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New Forum Idea

Postby viniketa » Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:07 am

Start an "Interpersonal Conflict" forum and send all posts that contain personal attacks into that forum, rather than delete them. Let others see how petty some fights become.

Alternately, it could be named "Trash"...

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Re: New Forum Idea

Postby lobster » Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:31 pm

good plan :twothumbsup:

We are all petty, insulted, insulting, small minded at times. So it is good practice and hygiene.
It is also true that defending the dharma, exposing fake gnu's and the much more common fake disciples, should also be part of dharma debate. :thumbsup:

Trolls however should be killed or corralled, thus ensuring their travel to more accommodating grazing . . .
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Re: New Forum Idea

Postby viniketa » Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:47 pm

It looks like the "Trash" forum may need a subforum: "Braggadocio"...
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Re: New Forum Idea

Postby undefineable » Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:28 pm

lobster wrote:exposing fake gnu's

There's always problems whenever people start pretending to be wildebeest :jumping: , hence:
lobster wrote: _ _ should be _ _ corralled, thus ensuring their travel to more accommodating grazing
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Re: New Forum Idea

Postby viniketa » Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:14 pm

undefineable wrote:
lobster wrote:exposing fake gnu's

There's always problems whenever people start pretending to be wildebeest :jumping: , hence:
lobster wrote: _ _ should be _ _ corralled, thus ensuring their travel to more accommodating grazing


Well, exactly. I'm proposing a type of corral for wildebeest postings. The 'braggadocio' part was a bit of sarcasm, but the "Trash" bin part is a serious proposal. I've seen this work on other forums about this size. People always get up-in-arms when they see posts 'disappear'. Plus, the practice affords a bit of protection for those who decide to let off steam publicly - "I can say this because they'll delete it anyway"...

By moving such posts to the "Trash", it accomplishes several things: 1) gets the post out of the mainstream discussion so it doesn't draw further response; and 2) takes it away from eyes that would rather not see such behavior; while 3) keeping an 'open' record of the behavior so the entire community can be aware of it if they so choose.

It can take a lot of pressure off of admin/mods.

Of course, the "Trash" bin has to be locked so others can't go in and continue feuds...

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Re: New Forum Idea

Postby catmoon » Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:13 am

I like it..... I'll see what the other mods think.
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Re: New Forum Idea

Postby Yudron » Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:53 am

If there are three or more people behaving badly can they by all put in there together?
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Re: New Forum Idea

Postby dharmagoat » Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:14 am

I like the idea. It would be even better if the removed posts did not show up in the "View new posts" list, so that they would effectively disappear to all but those who wish to seek them out.
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Re: New Forum Idea

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:52 am

Greetings,

viniketa wrote:Plus, the practice affords a bit of protection for those who decide to let off steam publicly - "I can say this because they'll delete it anyway"...

For what it's worth, I wouldn't support anything that allows and permits people to be ill-tempered and poor disciplined, yet leaves volunteer moderators in a position where they are expected to clean up after such folk, simply to keep the forum civil.

Better to cultivate the brahma-vihara of upekkha (equinimity) than to "let off steam publicly", IMO.

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Re: New Forum Idea

Postby viniketa » Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:31 am

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

viniketa wrote:Plus, the practice affords a bit of protection for those who decide to let off steam publicly - "I can say this because they'll delete it anyway"...

For what it's worth, I wouldn't support anything that allows and permits people to be ill-tempered and poor disciplined, yet leaves volunteer moderators in a position where they are expected to clean up after such folk, simply to keep the forum civil.

Better to cultivate the brahma-vihara of upekkha (equinimity) than to "let off steam publicly", IMO.


To be more clear, I meant the current practice of 'hiding' posts affords a bit of protection for those who are ill-tempered and poorly disciplined.

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Re: New Forum Idea

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:42 am

Greetings,

viniketa wrote:To be more clear, I meant the current practice of 'hiding' posts affords a bit of protection for those who are ill-tempered and poorly disciplined.

OK, I see what you mean. It is true that people don't have full visibility over such members "ill-tempered and poorly disciplined" postings. Given some of the shameful and disruptive things people occasionally write (and hopefully later regret) that are in violation of the Terms Of Service, I think that's actually for the best.

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Re: New Forum Idea

Postby viniketa » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:54 am

retrofuturist wrote:Given some of the shameful and disruptive things people occasionally write (and hopefully later regret) that are in violation of the Terms Of Service, I think that's actually for the best.)


I understand. However, adherence to TOS can be reinforced when folks have access to examples of posts that are considered deviant from TOS.

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Re: New Forum Idea

Postby dharmagoat » Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:29 am

viniketa wrote:However, adherence to TOS can be reinforced when folks have access to examples of posts that are considered deviant from TOS.

Yes, a "hall of shame" could be quite illustrative.
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Re: New Forum Idea

Postby Blue Garuda » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:36 am

This period of reflection was not caused by bad behaviour.

It was caused because there was inaction to stop that behaviour, and an Admin who was partisan in permitting persecution which, albeit not extreme, was enough to cause members to leave.

The attacks on Malcolm were partly also attacks on his Guru and the DC as he expressed precisely what I have heard ChNNR say himself. This was then permitted to continue, with further attacks on Malcolm and personal abuse of other DC members. That is a disgrace. Did staff hope that by allowing a thread full of abuse to carry on, it would burn itself out and then we can all go back to normal? You pour water on a fire, not petrol.

DW was growing, and much of the growth came from DC members - in itself resulting in expressions of annoyance that the DC was dominating the forum, whereas it was simply the case that other areas of the board needed someone like Malcolm to stimulate such activity.

Setting up persecution of members in the form of a sin bin or some form of village stocks is simply redirecting attention away from the true issue, which is the failure of staff to act.

I had an 'announcement' in my User Control Panel, apparently by Catmoon and sent by Astus. It was about not responding to insults with bad behaviour of your own. Staff need to take their own advice rather than taking a proposal for public vindictiveness back to the Team for discussion.

The first sectarian proposal by a current Admin, which caused me to resign as a Mod, could have been seen as an isolated episode. The repetition of it with the DC is evidence of a deeper problem of self-control.

The 'New Forum Idea' is simple:

Remove partisan staff.

Bring in more Mods, with a spread of specific knowledge of the schools, so that persecution and abuse can be readily identified and action can be fair and appropriate.

If possible, there also needs to be a good spread across time zones to ensure speedy action and avoid escalation.
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Re: New Forum Idea

Postby viniketa » Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:47 pm

Blue Garuda wrote:This period of reflection was not caused by bad behaviour.


This is a separate thread, merely tangential to the "period of reflection" and more directed to "bad behavior" in general rather than some particular "bad behavior". :smile:

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Re: New Forum Idea

Postby Indrajala » Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:15 am

This thread is related heavily to the other ongoing thread which has been closed.

There's no need for all this divisiveness to continue.
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