RAV: Tedd Riggs

Tedd is actually typing a comment in this photo.

Random Acts of Vineness are usually handed out for solitary moments of greatness on the 'Vine, but every so often, a member of the community will make just as big an impact with a million smaller moments.

Tedd Riggs has been a Newsvine user for just shy of a year, and in that time, he's dedicated a huge portion of his vine time to fighting CoH violations and welcoming bright new users into the fold. Yes we are fortunate to have many users who dedicate themselves to similar samaritanism, but none with the sheer fortitude of the omnipresent Mr. Riggs. As of this writing, Tedd has posted over 23,000 comments on Newsvine – or over 65 a day – and many of them have been posted with the sole purpose of lending a helping hand around here.

The Newsvine community and the entire Newsvine Staff wish you the best of luck in your recovery from recent surgery, Tedd, and we collectively present you with this Random Act of Vineness for all you do in the good name of community.

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the omnipresent Mr. Riggs

Indeed. Can't go anywhere 'round here without stumbling on you. *smile*
Congrats, Tedd. You definitely earned it.

  • 24 votes
#1 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:01 PM EDT

Congratulatons Tedd!!

  • 15 votes
#1.1 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:25 PM EDT

23,000 comments o

I saw that number and expected it to be followed by "...coh violations were reported by Tedd."

  • 18 votes
#1.2 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:26 PM EDT

My knight in shining armor. He came to my beckoning call when I was a newcomer trying to figure out what the hell the Newsvine was all about. BUT! Not without flirting with me first. That's his real trade mark. You little imp you.
Let me dig around in my bag of magic potions & see if I can't come up with something to send you to help you heal a little faster.
Take care & don't do what the Dr. orders. Do what the nurses want you to do. Just lay back, relax & enjoy the scenery.
By the way, 23,000 comments. What did you do on your off time?? Oh! Sailed. I forgot.

  • 14 votes
#1.3 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:39 PM EDT

Tedd, many congratulations!

This couldn't happen to a more deserving guy!

Get well soon! Gong xi fa cai!

  • 13 votes
#1.4 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:59 AM EDT

Tedd your a Legend !

  • 11 votes
#1.5 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:00 AM EDT

This is like an Olympic Gold for being a top guy. Good on you Tedd, congratulations mate, well done.

  • 8 votes
#1.6 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:27 AM EDT

ʞɹoʍ ɹnoʎ ǝʌol ʌɐɹ ¡¡¡¡sƃƃıɹ ppǝʇ suoıʇɐlnʇɐɹƃuoɔ

  • 9 votes
#1.7 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:29 AM EDT

It's about time, Tedd.

Hope you feel better soon.

  • 8 votes
#1.8 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 7:56 AM EDT

Well done! God bless you!

  • 6 votes
#1.9 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:37 AM EDT

Tedd = |_337

  • 4 votes
#1.10 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:36 AM EDT

Congrats, Tedd!

  • 7 votes
#1.11 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:38 AM EDT

congratulations and well deserved.

  • 6 votes
#1.12 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:02 PM EDT

Good job, Tedd. It was inevitable, I think. You've earned it.

  • 11 votes
#1.13 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:59 PM EDT

Tedd, you are one of the finest guys on Newsvine, a genuine treasure in our community. Thanks so much to you for all you do, and CONGRATULATIONS!

Well done, amigo!

  • 12 votes
#1.14 - Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:00 AM EDT

I can only echo the comments above. Tedd, well done and godspeed in your recovery.

  • 11 votes
#1.15 - Sat Aug 16, 2008 1:23 PM EDT

I can only echo the comments above. Tedd, well done and godspeed in your recovery.

And I echo Bills echo!

You helped me out on more than one occasion.

I appreciated it then, and I appreciate it now. THANK YOU !

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ CONGRATULATIONS ! & GET WELL SOON! }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

  • 10 votes
#1.16 - Sun Aug 17, 2008 2:07 AM EDT

I'm real proud of you Tedd. You're a great mate and one God Willing for many years to come. Congratulations.

