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Re: perception of privilege Happyflower

Posted by Racer on June 23, 2007, at 18:51:57

In reply to Re: perception of privilege, posted by Happyflower on June 23, 2007, at 15:23:21

> Well I think it is more about the privilege of being a deuties friend.
> They are only human, but the potential for unfairness is greater if our deputies are indivdual posters. A deputy's friend might say something on the line of civilness and their friend might not enforce the rules or "appear to turn the other cheek", the same as if it is someone who the deputy does not care for.

Actually, that hasn't been my experience.

First of all, my very first official PBC was given to someone I consider a treasured friend. I actually prefer to be the one to give a PBC to a friend, because then I know that it's being done fairly.

On the other hand, when it comes to posters I don't care for, I'm much more likely to examine more closely any possible reason NOT to PBC or block. I'm often afraid that my general antipathy for a poster might be leading me to see something that's OK as being uncivil, so I look much more carefully and am more likely to give the benefit of the doubt to that poster, so that I'm sure it's not my own bias.

I realize that a lot of posters believe that the enforcement of policies on this site is unfair. Yes, deputies -- and even Dr Bob -- are human, and we make mistakes. But I can promise you that we do our very best to be fair in our enforcement of the site guidelines. It can be a rough job, because there is such potential for bad feelings all around. My own solution, which is partially effective, is to remind myself that I do my best to be fair, and that's the best I can do. The rest is pretty much a matter of perspective.

That's just one deputy, talking about the experience of that one deputy. I hope that it is reassuring to someone here at the site, that we don't run willy-nilly around, giving out PBCs and blocks.





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