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Re: please keep the subject line civil too thanks Dr. Bob

Posted by SLS on May 18, 2004, at 7:15:51

In reply to Re: please keep the subject line civil too thanks (nm), posted by Dr. Bob on May 18, 2004, at 1:52:59

Sorry.

:-)


- Scott

 

Re: please keep the subject line civil too thanks Dr. Bob

Posted by lil' jimi on May 21, 2004, at 18:12:47

In reply to Re: please keep the subject line civil too thanks (nm), posted by Dr. Bob on May 18, 2004, at 1:52:59

dear rh, md

like, huh?

question number three-o:

are we just now civiling subject lines?
and/or
are we just catching up on an oversight of missing the subject line offenses before?
and/or
something else?

still searching for a consistent grasp of the shape of policies-babble here ... ...

hoover man's sentence descrepancy remains a mystery .... .... any light?

love,
~ jim

 

Re: subject line

Posted by Dr. Bob on May 22, 2004, at 0:18:27

In reply to Re: please keep the subject line civil too thanks Dr. Bob, posted by lil' jimi on May 21, 2004, at 18:12:47

> are we just now civiling subject lines?

No, that's nothing new.

> hoover man's sentence descrepancy remains a mystery .... .... any light?

I think it's good to be flexible sometimes...

Welcome back,

Bob

 

re: subject line Dr. Bob

Posted by lil' jimi on May 25, 2004, at 1:32:09

In reply to Re: subject line, posted by Dr. Bob on May 22, 2004, at 0:18:27

hi dr, bob,

> > are we just now civiling subject lines?
>
> No, that's nothing new.

("civiling"? ... ... what a goof i am ... i hadn't noticed that till now ... thanks for understanding me there ... aka 'policing')

here's where i get in trouble see ... ... ...
my (others?) expectations of fairness hinge to a large extent on consistency ... ... and a consistency which may not be humanly attainable ... ... so that perhaps simple oversights might to perceived as tolerated, if not deliberate, unfairness ...
... my case in point being:
i imagined the most immediate sanctions would be triggered by the most immediate, direct, public offense, such as subject lines ... so my expectaions were that the subject lines would be policed first and offenses there would be indicators of offenses within a post ...
(... i am sorry that this is too obvious, but i feel i have to explain myself ... )

because of these considerations, i presumed, incorrectly, that offensive terms in subject lines are not being overlooked accidently when the post's content has been cited for incivilty ... ... this is especially so when words such as "pedophile" and "hypocrite" remain in subject lines and persist in threads even after the posts have lead to pbcs and bannings ... ... i get to thinking there's some special status for subject lines ... ... which serves to undermine my (others?) confidence in the consistency of the application of the standards of civility ... or the standards themselves

... ... the challenge is that mere inadvertence can create ammo for a case of there being injustice ...

or is it just me?

> > hoover man's sentence descrepancy remains a mystery .... .... any light?
>
> I think it's good to be flexible sometimes...

well, that is a good thing ... ... and i for one would like to see Larry extended every possible flexibility ... ... please?

> Welcome back,
>
> Bob

well, thank you ... ... i appreciate that ...
i still have some more qusetions but they can wait for now ...

take care,
~ jim

 

re: unfairness and hoover man's block

Posted by Dr. Bob on May 26, 2004, at 9:19:41

In reply to re: subject line Dr. Bob, posted by lil' jimi on May 25, 2004, at 1:32:09

> my ... expectations of fairness hinge to a large extent on consistency ... ... and a consistency which may not be humanly attainable ... ... so that perhaps simple oversights might to perceived as ... unfairness ...

Yes, it wouldn't be surprising if some posters were particularly sensitive to unfairness.

> > > hoover man's sentence descrepancy remains a mystery .... .... any light?
> >
> > I think it's good to be flexible sometimes...
>
> well, that is a good thing ... ... and i for one would like to see Larry extended every possible flexibility ... ... please?

Well, he and I have been in touch. How about if I reduce his block from 6 to 4 weeks?

