LymonHawk wrote:IMHO: The mods should stop the personal attacks on the main board. Attack the post, etc....should be strictly enforced.
Another thing: The rules should be the same for everyone and should be enforced equally. It is fairly obvious that some members are more equal than others.
on point #1, things are going to get missed, the mods do have have to work and sleep and stuff.
on point #2 when I first read this it did raise my pulse a little. I take strong exception to people who try to place themselves above the rest of the community so I interpreted this as a direct attack. Usually when I have a strong reaction like that it tells me I need to slow down and let things percolate a little. So that's why I have not responded until now.
Here's the tl;dr version: moderators don't do enough until they've done too much. Such is life. If you see something uncool going on or have a complaint please feel free to reach out to one of the mods and we'll be happy to discuss it with you.
Here's the long version.
If the complaining about being heavy handed and not being strict enough is about equal that's a good indication we're doing our jobs. the healthier the community, the less moderation it requires. We can only do so much to foster a positive environment, after that it's up to the tenured members especially to set the tone and hold themselves accountable for either being an asset or a liability to the community at large.
More specifically to your point, I can think of two situations where your interpretation would fit, and both of them apply to tenured members of the community.
The first is when you have someone who used to be a strong contributor but for some reason seems to have gone off the rails. If you ban them for good everyone cries foul. If you keep slapping them on the wrist, another group cries favoritism. All the mods can do is give 'em a vacation when they clearly cross the line and hope at some point they come around, which does happen occasionally.
Another is tenured guys who want things to be done differently than how they are being done, so they show their displeasure by playing word games and generally showing disrespect for the rules of the house without clearly crossing the line into something actionable. Once again, you're weighing the asset versus the liability they bring and hope eventually they opt to take less of an adversarial posture with the administrators.
It would be nice if things were cut and dried, but if we operated that way, I suspect you really wouldn't like it. Sometimes messy is better.
Absolut, Anguish, Radish, Seahawk Sailor, and Jseahawks are really good guys who spend a lot of their spare time helping to keep this place running because they care about it and want to contribute in a constructive way. There's no other reason to put up with the things they have to put up with and I think seahawks.net is lucky to have them.
Ok I'll get off my soapbox now.
please continue ::sips zima::