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Old 07-31-2020, 06:51 PM   #1
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The Moderation Discussion Thread (a/k/a who deleted my ****)

In the interests of not having moderation talk clog up the main discussion threads, we have decided that a Mod Discussion thread might be in the best interests of the subforum. Obviously we are opening ourselves up to a world of pain, so here are our individual thoughts on modding philosophy and initial pleas for mercy:

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As a poster, I was primarily concerned with feeling out and finding the 'correct' position on things. As a citizen, I would fully encourage partisanship and push for change. However, as a discussion forum moderator, I feel that my job is to create as clean and as fair a venue for productive discussion as possible.

By 'clean' I mean an environment which cuts down on the general toxicity that pervades online political discussion.

By 'fair' I mean moderating decisions which do not reflect upon any particular personal beliefs.

So these are the two main lenses through which I try to evaluate any modding decisions.

Obviously these ideals are aspirational, and it is impossible to completely eliminate things like mod bias. Often I find myself giving the more liberal posters a tiny bit extra slack because I think they are 'right,' which is unfortunate. What I really want to avoid is becoming some sort of arbiter of truth wherein I allow some posts but not others based upon how correct I feel they are.

We also cannot totally eliminate combative adversarial type posting, or there would be no room for disagreement; which is essential for productive discussion. So, I believe the idea is to cut down on those types of toxic posts which are not really necessary to make a point, such as personal attacks. These decisions will also, unfortunately, be inconsistent as they will always be subjective personal judgment calls. They will also be inconsistent between TD and I, as we will naturally have different tolerance thresholds and views of where the line is.

You are welcome to criticize our modding decisions. We only ask for a bit a patience and understanding of what our modding goals are.

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As a poster I was primarily concerned with the debate, I like argument. I don’t really hold strong personal beliefs on “acceptable tone”, as a poster I would tend to just ignore the trolling or flamebait (as in I would ignore it to the level where I would literally not see such posts, they are easy to recognize and skip).

As a moderator I must read what is posted, and I will simply try to moderate under the guidelines of the forum and the goals set forth by 2+2. That to me means a standard of “bearably” civil; direct personal attacks and flame-bait is a no go. Similar for wishing people harm.

As for bias, my biases are probably somewhat strange for a US centric forum. As a “center-right” in my country I will have beliefs on the role of the state to support citizens that in the US are usually only seen in progressives, combined with views on business, national security and foreign policy probably more associated with the right. I do not have a conservative bone in my body, my country not at the point where conservatism is a necessary component of the right. I find it doubtful that it is possible to put bias aside in all moderator decisions, I think an ideal of fairness is better than an illusion of neutrality.

Like EADGBE I find the role of “arbiter of truth” to be uncomfortable. I will put the foot down of strong unsubstantiated claims about people or groups, such as calling them traitors or terrorists when no such evidence is apparent. Similar for overtly harmful conspiracy stuff, like Covid-19 conspiracies.

I do not mind adversarial posting that much. This is a politics forum; many are here to trade blows. I think attacking the views is much more elegant and preferable than attacking the man, however.

This forum gets some flak for being uncivil at times. That is perhaps true, still it is also a forum where people from different political views are still arguing. This is getting more and more rare out there, social media making echo-chambers out of most political discourse. The odd uncivility aside, this is something to be proud of.

Oh, and we will make mistakes and get things wrong. Still, we are not here to ruin anyone’s day.
The floodgates are now opened.
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Old 07-31-2020, 07:06 PM   #2
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Thanks for doing this both, the transparency is appreciated.
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Old 07-31-2020, 07:21 PM   #3
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I have committed to memory both of my recently deleted posts. They deserve a voice and want to sing!!!!

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Old 07-31-2020, 07:34 PM   #4
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I have committed to memory both of my recently deleted posts. They deserve a voice and want to sing!!!!
They had some scovilles, I'll grant that it was of the more elegant kind.
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Old 07-31-2020, 07:42 PM   #5
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Along a similar vein, I thought the ‘unctuous’ post was a bit too cleverly worded to delete. Sorry Chez. #modbias
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Old 07-31-2020, 08:20 PM   #6
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Along a similar vein, I thought the ‘unctuous’ post was a bit too cleverly worded to delete. Sorry Chez. #modbias
Lol. Apparently the first draft wasn't
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Old 07-31-2020, 08:54 PM   #7
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They could be kind and delete many of your other posts so that you can another go.

