This is silly, kids. Nobody needs to live in fear of raicha
(not picking on Highlands or anybody, these are general comments)
We're changing neither the degree nor the philosophy of our moderation. raicha
spotted something a few days back that, if I'd been on the board and had been thinking (I know! Huh?), I would have possibly spotted myself, maybe. Probably not, though. If she'd had mod powers then, she'd have saved me a ton of hassle and stress later on.
Her heart is in the right place and she's smart as a whip. Neither of my other mods are lawyers (although realist
knows more law than a lot of lawyers do; didja hear him craft an excellent hypothetical question for an expert witness on Reality Check Radio
the other night?).
For some reason, realist
gets way more PMs than I do. People bring him every little problem, 'cuz everybody knows he has no life and can devote himself to the forum 24/7. Except you're driving him bonkers. He actually DOES have a life, and a girlfriend, and a passion that has nothing to do with the birthers (golf), and he could use a bit of a break.
So from now on, any time you think you'd like to ask realist
for a favor or bring one of your problems to him, send the PM to raicha
instead. They also have no lives and can devote themselves to the forum 24/7.
What I'm really saying is, the more folks on the team, the less each team member should have to shoulder, and I believe raicha
is pretty well dialed in on what our moderation schema entails, even if there are times when she seems a little ... strict.
And the truth is, I want
her to be strict with the birthers in the birther cage. This next part is about 'splainin' MY philosophy when it comes to the birthers in the birther cage:
For those of you not in the Birther Engagers usergroup, this most recent one has been a nasty little piece of work. He lied about being a black man; he lied about being in the military; he lied about a lot of things and got caught in every lie, and then he blithely informed us that "Snopes is not to be trusted." Well, fuck you very much, Mr. Fake Black Dude. We'll make up our own minds, TYVM, and probably won't follow the advice of notorious lying sacks of ...
He tried to come in as a concern troll, but when I busted him for who and what he is, he turned into a vicious moron. He seems to feel that we need him to start a new thread every time WND has a new article on birferism, 'cause he thinks we don't read them for ourselves. He brings up all the nasty shit that has nothing to do with eligibility, like "Michelle was disbarred" and "Stanley Ann made pr0n". I'm about 10 seconds from baning his ass.
When we were at PJ, I really admired Justin for the way he tried like hell to be even-handed in dealing with the birthers who joined up. He tried to enforce the rules just about exactly equally for them as for our own people. As long as they didn't do personal attacks on individual members here, they could post without censorship, and Justin was the very epitome of fairness and non-discrimination in dealing with them.
Which was admirable, but I'm not like that. I tried, but I'm all done being fair to birthers.
By now we've had about 20 different birthers between PJ and Fogbow. I've waited and hoped in vain for one to come along that could make rational and honest arguments. We've never found one. They're all dishonest, every single one of them. They all make stupid arguments that we've debunked months and years ago. None of them say anything new; none of them say anything worth arguing. Not even Aristotle the Hunnybun, the übergenius with the gazillion IQ who should have been able to simply think
us into subjection using the vast power of his ginormous brainbone.
Instead he randed away with his tail
brainbone between his legs after just 20 posts, poor bunny ...
So this whole, "Be fair, give them a chance, let's see what they have to say" thingy isn't workin' for me any more. That birfer won't hunt. The only reason I allow them at all is that the Birther Engagers usergroup and I enjoy beating up on them some in order to take out our aggressions, and we can't do that on any of the birther blogs because of censorship.
But I'm not being fair to birthers here. They can suck my foot, especially the one we have now, who isn't allowed to have even a signature or an avatar. He abused his privileges, so he doesn't have any now. I've told him and everyone that the next time he brings up some bullshit that has nothing to do with eligibility, he's baned. The rule about no personal insults is rather loosely enforced in the birfer cage, too.
We hardly ever discipline any of our Obots, though. I can't even remember the last time it happened. I'm pretty sure the worst thing I've ever done to an Obot here is cut off more than four paragraphs or redacted a Social Security number or edited a post and left a note why. I'm not being fair to birthers, I know. I'm not even trying to be fair to them any more. I'm all done with being fair to them; I'll spend my time being fair to Obots, TYVM. I have a bias toward people I like and admire and respect, and a bias against people I dislike and don't admire and don't respect. That's kinda the way it's going to be, and I think all my mods are down with that kind of regime.
Further affiant sayeth naught.