What is appropriate to post about & where? (Autumnaltone please read)

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Vixtoria

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Just so things stay on topic as much as possible:

I do understand that modding a board is hard work. I run two right now and even with the help of a couple of staff members, it's difficult. Can't be everywhere at once, and I get it. I also have a pet peeve of staff making things personal. When I feel overly frustrated I try to let another staff member know and let them deal with it if possible. Or if not, if it MUST be me dealing with things, I run my notes, letters, PMs past them first to make sure I'm not coming off harsher than I need to.

Mods are humans too, I get it. However, I just went through WEEKS of dealing with sites that took someone at their word, never bothered reading all the information or asking me for any clarification and just banned me. I did nothing. So when a couple of days later I am dealing with staff profusely apologizing because NOW they go back and look at all the evidence and find that I was in the right, did nothing and the person they trusted made things up, they find they made a boo boo. Then, to top it off, they get high and mighty because, hey! They are mods! So the fact that I document all abuse I receive from the person they trusted makes them feel bad about their mistake. So again, I'm in the wrong.

Mods are not gods, and they are human, we all understand that, but mods need to understand that too. Just because you have certain powers does not mean that you do not make mistakes. Be embarrassed if you did, if you acted too rashly or too fast, but don't turn it around on members because you feel embarrassed. It kills any sort of trust with staff.

Remember, us lowly members have NO IDEA what is going on behind the scenes so if it's a MOD decision, state it. "This is something multiple members of staff have discussed and the decision we arrived at." Simple, and tells us that it's not personal. Or, better chance that it's not at least.

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SchrodingersCat

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So, you CAN tell when I'm being sarcastic and when I'm not. I knew that already. You're not as dumb as you pretend to be, either.

I don't pretend to be dumb and I wasn't talking about me. But honestly, if every second word out of your mouth is sarcastic, how can you have any reasonable expectation of being clearly understood even half the time?

I'm not the one bitching and moaning about everyone misinterpreting my words. I offered a possible explanation, and rather than consider it and take responsibility for your role in the miscommunication, you resort to more snarkiness. That's your style and I accept that, but then if you're half as smart as you pretend to be, why do you act so surprised every time it receives exactly the expected reaction?

If you keep repeating the same behaviour, you're going to keep getting the same results. Your behaviour is sarcasm and snarkiness. The results are that people misinterpret your words. Unless you change your behaviour, don't expect different results.

Also, you can't seem to be consistent from one post to another because every word has a different definition every time you use it.

It's called context. Language is not static. Circumstances dictate variations. Words are adapted to a particular use. We can't just invent a new word every single time we wish to discuss a variation on a theme, so we re-use an existing word and explain the difference in how we're using it.
 

hyperskeptic

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From the User Guidelines thread:

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• On Communication Styles •

We want to point out that not everybody involved will communicate in the same fashion. There are bound to be sparks flying at times, as people with different discussion styles come in conflict. We don’t mind that. We also expect folks who engage in those discussions to exhibit a good deal of restraint and work out the issues through continued communication—you know, that communication thing that is so important to relationships!

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WhatHappened

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For what my opinion is worth--this is a board about poly. FOL's story is directly related to poly, even if currently it's a decision not to practice. I, for one, would like to continue reading her journey, and I think her story has value for anyone thinking about or exploring poly.

I certainly hope her blog will remain.
 

BoringGuy

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I don't pretend to be dumb and I wasn't talking about me. But honestly, if every second word out of your mouth is sarcastic, how can you have any reasonable expectation of being clearly understood even half the time?

I'm not the one bitching and moaning about everyone misinterpreting my words. I offered a possible explanation, and rather than consider it and take responsibility for your role in the miscommunication, you resort to more snarkiness. That's your style and I accept that, but then if you're half as smart as you pretend to be, why do you act so surprised every time it receives exactly the expected reaction?

If you keep repeating the same behaviour, you're going to keep getting the same results. Your behaviour is sarcasm and snarkiness. The results are that people misinterpret your words. Unless you change your behaviour, don't expect different results.



It's called context. Language is not static. Circumstances dictate variations. Words are adapted to a particular use. We can't just invent a new word every single time we wish to discuss a variation on a theme, so we re-use an existing word and explain the difference in how we're using it.

