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Old 01-14-2007, 01:03 AM   #11
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i'd say it's almost a yearly thing elfie.

it took me a while to get used to the fact that while chatting here, your posts will be viewed by people who have the power to censor. it's an unnatural feeling for me, and i suspect many other people would feel the same.

i've been on unmoderated boards which require thick skin, lightly moderated boards that have their days, and heavily moderated boards such as this one.

from my experience, unmoderated boards can be fun, like driving at high speed. but it's in heavy traffic, so there's bound to be wrecks, tension, and aggravation. i can't go there on a daily basis.

lightly moderated boards are the ideal, imo, but are extremely difficult if not impossible to pull off. it's human nature to have some conflicts. also, cliques tend to form around common enemies, and that can get ugly, or at the very least, uninviting.

heavily moderated boards take a little getting used to, and some trust on everyone's part. trust is a fragile thing, however.

all of that said, the good part is that while we're all human, we have some pretty good humans who are in charge of said censorship here.

the only problem that i've seen recently is when people, both moderators and members alike, take out heir displeasure on one another in the public forum. i am guilty of such not very long ago. members can be censored, even negative karma-tized for it. the admins have all final say. that's just the way it is.
the problem that i'd mentioned comes when the rules are not obeyed by both parties, admins & members. to explain: i saw it suggested in one of the recent threads that got a little contentious that public admonishment of a member is sort of considered good practice once in a while to remind everyone of the rules. i think that is totally wrong. the admins should be examples of how they want the site to run, and should do everything in their power to be "above" the fray.
that would include a polite pm when they have to be contradictory about something, or have to do some severe censoring. (i'm not suggesting a pm for every little thing).

we, as members, have a responsibility to try to communicate within the posted rules.

i'm sure i'm not gonna be popular with you guys about this, but admins and moderators have an even greater responsibility to show us how it's done.

other than that, i think we're cool...

edited to add: thanks for not locking this thread (i hope it wasn't an oversight, lol) and leaving it up for discussion. it means something when our opinions matter, and are allowed to be viewed by others.
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Old 01-14-2007, 01:41 AM   #12
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Thanks for reminding me to lock this thread BT hahahaha

I appreciate everyone's positive comments.
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Old 01-14-2007, 10:03 AM   #13
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Old 01-14-2007, 10:17 AM   #14
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Wow, I have no idea what happened while I was not looking, but, I can say that I have had my moments on here and it was quickly taken care of whether I said the wrong thing or someone else did. I appreciate EVERY single person that has to do with this site being the wonderful place that it is. I feel safe and I can be open and don't have to really worry about judging. We will always have someone that is rubbed the wrong way, that is just natural, but, all of you have done a great job in moderating.
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Old 01-14-2007, 10:22 AM   #15
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You guys aren't "heavy-handed" at all, comparably ; i once was kicked off (not cencored- Kicked Off!) a site for ranting about the seeming inconsistancy of gas price flucuations. Their reasoning.... I was "too Political!"
no woodshed that time; I was shown the highway
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Old 01-14-2007, 02:08 PM   #16
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There's actually a simple solution to this problem: discuss more cooking.
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Old 01-14-2007, 03:36 PM   #17
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I honestly think you guys and gals handle the moderation quite
well, the most difficult thing I had to get use to was the re wording of the
title of my message, but it is policy ,so its no big deal...
Other than that all the mods I have dealt with are quite friendly and helpfull... :)
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Old 01-15-2007, 12:30 PM   #18
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My 2 cents:
It's your site. Run it the way you want. It's not a democracy.
Apparently a lot of people are at least, very comfortable with how you do it. There are a pretty good number of regular members.
Ironchef has a good suggestion but I like that we sort of know the people we're discussing cooking with through other threads. I don't post a lot but I know where to go to find a chat w/ nice people and the best place to find help as a novice in the world of "serious" cooking. Thanks for sharing your site with me.
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Old 01-15-2007, 09:44 PM   #19
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There's actually a simple solution to this problem: discuss more cooking.
Very well put...
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Old 01-16-2007, 03:39 PM   #20
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It's really nice to see elfie's thread title with the words "every couple years" in it.

Must mean somebody's doing something right or this board would have burst into flames long ago.

Thanks to Andy R and all the wonderful mods and members who make this such a fun place to visit.
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