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Made in nz
[MOD]
Villanous Scum






Other than the Swap Shop and the Articles we do not have specific tasks or "patches".

On parle toujours mal quand on n'a rien à dire.
Keeping the flame of Babylon 5 A Call to Arms alive, check it out;
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Backfire wrote:
Nobody kills his dad and participates in genocide just for cosplay.
 
   
Made in us
[MOD]
Street Judge






RVA

Users should definitely be allowed to post new threads about vids or blogposts they have made, most especially in subfora where there is almost no traffic otherwise. The web forum is principally about hosting discussions. But an important ancillary function is disseminating information.

   
Made in ca
[MOD]
Dankhold Troggoth






Shadeglass Maze

Overread - Yeah I definitely think having a few more than needed is the "sweet spot"
   
Made in gb
Master Engineer with a Brace of Pistols






I want to call back to an earlier point, about not wanting to permanently ban posters. Most of you don’t want to do it yes?

Well under what circumstances would you reconsider that?
   
Made in nz
[MOD]
Villanous Scum






None of us want to do that, it defeats the whole point of a discussion forum and is really not how we wish this forum to be run.
That said we do occasionally permanently suspend people and (excluding spam bots) it tends to be when a poster is extremely bigoted, posts abhorrent things (racism for eg.) or shows conclusively that they are unable or unwilling to follow our rules. It is very rarely our preferred method of handling things but it on occasion it does have to be done.

On parle toujours mal quand on n'a rien à dire.
Keeping the flame of Babylon 5 A Call to Arms alive, check it out;
Babylon 5 ACTA campaign log
Babylon 5 ACTA Painting log
Backfire wrote:
Nobody kills his dad and participates in genocide just for cosplay.
 
   
Made in gb
Master Engineer with a Brace of Pistols






Well with regards to the third point, when do you decide that the merry go round needs to stop?
   
Made in nz
[MOD]
Villanous Scum






Every case is unique and it is done on a case by case basis, some occasions it has been within months for others it was within years.

On parle toujours mal quand on n'a rien à dire.
Keeping the flame of Babylon 5 A Call to Arms alive, check it out;
Babylon 5 ACTA campaign log
Babylon 5 ACTA Painting log
Backfire wrote:
Nobody kills his dad and participates in genocide just for cosplay.
 
   
Made in gb
Master Engineer with a Brace of Pistols






I suppose I should commend you all then. Most sites take the opposite approach.

Although it does mean that you’re stuck continuously dealing with the problem ones...myself included.

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Made in au
[MOD]
Cutting stuff up and bunging it back together in new and interesting ways.






Under the couch

 Future War Cultist wrote:

Although it does mean that you’re stuck continuously dealing with the problem ones....

It does... But that's the whole point. In some cases, those 'problem ones' eventually get sick of butting heads with the mods and modify their behavior. Others just mellow over time. And yes, some either get sick of constantly being suspended and wander off, or have to be shown the door. But so often, the driving force behind that behavior is a passion for the hobby that we would rather redirect into something positive. Kicking people out for feeling strongly about the hobby and just being crap at relating to others is somewhat self defeating when the purpose of the site is to share the hobby.

 
   
Made in gb
Fixture of Dakka




UK

Also many sits that ban people too swiftly tend to just end up with what appears to be a lot of problem users. Because instead of changing their behaviour, the offended banned users just register under a new account with a new email and name and keep going.

So you end up with a growing population of problem users because they reach a point where bans basically are an inconvenience rather than a barrier.

   
Made in us
[MOD]
Street Judge






RVA

If someone whose account has been permanently suspended comes back under a new user name, hopefully they will trick us and avoid being found out by never getting in trouble again. That’ll show us!

   
Made in us
Beautiful and Deadly Keeper of Secrets





 insaniak wrote:
 Future War Cultist wrote:

Although it does mean that you’re stuck continuously dealing with the problem ones....

It does... But that's the whole point. In some cases, those 'problem ones' eventually get sick of butting heads with the mods and modify their behavior. Others just mellow over time. And yes, some either get sick of constantly being suspended and wander off, or have to be shown the door. But so often, the driving force behind that behavior is a passion for the hobby that we would rather redirect into something positive. Kicking people out for feeling strongly about the hobby and just being crap at relating to others is somewhat self defeating when the purpose of the site is to share the hobby.
Of course the problem posters sometimes just drive off others in the meantime. So while they're doing their thing they cause problems continuously while slowly driving out the population of the part of the forums they inhabit. So while they may eventually calm down the damage will be done.
   
Made in gb
Master Engineer with a Brace of Pistols






 ZebioLizard2 wrote:
 insaniak wrote:
 Future War Cultist wrote:

Although it does mean that you’re stuck continuously dealing with the problem ones....

It does... But that's the whole point. In some cases, those 'problem ones' eventually get sick of butting heads with the mods and modify their behavior. Others just mellow over time. And yes, some either get sick of constantly being suspended and wander off, or have to be shown the door. But so often, the driving force behind that behavior is a passion for the hobby that we would rather redirect into something positive. Kicking people out for feeling strongly about the hobby and just being crap at relating to others is somewhat self defeating when the purpose of the site is to share the hobby.
Of course the problem posters sometimes just drive off others in the meantime. So while they're doing their thing they cause problems continuously while slowly driving out the population of the part of the forums they inhabit. So while they may eventually calm down the damage will be done.


