other.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? Definitely a John. Did you really have to ask?
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? (Pending agreement by Skye) Skye – neither of us sleep as much as we should, and could basically both change our names to “Shouldn’t be asleep” – If you ever see me online, a recommended question is “Shouldn’t you be asleep?”
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I write crazy parodies and make well timed comments that are sometimes apparently humorous. I wrote “I am Koala” for some crazy reason, and then everything got even crazier when Jessie performed it. I sometimes burn things down, but more often than not I’m trying to unburn things and get people to remember happiness and self-care bunnies in the discord. I was also one of the early proponents of side puzzles, and made one so hard that everyone hated me for it
How did you become an admin? I was elected by pre-existing admins due to my contributions. Evidently they kept planning to elect me, but I had the bad form to go away for two weeks. Woops, my bad.

Becky

Becky

Admin
In my real life, I’m… Possibly a cat 😛 Also a law student with a specialty in criminal law / criminology, a long time scout, a volunteer at the animal shelter (DOGGOS <3) and an avid language learner.
I’ve lived in… Uh, many a place. Military brat growing up so we covered a lot of ground. I’m back in Germany right now though.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… 10 years now? Crazy that. I originally found the vlogbrothers when Accio Deathly Hallows appeared on the youtube homepage.
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… I’ve done a lot but some highlights include leading various scouting groups of different ages and sizes for 16 years now. Running a Harry Potter site and forum, various social media pages, fan groups, clubs etc. And I was also a very active Seahorse in the Lizzie Bennett Diaries fandom, where I helped run the Twitter, the Google Hangouts, and helped set up Q&As with the cast & crew.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? No idea really, but I’m definitely not a fish.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? Jane The Brain, I convinced her to go to Vidcon Amsterdam with me on the first day we met on the Discord. We also met up in person a few days later. =D
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I may have gotten our doc obsession rolling by creating our very first, the original Tuatara Report and following that up with the Social Media Pages. I also brought you our catchphrase “We have/There’s a doc for that.” My main contribution though is probably my cat, Murmel, who likes to pop in and leave cryptic messages every once in a while and of whom I may or may not have shared so many pics in the early days that we made #pets a thing.
How did you become an admin? I was here on day 1 and answered Erin’s call.

BoedJ


aka the other Jonathan, Belgian Jonathan | Admin
In my real life, I’m… Studying linguistics.
I’ve lived in… Belgium my entire life, a few kilometers outside of Brussels. We moved once but stayed in the same town. Currently, I spend most of my days at my uni place.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… A couple of years, but I honestly don’t know when I started watching the vlogbrothers. P4A 2015 was my first real nerdfighter-community moment, I was more of a passive watcher in the years before that.
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… I was elected student ‘counsellor’/confidant for my class during the last two years of school before uni (let’s just say highschool, even though all of these school terms don’t really carry over that well). I was also my football team’s captain for a while. I tend to be more of a behind-the-scenes, quiet guy in general rather than a stereotypical ‘leader’, I’d say.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? John, probably.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? The family trees’ branches grow ever more confusing, so I won’t attempt to go too far down that line. The important things to know are that I have an alter ego/twin – (Enchilada) Jonathan – and
that we’re locked in an eternal battle with pullingakatherine (and anyone else who happens to exceed a certain typo threshold might invite our wrath).
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… So far I’ve mostly let others get really into our (abundance of) projects and had more of a general overview role, but there are a couple of things I’ll be working on more specifically in the future. I worked on the website you’re on right now, and will continue to do so. Stay tuned!
How did you become an admin? I was among the first people who joined the server, and volunteered when we realised we would need mods to try and manage the crazy.

