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forestandgarden
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Transparent Moderation

Postby forestandgarden » Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:28 am

Now I've found a topic I've recently started locked. The person who has taken this decision is somebody whom I highly respect, whose contributions I am drawing on with nearly every piece of music I record and who moreover has expressed feeling sorry for this impassé.

There are, nevertheless, reasons why I'm having a problem with this:

  • the moderator was not on the public list of moderators for that subforum. While I'm sure this was an oversight rather than intentional, it still formally constitutes a precedent of secret policing and as such leaves an uneasy feeling
  • it constitutes an act of collective punishment: the thread had picked up rapidly in both views and constructive contributions, demonstrating that the debate was one desired by many who, so far, can not continue it due to the behaviour of a few, or one, being questioned
  • now I'm not here for a year even, but at least in this reduced period of time, I've not come across any instance of moderation of this severity, or any instance of moderation - other than dialog - at all for that matter, whereas I believe to have seen a fair number of samples of a similar degree of 'heated ranting'. We could agree to all being adults with a certain exposure to Rock&Roll culture and hence a sufficiently thick skin to endure minor nonsense and idiocy without further protection. But if indeed there is a problematic behaviour, it would seem logical to openly address it rather than waiting it out.

With flowers and your's truly, and relax, I'm not a lawyer. Just saying..
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Re: Transparent Moderation

Postby falkTX » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:05 am

I become a moderator for this forum one year ago I believe. (actually the administrator, but includes moderator role as well)
It's the first time I do something like this, so bare with me..

As I told you in a PM, I did not intend to make the topic locked forever.
There were posts reported on that thread (the /!\ signal), in such a way that made me think discussion is no longer wanted.

the moderator was not on the public list of moderators for that subforum. While I'm sure this was an oversight rather than intentional, it still formally constitutes a precedent of secret policing and as such leaves an uneasy feeling

as far as I know, the list of moderators are for special users that have been granted roles to moderate a specific section, without being admins.
Me, raboof and nathan are admins, so we don't appear on this list.

it constitutes an act of collective punishment: the thread had picked up rapidly in both views and constructive contributions, demonstrating that the debate was one desired by many who, so far, can not continue it due to the behaviour of a few, or one, being questioned

I actually did not know what else to do after receiving complaints about the thread..
Apologies it was not the best choice of action.
Do you have any suggestions for things to do next time something like this happens?

now I'm not here for a year even, but at least in this reduced period of time, I've not come across any instance of moderation of this severity, or any instance of moderation - other than dialog - at all for that matter, whereas I believe to have seen a fair number of samples of a similar degree of 'heated ranting'. We could agree to all being adults with a certain exposure to Rock&Roll culture and hence a sufficiently thick skin to endure minor nonsense and idiocy without further protection. But if indeed there is a problematic behaviour, it would seem logical to openly address it rather than waiting it out.

I don't personally check every thread, and I cannot speak for the other moderators.
So there will be things that go unnoticed.

The report/warning was the thing that got my attention, and lead me to read the topic.
Then I see aggressive behaviour, c'mon this is not okay...

I was planning to unlock the topic by tomorrow, but I went ahead and unlocked it right now.
Let's see how it goes from here.


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