Bob

 

re: unfairness and hoover man's block Dr. Bob

Posted by lil' jimi on May 26, 2004, at 10:31:59

In reply to re: unfairness and hoover man's block, posted by Dr. Bob on May 26, 2004, at 9:19:41

hi dr. bob,

thanks for this follow-up.

> > my ... expectations of fairness hinge to a large extent on consistency ... ... and a consistency which may not be humanly attainable ... ... so that perhaps simple oversights might to perceived as ... unfairness ...
>
> Yes, it wouldn't be surprising if some posters were particularly sensitive to unfairness.

exactly ... ... we all suffer to different degrees to hypersensitivity to perceived slights ... especially when they are seen as coming from authorities who we need to depend on for our protection ... ...

allow me to commend on your responsive insightfulness ... ... it is reassuring ...

> > > > hoover man's sentence descrepancy remains a mystery .... .... any light?
> > >
> > > I think it's good to be flexible sometimes...
> >
> > well, that is a good thing ... ... and i for one would like to see Larry extended every possible flexibility ... ... please?
>
> Well, he and I have been in touch. How about if I reduce his block from 6 to 4 weeks?
>
> Bob

well, as i am quoted as supporting every benefit for Larry, then of course i, for one of the many, would be personally grateful for any and all Hoover amnesty ... ...

how about we let him off with 3 weeks?

how about we let him off with time served?
... ... and maybe a greater understanding of how you and Lar can get through these situations without having to come down on Lar so hard?

BUT i (maybe "we", babblers?) will take what we can get ... ...

i would hope that Lar could speak here for himself ... ... i am not qualified to speak for him ... but since y'all are in touch i will trust that you can hear him even if we can't ... ... yet

thanks,
~ jim

 

Hoover Man

Posted by Susan J on May 26, 2004, at 11:00:10

In reply to re: unfairness and hoover man's block Dr. Bob, posted by lil' jimi on May 26, 2004, at 10:31:59

Heh heh heh. Cool nick name for Lar. :-) For what it's worth, I'd like to see him back sooner rather than later...his insight is invaluable.

 

re: unfairness and hoover man's block Dr. Bob

Posted by Dinah on May 26, 2004, at 11:21:16

In reply to re: unfairness and hoover man's block, posted by Dr. Bob on May 26, 2004, at 9:19:41

I'm glad the two of you are in touch. And I'd be delighted to see Lar sooner rather than later.

But especially thanks for making the block reduction public (assuming you decide to do it). The more transparent things are, the safer I feel here.

 

re: unfairness and hoover man's block Dinah

Posted by FAYEROE on May 26, 2004, at 11:37:53

In reply to re: unfairness and hoover man's block Dr. Bob, posted by Dinah on May 26, 2004, at 11:21:16

I too would like to see Larry Hoover's block reduced significantly. Thanks.....

 

re: unfairness and hoover man's block- Dr. Bob

Posted by Wildflower on May 26, 2004, at 12:23:07

In reply to re: unfairness and hoover man's block Dinah, posted by FAYEROE on May 26, 2004, at 11:37:53

I do believe that Larry's block was uncalled for. He is a trusted and valuable member of this site and his posts have helped so many...including me.

 

re: unfairness and hoover man's block Dr. Bob

Posted by EmmyS on May 26, 2004, at 12:54:48

In reply to re: unfairness and hoover man's block, posted by Dr. Bob on May 26, 2004, at 9:19:41

I'm against all blocks unless they are for outrageous behavior such as racist comments, encouraging suicide, etc.

Blocking access to a generally supportive environment goes against the idea of this place.

If you feel blocks are required, please consider limiting the duration to something more reasonable and base it on the CURRENT offense only, not on cummulated past behaviors.

Amnesty for Larry.

Emmy

 

re: unfairness and hoover man's block EmmyS

Posted by Susan J on May 26, 2004, at 13:13:50

In reply to re: unfairness and hoover man's block Dr. Bob, posted by EmmyS on May 26, 2004, at 12:54:48

well said!