CharmingLily

Lily

aka Lily, Lilian | Admin
In my real life, I’m… A college student at Framingham State
I’ve lived in… Born in Florida, moved up to Longmeadow, MA when I was 2 and have lived here my entire life! I’m also currently in Framingham, MA for school but still get to come home for breaks.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… 5 years now? I found nerdfighteria as part of the wave surrounding TFiOS (The Fault in Our Stars) and have been super grateful for this community ever since
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… In real life, I’ve been in several leadership positions in my A Cappella group. Online, well this is definitely a first for online communities
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? Definitely a Hank. Like, all of the time.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? If I had a secret twin, it would have to be Katherine as we’ve bonded together in the war against the Jonathans (even though Jonathan is also my secret twin). My other secret sibling is definitely Megan (megood18) because she and I are the unofficial “moms” of the discord.
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I was coerced into going to Nerdcon, where I helped in the streaming of a few events and tried to get a question in for question tuesday.
How did you become an admin? I was approached after a meeting a few weeks ago, so I guess the other admins thought I would be a good fit with all of them…

Cody

Cody

aka Avin | Admin
In my real life, I’m… A college student at Franklin and Marshall College
I’ve lived in… New York City for most of my life. I am currently living in Lancaster, PA for college, but I still live in New York during breaks.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… I’ve been an Unknown Nerdfighter my whole life, but only joined Nerdfighteria last May when I discovered the Vlogbrothers through Mental Floss Video. Before that John Green was just the guy who wrote all those sappy romance novels (which I had never read) that all the girls liked in High School and Middle School and if you’d asked me who Hank was, I would have been like, “who the ‘eff is Hank?” But I know now that Hank is a previously unknown species of reptile that is native to the plains of northern Mars.
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… In real life I was captain of my high school basketball for two years. Currently I am assistant analyst for a professional League of Legends team. Online, I have been part of at least 10 online (mostly gaming) communities in my life, several of which I have had leadership positions in.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? Personality wise I am more of a Hank, but worldview wise I’m more of a John.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? My secret sibling is Emmmaj. We just started messaging each other randomly and it turned out we liked a lot of the same books, movies etc. so we kept talking.
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I am one of the primary people involved in the politics and sports channels. Also, things have a tendency to get a bit explody around me. Other than that, I just love being here and helping in any every way I can.
How did you become an admin? I was part of the first group of admins that were deputized by Erin. I love being able to help build this community and I intend to continue doing so for as long as I can.

Daniel

Daniel

aka The Daniel | Moderator
In my real life, I’m… A professional political consultant and a graduate student at Rutgers University.
I’ve lived in… New Jersey basically my whole life.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… 3 years now
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… I’ve managed large staffs on campaigns before. Most recently 10 full time staff reported to me as well as 60 part time staff. And I am currently managing a Mayoral campaign.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? I am a John.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? Sadly no 🙁 [editor’s note: someone help him out with that!]
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I gave Hank the Tattooatara. A temporary tattoo of a Tuatara! I am also The Daniel by virtue of solving week 2 first.
How did you become a mod? I volunteered!

Dragon-Feathers

Dragon Feathers

Moderator
In my real life, I’m… A lonely Welsh nerdfighter (I’ve never found any nerdfighters irl, I don’t think there are even any other Welsh ones in Tuataria). I’m also the youngest member of the modmin team so I’m currently trying really hard not to panic about my GCSEs.
I’ve lived in… Wales for as much of my life as I can remember. (Yes, I can speak Welsh, and, yes, I can pronounce the name of that Welsh town with the ridiculously long name.)
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… A few years now, I was part of the TFiOS rush of people. Although Tuataria is the first community I’ve actively participated in instead of just shyly lurking, my favourite part of nerdfighteria isn’t John’s books at all (even though I do like them), but instead the sense of community.
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… I’ve done some school things (with the help of my friends, I kept my tiny school library running in between one librarian retiring and another being found) but this is my first time doing anything like Tuataria. But then, nothing is like Tuataria.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? Someone on the discord once asked if I was secretly Hank and I am very proud of it, so I would like to think that I am a Hank.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? My secret sibling is Ollie/Ocean (aka slidemtnocean), although timezones and my boringly sensible sleep schedule mean that we are rarely online at the same time.
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I’ve made the amazingly notable contribution to Tuataria of being asleep when everything exciting happens. Everything. Other things I have done include getting overly emotional about cute animals, obsessively colour coding my icon to my username and writing roughly a quarter of our most forgotten song parody.
How did you become a mod? I’ve been hanging out here since week one (the second week of the hunt) and I recently offered to help out and then I was contacted after an admin meeting.

