Look, your point is your point, and you are welcome to it. Unfortunately, it rarely works that way on the internet, and when you say something like "I never want to be ignorant that a dissenting opinion exists," what I hear is someone saying, "You have no right to be left alone from me, and I will chase you down to the ends of the earth because I think my opinion is so right it needs to be heard, and I don't understand how this harassment affects other people and makes life and conversation intolerable." If you need to be heard, go to twitter.
You obviously have a well informed opinion and have thought this out. But I do not think you are actually hearing what I'm saying. You think you know my view or side of things and you then assume you know how you feel. But I'm not saying what you say I'm saying.
First, it can work. Just because it doesn't always work does not means we should advocate for oppression. Think of all the parallels one could draw to sexism, racism and other forms of discrimination. It all starts and is fostered somewhere.
"... chase you down..." statement is a while lot of fun hyperbole, but no where near any reality of what I said or intend. And by jumping to such a conclusion is what makes me think you are not hearing me.
No where did I suggest harrassment be tolerated. Instead I said automated systems that are overly negative are not worth, imo, the reduced workload required of moderators. Someone intent on harrassment can do so regardless of what automated system is in place, hence the need for moderators.
Of course, only Morrus and the mods can determine if their workload is worth the restrictions (as they see them) such a system might entail. I also suggest that if it ain't really broken, then dont "fix" it. Even the little issue I'm aware of regarding you and ignore in another thread is not worth such. It was easily solved.
[/quote]Put another way- this is a fun place where, for the most part, we are discussing elves and dragons and unicorns. IMO, no one's opinion is so important that it overrides my right to be left the heck alone. And I don't think it's fair to the few moderators we have, either. But that's my opinion.
I'm not suggesting your right to be left alone be jeopardized. But your right to be left alone runs up against everyone else's right to be informed and aware when you decide to engage in the community, and to then read a post that has been marked as written by an ignored user.
Someone you have ignored still has a right to respond to public comments you make. It is your choice if you choses to read them.