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Re: A different view of safety

Posted by Dr. Bob on January 17, 2004, at 5:04:32

In reply to Re: A different view of safety, posted by tabitha on January 16, 2004, at 2:23:30

> What's telling to me is the number of PBCs and blocks which emanate from the admin board... a questionable PBC leads to escalating discussions... Ultimately some people get frustrated over not being heard or not being answered and ultimately say something that makes Bob target them.

I think PBA is different. It's the only board that doesn't have support as a mission. It's also where I post the most myself. But I don't think that means things *have* to escalate... Madwand mentioned the Jungian Shadow:

http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/admin/20031120/msgs/282737.html

Maybe PBA is the Shadow of this site?

> to me the atmosphere here has gotten more suffocating as his enforcement has gotten more rigid.
>
> I realize that having so many more posters has necessitated more vigilance.

Shar said it's like this used to be a small town and now it's a big city:

http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/admin/20040112/msgs/300467.html

I agree and think "law enforcement" has had to adapt...

So maybe we should try boards limited in "population"?

> whatever upset I felt from that pales in comparison to ... the anguish I feel when posters fall by the wayside ... who were otherwise nurturing sources of emotional support and who were once unabashed champions of this site.
>
> Mair

That makes me sad, too, I wish there were a way to keep that from happening.

--

> I still think it would help a lot for Bob to work harder to educate people about his standards. I think I finally got it about not making accusations and subtle put-downs.. after reading admin and watching blocks for over a year.. and consulting with my therapist.. and researching and looking up outside sources.

I thought maybe I'd try reminding posters if I PBC them that they can post here to ask for more of an explanation or for suggestions on alternative ways to express themselves. Maybe then you could help "educate" them, too?

> I regret saying that people can see blocks and PBCs as a learning experience. Yes they can, in theory. But how many do? Honestly it took me weeks to get over my feelings about being PBC'd.. and I've not yet been blocked. It became a learning experience.. eventually, after a lot of pain and upset.
>
> tabitha

Some things take time to learn? Or to unlearn? Thanks for working so hard on it.

Bob

 

Re: A different view of safety Dr. Bob

Posted by tabitha on January 17, 2004, at 5:20:39

In reply to Re: A different view of safety, posted by Dr. Bob on January 17, 2004, at 5:04:32

> I thought maybe I'd try reminding posters if I PBC them that they can post here to ask for more of an explanation or for suggestions on alternative ways to express themselves.

Sounds like a useful hint.

> Maybe then you could help "educate" them, too?

Interesting idea...

 

Re: A different view of safety

Posted by Dinah on January 17, 2004, at 8:24:46

In reply to Re: A different view of safety, posted by Dr. Bob on January 17, 2004, at 5:04:32

>
> So maybe we should try boards limited in "population"?
>

You mean where you have to meet certain criteria to belong? How unpleasant and elitist! Blech.

 

Re: social jeff justyourlaugh

Posted by socialdeviantjeff on January 17, 2004, at 20:46:32

In reply to social jeff, posted by justyourlaugh on January 16, 2004, at 16:32:03

> your name has never fazed me..and i would never concider "not posting "because of it...
> my name is jyl
> just your laugh..
> there has been a few other jyls here aswell..
> it is nice to meet you jeff
> :)


Nice to meet you too.

 

Re: people not wanting to post with me Dr. Bob

Posted by socialdeviantjeff on January 17, 2004, at 20:48:47

In reply to Re: people not wanting to post with me, posted by Dr. Bob on January 17, 2004, at 4:47:57

Thanks Dr. Bob and keep up the good work.

 

Re: poster-initiated boards

Posted by Dr. Bob on January 18, 2004, at 1:21:56

In reply to Re: A different view of safety, posted by Dinah on January 17, 2004, at 8:24:46

> > So maybe we should try boards limited in "population"?
>
> You mean where you have to meet certain criteria to belong? How unpleasant and elitist! Blech.