> I'm against all blocks unless they are for outrageous behavior such as racist comments, encouraging suicide, etc.
>
> Blocking access to a generally supportive environment goes against the idea of this place.
>
> If you feel blocks are required, please consider limiting the duration to something more reasonable and base it on the CURRENT offense only, not on cummulated past behaviors.
>
> Amnesty for Larry.
>
> Emmy

 

re: unfairness and hoover man's block

Posted by spoc on May 26, 2004, at 16:06:23

In reply to re: unfairness and hoover man's block EmmyS, posted by Susan J on May 26, 2004, at 13:13:50

Seconded, thirded, fourthed and on into infinity... You all put it so well and I agree heartily. I think as the original sentences for Larry have already been serious in relation to any deeds on his part (and in consideration of other overlooked factors) -- and have been at the high end of the spectrum of possible remedies -- that even "time served" really does make sense. Not just because of everything he can bring to this board, but because it really does make sense and seem fair.

The door to other considerations about the matter of blocking and mitigating factors may also then be opened, but that is as it should be. Not only for the sake of what's right, but because this isn't like other boards, and I think effects to mental health really are possible in relation to this stuff. So it's as important as it gets to get it right and take the time to do that.

 

re: alternatives to blocks Dr. Bob

Posted by lil' jimi on May 26, 2004, at 16:48:54

In reply to re: unfairness and hoover man's block, posted by Dr. Bob on May 26, 2004, at 9:19:41

hey,

have alternatives to blocks been discussed or considered? .... .... PBCs and 'please rephrase' afford flexibility for cautionary advisories ...

could there be a pre-block sanction like a detention or a quarantine? ... ... once a poster had runn up to being blocked (nowadays) instead they might to confined to a detention board for some amount of time ... there they might be able to post their case and all babblers would know that it was a less safe board because of the greater potential of offense from possible offenders
... ... there might be more extensive considerations in some circumstances where they could post there, but not allowed to be posted to ... ?
this is a very primordial idea so far, but i see a potential for greater administrative flexibilty with some more options when push starts to come to shove .... .... maybe?

... but i am not suggesting this for Larry at all ... ... every factor in Lar's case suggests to me he should go/have gone free ... long ago ...

anyway.
~ jim

 

re: unfairness and hoover man's block

Posted by gabbix2 on May 26, 2004, at 19:08:48

In reply to re: unfairness and hoover man's block, posted by spoc on May 26, 2004, at 16:06:23

Oh I'm late, and all the good things have already been said. I agree with Spoc and L'il Jimi, I think Larry has already spent too much time
being penalized for dubious offences, and deserves
to come back A.S.A.P.

 

re: transparency Dinah

Posted by lil' jimi on May 26, 2004, at 19:59:26

In reply to re: unfairness and hoover man's block Dr. Bob, posted by Dinah on May 26, 2004, at 11:21:16

hi dinah,

you wrote:
> The more transparent things are, the safer I feel here.

me too.
when things are open and apparent, it is easier to have confidence in the process(es) ...

~ jim

 

Re: Dr. Bob is a hypocrite

Posted by TeeJay on May 26, 2004, at 21:04:26

In reply to Dr. Bob is a hypocrite, posted by Larry Hoover on May 13, 2004, at 10:23:57

What a load of old crap this thread has turned into......it seems to me that Bob has merely let Larry back aboard so he can chastise him further!!!

I've been a reader of this board for some months now with no input and I refuse flatly to input anything here until bob starts acting like a member of this community instead of the leader of some blue eyed, blonde haired master race!!!

Yeah, yeah, be civil, banned, yeah yeah.....yawn..................

You give em hell Larry!!!!!!!!!!


TJ

 

Re: blocked for week TeeJay

Posted by Dr. Bob on May 26, 2004, at 21:48:28

In reply to Re: Dr. Bob is a hypocrite, posted by TeeJay on May 26, 2004, at 21:04:26

> Re: Dr. Bob is a hypocrite

Please don't post anything that could lead others to feel accused or put down. I already asked that the subject line be kept civil, so now I'm going to block you from posting for a week.

If you have any questions or comments about this or about posting policies in general, or are interested in alternative ways of expressing yourself, please see the FAQ:

http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/faq.html#civil

or email me, or post a follow-up here after your block is over.

