[LINK] Moderation note: Attempting to suppress discussion or opinions (Match Koltai - Was Fukushima scaremongers becoming increasingly desperate)

Noel Butler noel.butler at ausics.net
Sun Mar 27 16:13:07 AEDT 2011

On Sun, 2011-03-27 at 15:55 +1100, Robin Whittle wrote:

> Likewise, I believe someone writing to the list expressing their opinion
> on a subject and then requesting, suggesting, pleading or whatever that
> there be no further discussion of the subject.

Well put!

Lists have moderators for that very reason, I have long been of the
belief that they, and only they, have ANY right
to ask/request/direct/suggest/insist/hint/... that a person not post the
way they do, or a thread needs ending, or is off  topic etc.

I congratulate you on taking this stand.

> write about certain things, not to express particular opinions, or not
> to write to the list at all, *privately* - without such communications
> being on the list - then I think you could argue that this was
> "censorship".  That is not what I did.

I disagree that a moderator "chipping" a member in private would be
censorship, I believe official warnings should be in private, CC'd of
course to all other moderators so they are aware of what's going on and
for transparency, general "pull your heads in" if a thread gets out of
control, should of course be on list.


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