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Along a similar vein, I thought the ‘unctuous’ post was a bit too cleverly worded to delete. Sorry Chez. #modbias
No problem. Apart from keeping the forum tidy there's no need to delete posts attacking me on my account. Well crafted insults are always enjoyed, however dishonest or misguided - or even accurate. Amusing is good too.
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Old 07-31-2020, 08:58 PM   #8
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On a modding note. Would you consider stopping attacks on posters who cant post in this forum. Apart from being scummy, I think it's unhealthy for 2+2.
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Old 07-31-2020, 09:05 PM   #9
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On a modding note. Would you consider stopping attacks on posters who cant post in this forum. Apart from being scummy, I think it's unhealthy for 2+2.
Pretty sure there's nothing stopping BruceZ from posting here, chez.
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Old 07-31-2020, 09:05 PM   #10
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They could be kind and delete many of your other posts so that you can another go.
That was actually pretty good. I didn't even know you had a sense of humour, you should bring it along more often!
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Old 07-31-2020, 09:13 PM   #11
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On a modding note. Would you consider stopping attacks on posters who cant post in this forum. Apart from being scummy, I think it's unhealthy for 2+2.
Haven't really thought about it, but my first impression is that that would be a bit too nanny state, even for me. I would probably be inclined to just leave it as long as it is more or less civil in tone.

I agree that it is not fair to be criticizing people who are unable to respond. However, I don't know that I will be losing any sleep over the feelings of posters who were rambunctious enough to actually get themselves exiled from a place such as this.
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Old 07-31-2020, 09:13 PM   #12
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@d2, Witty but I know you've been appreciating the humour that I invariably post with.

Well noticing anyway.
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Old 07-31-2020, 09:18 PM   #13
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Haven't really thought about it, but my first impression is that that would be a bit too nanny state, even for me. I would probably be inclined to just leave it as long as it is more or less civil in tone.

I agree that it is not fair to be criticizing people who are unable to respond. However, I don't know that I will be losing any sleep over the feelings of posters who were rambunctious enough to actually get themselves exiled from a place such as this.
It's not about losing sleep or feelings but I agree it's not such a big deal when very few posters get exiled. Hopefully wont get out of hand but can be bad for 2+2 if posters are being misrepresented or lied about and have no right of reply without crapping on some other part of 2+2.
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Old 07-31-2020, 09:30 PM   #14
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I mean, I agree that objectively it probably would be a 'good' policy, however it must also be weighed against considerations such as not wanting to create an oppressive Rapini-esque modding atmosphere.
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Old 07-31-2020, 10:46 PM   #15
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Haven't really thought about it, but my first impression is that that would be a bit too nanny state, even for me. I would probably be inclined to just leave it as long as it is more or less civil in tone.

I agree that it is not fair to be criticizing people who are unable to respond. However, I don't know that I will be losing any sleep over the feelings of posters who were rambunctious enough to actually get themselves exiled from a place such as this.
I agree, let it go.

For example, I personally know BruceZ and he has been doing very well this last year. I doubt he'd care much about poo flinging towards him here after this much time.
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Old 08-01-2020, 01:15 AM   #16
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and we don't want to lose our drinking game of a shot every time one of the unstuckied use the name.
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Old 08-01-2020, 01:21 AM   #17
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Yes you do, chez. You can't answer questions about him and it's so irked you to see his name brought up that you complained in the moderation thread (without using his name!) to try to save his good reputation from being sullied here.
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Old 08-01-2020, 01:33 AM   #18
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and we don't want to lose our drinking game of a shot every time one of the unstuckied use the name.
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Yes you do, chez. You can't answer questions about him and it's so irked you to see his name brought up that you complained in the moderation thread (without using his name!) to try to save his good reputation from being sullied here.


very silly exchange?
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i will elaborate.

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Old 08-01-2020, 02:05 AM   #20
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One of the many extraordinary battering of the head against walls of all times is the odd group of posters dedicating so much time and effort in trying to irk me. It's a phenomena worthy of serious academic research or even an Alan Bennett comedy

and goofy's last post was mean spirited (pun intended) - didn't give us a shot.
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Old 08-01-2020, 06:23 AM   #21
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I come back to check on the thread and I find videos and squabbling.
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Old 08-01-2020, 12:19 PM   #22
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I come back to check on the thread and I find videos and squabbling. The Moderation Discussion Thread (a/k/a who deleted my ****)
Can I post a video of people squabbling?
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Old 08-02-2020, 04:26 AM   #23
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I've seen many conservatives have this curious assumption that since they are generally unwilling to call out heinous behavior amongst their own, the Liberals must be the same.
a mod is posting this lol

and y'all wonder why so many posts get deleted from one side heh
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a mod is posting this lol

and y'all wonder why so many posts get deleted from one side heh
Plenty of posts get deleted from this side, trust me, and mods are allowed to have opinions, and even voice them.

If your posts get deleted it's not because you're a conservative, it's because you should post better.
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Plenty of posts get deleted from this side, trust me, and mods are allowed to have opinions, and even voice them.

If your posts get deleted it's not because you're a conservative, it's because you should post better.
Dude, the first rule of any politics forum is that if a conservative -- you know, the people who tout PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY -- is subject to any moderation action at all, it's because of the biased moderator, not anything they did wrong.
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