""do you think the moderation here is insane or something?"", 8th Apr 2014, 5:55 PM #1
Registration date: 13th Jan 2012
This is ,of course, a quote from Kyo in the "Venting Thread" thread. It precedes a discussion that evolves into a "walking on eggshells" perception in the Forums. There seems to be an underlying assumption by some users that the Venting Thread is, was or should be less subject to Moderation and, therefor, less subject to moderate behavior.
This leads to a discussion on uneven Moderation in general - thus, the new thread.
This "walking on eggshells" perception is caused by people not knowing where they stand. It is caused by the Mods. We must first acknowledge that the Mods are human and fallible. We must further acknowledge that they work at improving their Moderation.
So, areas to improve:
The Mods must work harder at being on the Same Page. There has recently been ambiguity on how long a user should be Banned. And , no, I'm not suggesting that anyone should Post based on how long they think they'll get banned. I'm pointing out ambiguity regarding the practice of Banning, warnings, corrections, and whenthey are warranted.
Consider the use of the words "transsexual" and "transvestite". I was not aware that these can be considered slurs. Neither is the Intersex Society Of North America, nor Wiktionary, nor many other sites. If they are to be officially banned on CF, I have no problem with that - I'm not arguing for or against their use. But when even the other Mods aren't aware - then we have a problem. Same Page (different books, apparently).
This brings us to the second point. If the Mods are to engage as active Users then they must separate their Mod Voice from their User voice. Some sites do this with red fonts. At the very least, Mod pronouncements should be in a separate post; otherwise the Mod voice supersedes the User voice: "You're wrong about <this thing>. Also, DON'T USE <this word> AGAIN!" Either wear the Mod Hat or don't.
It's kinda like having your brother-in-law cop over for a BBQ. Officially, cops are never really off-duty. They are bound to uphold the Law. In practice, they'll probably over-look a little under-age drinking. Maybe even a joint. Better hide the meth-lab, though. As for anything in between - well, that depends on the Mod - er, cop, I mean. Better walk on egg-shells.