EmmmaJ

Em

aka Em | Moderator
In my real life, I’m… a high school senior, ready to go find myself, and some ramen noodles, in college.
I’ve lived in… Seattle my whole life, but I’ve travelled internationally.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… About six years. My friend told me about vlogbrothers in middle school, and I was hooked. The community of Nerdfighteria is amazing and I’ve relished being in a place with such creative, smart, and thoughtful people..
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… include being a youth leader at my church, volunteer teaching at my choir and running the STEM club at my school. However, Tuataria is the first real online community that I have been a part of and the first time I have ever used Discord before.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? I am more like John personality wise, with the existentialism and the metaphors and the anxiety, however I’m also a songwriter so I have a little Hank in me.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? Cody and I are secret sibling for no other reason than that we talk a lot and share common interests. We just wanted to, so we did (:
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I created the side puzzles doc, have solved a couple important clues on cluesdays, was a major part of the rules rewrite and I help to maintain the creative gallery.
How did you become a mod?I’d been hanging out for a while on the discord and one day the admins invited me to join the team, and I gladly said yes.

Erin

Erin

aka Erin Clements, 0fmiceandmeep, The Creator | Admin
In my real life, I’m… A college student and freelance writer.
I’ve lived in… The same small house in the same small town in Ohio for my entire life.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… As long as I can remember. Before John published TFiOS for sure, but that’s when I really got involved.
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… I’ve created Nerdfighter-based Facebook groups, controlled Facebook groups unrelated to Nerdfighteria, moderate an online Pokemon battle simulator, and tons of other leadership roles both online and offline.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? All, depending on the day.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? I’m lame and don’t have one on Tuataria, but I have an older brother in real life.
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… Creating the server and selecting the original admin team.
How did you become an admin? I created the server. [editor’s note: humble braaag]

Everybodypalka

Matt

aka Matt Palka | Mod
In my real life, I’m…a twenty-two year old investigator, avid journaler, freshwater bass fisherman, greyhound lover, New York FCCLA Communications Alumnus, and Photographer.
I’ve lived in… Trenton, NJ and now Vestal, NY since 2001. Yep. That’s about it.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… about seven years. I discovered the vlogbrothers around 2010 from early Youtube collaborations and Youtubers I watched, and people were saying I look like John Green. I watched more Youtube than made videos since I made my account in 2009.
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… I led high school book club and philosophy club, character council, italian club, choir, and I co-hosted a kids health and awareness TV for show for two seasons called Move It! It was ridiculously fun!
I’ve been a youth leader in New York Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America since 7th grade and held officer positions from the chapter level to state level. After I graduated in 2012, I became an alumnus and the Communications officer for the NY Alumni and Associates council and I take the photos at the statewide NY FCCLA events.
I also currently help run some Youtube communities such as NFi, Project Chronicle, and a little project that had a panel at NerdCon: Nerdfighteria called The Road to Nerdfighteria.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? I’m a John and sucker for huge philosophical metaphors, but I speak at Hank’s speech speed and try to do all the things. Little of both, and mostly Hank.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? Unfortunately, I do not have secret sibling……yet. I have an older brother and a handful of Youtube doppelgangers though.
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I coined “Matting” on the Doctionary by messing up so much with my microphone early in the community, and I brought the wonderful site called Listen to Wikipedia to Tuataria, which eventually helped lead to the discovery of koalastothemax.
Everyone yelled “OMG IT’S BURNING” over voice as my smoke alarm went off during cooking and I spoke to John Green during NerdCon: Nerdfighteria and confirmed that the long-running, clever Nerdfighter known now as J.G. Impasta was not secrelty John Green.
I sang Drops of Jupiter and How Far I’ll Go in the first open mic, and lastly, I handled the server’s first ever awkward troll rodeo on voice 1, which eventually led to the first ever ban of a troll by Jessie.
How did you become an mod? I honestly do not remember. I think the admin team nominated me early on and I am eternally grateful.

