About moderation - Feedback

Started Jun 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
bobn2
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Re: About moderation - Feedback
In reply to mehdrtr, Jun 28, 2013

mehdrtr wrote:

DonA2 wrote:

lenshoarder wrote:

DonA2 wrote:

lenshoarder wrote:

I cannot think of a single reason why a moderator should be excluded from commenting in a thread. They are every bit as interested and knowledgeable as any participant. I have not seen an instance where a mod has bullied anyone elses opinion and have often offered solid advice. Just how are they threatening your views? They are volunteers, give much of their free time and take some uncalled for abuse. A bit of respect is small payment.

Here's a couple of reasons. 1) Just having that "mod" symbol next to their name changes everything There's a concept of acting under the color of authority. 2) I have seen threads where the mod makes the last point and then declares the thread closed. 3) As you've said, they are volunteers. If they don't want to do it, then don't do it. It's a priviledge, not a burden.

My suggestion that mods only moderate forums they don't participate in solves these problems. They can participate in the forums they are passionate about. They can moderate in the forums they are inpartial about. What's the problem with that?

Let's just state that we agree to disagree. You obviously would prefer to keep discussions open and free of oversight. That only works in a perfect world. Well guess what? We don't live in that world. There is a small minority that feel burdened, even threatened, by rules, regulation and laws but the majority understand the need. That's democracy in action.

As for moderators being restricted from stating a view in a thread of interest I see that there are many on this thread challenging a mods statement. Were they cut off, banned or restricted? No.

Very true. In other forums deleting threads or banning posters is common practice. I see nothing of that here.

May I put a polite and hopefully non-threatening hypothetical proposition to you. Were it the case that moderators were actively deleting posts and banning members in this thread, you would not know because the deleted posts would be no longer present for you to read and the banned members would not be posting. So there would be nothing for you to see. In short, the evidence of this thread cannot give you the information as to whether posts have been removed, nor whether their authors have been banned.

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