What if people could start their own boards, assume deputy administrator responsibilities there, and invite others to join them? And those who were invited could then invite others?

I think if they were "invitation only" there might be less incivility -- and what incivility there is might be more tolerated. Invitations could even be treated like sponsorships: if someone's blocked, their "sponsor" could be, too.

Having designated deputy administrators might enable me to delegate more. And maybe only get involved if someone complains? And if there are too many complaints, I could just close the board.

There would of course need to be restrictions on who could start these boards. Maybe based on how long the poster's been around, how active they've been, whether they've been blocked, etc.

As with PB 2000, it might seem elitist, but it might also help those involved to feel more supported, which is the bottom line...

Bob

 

Re: poster-initiated boards Dr. Bob

Posted by Dinah on January 18, 2004, at 8:35:12

In reply to Re: poster-initiated boards, posted by Dr. Bob on January 18, 2004, at 1:21:56

Well, I think it would validate every accusation newcomers have made. Yech. But if that's what you want, I guess you'll have it.

Then we can just each decide if this is a place we want to be associated with.

 

Re: poster-initiated boards Dr. Bob

Posted by Dinah on January 18, 2004, at 8:56:18

In reply to Re: poster-initiated boards, posted by Dr. Bob on January 18, 2004, at 1:21:56

Besides, that's what email, instant messaging, and easy to set up Yahoo groups are for. And they can be done a lot more discreetly and with less hurt feelings.

Really, Dr. Bob!

 

Re: poster-initiated boards Dr. Bob

Posted by Racer on January 18, 2004, at 9:59:58

In reply to Re: poster-initiated boards, posted by Dr. Bob on January 18, 2004, at 1:21:56

> > > So maybe we should try boards limited in "population"?
> >
> > You mean where you have to meet certain criteria to belong? How unpleasant and elitist! Blech.
>
> What if people could start their own boards, assume deputy administrator responsibilities there, and invite others to join them? And those who were invited could then invite others?
>
> I think if they were "invitation only" there might be less incivility -- and what incivility there is might be more tolerated.

I used to run an invitation only board, which I started after Flame Wars on another board got too exhausting and a few other posters left. We might disagree on my board, but you're absolutely right: there wasn't much incivility, there were never character based attacks, and when disagreements got heated, we still managed to remain "friends". I think it might be worth a try.

>
> As with PB 2000, it might seem elitist, but it might also help those involved to feel more supported, which is the bottom line...
>
> Bob

And I've got to agree, I feel supported on PB2000, and it feels safe there, with a group I've read and interacted with for so long. I admit things there, in the relative privacy of an anonymous handle, that would be impossible in person, and it gives me a chance to get feedback and support at a time in my life when I am isolated from most all other sources of that. If that's an idea of what other mini-boards might provide, that idea has my vote.

 

Re: poster-initiated boards

Posted by gabbix2 on January 18, 2004, at 10:21:09

In reply to Re: poster-initiated boards Dr. Bob, posted by Racer on January 18, 2004, at 9:59:58

I agree that there certainly aren't the flame
wars on poster initiated boards, but I can't imagine anything causing more hurt feelings on Babble. Or hurt feelings period.
It reminds me of team picking in high school. YECH! is right Dinah. I don't know why someone's popularity or unpopularity would have
to be made semi-public when there are yahoo groups and e-mail conferences available.
And I think the people who may need the support the most would be the one's hurt the most.
It would be Anti-support.
And the equivalent of asking that someone not post to without previous interaction--- squared!

 

Re: poster-initiated boards Dr. Bob

Posted by shar on January 18, 2004, at 15:52:30

In reply to Re: poster-initiated boards, posted by Dr. Bob on January 18, 2004, at 1:21:56

Would the PIBs have topics, like the current boards do, or just be a subset of posters who want to be together in relative privacy and have more control over who interacts there?

Could any poster start a PIB?

It's too bad the PB year boards didn't take off for the 2001 group, because that's sort of a way to get people together who have something in common. I know of training programs that have groups that went through the training together, and use those to keep in touch.