Guster

Guster

aka Cheryl | Admin
In my real life, I’m… A 7th grade teacher, and I’ve been teaching in California public schools for 13 years. Before moving to 6th and 7th grade, I was a high school teacher for a decade.
I’ve lived in… Kauai, Hawaii; Napa, California; Medford, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Cape Town, South Africa; Durham, North Carolina; Marin County, California; soon, Charlotte, North Carolina.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… Almost six years. I started at Crash Course World History, which a colleague showed me when episode one had just come out. And it’s all been downhill from there.
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… Include being a teacher leader and school leader at several different schools, coaching two different varsity sports, leading #flipclass chat on Twitter, and presenting around the country as an ambassador for Flipped Learning, a Google Certified Educator, a PBS Digital Innovator, and a published author.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? Hank, but I wish I were John.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? Jessie and I are the original secret twins, and we are also secret siblings with the Jonathan twins.
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… Designed a lot of emojis (like, a lot), helped design the Tuataria t-shirt, spearheaded several major projects, helped introduce koalastothemax to the community, helped lead the Ryan wing of the civil war, and helped write the constitution, welcome guide, and scavenger hunt walkthroughs.
How did you become an admin? The admin team unanimously nominated me and agreed to have me join their ranks.

Jessieinez

Jessie Inez

aka Jessie, THE GENERAL | Moderator
In my real life, I’m… The 7-12th grade youth formation minister at a Catholic church, and I’ve been working in the ministry world for about eight years. I also serve as comic relief for a Monday night bar trivia team, and I’m something of a brunch aficionado.
I’ve lived in… Northern Minnesota; slightly less northern Minnesota; central Minnesota; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; back to central Minnesota; and currently the Twin Cities (shockingly, also in Minnesota).
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… Gosh, seven years? I don’t recall the first Vlogbrothers video I watched, but…you know how the YouTube rabbit hole works. My favorite Vlogbrothers video of all time is Thoughts from the Edge.
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… I coordinate several teams of adult volunteers and peer ministers who provide social/learning/spiritual growth opportunities for middle and high school students in my congregation. I’m also the founder of an ecumenical faith sharing group for young adults in Pittsburgh, PA.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? Probably more of a John. But I think there’s a bit of a Dave streak in me too.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? Guster is my twin, which becomes obvious when you get us talking in the same channel (especially late at night when the descent into madness begins in earnest). I might have other sibs, but it’s kind of hard to keep track of them in this weird family tree.
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… Thanks to my knowledge of Catholic saints, I was the very first person to get into the itsatuatara forum back in Week 0. I’m also the first (and, as of now, only) person to ban a troll in the server. I’m a regular emcee for our community open mic nights, and I sang the “I Am Koala” song written by Andythewestie, which rith turned into a video, which then turned into A Thing That John Saw. Lastly, I serve as the General of Tuataria. I oversaw Operation #getjohnatattooatara at Nerdcon in Boston (made all the more impressive by the fact that I was not actually there, and largely mobilized the effort via tweetstorm and a Snapchat group message).
How did you become a mod? I was nominated and I accepted!