Thanks,

Bob

 

re: alternatives to blocks--Dr. B and lil' jimi

Posted by shar on May 26, 2004, at 22:11:53

In reply to re: alternatives to blocks Dr. Bob, posted by lil' jimi on May 26, 2004, at 16:48:54

As far as Larry is concerned, and others I can easily think of (Zen!!!) I would love to see some alternatives. Since I'm not the moderator, I'm not sure how they'd work, but I know valuable contributors when I see them!

Thanks, Jimi, for bringing this up. Maybe the blocks should NOT be cumulative. Unless, they are geared toward disruption, offensiveness, put-downed-ness, etc. Since I am old, I am very aware I would not want to be the one making the decisions. There is like 99% gray in the world (as opposed to black-and-white).

But, it's sort of like "I know porn when I see it" or "I don't know art, but I know what I like" kind of thing.

At any rate, late as usual, I like the idea of something other than a 6-month block for someone who says something 'uncivil' when it is a case of preferred wording or disagreement.

Hope that makes sense.
Shar

> hey,
>
> have alternatives to blocks been discussed or considered? .... .... PBCs and 'please rephrase' afford flexibility for cautionary advisories ...
>
> could there be a pre-block sanction like a detention or a quarantine? ... ... once a poster had runn up to being blocked (nowadays) instead they might to confined to a detention board for some amount of time ... there they might be able to post their case and all babblers would know that it was a less safe board because of the greater potential of offense from possible offenders
> ... ... there might be more extensive considerations in some circumstances where they could post there, but not allowed to be posted to ... ?
> this is a very primordial idea so far, but i see a potential for greater administrative flexibilty with some more options when push starts to come to shove .... .... maybe?
>
> ... but i am not suggesting this for Larry at all ... ... every factor in Lar's case suggests to me he should go/have gone free ... long ago ...
>
> anyway.
> ~ jim
>
>

 

let Larry come back!

Posted by sienna on May 26, 2004, at 22:33:45

In reply to re: alternatives to blocks--Dr. B and lil' jimi, posted by shar on May 26, 2004, at 22:11:53

he is wonderful for this place and i miss him.

Sienna

 

re: unfairness and hoover man's block Dr. Bob

Posted by Sabina on May 27, 2004, at 1:36:45

In reply to re: unfairness and hoover man's block, posted by Dr. Bob on May 26, 2004, at 9:19:41

if you don't want to invest yourself in reading my post in its entirety (which might chafe someone's heinie, i dunno), the upshot is that i think that larry was treated unfairly from the *original* get-go, and that i hope he is allowed to come back immediately, if not sooner.

the following is merely my personal opinion and not all of it pertaining directly to larry's situation but to the subject of blocks and "fairness" in general. feel free to disregard or dispute it at will, as i am providing absolutely no evidence, links, etc., of any kind. unfortunately, i don't have the time or energy to delve back through the period of posts in question to prove my point, nor do i want to make an example of folks who have done nothing to deserve the publicity.

since i've been reading at babble, i can't help but have noticed that some posters seem to receive dramatically more harsh, swift, and vigilant "correction" from dr. bob while others have been able to sweetly apologize their way through periodic PBC after PBC with impunity. i remember (months and months ago, when i was still posting, too) one poster receiving three PBC's over a week's time and her response being along the lines of, "sorry dr. bob. i'm trying to be good" smiley face, et cetera. she's a sweet girl and i wouldn't want her blocked, but i'd like to see some folks i know try that line! anyhoo...

i could speculate and deconstruct all day as to why this kind of thing seems to happen and why it seems to happen to only certain posters, but that's shooting off into a whole different topic. my first and best guess is that minding this board is a dam* big job and there's one, necessarily flawed (as are we all) human being running the whole shebang. didja ever notice how the <insert nationality> ice skating judge gives the <same nationality> ice skaters slightly higher scores than the other teams? i don't think they do it intentionally, it's just that *everyone* has subconscious favorites, just like they have those that get picked on or neglected.

for whatever reason, i honestly believe that some posters get treated more harshly than others. that's not saying that he's bad for doing it or that they deserve it. i just think that it happens. kinda like how i'm short and people stand in front of me at events and i can never see what's going on. things like that just happen. life's not fair and it never will be. fine, i can wear heels and stand on the seats. we can't petition everything. thankfully, for these blocks, we can request reductions.

