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Re: Letter-writing campaign to Dr. Bob - Moderation.

Posted by SLS on September 27, 2016, at 21:27:56

In reply to Re: Letter-writing campaign to Dr. Bob - Moderation. SLS, posted by Tabitha on September 27, 2016, at 18:32:27

> > Some people will continue to push the envelope with impunity as long as there is no risk of being blocked from posting as a consequence.
> >
> Agreed. What I can't recall is whether there was good rule adherence when blocks were a threat. I think our unusual poster was blocked repeatedly, up to one year. So I may be kidding myself to think that some rule modification + block threat would change posting behavior significantly. But, if it were possible to do that, I'd prefer it to immediate banning.

It would be ideal if a single, one-week posting block would change the posting behavior of the blocked poster forever. In some cases it might. In some cases not. I think there must be a balance between advocating for the individual and advocating for the community. In some cases, advocating for the individual over the opinion of the community can ultimately protect and improve the health of the community.

I would hope that Dr. Bob or a new moderator would start everyone off with a "clean slate" with no one in particular being targeted for sanctions. The announcement by a moderator that posting blocks would be reinstituted might in itself resolve problematic posting behaviors. Personally, I would rather see less moderation rather than more. I felt very constrained when Dr. Hsiung first introduced his system of enforced posting civility. I would prefer not to return to that exact paradigm.

- Scott

Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

- George Bernard Shaw




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