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In Defense of mapleleaf, krellin, and All the Rest...
We've created them. They have as much right to speak their mind and spew as much vitriol as I spew Shakespeare...the same way we've made me into the seeming embodiment of the long-winded pseudo-intellectual Ivory Tower elitist, we've created these trolls, too...you pay them heed, and you lend credence to their creed. Respond, mute them, ignore them...but they have their right to speak, too...
After listening to your suggestions about self-moderation, we've decided to try something new. Basically, we will give a user with a reasonable record mod privileges for one day to help keep order in the forum. We hope this will prevent any one person from going crazy with power, as it will only be for 24 hours. If you're interested, please post here.
I'd volunteer, I'd like to help out. As long as there are clear guidelines and just manual labour, such as locking cheating accusation threads and those with blatant hate speech. But are you sure this will lessen the workload? It takes a long time for a mod to learn the community enough to be able to draw the line fairly well, and all mod decisions are based on judgment. Since you're suggesting a long line of inexperienced mods, there will almost certainly be mistakes made, and there is a clear risk that people, with the best intentions, will piss off someone and create a shitstorm that you will have to defend. I like the idea, democratising the power somewhat by distributing it fairly in small doses, it reminds me of ancient Greece. But it would have to be carefully managed.
So the mod a day can silence, but not ban? But what if the power goes to their head? Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Can their silences be for more than 24 hours? Will someone monitor their exercising of the power?
I'm fooled over and over again, every April 1. It's always in the middle of a term, when I'm happy if I know what month it is. Also, fuck Sweden. It's April now and I still can't sleep with my window open without dying from frostbite? And I even sleep during the day...
Just curious if anyone here has any thought on the situation in northern Mali/Azawad. It seems extremely unlikely to me that 2,000 ECOWAS troops are going to be able to fight the Tuaregs unless the MNLA splits, and I haven't really heard anything indicating that that's going to happen. At the same time, all of this seems to be happening kind of quickly. Are they prepared to set up a government?
Have you ever made a horrible decision and not realized it until after you've done it?
Well I have. In fact, there are only two things in this life that I've done that were incredibly stupid. The first is not putting oil in my vehicle until the engine blew when I was a kid. The second was un-muting Krellin. Not sure why this guy hasn't been banned yet but, like the damage to my motor, ability to not hate idiots will never be fixed again.
Rules (honor system): Link to a youtube video of a song (preferably one you enjoy). You can only link if you have listened to one of the songs above. For each distinct song you listen to, you can post another.
This is less about me leaving than sharing something that happened in real life that sharing to others in real life would just be a bummer. Here, I don't care if y'all are bummed. It just happens to be a perfect topic for a last thread