And, I assume, if a PIB is created, there would be no reason newbies couldn't be added if they have a sponsor or the group votes 'yes.' But, I don't get the part about the sponsor getting blocked because their invitee does.

Shar

 

Re: poster-initiated boards

Posted by Dr. Bob on January 18, 2004, at 17:09:35

In reply to Re: poster-initiated boards Dr. Bob, posted by shar on January 18, 2004, at 15:52:30

> Well, I think it would validate every accusation newcomers have made. Yech.
>
> Dinah

> I can't imagine anything causing more hurt feelings on Babble. Or hurt feelings period.
> It reminds me of team picking in high school... I don't know why someone's popularity or unpopularity would have to be made semi-public
>
> gabbix2

The reality is, there's a difference between newcomers and old-timers. It's definitely an issue, how to help newcomers feel welcome. I think it would depend a lot on how people went about "picking teams".

Is it better if there are "teams" but they're just not made public?

Hmm, what about a board expressly for newcomers?

----

> Would the PIBs have topics, like the current boards do, or just be a subset of posters who want to be together in relative privacy and have more control over who interacts there?

I was thinking it could be either way. But if there's a lot of interest in a particular topic, maybe it would be nice to open it up?

> Could any poster start a PIB?

I think there would need to be restrictions on who could start these boards. See my previous post...

> It's too bad the PB year boards didn't take off for the 2001 group, because that's sort of a way to get people together who have something in common.

I'm not sure what happened with 2001. Maybe they didn't really feel like a cohort?

> And, I assume, if a PIB is created, there would be no reason newbies couldn't be added if they have a sponsor or the group votes 'yes.'

Right! But just to be clear, I was thinking a sponsor, rather than a vote...

> But, I don't get the part about the sponsor getting blocked because their invitee does.
>
> Shar

Now I'm not sure that's necessarily the way to go, but the idea is, the sponsor would think twice about whom to invite, and the invitee about what to post.

Bob

 

Re: poster-initiated boards Dr. Bob

Posted by Dinah on January 18, 2004, at 17:47:27

In reply to Re: poster-initiated boards, posted by Dr. Bob on January 18, 2004, at 17:09:35

That would be it for me. The 2000 board nearly did it, and the reason 2001 didn't kick off is because most 2001'ers didn't like the idea of an elite board. At least that's why it did nothing for me.

If this idea gets off the ground, I would lose all respect for Dr. Bob and leave. The very idea that he is floating the idea is making me lose enough respect for him to wonder if there is another way to get my social needs met. Certainly I would NEVER be part of an elitist organization.

I would be happy to keep in touch with the friends I've made through email and instant messages, and I would be very sorry to miss out on meeting the friends I have yet to make.

But the very idea of this makes me want to vomit. Just put me back in good old St. xxxxx and pour rancorous verbal acid on me. NO THANK YOU. I had done with that thirty years ago. I'm not going back.

 

Re: poster-initiated boards Dinah

Posted by Dinah on January 18, 2004, at 18:08:29

In reply to Re: poster-initiated boards Dr. Bob, posted by Dinah on January 18, 2004, at 17:47:27

Hey, Dr. Bob. Let's try it out. Why don't you start your own little elite company, and name right here and right now who'd you'd invite to belong and who you wouldn't. If you're going to have others choosing who they want to pal around with, why don't you start out and set a good example.

And maybe you could give those who like this idea permission to name their groups as well. Who would they invite. Who wouldn't they invite.

Now is that very civil, DR. BOB????

 

Re: poster-initiated boards

Posted by gabbix2 on January 18, 2004, at 18:19:11

In reply to Re: poster-initiated boards Dr. Bob, posted by Dinah on January 18, 2004, at 17:47:27

What the Deuce!????
I swear I'm not looking for another reason to criticize Bob but I can't fathom why you can't that a sponsored board with chosen members would hurt people.

