Posted by ShelliR on September 16, 2002, at 0:28:01
In reply to Anonymous feedback on PBC and block decisions, posted by Dr. Bob on September 15, 2002, at 15:37:53
Hi Dr. Bob.
I'm totally in agreement with Wendy to boycott this poll on PB-open. Both Mair and Wendy have listed so many excellent reasons why this poll would be biased as well as insignificant, that I see it as a total waste of time and energy. It also opens up the possibity that it will be interpreted by you in the same defensive way, you clung to the nonsensical excuses you created for actions you have taken in blocking posters for totally innocent comments.
Dr. Bob, it is absolutely obvious from the postings of the last few months that by far the majority of posters think that, in addition to intervening much too early and too often, that you've made some very serious mistakes. In at least two incidences, the one where a posting title didn't get changed in Sondra Dee's post and the other involving a simple joke (pun), you got no support from the participants on this board. (Yes, none). For those who have been actually reading the responses, it has also pretty much become apparent which posters find your presence in the type of role you have now taken on as very comforting. In the same way, the posters who find your warnings and censors at best annoying, at worst inexcusable by any of your rationalizations, can also pretty easily be listed by those who read the threads.
So there is no reason to fill in a poll. We know after months of discussion how most people feel and we basically know who they are. We also know that no matter what comes up as a result of your survey will probably not affect any changes (as you, yourself acknowledged). So what's in it for us? I'd say just further distraction from the truth, as well as deeper frustrations
For some reason, it appears to me (and others) that at this time, civility and support have not only become significantly more important than previously, but now almost compulsively so, to the exclusion of anything else. Why don't you just write up the stats based on a journey through the archives. How many people were blocked last summer? How many this summer? How many complaints against over and incorrect blocking were expressed in the first nine months of 2001, compared to 2002. You don't need to fill out a survey to answer this questions.
I think you need to do some very serious thinking about the continued direction of the board in relationship to these issues, rather than focusing on a rather meaningless, distracting poll.
No thanks to answering the poll.
I would gratefully welcome you back to reality, should you decide to return.