Jonathan

Jonathan

aka Enchilada, Other Jonathan, Lurker | Admin
In my real life, I’m… A college student and a tutor for kids from 1st to 8th grade.
I’ve lived in… Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey. I also lived in Beijing for three weeks a few years ago.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… 3 years. I found Crash Course US History and Scishow separately, realized the two hosts were brothers, and then realized they had a YouTube channel.
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… In real life, I’m a tutor/mentor at my local Boys and Girls Club (a place that has after-school programs and camps for kids). Online, there’s a first time for everything.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? Mostly I’m a Hank because I like science and feelings aren’t my strong suit, but in some ways, I’m more of a John.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? I have two twins: BoedJ (because we have the same name and a bunch of other things in common), and charminglily (because we’re basically the same person). My other secret siblings are Guster and Jessie, pullingakatherine, my splosion sibling Megood18, my big sis Allison, and my Philly sis Hannah.
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… My biggest contribution to Tuataria is Steve, a custom bot that was coded by me. (My twin, BoedJ, is also working on some secret parts of Steve.) I also originated the “turn the bus around” saying.
How did you become an admin? I was part of the first wave of admins, when our creator Erin asked for help running the place. Nobody has demanded my resignation yet, so I’ll be here as long as the people want me here.

KMP

kmp

aka Koalas Mindcontrol People, Koalas, Krzysztof | Moderator
In my real life, I’m… IT employee, hiking enthusiast, classical music and prog rock fan. Trying to play some guitar and maybe do some singing?
I’ve lived in… Kraków, southern Poland. All my life
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… About two years. Or less in fact. I was more a vlogbrothers enthusiast for most of that time.
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… I was an admin for an unofficial forum for my high school, which was mostly organising activities and tips for cheating on tests studying.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? A little bit of both John and Hank. I am Hank in my passion for science, but John for my love of existentialism and thinking about death a lot.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? I feel like I am a brother to anyone who wants me to be one. Other than that Becky and JaneTheBrain are my secret siblings because, why not? Oh and KyleR by birth date.
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I run around trying to fit in and make sure everyone feels loved. I write some questionable poetry (limericks are my favorite) and sometimes play guitar and/or sing in voice.
How did you become an admin? I woke up to a very nice message from Sir Ro asking me if I am interested in being a mod. I accepted!

Megood18

aka Meg, Nutmeg, Neg, Mutneg, Wombat, and a few others… | Moderator
In my real life, I’m… A biology major with a double minor in chemistry and (hopefully) environmental studies at Converse College in South Carolina.
I’ve lived in… South Carolina my whole life. I have lived in every region except along the coast, which I visit yearly.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… Somewhere around three years. My roommate freshman year of college introduced Nerdfighteria to me towards the end of first semester. I really started to become more active in 2015.
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… In real life, I currently serve as the Vice President of the environmental organization on my campus. In the first half of high school, I was also an avid member of the Air Force Junior Reserve Training Officer Training Corp (AFJROTC). I also help out a lot with the admissions team at my school and help give tours and run event for perspective students. This, though, is my first time helping out in an online community.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? This one is easy. I am DEFINITELY a Hank.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen?I would say I am secret sibling to multiple people! My first is Katherine B, who appears on Discord from time to time. We are “siblings” in real life because I am her college big sis!! I am also part of the “mom squad” with Lily and other Discord “moms”, which came out of us trying to get people to do their homework or go to sleep! The final secret secret sibling is Meg, which happened because we share a name!! What is more awesome of a reason than to share a name?
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I am the creator of the Doctionary, which I added a good many of the first words. I also created pregaroo, which is one of the emojis on the Tuatara list. It resulted from a round of Google Quick, Draw where I was supposed to be drawing a kangaroo. I am also known on the server to be the one with many nicknames. I also tend to contribute “interesting” science when I see fit.
How did you become an mod? One night after an admin meeting, I was messaged by one of the admins about becoming a mod. I gladly said yes, and it seems to be going well so far!

