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Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Moderating on 01/14/2011 16:41:56 MST Print View

Caution - strong, emotional, and perhaps irrational words follow...


Rant ON:

Mod #1:
"While nothing was specifically libelous, we want our forums to be above reproach and as free from flaming as possible."

Mod #2:
"I usually let flame wars run: they tell us more about the participants more than anything else."

A couple a things strike me here.

BPL moderating policy is obviously arbitrary.

"While nothing was specifically libelous..." Then why make it a strawman issue? There are lots of posts some Suit could hang you out to dry on. This one was a little more obvious, but Suits don't care, they will go for the meat where ever it lays. "Moderate" this one, but not the next one, based on the burr under Who's saddle? Pretty slippery slope here. Especially if it is arbitrary.


"...we want our forums to be above reproach..."

Oh come now. Shall we bow our heads in silence and seek guidance?
Trying to find the lowest common denominator for "acceptability" in a public forum is gutting the concept of free exchange. I mean holy *&*%$ Batman, (oops... is the censor reading?)


"...as free from flaming as possible."

One person's flame is another's toast. Define FLAME! This board has a huge spectrum of member age, attitude, wisdom, and experience. They have experience on these forums and in the rest of the world, and I believe 99.8% of them know how to read and react to flames.

I will grant you that this last incident was over the top. But it was very useful to me on a number of points. Unfortunately new readers will never know what may wait down that particular road. I am glad I know.

I will now always wonder what a BPL staff leaves out of articles and reviews, just in case.
And what was removed when I wasn't looking.

This whole thing leaves a very bad taste in my mouth.

Rant OFF

Edited by greg23 on 01/14/2011 16:45:16 MST.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Aristotle on 01/14/2011 16:51:09 MST Print View

As The Old Philosopher once said: "Moderation in all things".

Including moderating?

Jason Delso
(zencarver) - MLife

Locale: DFW
Re: Moderating on 01/14/2011 17:02:03 MST Print View

"I will now always wonder what a BPL staff leaves out of articles and reviews, just in case.
And what was removed when I wasn't looking."

I take a similar view with pretty much all interactions with other humans.

Actually, I am now reminded of Andrew Skurka's not editing his own posts in the Gear Swap forum a couple weeks ago. He was editing others' posts, which seems an abuse of mod privileges.

Anyway, I still view BPL and the forum community here as an above-average collection of humans.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Moderating on 01/14/2011 17:06:47 MST Print View

"I still view BPL and the forum community here as an above-average collection of humans."

Especially since all the woman are strong and all the men are good looking.....