I know why it’s not there, but not how to get it back. The problem is that I’m not really interested in re-opening the whole tekxit can of worms to explain it, but let’s just say that the whole thing left certain community members more salty than the people who were actually involved in the whole situation. We need to move on completely from it if we’re going to have any hope of bringing back the community spirit here.
Regarding changes I’d like to see, I can’t believe I have to say this, but advocation for violence is not free speech and should not be allowed on the forum. No matter if it’s a forum member or not, advocating violence leads to people making bad decisions and innocent people getting hurt.
Violence because you disagree with someone’s opinion and policy changes is exactly how you lose your right to vote. (In the USA, that is)
If I were running things, which I’m not (so feel free to completely disregard this and I won’t be offended), I would have a post moderation guidelines document. You can explain what’s okay and what’s not. From there, when posts get flagged, or you come across posts in your own reading which violate the guidelines, you’ll be able to refer to policy on what to do. Whether it’s delete, leave up or message the user to remind them that their message is not appropriate for whatever reason.
I’ve been on the receiving side of a couple flags (thread linked above), which, for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how I violated rules. The post was deleted, so it’s hard to say for sure if I’m in the right.
Maybe you should expand your team? I’m sure there are a few qualified people.
If you’re referring to politics, yes. I think you should expand that to include advocation of violence.
I disagree with this because there are many people who are legitimately trying to learn. This could become a problem if they want to join and ask questions, but find they can’t post their question until 30 days later.
This is why I try to stay out of the Microsoft section. If I post in there, I’ll inevitably tell someone to try Linux. That’s why I try to stay away from those posts.
Yeah, you’re absolutely right on this. I’ve been starting to think about posting something along the lines of “rehab for tinfoil hats”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: When you talk on forums like this, the other people appear to be just text on a screen. That can easily make you dehumanize them. The problem there is that you easily become the evil person by attacking that “demon”.
Try not to take that crap personally, I think you’re a swell person, and I don’t care what OS you use. I like you for you!
I think that the flag system will alert you of controversial topics. I’ve passed by posts that are, by the letter of the law, not okay, but they’re not angering anyone and not really causing a problem, so I haven’t flagged them. That said, when someone posts something inflamatory or that is causing a problem, it will absolutely get a flag from me.
Some people don’t understand that this isn’t the real world and you and the rest of the moderation team decide the rules the rest of us need to play by.
I’d like to see a rule against this. 95% of threads are useful, but a few have a problem with this and we need to be able to solve this.
I’m going to disagree with you, given that the lounge moves too fast for me to keep up with it. I think that thread should really be a discord channel, but it’s not a huge issue to me.
With the current moderation staff, I doubt they’ll be able to handle the load of it. Remember that moderators are people too. They have lives, jobs and want to browse the forums they moderate without spending the whole day dealing with crap as well.
EDIT: wow, meant to just reply to a couple things, but trust me, this is worth a read.