Let me take the occasion of my return from time out to say that I knew full well what I was doing, that I was asking for a time out, and that I got what I deserved. Let's get that out of the way. I like to think of myself as a mostly useful poster with occasional bouts of getting my sillies out. Sometimes I go too far. But I am turning over a new leaf. At any rate, I beg the mods -- whom I hold in high regard -- not to take the opinions of the masses too seriously here. Just about every internet forum whose death I have ever witnessed went through a similar inflection point: the mods decided to start taking public polls and referenda on the level of moderation; minor problems got blown way out of proportion and were met with overzealous "fixes" that then exacerbated the trolling problem in response; and so forth. Please do not go down that path. That way lie dragons. Mods, please consider that catering to the crowd sets a dangerous and irreparable precedent. It establishes that you have abdicated your decisionmaking authority to the mob, and the mob can never be fully satisfied. You will do no right by them, and you'll look increasingly inconsistent precisely because tbe will of the mob is inconsistent. Nothing but frustration will ensue. Your job, as moderators, is not to please everyone. Your job is to moderate. You, and not the crowd, are the authority here. You set the tone. And frankly, the tone you've set to date has been just fine. The shit people complain about -- "virulent misogyny," trolling, etc. -- is neither substantially different now than it ever has been, nor a serious issue in the least. It's nothing folks can't ignore if they so choose. The most uptight on the board -- those who, by definition, flock to referenda like these most frequently and most fervently -- are making mountains out of molehills. As for supposed brain drain of old timers from the boards? That shit will happen, dude. It's the circle of life. People get tired of boards after awhile. Nothing you can do about it. Increased moderation isn't going to make the newcomers any more knowledgeable about classic men's clothing.
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12/24/10 at 1:36am