I wasn't here for 2000 it probably wouldn't have bothered me so much, just because it was judging people by the year they arrived not by any other factor.. but selection and sponsorship?!
The unchosen: aren't enough mentally ill people already living that life?

All I'd have to do (If I still posted here more often) is make a vague reference to not liking someone and probably half the posters would think I was talking about them.

Self esteem ain't a strong point for most of us Bob.

You've picked the tiniest potential criticism out of a posters sentence and blocked them ostensibly to protect someone's feelings and just now volunteered the equivalent of an emotional sledgehammer.

Your rationale for decision making is an eternal
mystery to me.


 

Re: poster-initiated boards gabbix2

Posted by gabbix2 on January 18, 2004, at 18:38:51

In reply to Re: poster-initiated boards, posted by gabbix2 on January 18, 2004, at 18:19:11

I'm sorry to harp on this but,(no okay maybe I'm not)
Yes Dinah, right now I'd like you to make me a list of your favorite posters please? Who do you like interacting with the most? Please remember to keep it supportive though.

Okay I'm done.

 

Re: poster-initiated boards gabbix2

Posted by tealady on January 18, 2004, at 19:22:37

In reply to Re: poster-initiated boards, posted by gabbix2 on January 18, 2004, at 18:19:11


> I swear I'm not looking for another reason to criticize Bob but I can't fathom why you can't that a sponsored board with chosen members would hurt people.
>

I can't see that either..but I figure I'm just not capable of thinking in the same way or something..guess we're all different

> I wasn't here for 2000 it probably wouldn't have bothered me so much, just because it was judging people by the year they arrived not by any other factor.. but selection and sponsorship?!
> The unchosen: aren't enough mentally ill people already living that life?
>
> All I'd have to do (If I still posted here more often) is make a vague reference to not liking someone and probably half the posters would think I was talking about them.

You've made some good points IMO here about the civility rules..the vagueness keeps comments "civil"..and it does seem to happen frequently IMO, at least it does to me..one of the many many problems with the civil rules IMO.

>
> Self esteem ain't a strong point for most of us Bob.
>
> You've picked the tiniest potential criticism out of a posters sentence and blocked them ostensibly to protect someone's feelings and just now volunteered the equivalent of an emotional sledgehammer.

Yes it is an emotional sledgehammer IMO too..but then so are the blocks IMO

> right now I'd like you to make me a list of your favorite posters please? Who do you like interacting with the most? Please remember to keep it supportive though.

but the list would still be civil..I mean that IS supportive of the chosen few, right?

 

Re: poster-initiated boards

Posted by fallsfall on January 18, 2004, at 19:26:11

In reply to Re: poster-initiated boards gabbix2, posted by gabbix2 on January 18, 2004, at 18:38:51

I think that poster initiated boards would cause immense hard feelings. Hurt feelings are not supportive. Assuming these boards would be readable by anyone on the internet, it would be very clear who was "in" and who wasn't. Even those who were "popular" in grade school when they were picking kickball teams knew what the effect on the people was who were not picked early. Those of us who weren't picked early certainly know. I don't think that anyone on Babble wants to make people feel worse than they already do.

Dr. Bob, the subject of Poster Initiated Boards began with this comment from you:

Shar said it's like this used to be a small town and now it's a big city:
<http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/admin/20040112/msgs/300467.html>;
I agree and think "law enforcement" has had to adapt...
So maybe we should try boards limited in "population"?

Dr. Bob, you indicate that you are feeling that "law enforcement" needs to change, and one way to effect that is to limit populations. There are other options, too. Since this option has, in my opinion, some really detrimental side effects perhaps we should explore other options.

If we focus on the problem to be solved, rather than the first solution that came to mind, we might discover an more elegant solution. What are the aspects of "law enforcement" that you find inadequate now? The concepts of consistency of rule enforcement, fairness, length of block etc. have been discussed - these (in my opinion) are a RESULT of law enforcement difficulties - I would be interested in looking at this from a different angle. What, from YOUR point of view, made Babble easier to administrate when it was smaller? What are the NEW issues that you face now that it is bigger? We will come up with a better solution to the problem if we have a clearer idea of why the problem exists.

