Posted by Dinah on May 23, 2005, at 19:13:13
In reply to Re: Ok, » Dinah, posted by so on May 23, 2005, at 18:57:30
I'm not sure I understand any better, but I acknowledge that maybe I just won't be able to.
It's true that I am rarely surprised by Dr. Bob's administrative decisions, except that sometimes he shows more mercy than I would in interpreting the rules. But I also think it's within his discretion to show mercy, and it's not a bad thing.
So, if I'm now understanding you correctly, this is more or less a global crusade to bring about regulation and standardization to a new form of peer support?
You've stated a few times that people, and I'm assuming you're including me, rush to Dr. Bob's support.
I'm wondering if you're open to a different understanding of the responses you get.
The large number (not small number as you stated in one of your posts) of posters at Babble are sort of self selected to be ones who like the sort of moderation that comes with Babble. We like things to be in the open, rather than behind the scenes. We prefer a rather regulated environment, because such an environment makes us feel safe. We like the consistency that comes from having a single administrator whose actions are readily predictable after you've spent a bit of time with him. And a few of us, but by no means all of us, enjoy interacting with the moderator to the limited extent he allows it, and would prefer a bit more interaction even. While we might have issues with some details at Babble, and this Admin board is here to air them, in general we like it here at Babble. It suits us.
And sometimes it seems to us that people come here and see a place that suits us, but doesn't suit them, and try to change it into a place that suits them, but doesn't suit us.
(I understand that, of course. Goodness only knows I'd like to change the entire world, not to mention sites on which I interact or environments I enter, to suit me.)
No place can suit anyone. But why isn't it possible for people to find places to suit themselves? Or to start such places if they don't exist? Why isn't it ok for Babble to suit those it suits?
I trust you won't get all paternalistic on me here.