  • 8 votes
#1.17 - Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:17 AM EDT

Two weeks late. Not sure how this slipped under my radar. Anyhow...

Congratulations Tedd!

  • 7 votes
#1.18 - Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:33 PM EDT

Ditto. How'd I miss this?

As someone who has personally had her knuckles rapped for being a bad girl by Tedd, I wanna say thanks. You are a class act. Godspeed in your recovery. I've missed you around the Vine.

I hope you're enjoying something frothy and delicious this morning--a latte, a frappucino, a mocha-something. I'm looking forward to more stories from Our Man in Seattle. Be well.



  • 5 votes
#1.19 - Thu Sep 4, 2008 9:49 AM EDT

Golly, Carolyn. While you were sleeping we invented the wheel, the internet, and bipartisan politics that result in NOTHING.


Has anybody heard from Tedd this week or lately? HI TEDD!

  • 6 votes
#1.20 - Thu Sep 4, 2008 9:58 AM EDT

DaRro, I tried but haven't in over a week. I think he may be taking an extended break.

Tedd, when you read this just know I've been thinking about you every day. Peace and take care.

  • 9 votes
#1.21 - Thu Sep 4, 2008 10:18 AM EDT

Thanks, Elizabeth. I was just going to send you an email to ask if you had heard from Tedd. I'm a little concerned that he hasn't made any comments around the Vine recently, but you're probably right that he's just taking a break. He was getting pretty stressed out from some of the negative interactions in a few of these threads, and he doesn't need that added stress right now because of his medical problems.

  • 5 votes
#1.22 - Thu Sep 4, 2008 1:59 PM EDT

No word from Tedd on this end either. Left a phone message last week. No response received. "Concern" is an understatement. Time for a recon mission?

  • 7 votes
#1.23 - Thu Sep 4, 2008 4:16 PM EDT

Time for a recon mission?

Since you volunteered...

  • 7 votes
#1.24 - Thu Sep 4, 2008 4:31 PM EDT

Well, I tried all the numbers I have and finally called his dad. Unfortunately he couldn't talk to me at the moment. I will call hem back in a couple of hours and see what I can find out. I'll return when I find out something guys.

  • 8 votes
#1.25 - Thu Sep 4, 2008 4:47 PM EDT

Keep us posted.

I haven't been getting responses from email and Tedd has a history of being active online even when he is stupidly sick and should be in bed. I'm hoping this is nothing more than him being distracted by a hot nurse.

  • 7 votes
#1.26 - Thu Sep 4, 2008 6:45 PM EDT

Ok, I talked with his dad and he didn't tell me a whole lot. He said Tedd is doing good and is in a safe environment. He also said he would pass on that I called and I possibly would hear from Tedd.

I really hope so and if I do I will keep everyone posted.

  • 12 votes
#1.27 - Thu Sep 4, 2008 6:50 PM EDT

Just hearing that he's doing well is great news. Thanks for letting us know.

  • 8 votes
#1.28 - Thu Sep 4, 2008 7:05 PM EDT

Would calm me down to hear the man is safe.

  • 5 votes
#1.29 - Thu Sep 4, 2008 7:42 PM EDT

Thanks, Elizabeth!

  • 5 votes
#1.30 - Thu Sep 4, 2008 10:18 PM EDT

You have my thanks for keeping up with Tedd too. I was wondering about his status.

My comment tracker has been on the fritz and I was a little worried when I saw such prolific commenting on this thread.

  • 9 votes
#1.31 - Sat Sep 6, 2008 3:10 AM EDT

There aren't many users I would suggest an RAV for (that doesn't already have one), but Riggs would be one of them.

Great job Tedd and thanks for making the Vine a better place!

  • 19 votes
Reply#2 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:01 PM EDT

yay tedd :)

  • 17 votes
Reply#3 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:05 PM EDT

Robbie Lawrence ?????????

