Folks, there seems to be a rising tide of resentment over Admin actions of late. I feel it necessary to once again lay it out for everyone. So here goes…
When Administrative action is taken against a member, it is only after long discussion in the Lounge (unless it’s an extreme case of trolling, in which case any staff member is able to act independently). We do NOT engage in capricious actions for sport, self-gratification, or amusement. We are ALL volunteers. We moderate this forum because we love it. We want to provide a place where folks can discuss virtually any topic they please, without fear of blatant flaming or profanity.
We expect and require each member to self-police, and behave as adults. As long as that’s happening, we have exactly ZERO interest in participating in any way (except as fellow Members). Recently, we had to revoke the membership of a very long-standing member. I was personally very conflicted in this, because I know him, and valued his views on many different topics. However, he failed to resolve his “inner demons”, and resumed his old ways of thread hijacking. Ultimately, it was the consensus of the staff that he had become a troll, and it was time for him to move on.
When the discussion thread was posted in TIO, we had some folks who attacked our decision on the basis of “censorship” and conspiracy. I find these accusations both amusing and intolerable. We take action that we feel is best for the community, and only when necessary. I think most of you here know and understand that. For those of you who do not, or CAN not accept that, I urge you to leave the forum. We will not, as volunteers, allow ongoing accusations like this to continue unanswered. You are always free to create your own forum, where you can design your own system of posting guidelines.
We will not allow you to question everything we do, as if we’re plotting and scheming against you. Discussion of the pros and cons of a specific Administrative action is fine; accusing us of some dark motive is NOT. Those of you doing so know who you are. I offer this to you as a friendly (or not-so-friendly if need be) warning: keep it calm, keep it rational, and don’t accuse us of things we’re not guilty of. That WILL buy you a ticket out of here, and in a big hurry.
I strongly suggest those of you to whom this applies re-evaluate your attitude on the forum. The membership you save may be your own.
Thanks for listening…