Moderation Clarification: Is there a change of policy

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aco175

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I would guess that someone was reading an old thread and reported it rather than staff going through your posts. I know that I try to watch what I say to more of a social talk rather than the locker room talk I may have at my home table. If someone told me that they hope I get cancer and die over something I said, I can take it and most likely not report them, but others may be more sensitive than me and report it.
 


Umbran

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Which brings up the following concerns that I have regarding moderation, well, two really. The first is that I was unaware that any of you three were going to be going through my old posts (or is old posts in general) to moderate them. The second is that, quite frankly, if that post is "jackassery" that should get me booted, then I will either be booted shortly for my old posts, I will be booted shortly for my new posts. I want to be clear that I am not arguing with moderation, I am just making an observation.

Dude. One post twigs a moderator, and suddenly you're concerned there's going to be a pogrom against you? You have admitted, more than once, that you ride the ragged edge with sarcasm. With that admission should come the realization that, on occasion, you will step of the edge, and get a finger wagged at you.

This was not a change in policy. We do not frequently go back and plumb an individual user's post history to find wrongdoing. We don't have time to read everything that's currently being posted, much less go back and dig around looking for trouble. If someone reports and older piece, however, that older piece may get attention. That's what happened here.

Also, booting is generally about banning you from a thread, not the site as a whole.

As a general note - crapping on things that other people love is a pretty jerky behavior. It is beyond sarcasm, and into hurtful. When you have a signature (like gnomes and paladins), we can see a pattern and usually overlook it if it generates more laughs than ill-will. That doesn't really apply to entire editions of the game.
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
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There is a big difference between when I'm being sarcastic because I'm angry, and when I'm just kidding. I own up to my angry sarcasm, and this wasn't it.

Whether you were angry or not is really beside the point. We don't moderate people because they are angry. We moderate people because of their impact on others.

Rather than own your anger, try owning that occasionally you hurt folks when you don't intend to.

I don't think I should have to explain all my tropes, all the time. But the reason I use 2e (for example) is because most people understand instinctively that it is a joke.

MOST people. Not all people. This is a pretty open forum, so not everyone is aware of your personal brand.

And, of course you are aware, "I was only joking," is like, the worst defense for hurting people ever, right?

If you want to merrily go about poking things with sticks, if you poke someone in the eye, giving an explanation of how, really, the playground monitors shouldn't tell you to be careful and how really, that eye should not have been there to be poked, is probably not your best play.
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
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If you feel that's necessary, sure. You do you.

I think there is some irony there that everyone else is supposed to have a thik skin and realize that you only hae the best of intentions, but one moderator pointing a thing out has you going off in a huff. Maybe you'd like to look at the asymmetry of that.

Or not. As I said, you do you.
 

Bardic Dave

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If you feel that's necessary, sure. You do you.

I think there is some irony there that everyone else is supposed to have a thik skin and realize that you only hae the best of intentions, but one moderator pointing a thing out has you going off in a huff. Maybe you'd like to look at the asymmetry of that.

Or not. As I said, you do you.

Dude, you threatened him with being booted; that's hardly "pointing a thing out". You've got a pretty heavy hand as a moderator, and considering the way you also actively wade into controversial topics as a poster and take sides (usually on the side I agree with, but that's neither here nor there), I'm not sure you're really being very fair here. If I were Morrus, I would ask you to either moderate with a lighter touch (e.g. admonish people less harshly), or stop being such an active and opinionated poster. The fact that you do both really gives the impression of a lack of fairness, no matter how pure your true intentions might be. But whatever. You do you do, man.
 


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