 

Re: poster-initiated boards

Posted by Karen_kay on January 18, 2004, at 19:54:07

In reply to Re: poster-initiated boards, posted by fallsfall on January 18, 2004, at 19:26:11

I'm going to butt in here. Though I'm fairly certain everyone would pick me for their team (HA!) I'd have to agree that this board would lose many invaluable members by starting poster-initiated boards. Not to mention the fact that posters may feel slighted by not being chosen or being turned down completely.
While I think that everyone appreciates the fact that we are brainstorming for ideas on block reductions and civility relaxation rules, I'd have to say this one would potentially lead to hurt feelings and alienation.

Why not take a second look at caps on blocks, with the exception of certain heinous offenses?

 

Re: poster-initiated boards Karen_kay

Posted by gabbix2 on January 19, 2004, at 1:25:03

In reply to Re: poster-initiated boards, posted by Karen_kay on January 18, 2004, at 19:54:07

Gosh Miss Karen, you just gave me a whole new perspective..all the pressure on you.
With everyone wanting you on their team, and having to let some people down.. THE GUILT..
and You have that pageant to worry about too,
You might even need some extra therapy sessions to deal with it all.
Well I'll tell you what, if you keep up that thread on P.S.B I'll find some way to pay for them okay : )

 

a different persepective

Posted by NikkiT2 on January 19, 2004, at 8:19:23

In reply to Re: poster-initiated boards Karen_kay, posted by gabbix2 on January 19, 2004, at 1:25:03

OK, I'm not supporting the idea, as I don't believe it would work so well here.

But a large chat site I'm a member of (its both message boards and chat rooms) has "poster initiated" boards / rooms. A paying member can set up up to 6 rooms of their own, and they can be public / members only / password only.

At that site it works VERY well.. Its evolved over time (its now the oldest public chat site on the internet) and there is actually only one non-member room in the whole place now (and thousands of member ones). I guess because its always been like that no one see's a problem in it. The person who sets up the room has full legal responsibility for the room (something you'll need to consider Dr Bob, as there is legal action currently being taken for child porn in a member room), and its up to them to set the "theme" if there is one as well as the restrictions.

I've been using the site 7 years now, and have never felt upset as being denied access to a room.

BUT, this isn't the same place, so I really don't know how I feel about the same happening here.
It can't possibly be done on a "length of posting" basis as that is very unfair. Maybe a membership basis would work better (and could raise funds for the site).

I dunno. Just trying to add another perspective into the pot!

Nikki x

 

Thanks gabbix2

Posted by Karen_kay on January 19, 2004, at 8:26:28

In reply to Re: poster-initiated boards Karen_kay, posted by gabbix2 on January 19, 2004, at 1:25:03

Thank you so much for the encouragement gabbi :) You know, it isn't always easy being everyone's favorite :) I'm so glad to see you back!!!!

 

Re: Thanks Karen_kay

Posted by gabbix2 on January 19, 2004, at 9:22:57

In reply to Thanks gabbix2, posted by Karen_kay on January 19, 2004, at 8:26:28

Oh I'm truly I'm a burned out babble b*tc* for many reasons, and only here on admin for a while because I remember how much it meant when people defended me. But your posts on Social are a day brightener, thanks for that.

 

Re: Thanks gabbix2

Posted by Karen_kay on January 19, 2004, at 9:58:58

In reply to Re: Thanks Karen_kay, posted by gabbix2 on January 19, 2004, at 9:22:57

Who knows? Maybe Gabbi wins the pageant? Hmmm... BUT YOU AINT GETTIN BUBBA HUN!

 

Re: let's keep it administrative here, thanks (nm)

Posted by Dr. Bob on January 20, 2004, at 1:38:31

In reply to Re: Thanks gabbix2, posted by Karen_kay on January 19, 2004, at 9:58:58


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