Macpants

macpants

aka Mac | Moderator
In my real life, I’m… A part-time IT Support Specialist in the James Madison University library
I’ve lived in… Nebraska for my pre-teens, Pennsylvania for my teens, Kansas for college, and now I live in Virginia.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… 5 years. A friend introduced me to the books, specifically Paper Towns and I began to notice that challenging myself to be better and decrease world suck was something I was already trying, but now I had a name for it!
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… I was a Officer and Moderator on a family friendly Minecraft server for about a year and a half, both in game and on the corresponding forums. I was also a church camp counselor for three summers and on support staff as the naturalist for two summers.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? I’m a quieter Hank.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? I DO! Houseplant(Charlotte) is my secret sibling because we share the same birthday!! (13 years apart, but still!)
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I co-founded the Doctionary and am a contributor and curator. I was also a contributing editor on the “That Time Hank Lost His Laptop” video project!
How did you become an admin? I got a DM from an admin saying “So… you want to be a mod?” after we grew to 2-3k people and they were really desperate for mods (JK!) I’M SUPER HONORED!

Pullingakatherine

pulling a katherine
aka Katherine, Kath, the first Katherine, pullingakatheRyan | Admin
In my real life, I’m… about to enter my last year of undergraduate university, please send help.
I’ve lived in… Toronto, Canada! But also, Waterloo, ON (for school), Ottawa, ON (for an internship) and Vancouver, BC for 4 months in May (for another internship)!
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… 5 years! Jumped in during the TFiOS hype. Although I’ve been a nerdfighter my whole life, just didn’t know there was a name. 🙂
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… Online: I used to run a Digimon RP group! IRL: I was the president of my high school’s Eco team, created and ran 3 workshops for an annual summit. Now I am an exec member of my schools’s photography club, waaay to involved with my faculty (Orientation, Ambassador, etc.), and soon to be Don (more commonly known as RA? Prefect? IDK.)!
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? I mean I go around saying Hank is #goals…
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? Officially, Katie (Alaska) and Emily (Ylime) are my triplets, for our love of Disney and well, just cause. But I’m also blood bonded with Lily (CharmingLily) through the eternal war with the Jonathans.
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I mean not say I’m directly accredited for this, but my natural ALL CAPS/typo life probably didn’t help in the early formation stage of this community. #sorrynotsorry Otherwise I helped force convince Lily to attend NerdCon, streamed some of the NerdCon events, and recorded as much as I could! (Which some how got my footage into a Vlogbrothers video?!?!)
How did you become an admin? Erin asked, I answered! And oh boy, am I glad I did 🙂

Rith

aka Simon | Admin
In my real life, I’m… Tech support for a web hosting company. No, I will not fix your computer.
I’ve lived in… Auckland, New Zealand; regional QLD, Australia (for a very short time); Sydney, NSW, Australia; now Perth, Western Australia, where I’ve lived for the majority of my life.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… A number of years now. I don’t exactly remember how I came across the channel to begin with (it may or may not have involved giraffes).
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… I was the Vice-President at two different student clubs at University. I have also been a deputy manager at PAX Australia since 2015, deputising at two Enforcer departments. Online, I manage an international fan community at AKFGFan.com.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? Butfartman.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? Yes, it’s Hannah (practicaltacticalbrilliance). We bonded over a (text) singalong of Carnaval del Barrio from In the Heights (plus our mutual love of musical theatre), and decided we could totally be just like Usnavi and Sonny from the musical. I also have a not-so-secret actual elder sister.
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I AM KOALA. I’m also working on Alexander Badminton with the assistance of voices from the Discord community.
How did you become an admin? In the early days of the server, when it was just a wee little chatroom for just a couple dozen of us, it was clear that help was needed as the server grew. I put my hand up to assist and Erin gladly accepted.