I was bitching and moaning about people adding things to what other people said, not about people "misinterpreting" what i say. You're doing it right now. I cannot stand it. The end.
 
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redpepper

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Just so things stay on topic as much as possible:

I do understand that modding a board is hard work. I run two right now and even with the help of a couple of staff members, it's difficult. Can't be everywhere at once, and I get it. I also have a pet peeve of staff making things personal. When I feel overly frustrated I try to let another staff member know and let them deal with it if possible. Or if not, if it MUST be me dealing with things, I run my notes, letters, PMs past them first to make sure I'm not coming off harsher than I need to.
Exactly. Personal takes on someone just don't fit when you're a mod. There is no room for that. A member is a member is a member when the mod hat comes out. That is why its important to have two hats and realize that no matter if I operate from two hats or not, people are still going to see me as mod first.
 

SchrodingersCat

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I wonder if it wouldn't be helpful to actually have two figurative hats. We don't allow couples to post as two people sharing a keyboard... how is this any less confusing?
 

Somegeezer

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The things you miss out on when away for long periods...

Do we really need a mod to mod the mods? =P

Thankfully, actions like these are rare. But I feel when they do come about, we should all do our best to be helpful of the situation. Throwing blame is certainly not helpful [not directed at anyone specific].

I hope this situation has been fixed, and that we can all carry on smiling. =]

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Vixtoria

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I don't know about that, but having a different log in for mods would be good. Only of course, if you can work it to still see mod duties on your usual account. I know on the forums I use I set it up that way. Staff makes a separate account for staff but I can change the permissions for any of their other accounts so while they don't have the power of a mod on the other accounts, they can still read staff rooms and such.

Just saying, I've done it and found it helpful but I do understand the forums I run are of a different variety and different platform!
 

SchrodingersCat

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I thought that was ok? Not exactly encouraged but tolerated?

Nope. Two people, two accounts. What I mean is when they each post in the first person using the same username, so you never know who's talking. It's tolerated when one person does all the talking for two people, but even that always makes you wonder what the other person is "really" saying.

Preferably, anyone who has something to say should create their own account. I never understand why that's so difficult for some people, it takes a whole 30 seconds. If you have time to form the thought and type it in a box, you have time to make your own account.

My dad and his girlfriend share an email address, it drives me absolutely crazy. His girlfriend told me that they had to put down their cat the other day, it sounded so "yeah whatever." I didn't realize it was her. She doesn't sign her emails. My dad usually does, but I didn't clue in. Then I get an email from my dad where he has to stop mid-way to go get a kleenex when he was talking about the cat. Obviously they had a bit of a different reaction.
 

SNeacail

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WOW! I guess based on AT's rational, I need to leave this board and never post here again. I was seriously offended by what was posted on FOL's BLOG about the posting not being poly enough for this board. Seriously? Glad I'm not the only one.

after all i work at Harvard

Well, this explains a great deal :p
 
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kdt26417

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SNeacail, I agree with you that we should be careful not to make people feel left out (or not welcome) because they're "not poly enough." I guess to some people, that would taint the purity of our site to allow too much "non-poly-ness" aboard, but I figure anyone who participates here (other than spam artists) must at least have an interest in poly. Plus I personally feel that the blog section is like the fireplace board; it shouldn't be so strict that the subject matter be specifically poly and non-mono. Of course that's just an opinion of mine; I am not a mod and do not make the rules. But I sympathize with what you're saying.

As for mods having two roles (mod and member), what I've seen done on other sites is, the mod doesn't have two accounts, but xe prefaces hir messages with something like, "I am speaking as a mod," or, "I am speaking as a member." It always made things clear enough for me, though there were also times when they posted something very light and it seemed obvious they were posting just as a member.

I guess that's all I have to say for the moment.

Due regards,
Kevin T.
 

ImaginaryIllusion

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Obe

While I appreciate everyone trying to maintain a courteous discourse on this topic and expressing their concern for the well-being of the forum and community here, this thread has been going on quite long enough given the guidelines for the site:

Moderators will not be involved in public threads discussing infractions assigned, and any such threads will be removed as being off-topic. Questions regarding the guidelines can be raised on the site usage board, where the current guidelines are posted and all updated versions will also appear.

In addition to the above, I will also note that the issues presented here have been overtaken by events, so further debate on this is not required.

I'll be locking this thread. Any issues can be directed to me via PM.
 
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