[LINK] Moderator Censorship

Michael Skeggs mike@bystander.net mskeggs at gmail.com
Mon Mar 28 13:26:56 AEDT 2011

On 28 March 2011 12:37, Craig Sanders <cas at taz.net.au> wrote:

> 5 variations of the same ultimatum in one message is a bit excessive,
> isn't it?
> i think it would be a shame if you did that, but if you really can not
> see any middle-ground between over-eager moderation and resigning then
> so be it.
> IMO, no moderation is better than over-moderation.

I'm with Craig on this. Pitching in "as a moderator" on an issue you feel
strongly about is incompatible.
By all means discuss issues as a participant. And by all means take issue
with people you feel are trying to hamper the smooth running of the list, as
a participant. And should the day come when many on the list ask the mods to
act to rebuke somebody, by all means do so.
But titling a post in disagreement with another's viewpoint as a note from a
moderator is an appeal to authority, rather than constructive debate.
I don't see any need to replace Robin, but I think there should be a clear
line between participating and moderating.

Michael Skeggs

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