Sir Ro the Green

Rowan
Rowan
aka Sir Ro Derpy NZ Floof, Ro, Rowan | Admin
I identify as genderfluid so I use the pronouns they/them/their
In my real life, I’m… Secretly a sheep in disguise Studying from home to become a librarian while working part-time in a cinema. But really I spend more time doing everything else other than these two things. Lets face it, it’s mostly gaming.
I’ve lived in… In Christchurch, New Zealand my entire life (including when we renamed it quakechurch) also if you need advice on emergency planning – including what do you put in an emergency kit – hit me up I have a bit of experience there.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… I feel like in some respects that I have been a nerdfighter for my entire life I spent my childhood reading with my parents and watching them (and “helping them”) play both computer games and tabletop games (including the aspects of the painting and modeling that this involved). These are interests that have been shared and grown on me, and when we define a Nerdfighter being pro-nerds and fighting on behalf of others, so I have self-owned that title my entire life without knowing it. But I have been following the vlogbrothers and their other projects since 2013.
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… Somehow I keep falling into leadership roles – like since primary school I have done so (I’m gonna skip pre-high school though). I have been in a lot of school leadership leading library groups, the health and environment council (promoting healthy lifestyles in the school, and cleaning up the litter etc.) vice-president of Zclub (basically the decrease world suck club). In University I was on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Society committee and the Glee Club committee. I also used to do leadership things within my church like running the famine camps, children’s church and various afterschool and holiday programmes.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? Dave
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? Rosegold. We were sad that we didn’t have secret sibliings – although I have been declared a cool Auntle (Aunt Uncle combination)
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I’m really not sure – I am an IDEAS person then I come back a few hours later and the thing exists in awesome states – I can definitely claim the Hank and John Recommend doc though and the extreme love of docs. Also I contribute excellent running game commentary for your amusement I swear I’m not homicidal just playing video games. A part of my usership is the mysterious entity known as Rodad aka my dad who likes to give advice to people (and has super casually adopted all of you). He also likes to heckle me while I’m on voice chat and respond to what he is hearing ignore all stories he tells about little Ro they are all lies.
How did you become an admin? Pretty much ROWAN YOUR TIMEZONE SUCKS YOU’RE ALWAYS ONLINE MOD IT.

Rosegold

aka Rose, Rosecomedygold | Moderator
In my real life, I’m… A junior in high school trying to fight world suck but mostly just trying not to fall asleep.
I’ve lived in… Nerdfighteria Island, but transferring to DFTBA University when I graduate.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… 5 years now as of 2017! I became a nerdfighter in 2012 with the release of The Fault in Our Stars, and now I’m trapped in this little spiraling infinity we call Nerdfighteria.
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… I’ve never been on Discord before! So there’s that ^.^
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? I am a John. I love creative writing in my free time, although singing plays a huge role in my life. I do love my metaphors and my existential crises!
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? Yes! My secret sibling/cousin/auntle is Sir Ro the Green. It just kinda happened! I wanted a secret sibling and then I got one. We are the warriors of Tuataria, here to protect all the Tuataroses, Tuatafloofs, and Tuataryans from world suck.
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I am the Emoji Reaction Expert, the Secretary of Koala, the master of puns, the leader of the Resistance Against Ryans (a civil war that ended peacefully), the first bride of Tuataria (along with Cydney, my spouse) and also the creator of numerous inside jokes, including but not limited to:
– Good Wholesome Eggplants
– Nooting (I am the original Nooterdooter!)
– Goala (created by me, drawn by guster)
Other notable contributions to Nerdfighteria in general: John and AFC Wimbly Womblys liked my tweet once, the Road to Nerdfighteria posted my story, and my question was answered on the pod!
How did you become a mod? The admins smiled down upon me and bestowed the role of moderator on my humble little soul.