I thought you feel off the earth, whOA good to see you !!

  • 8 votes
#3.1 - Wed Aug 20, 2008 3:21 PM EDT

I thought you feel off the earth, whOA good to see you !!


Put the Percocets down for a while. : )

Congrats and all that. I think it's unanimous. You deserve it.

  • 4 votes
#3.2 - Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:16 PM EDT

grapping camera to catch snapshot of proof Allan Neal still exists.

  • 4 votes
#3.3 - Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:26 PM EDT

I haven't signed a release yet. Are you taking hi-rez for DHS?

  • 3 votes
#3.4 - Fri Sep 5, 2008 4:39 PM EDT

No, I'm still using my camera phone.

  • 2 votes
#3.5 - Fri Sep 5, 2008 6:42 PM EDT

Nikon or Canon? I didn't know they added that feature. I'm still using an old D-30.

What's all this noise about Tedd? Keep it down! We're talking here.

  • 3 votes
#3.6 - Sun Sep 7, 2008 7:52 AM EDT

Congratulations, Tedd! :)

  • 15 votes
Reply#4 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:09 PM EDT

Congratulations Tedd, my friend. Obviously you share a place in every Viner's heart.

Keep enjoying your spectacular view, get a little stronger every day and let us know how you're doing.

Blowing you a kiss.......

  • 15 votes
Reply#5 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:10 PM EDT

Congratulations! Well done:)

  • 14 votes
Reply#6 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:14 PM EDT

Congratulations, Tedd. This is a well deserved honor. Please continue to get stronger and healthier every day, and thanks for being a good friend.

  • 13 votes
Reply#7 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:19 PM EDT

A Vine with ten Tedds would be a glorious place indeed, but I guess we'll have to make do with just one of you. Congratulations! And don't think this means you can start slacking! :)

  • 12 votes
Reply#8 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:22 PM EDT

Congrats, Tedd!!!

  • 12 votes
Reply#9 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:31 PM EDT

Congrats dude. Well deserved. :D

  • 11 votes
Reply#10 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:39 PM EDT

I'm so happy for you, Tedd. Congrats.

  • 12 votes
Reply#11 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:41 PM EDT

Most deserving. Cheers, Tedd.

  • 10 votes
Reply#12 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:48 PM EDT


Congrats, Tedd, well-deserved and long overdue.

  • 11 votes
Reply#13 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:49 PM EDT

Yeah Tedd! I'm so happy for you!

  • 11 votes
Reply#14 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:52 PM EDT

Get Well quick and
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
RAV for a raving good viner.

  • 9 votes
Reply#15 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:53 PM EDT

Congrats, you deserve it.

  • 10 votes
Reply#16 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:55 PM EDT

Random Acts of Vineness are usually handed out for solitary moments of greatness on the 'Vine...

Somehow, I don't think an award that is "Random" should be announced with a sentence containing the word "usually." :)

I like to think of the randomness as referring to when the person gets the award, because there was no if about Tedd deserving this award. He deserves it both for the hard work he's taken on, and because his motivation stems solely from how much he values the community. Congratulations, Tedd!

  • 14 votes
Reply#17 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:55 PM EDT

Though fairly new to NewsVine I can still appreciate someone who makes it a better place for all. Thank you.

  • 14 votes
#17.1 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:29 PM EDT

Congratulations, Tedd!

  • 12 votes
Reply#18 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:55 PM EDT

One last time *clears throat*...

that Tedd's one baaad mother...

Shut your mouth!

But I'm just talking about Tedd!

Then we can dig it!

Congratulations, Tedd. Make sure the Newsvine admins don't screw you out of your complimentary RAV anatomically-correct reverse shower loofah!

  • 27 votes
#19 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:09 PM EDT

Walt, can't you just something kind and heartfelt and leave it at that? Your comment stands out like a sore -- loser.

