Ratatouille wrote:Sorry to bring this up, but somehow I feel a little bit of vulgar display of poweer whenever some moderator brings down a topic unilaterally.
Since I think most of us are not journalists we are not bound to journalistic principles and behavior. That of course provides us with the right to bash, troll and do so many other things mainstream media cannot get away with.
Somehow I feel every time MX_Tifosi shuts down a thread ( I don't have anything against him personally) freedom of speech and freedom of thought is going down the gutter. If what I say infringes some kind of rule of the forum, please proceed to cancel my account and close down this thread as well. I don't want to be part of a forum where I am not allowed to speak myself openly. Even if what I say is not popular or nice to others.
I moderate on another forum and it is tricky to find the line between appearing to be a power-crazed loony and keeping the temperature down.
What I find is that I tend to react to posters or threads that are bound to inflame opinion and upset the general discussion that can take place. I try not to let my personal opinions affect my decisions, the good health of the forum is a priority. Also, it is important to distinguish from over-enthusiastic members from those who really look for a fight.
It is very easy to let the place fall into total chaos and by it's very nature conversations are slightly distant, so the techniques needed to control that appear harsh.
TBH - I am amazed at the leniency this place has, some of the posters here would be on a very short leash elsewhere.
P.S. - I love Ciro's moderation style - grown-up and elegeant
P.P.S. - Agenda is Incorrect +1 (or is that +2?)