Sh

Sh

aka Potato | Moderator
In my real life, I’m… An extremely awkward 16 year old high school student trying and mostly failing to navigate the mess that is the current education system.
I’ve lived in… A tiny city in West Bengal, India, all my life
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… Two years(ish) i started watching the Vlogbrothers after reading LfA and TFiOS, but hadn’t really engaged in the community (mostly because of my fear of YouTube comments). Tuataria has been a wonderful place for me to contribute and actually feel like a part of nerdfighteria.
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… I used to be a prefect in school for a few months, but I’ve never even been a part of an online community like Tuataria. Needless to say, it’s certainly set a high bar 🙂
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? I am a John in my existentialism, my love of literature and that I have an occasional puff when I’m too stressed. Also someone on the discord said that I deal with being under pressure the same way that Hank does—by sleeping a lot 😛
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? I asked Alipeli to be my secret sibling a long long time ago because I think we’re quite alike.
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I’m part of the Creative Archive Subcommittee that tries to maintain a gallery of the awesome that is #creative. I share some stuff I draw—ranging from random floofs koalas to slightly less… intense(?) versions of guster’s photoshops (including the one you see on the website home page), and people seem to like it? Additionally I like to think the :harrypotato: emoji is sort of my contribution, but let’s be honest it’s all harry potter.
How did you become a mod? I was here since week one of the hunt when there were like a few hundred people and I spend literally most of the time I’m awake in Tuataria because i have no life. i was asked to become a mod after an admin meeting and gladly said yes!!! 😀

Skye

aka Skye Floof, Sharon | Admin
In my real life, I’m… A college student doing a preparatory media studies course, working towards a communication/design degree. When I’m not in the discord, you’ll probably find me stressing out over presentations and figuring out how to incorporate anime and gaming into an ever-hectic lifestyle.
I’ve lived in… Kuching, Malaysia my entire life, though as of the moment, I’m in Kuala Lumpur for college. (But to be fair, the internet is sort of my hometown.)
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… A year and a half now, I first found John via TFIOS. The details of how I explicitly discovered the vlogbrothers channel are a little hazy, but I remember just sitting down one morning and coming to the realization that “yeah, these two guys are my favorite people, like ever.”
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… The more memorable ones at least, were being appointed as youth president in my church group, and being head prefect in my senior year of high school. I’ve also been in and out a lot of online communities that were built around anime (from which I got the name skye). I mostly did design work then, too.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? I’m mostly Hank’s tendency to always be working on something with a touch of John’s nihilism.
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I’m your resident graphics maker – I did a T-shirt that is now An Actual Thing on DFTBA. (In the words of Maui, you’re welcome) Other than that, I’m also one of the admins who (at least tries to) make sure the Discord doesn’t burn down during the quieter hours of the day.
How did you become an admin? I raised my hand, Hermione-style, and was fatefully called upon by the first wave of admins to shoulder the responsibilities of tuataria.

Ylime

Ylime

aka Emily, aka Emily the First | Admin
In my real life, I’m… a cataloging librarian for a major academic library vendor (I basically touch books all day long).
I’ve lived in… I was born in Texas, lived in Oklahoma, Alabama, New Jersey, Illinois, Germany, Washington state (for almost 14 years) and most recently, New Hampshire.
I’ve been a nerdfighter for… over 10 years. Started watching Brotherhood 2.0 in July of 2007 when Accio Deathly Hallows was featured on the front page of Youtube. I’ve been a nerdfighter ever since (there also may be a cameo of me when I was 17 in one of Hank’s old videos).
Other communities I’ve managed or leadership roles I’ve had… Online I’ve been on various forums and internet communities for the past 12+ years, including a mod on forum for over 5 years, and more recently I did an information organization project for a large podcast network. Offline, I was band president in high school, a small group leader for 2 years in my college ministry group, and publicity officer/webmaster for the student leadership group in my grad school program.
Are you a John, a Hank, or a Dave? Probably mostly Hank with a dash of John.
Do you have a secret sibling, and how did that happen? Katie (Alaska) and Katherine (pullingakatherine) are my peapod triplets (#podgoals). It happened because we all love Disney and we were basically hanging out all weekend at Nerdcon.
Notable community contributions/role in Tuataria… I made a side puzzle, designed the tattooataras, successfully gave some to Rosianna, and peer pressured Lily into coming to nerdcon.
How did you become an admin? The admin team nominated me and agreed to have me join their ranks after being on here way too often for a whole month.