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- Mar 19, 2018
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I speak with a lot of Moderation experience, currently Moderating two large blogs, one being the world largest science blog. Have moderated 4 of my own forums in the past, not big ones but still more experience to garner. I learned early on NOT to discuss moderator actions with someone who is aggrieved or request an explanation in public, better to use the PM system that is where Mods will respond to polite requests.True....they need to be more transparent....the message they send out whether intentional or not is one of me vs. you aka moderation vs. posters.....now I understand where they are coming from....it is a lot of work trying to manage a message board, trying to find good moderators who are willing to work for free etc.The Mods are not going to have long discussion over this in public, that is why I suggested the PM system.This is the feedback forum.Go talk about it through the PM system with your favorite Moderator.I have mentioned this before but I wonder why it is allowed on here?......attack the message not the messenger is a golden rule of message boards going way back. Just common sense.
It seems about half the posts on this board are those who attack the messenger but ignore the message.
This board would be much better if such frivolous posts were deleted....just a waste of board space.
If you do not like the message eiher ignore it or attack the message .attacking the messenger is disruptive and non productive
I would like to see some mods weigh in on this.
The reaction I see here is indicates to me that most think trying to improve this board is a waste of time and perhaps they are right.....yet since this is the feedback board it would be interesting to get some management reaction to the problem of attacking the messenger.
I can understand some of it but what you see too often is the same posters using this same fallacious response over and over.....not happy unless your source is some liberal msm site.
The purpose of a message board is to have discussion not to come on here and argue about sources.
I say again......if you do not like the message either ignore it or put up some argument to counter it. Do not waste board space whining about the messenger.
However....I think good frank and honest discussions regarding a lot of matters and especially disciplinary procedures aka deleting posts, moving posts, etc. would be of benefit to everyone....lots of good posters have left here because of a perceived attitude of arrogancy on the part of the staff.
I am considering leaving myself because some of my posts are being deleted and no reason given nor even a notice they have been deleted not even to mention all the posts that have been moved.....sometimes for good reasons sometimes for not good reasons.
All I am saying is essentially this....neither side ...aka moderators or posters are always right....thus I think more transparency is called for and especially what is needed is a method to appeal unfair actions on the part of the staff...I have seen boards that do have that and it is a good thing.
Now watch this post disappear very quickly...hehheh
I will conclude these remarks with the fact that this board is one of the better ones concerning free speech....which is the only thing that keeps me here.
P.S. Many of us are alarmed by where this nation seems to be headed regarding free speech and most especially the demonizing of conservatives....it is really disgusting how the msm continues to propagandize and how conservatives have difficulty responding to these totalitarian actions simply because the T.V. news (where most folks get their news) is dominated by the democrats and their running dogs.
Moderators are NOT going to explain their decisions to the public, that is standard behavior in forums. If you or anyone see a post vanish or get moved go ask the mods in the PM section, but ONLY if it is really important. I have had a few posts get deleted, I just shrug and go on without complaining because I accept it by default.However....I think good frank and honest discussions regarding a lot of matters and especially disciplinary procedures aka deleting posts, moving posts, etc. would be of benefit to everyone....lots of good posters have left here because of a perceived attitude of arrogancy on the part of the staff.
There have been too many complaints about posts getting deleted, they come here to whine about it and sometimes even demand explanation in public, the thread gets shut down. Too many people complain about standard moderation actions which is their problem not the mods who know the rules to defend.