Originally Posted by Sator
Things have always been kept rather polite at Andyland and it is clear that Cruiser has taken advantage of this, to set himself up as chief troll at Ask Cruiser About Jeans. Rather than risk being censured for raising their voices over him it looks like all the forum stalwarts have politely "left the room" in silent protest. It looks like Medwards is fighting a lonely rear guard action and trying to instigate some stimulating conversation, but it is rarely leading anywhere. He is even resorting to talking about tattoos for want of any other topic of conversation (at least they are bespoke, I guess
). I wonder how long it will be before he and the other moderators throw in the towel like Will and walk away.
Well, I think the [selectively] enforced "politeness" at Andyland was one of the things that led me to "leave the room." The story goes that I had mentioned changing out of some rather grubby clothing I had been wearing (after doing housecleaning and yard work) and putting on my old blue blazer with an ascot and pocket square to go to the market. Cruiser took the occasion to make this slam at my wife:
"Of course I think any woman that marries a man who dons an ascot and pocket square to go to the market is most likely just a gold digging slut who thinks he has money, not much better than a 'hoe.' In fact, she's not as good because at least the hoe isn't pretending to be something she isn't. I'm not talking about anyone personally, just the typical tramp that would take up with a guy like that."
Since I had seen better men banned from Andyland for a hell of a lot less, I fully expected the axe to fall on Cruiser. Nothing happened. He wasn't banned. He was even suspended. After a few days, it became apparent to me that at least the foremost among the moderators there was taking an avuncular and downright sympathetic attitude toward Cruiser. Naturally, I had felt a temptation to lay into Cruiser, but I felt it would just degrade me to his level and risk getting myself banned. Therefore I quietly took my leave, six months ago to this very day.
As I have said elsewhere regarding forum moderation, I can live very happily with a "tight ship" if a firm but fair hand is at the helm. Arbitrary and capricious despotism, rank favoritism, flagrant political partisanship and outright bullying are not things I will long endure.