Re: Disrespect: where to draw the line here
posted at 7/14/2014 8:51 PM EDT
I personally think banning should be an extremely rare occurrence , reserved for such egregious acts such as severe spamming, violations of the law, EXTREME and sustained verbal abuse, etc. The banning of posters because folks might disagree with their views is simply wrong and should be condemned. Requiring conformity in speech is about as despotic as it gets, and I for one stand with the many dissidents around the world who suffer daily because they dared to speak their minds. If the views expressed here are weak, lacking in corroboration or substance, etc. The Nation will resoundingly point this out. It's what makes a great board...err...great! I'm also not a fan of post removals, unless to move to an existing thread to help with clutter, unless it is an extreme violation of the TOS. I'm also a HUGE fan of allowing off topic posts, as long as they are identified as such, and they are otherwise acceptably presented. Some of our greatest threads ever were based on off topic posts. I view this site as a big old kitchen table where the Red Sox Nation family can come to discuss things. If an alien from outer space lands on the White House lawn next week, why shouldn't we be able to discuss it here among our family? Some here post ONLY on this forum, and for some this is their primary social outlet. We have a variety of disabled folks here and this site gives them great joy. I say let them occasionally tell us all that their beloved pet passed, or that they found an awesome new way to smoke brisket on the grill, or that the doctor told them they have cancer and they're scared. Again, the thread should be clearly identified as off topic such as: **OFF TOPIC** "My cat fluffy just died today...." Then folks who never want to read an off topic post won't be bothered, but those who choose to can offer support. Just something to consider, I think it's something that would help to drive traffic and improve satisfaction with the board.
I really liked the tone of this thread and the respectful way input was solicited. Guests who come here have many options available to them, and it's nice to see a Mod making them feel welcome.
In response to Mod2's comment:
Good afternoon fellow posters,
I need your advice. Not just from those who have expressed your opinion on the mod thread, but from also from those of you from whom I have not heard as yet. The posting policy states that posters are to be "respectful" and "courteous" to other posters. What that means is different to different people. It ranges from "anything goes" to the other end of the spectrum. I would like to know how posters would like this thread moderated, and I will do my best to follow those instructions.
Lets rank the needle on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being anything goes and 10 being much more strict about blocking posts and banning posters. Additional comment besides a number are welcome too. For example, is inserting political comments into baseball posts considered disrespectful? Remember: the same rules will be applied no matter whose post it is, regardless of their political beliefs.
I do not want to turn this thread into an afternoon soap. Just some constructive direction is being requested. Have at it!