This is the point I was hinting that. Hell, in the past one problem poster outright told me to get lost off the site altogether. Although ironically that poster now seems to have vacated the site instead.
   
Made in au
[MOD]
Cutting stuff up and bunging it back together in new and interesting ways.






Under the couch

 ZebioLizard2 wrote:
Of course the problem posters sometimes just drive off others in the meantime. So while they're doing their thing they cause problems continuously while slowly driving out the population of the part of the forums they inhabit. So while they may eventually calm down the damage will be done.

Which is precisely why reporting problem posts so that we can stay on top of it is so important. No matter how many moderators there are, we can't be everywhere and read every post.

 
   
Made in ca
[MOD]
Dankhold Troggoth






Shadeglass Maze

There are limits, too - we actually went through and checked on some of our "problem accounts" as a result of this thread. Everyone still gets to go through the appropriate process... but for people who are intentionally posting in a way that's against the rules, we're keeping an eye out.
   
Made in ca
Boom! Leman Russ Commander





London, Ontario

Aw, maahn... is that why I got Mod “friended”? Crap.
   
Made in gb
Master Engineer with a Brace of Pistols






Mod friended? Is that bad?
   
Made in us
Thinking of Joining a Davinite Loge





Philadelphia PA

 Future War Cultist wrote:
Mod friended? Is that bad?


I believe it's a joke - Dakka has a friend feature (though it doesn't seem to do much) and the implication is mods friend you to keep an eye on you.
   
Made in ca
Boom! Leman Russ Commander





London, Ontario

Well, I mean, it could go either way. Sort of a joke and now also a little bit of the old paranoia creeping in, so becoming a serious question.
   
Made in gb
Assassin with Black Lotus Poison





Bristol

 greatbigtree wrote:
Aw, maahn... is that why I got Mod “friended”? Crap.


*Checks friend list*

Excellent, my subversive activities are proceeding without suspicion.

Edit: Damn it!


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 greatbigtree wrote:
Well, I mean, it could go either way. Sort of a joke and now also a little bit of the old paranoia creeping in, so becoming a serious question.


Hey, alternative could be you're getting eyed up to be offered a place among the big boys and/or girls

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Colonel Flagg wrote:You think you're real smart. But you're not smart; you're dumb. Very dumb. But you've met your match in me.
 
   
Made in au
[MOD]
Cutting stuff up and bunging it back together in new and interesting ways.






Under the couch

 ScarletRose wrote:
Dakka has a friend feature (though it doesn't seem to do much) .

The main use for it, other than having people show up a different colour on the 'Who's online' list, is to easily find new threads by people you've friended:
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Friend's Threads


 
   
Made in us
Thinking of Joining a Davinite Loge





Philadelphia PA

Well, I learned something today then. I never even looked at that menu.
   
Made in us
[MOD]
Street Judge






RVA

I mean, it’s also just a nice way to show solidarity with posters you get used to seeing around, sort of like regulars at a bar.

   
Made in fi
Been Around the Block




I noticed in the corona thread there was a clear case of person A insulting person B, and then person B having his response deleted. How is this acceptable?
   
Made in ca
Boom! Leman Russ Commander





London, Ontario

Thanks Manchu, puts my mind somewhat at ease... always got to be a little suspicious of the Man.

And, just to set myself up for some well-deserved ridicule regarding my immense ego, I don’t think me becoming a Mod would be good for anyone. Say what you will about the Mod team, these people have *PATIENCE* for the kind of things that would set me off in a non-diplomatic type of response. It’s unpaid volunteer work and they deal with a lot of, for lack of a better term, entitled whiny bitches and I would have trouble referring to them in a diplomatic way, and that tends to bleed over.

So there’s the target, Folks, have at ‘er!
   
Made in ca
[MOD]
Dankhold Troggoth






Shadeglass Maze

Just to make sure it's clear, friending someone doesn't give us any extra insight into their profile (we can see everything already ) and isn't used for keeping an eye on anyone.

Generally, it's because someone is your friend (or maybe because they friended you and you wanted to reciprocate, etc!). Nothing nefarious here

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Made in ca
Boom! Leman Russ Commander





London, Ontario

S’all good. Just a bit of healthy neurosis.
   
Made in fr
Regular Dakkanaut






I just blocked a troll abusing me, that alone would cut down on a lot of required mod action if people did it.


Possibly the only person on Dakkadakka not to hate "Another life".
 
   
Made in ca
Boom! Leman Russ Commander





London, Ontario

Yup. I’ve been there too. This place is supposed to be fun and enjoyable. If someone consistently rubs you the wrong way, or throws monkey feces at you, the ignore button is there, and a bit of restraint to not look.

I even found it helpful, for some posters, just to have a mental heads up before I “unignored” a post to read. That heads up helped me a lot, to not get “invested” in that post. Sometimes a, “I disagree, and here are my reasons...” post let me contribute to a thread without letting myself dive into a slugging match.

(I miss the Bird, sometimes. Skumgrods are hard to find.)
   
Made in gb
Master Engineer with a Brace of Pistols






I like the friend feature. It is nice way to show solidarity with those posters you support. I get a buzz when I see a new friend request in my inbox, which at a time like this is great.

I’m glad you made this thread too. Shows that you all care. Yesterday I had a bad experience with one mod but in truth I started it. We have beef going back to that time around 2016-18 when politics was all the rage (pun intended) and it gave me a chip on my shoulder. But as I was the first one to mention politics specifically, this time the blame lies with me.
   
 
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