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  1. #1 Selective modding 
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    Since there's no forum for this kind of concern I'll just post it in the General Forum I guess.
    This isn't directed at any mods in particular - but since I've come back to the science forum there's been a definite shift (and increase) in the amount of modding that is going on. This is all fine and good, if the admins here feel the need to step up the patrols I have no problem with that.
    But the rules need to be laid out specifically and enforced consistently.
    If off-topic posting is forbidden the mods need to stop doing it in one thread, then complaining about others doing it in another. If ad hominems and name calling are unacceptable, then people who employ them shouldn't be mods either.
    I also think that deleting entire posts is uncalled for (unless it's spam, advertising, or nasty language), and that a warning or a mod edit + warning is more than sufficient, but that's just my opinion.
    I realize mods are never perfect and there's always subjective decisions to be made, but excessively inconsistent choices about when to enforce (or even follow...) the rules is a good way to drive off posters, imo.
    Again that's not directed at anyone in particular and nobody but me may even care at this point, but I just wanted to post it.


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    You are banned.

    jk..but there is a place for this. its over in site feedback!


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  4. #3 Re: Selective modding 
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neutrino
    Since there's no forum for this kind of concern I'll just post it in the General Forum I guess.
    This isn't directed at any mods in particular - but since I've come back to the science forum there's been a definite shift (and increase) in the amount of modding that is going on. This is all fine and good, if the admins here feel the need to step up the patrols I have no problem with that.
    But the rules need to be laid out specifically and enforced consistently.
    If off-topic posting is forbidden the mods need to stop doing it in one thread, then complaining about others doing it in another. If ad hominems and name calling are unacceptable, then people who employ them shouldn't be mods either.
    I also think that deleting entire posts is uncalled for (unless it's spam, advertising, or nasty language), and that a warning or a mod edit + warning is more than sufficient, but that's just my opinion.
    I realize mods are never perfect and there's always subjective decisions to be made, but excessively inconsistent choices about when to enforce (or even follow...) the rules is a good way to drive off posters, imo.
    Again that's not directed at anyone in particular and nobody but me may even care at this point, but I just wanted to post it.

    I refer you to the rules in the sticky thread under this topic heading.

    If you have any specific issues with regard to any specific mod action then please PM Homouniversalis.

    I will leave it to Mr U to reply at his pleasure.
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    I read the guidelines - but those have been up for a while and in the past hadn't really been enforced much. So what meaning do they have exactly if in the past they weren't enforced much, but in the present are enforced some, and violated some?
    Anyway there's no real specific mod action I've taken offense to or anything, it's just when I see a mod zap somebody's post for offense X or Y (and if it's a thread the mod is actively participating in that's even worse), then see that or another mod go and do X, Y, or Z themselves, that's a problem imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SealOtter
    You are banned.

    jk..but there is a place for this. its over in site feedback!
    Yeah I just slapped it in General without even thinking - I think I've trained my brain to ignore the "Site Feedback" forum since I never click into it :P
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    It's probably true that our modding style has changed over time, but so has the need for moderation. We just get more spam nowadays, and sometimes that means we have to be strict at the first instance to discourage a beginning spammer. In the past we may have given such a person a second and a third chance, but we can't afford that anymore.

    And while we'd like to be perfectly consistent, this is really impossible. Because we don't notice everything some spammers may be lucky while others get a tough treatment. If members would more often point us to spam this problem would be diminished. And personally I think it's more important for us to guard the quality standard of this forum rather than being perfectly consistent 'judges'. Keeping a couple exceptionally good discussions free from offtopic nonsense may sometimes be more rewarding than deleting the usual trash.

    Anyway please keep sending us pm's when you spot something that needs our attention, or when you disagree with any of our decisions. If we don't know it we can't act on it.
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