DFogg Posted February 20, 2009 Share Posted February 20, 2009 Hi All, I am often conflicted when I moderate the forum. On the one hand, I enjoy free ranging and spirited discussions, on the other, emotions quickly boil over on the internet and folks get riled up and before they can control themselves it spills out. The result is always uncomfortable for those who are not involved in the dispute because of all the negativity, those who are involved are often so angry that they leave the forum and we all lose a member. So, it has been my policy to intervene immediately when tempers rise. I will contact parties privately and ask that things be toned down, if that fails I will suspend or delete the thread. If members are so angry that they can not restrain themselves from reinjecting their anger, I will ban them from the forum. The result of this policy on my part, I believe, has created a forum that is a polite, constructive, and supportive community. I am conflicted when there are good topics, pertinent to our subject, but destined to be inflamatory. At those times I feel like a censor and it is uncomfortable for me. Not only am I forced to intervene, but I am aware of the danger of creating a bland and uninteresting community. It would be of great help to us all if when you begin a thread that you suspect will fan the fires, that you do it consciously, with the intent of constructive discussion, and that you do not contribute to or engage in angry and insulting responses. I think a good rule of thumb would be to not engage in any behavior that you would not truly do face to face, in public. This is a public place, we get a lot of traffic and you create an impression in the public mind by how you respond here. It can be positive and constructive or it can hurt you. Behave yourselves and be the best you can be. God I feel like a Dad. Don Fogg Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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