  • 14 votes
#19.1 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:44 PM EDT

Alpha Dog, I think you misunderstood Walt's tribute. His is a reference to the late great Isaac Hayes' "Shaft" theme song, Which he earlier referred to when praising Tedd's vast accomplishments in 'cleaning up the streets of Newsvine". It truly is not a bad thing. Walt's post is a congratulatory musical lyrical homage to Mr. Riggs. The loofah bit is a reference to an old in joke referring to the actual value of the RAV a.k.a empty pixel award.

  • 25 votes
#19.2 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:58 PM EDT


Now, can ya dig it?

What Robin said. I come from a world where having Shaft lyrics rewritten to describe oneself is the highest honor a man can aspire to. Weeks ago, I mentioned to someone that Tedd deserves an RAV as much or more than anyone on the vine.

Please don't mistake this comment for an apology; I am merely trying to bridge a gap of misunderstanding and incompatible sensibilities.

So, again, congratulations, Tedd!

  • 18 votes
#19.3 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:15 PM EDT

Where's Isaac Hayes when you need him?

  • 13 votes
#19.4 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:17 PM EDT

No sweat, Alpha Dog. Tedd WILL be receiving something. (Not as good as the RAV, but it was all we could do)

'13th Day', 'Say Goodbye', 'Pilot Down, Presumed Dead' (proof), 'Question of Balance' are already on the way to the address we snarkily got from him. (laughs)

Congratulations, Tedd! You know we all love you, and this RAV is for YOU!!!

  • 14 votes
#19.5 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:17 PM EDT

Where's Isaac Hayes when you need him?

Amen, SDJ.

The cosmic irony is, Tedd himself is probably the only person capable of policing this thread to keep these sort of hard feelings and misunderstandings from occurring. Hence the RAV.

As my own very special gift to Tedd on this occasion, I promise to not break the CoH once on this thread.
Tedd, woo hoo! Get better, ya phonky dawg.

  • 16 votes
#19.6 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:41 PM EDT

I laughed quite loudly with that comment...I am glad to know I am not the only one to change lyrics to suit the occasion. Phew!

  • 10 votes
#19.7 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:00 PM EDT

Robin, thanks so much for taking the time to explain Walt's comment to me. I really appreciate your kindness.

Walt -- I don't think apologies on either side are necessary. Clearly I misunderstood.

  • 14 votes
#19.8 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:38 PM EDT

Walt -- I don't think apologies on either side are necessary. Clearly I misunderstood.

Fair enough, but I'll expect a photo of a dog in a fedora...with a scarecrow. :-)

  • 14 votes
#19.9 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:57 PM EDT

Walt, you need to hook up with Jim Dent so you can add these ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ and eliminate confusion.

  • 14 votes
#19.10 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:53 AM EDT

you need to hook up with Jim Dent

Naw, the moustache would tickle my balls...oh, wait, you mean to exchange font-related tips?....

everybody:, technically this is not a CoH violation but a misunderstanding.

  • 14 votes
#19.11 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:00 AM EDT

'Spam Pigs'

Spammers gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses
Evil minds plot Vine destruction
Sorcerers of mail construction
To sell you something they are yearning
And their junk machine keeps turning
Links and clicking to mankind
Poisoning the Newsvine site, oh lord yeah!

Spammers like to hide themselves away
They only started this war
They met Tedd and then they found a fight
He just showed them all the door

Tedd is ruthless on their power minds
They cause problems just for fun
Treating people like pawns in chess
Wait till their judgement day comes, yeah!

Now in darkness, spam stops turning
As the Tedd machine keeps burning
No more spammers have the power
Hand of Tedd has struck the hour
Day of judgement, calling Newsvine
On their knees, the spam pigs crawling
Begging mercy for their sins
Tedd is laughing, spreads his wings
R...A...V... now!

  • 17 votes
#19.12 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 3:28 AM EDT

Tedd is Superfly. Not John Shaft, Walt.