i have been greatly saddened in the past to see posters that were heavily dependent upon their babble support system be (wrongly, severely) blocked for months for the most abstruse offenses. i would find myself sympathetically wading through admin "please rephrase" threads where posters were trying desperately to find the magic words that would save them from being blocked, but to no avail.

i do believe that, in these instances of "incivility" where there is no argument or obscenity, more could be done to set things right and alleviate frustration as opposed to leaving the poster searching for some "preferred wording" (as shar put it) until (s)he is driven well past the point of frustration in attempts to rephrase and placate until an actual validation for the block begins to exist as the poster's button's are understandably pressed and the situation begins to become exacerbated.

mind you, i am in no way suggesting that dr. bob "plays favorites" with malice aforethought, as that would be tantamount to sadistic given the vulnerable emotional and mental state of many of those who seek comfort and advice here. i would like to think that this latest olive branch toward larry as a sign that dr. bob is willing to concede that perhaps there is always room for improvement. it *is* good to be flexible and i hope that larry will be able to return soon.

i am also very glad that the topic of reduced blocks is out in the open this time. i regret that i still don't feel very comfortable or "at home" here anymore ever since the way things went down last october. we'll see, as time passes, if i continue to feel that way. i still check in from time to time (especially on posts of those folks that i know!), and certainly hope that larry will feel comfortable enough to come back soon. he has much to offer to everyone and has helped me so very much in the past.

 

re: unfairness and hoover man's block Sabina

Posted by lil' jimi on May 27, 2004, at 9:42:08

In reply to re: unfairness and hoover man's block Dr. Bob, posted by Sabina on May 27, 2004, at 1:36:45

sabina,

excellent.
and special
for it is so rare to have
such heart-felt sentiments and experience
so well said and
thoughtfully written.
you have made much of what i too have felt
much clearer than i could have.
thank you very much.

i especially appreciate your point about the lack of malice by the pb administration (which i find especially well taken and well said), to which i would add, in agreement:

"Never ascribe to malice,
that which can be explained by incompetence."
~ Napoleon Boneparte

yours in rabble,
~ jim

 

Re: let Larry come back!

Posted by NotAddicted on May 27, 2004, at 11:08:25

In reply to let Larry come back!, posted by sienna on May 26, 2004, at 22:33:45

> he is wonderful for this place and i miss him.
>
> Sienna

I agree!!

 

re: unfairness and hoover man's block

Posted by FAYEROE on May 27, 2004, at 11:39:29

In reply to re: unfairness and hoover man's block Sabina, posted by lil' jimi on May 27, 2004, at 9:42:08

jim~~~~~i want to thank you for having the you know whats to express yourself as well as you have concerning Larry Hoover. I do think that blocking anyone for such a long period of time is "overkill".....especially when the person tries and tries to get it right. I also second whomever said that some people get away with little sweet messages and go on tip-toeing through the tulips with no more than slap on the wrist. I realize that it is an overwhelming, perhaps, responsibility running these boards but this was something that was done by Bob's choice. Without the posters, he wouldn't have diiddly squat in the way of his research project. I work with people, like us, on a daily basis and know that everyone has different points of views, different reactions and responses and I try to keep that in mind when I make decisions regarding their issues. Anywho, I needed to thank you! Do you still have my e.mail address? If you do, drop a line. Pat

 

re: unfairness and hoover man's block FAYEROE

Posted by lil' jimi on May 27, 2004, at 12:08:29

In reply to re: unfairness and hoover man's block, posted by FAYEROE on May 27, 2004, at 11:39:29

hi Pat!
(proud to say that pat and i are old friends and comrades!)
pat posted:
> Anywho, I needed to thank you!

not at all ... ... posting here supporting Larry is all the thanks i need ... ... my thanks to you, babe!

> Do you still have my e.mail address? If you do, drop a line. Pat

i was writing, "of course i do!" when i checked my address books on both computers and you weren't in either (!) ... then i found your address in my in box just now ... so thanks for the prompt there ... i needed it ... ... test message on the way on ...

take good care,
~ jim


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