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A Culture of Respect on the Forum

PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:06 am
by Dave Jensen
One of the reasons why this forum thrives is that we have a culture of respect here that permeates each thread. Those who hang their hats on the \"unmoderated\" nature of groups such as Usenet discussions are constantly badgering moderators of other discussions because they believe this job represents a type of censorship. But when you take a look at the very few things that are \"moderated\" over the course of the year, you\'d see that moderation just provides a safety-catch for those truely objectionable posts such as spam and attacks.

Everybody gets emotional at times. Some of the worst attacks this year actually came from me -- and I didn\'t even realize it till later when I re-read them. That\'s why I\'m not too concerned about \"moderating\" the back-and-forth that two of our best posters had in the last few days on the topic of sexism. I realize that good advice, and good forum content, also comes from our emotions at times, and these two are just so good at what they do here that I\'m only going to ask them both to please not extend it any further.

I like the culture of respect we have here. There are so few posts that are directed personally at others. Do you have any hobbies or other interests for forum discussions where you\'ve strayed into the \"wild west\" of the Usenet, those text-format discussion forums you get into through Google Groups? When you see the kind of sad and viscious attacks that take place there, and the ranting/raving looniness that this fosters, you come back here and realize that we\'ve really built a special place. Congratulations to all of you who are a part of this.

Dave Jensen, Moderator