Damn it Higgs. Get up off your butt. Already. Accepting an award sitting on it is not manly. Ahem...

  • 10 votes
#19.13 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:54 AM EDT

Tedd! You are so deserving of this!! You truly are the true embodiment of what the vine can/is and should be!! I'm honored to call you friend!!! Congratulations! There is no one more deserving!! We love you and your amazing spirit!! NEVER lose it Tedd! And Get well soon, Sucia is calling to us all!!

  • 8 votes
#19.14 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:07 AM EDT

Tedd is Superfly. Not John Shaft, Walt.

After studying some footage of Tedd takin' out the Newsvine trash, I'm inclined to agree.

  • 7 votes
#19.15 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:52 AM EDT

Darn it...some band took the Tedd song and changed around the words. Could be plagiarism or something.

  • 6 votes
#19.16 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:30 AM EDT

I was thinking of a different song: (Without Tedd Newsvine is a) Spammers (or Trollers) Wasteland

  • 7 votes
#19.17 - Sun Aug 17, 2008 2:35 PM EDT

Everyone, I just talked to Tedd on the phone. He now knows about the RAV and is honored and very appreciative of it and all the kind comments from everyone.

Tedd's surgery as you all know went well, he has a group of very good doctors taking care of him. However other complications have arisen. He is process of being diagnosed, and hopefully they will figure out what is wrong and treat it properly to get him back on his feet.

He is unable to access the web at this time. Hopefully it won't be long before he is back online to respond for himself.

  • 25 votes
Reply#20 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:21 PM EDT

Thanks for keeping us posted.

He caught me on IM yesterday and sounded pretty rough then, so hopefully he's getting it sorted now.

  • 13 votes
#20.1 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:35 AM EDT

...he has a group of very good doctors taking care of him.

There is where the problem lies. It's suppose to be a group of very good, pretty, sexy nurses that should be taking care of him. I say we pass the hat & buy him some... :-)

  • 11 votes
#20.2 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 7:38 AM EDT

rottlady, thanks for the update. Tedd, hope they get it figured out quickly and you get to feeling better soon.

  • 7 votes
#20.3 - Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:00 AM EDT

Thank you! I will keep Tedd and his family in my prayers.

  • 9 votes
#20.4 - Sun Aug 17, 2008 4:01 PM EDT

Thank you for letting everyone know.! More well wishes coming your way Tedd!

dkaz- If you can't get enough by passing the hat to buy him some sexy nurses, I'll dress up as one and go visit ;)

  • 7 votes
#20.5 - Sun Aug 17, 2008 9:15 PM EDT

Tedd this is so thoroughly deserved. And you're a great guy, too! Yay!!

  • 21 votes
Reply#21 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:29 PM EDT

Congratulations, Tedd. I'm so happy that your contributions have been recognized in this way. We love you, guy, so now, get well soon!

  • 16 votes
Reply#22 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:45 PM EDT

Tedd, you already know that I totally adore you. But I'll say it again for the record: Tedd, I totally adore you. :-)
Nobody deserves this honor more. Congratulations Mr. Bear! You are one spectacular human being.

  • 11 votes
Reply#23 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:48 PM EDT


  • 13 votes
Reply#24 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:54 PM EDT

Very clever DaRrO

How did you do that?

  • 8 votes
#24.1 - Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:39 AM EDT

It's simple. Don't break up your text via spaces, and the comment box won't know where to wrap your word. (The comment form won't auto-add hyphens, in other words.)

  • 12 votes
#24.2 - Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:45 AM EDT

OK.....I'm....gonna..try...it ....Brian.Ford...to...the....rescue....computer....guru...personafied.....ok....here....we.....go.......oh...sh*i


'nuffa that, I',m gettin' dizzy here.


  • 8 votes
#24.3 - Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:34 PM EDT

Congrats, Travelin' Tedd!

  • 9 votes
Reply#25 - Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:55 PM EDT
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