I’d like to preface by saying that I’m not exactly innocent here, an I would imagine I could categorize some of the things I’ve said on this forum a bit ‘past the bar,’ and I would imagine others have seen this as well. I don’t always respond so ‘easygoing’ when provoked.
That being said, reasoning for a block/ban should be a good part of what mods do here. I agree that this place could use some more moderation. What I see is the previous era (moderation that went crazy, eventually) to now (moderation that is too light). Of course, the happy medium lies somewhere in between, with the community at the helm. Flags would probably work better if they were responded to in a more timely manner, but I kind of get it.
I’ve also seen behavior far worse on this forum. Its led me to more less become a lurker with occasional limited input. It seems you can’t even make a guide on this forum without negative backlash that ends in argument, rather than constructive alternatives or more information. Everyone has their own way of doing things in the IT world, and I think it sometimes carries over here. I agree with the previous mentions of threads @kewldude007 has listed, especially those in the Microsoft category. Frankly those kind of responses are a waste and don’t add anything to the conversation, I don’t know that they should be allowed to go without notice.
@kewldude007 has honestly given me some perspective since I’ve been here. I’m not always right (or sharing the same opinion), but I try not to be an asshole about it.
I think that outside of projects, guides is really a place we as a community can shine. In depth, step by step details to help the noobs on various subjects. There is a lot of tribal and technical knowledge here.
I really dislike the culture of tech elitism that places even the more difficult subjects under ‘just figure it out.’ But at the same time, we shouldn’t guide things like ‘how to boot to a USB drive’ and such. DIY projects on this forum are really great too.
Agreed. The election is one of the reasons I kind of became less active here. The election resulted in most threads trying to make everything politics related. I came here for tech, and only tech.
Certain negative attitudes (some that are apparently in this thread) are always going to bring negativity to the table. The depth of which should have some limit, some tolerance level before cutting a person off from a thread.
I’ve found that their are people I can happily disagree with on this forum and still get along with. Most aren’t willing to go ad hom on something that they aren’t on the same page with, no matter what it may be. But I think others have gotten away with a lot, and it becomes really annoying. I’ve sensed some favoritism when it comes to things that should otherwise be blocked/deleted, and I don’t like it. This kind of circles back to moderation… but fair moderation. I’ve noticed a fair amount of needless hostility has been allowed here, including the lounge, often for no real reason.
I think one issue I can see here is that some can’t seem to remove themselves from the conversation, step back and look at things from the outside in, including the mods.
Last, while I think content variety is cool, but some of the topics allowed here have gone beyond what should be allowed on this forum. I won’t call anyone out or go into detail, but this isn’t a personal blog site imo. I don’t think that means we’re exclusively tech here, but at some point, seems like a line should be drawn. That is just my opinion. I’m pretty open to all the other stuff I’ve seen here, its cool to see all the little niches within the level1 community.