First off, this is NOT a rant, but rather a true story. I share this with you to provide food for thought...
I see an increasing number of posts here on ATS from people who get their widdle feewings hurt about one thing or other and want increased moderation
(by the Mods) to clamp down on dissenting views. For the record, I think the mods here do a pretty dang good job, all things considered. I don't
always agree with everything they do (and this is to be expected), but overall I think they do an excellent job. This post is about the other side of
the coin, moderation of ALL dissenting views and its result. As noted, it is also (sadly) a true story.
I was a member of a forum (which shall remain nameless) once which had a good theme, but I quickly realized the moderation mantra was everyone had to
agree with everyone else and be sticky-sweet nice no matter how ridiculous the subject. It was downright SCARY! To give an example; here was one
exchange prior to my leaving (forever). The theme of this particular forum was living off the land and self sufficiency, and they had a sub-forum
about hobby livestock (goats, sheep, etc.).
Some sappy woman posted that her goat had 'prolapsed' while giving birth (she didn't know the medical term, but described the result...essentially
expelled it's lower intestine through it's rectum from the straining giving birth). She then wrote this long whining post about how she basically
just left it alone and "hoped" it would get better. She went on, ad-nauseum, about what a hardship is was to her to go check on it every few hours.
She was too stupid and selfish to realize her poor goat was suffering and dying a horrible death. Well, the poor momma goat suffered like this for
something like 3 days...and eventually it did die. Of course I went ballistic on her from day one, telling her she needed to get "immediate
professional help" (in the form of a vet) for her goat or it would die. She whined and came up with every excuse imaginable about why she wouldn't
(not couldn't, but wouldn't) do this. After the poor goat died it left it's newborn with no mother...which was ALSO a great hardship to this pathetic
piece of excrement excuse for a human being.
Unbelievably, this woman neglected the newborn kid (baby goat) and it too died. She wrote sobbing post after sobbing post pleading for sympathy (and
she got plenty from the Orwellian members). I repeatedly admonished this woman to do the right thing, but she refused and gave endless excuses. I
eventually stated she was solely responsible for the death of her goat and the kid, and she should be ashamed as should any other member who offered
this pathetic woman sympathy. I pointed out how irresponsible she was and that she should never be allowed to own livestock again EVER in her life!
At every step along the way of this story I was repeatedly given demerits by the moderator staff of this forum. My posts were repeatedly deleted,
edited, toned down and criticized by the staff. I had no sympathy and was being cruel they said. Really? The true cruelty was right there for all
to see, and it wasn't me, but rather this woman who was so incomprehensibly selfish that she willingly let a living creature, which she could have
helped, die a slow and agonizing death. And then she let the newborn die! Unbelievable! She was responsible for the care of those innocent little
animals, but was so consumed by her own selfishness and narcissism she let them die from neglect. Rather than lift a finger to save these poor
creatures, she instead just posted on the internet about the hardship this caused her, her grief and how "unfair" life was, baiting for people to feel
sorry for her. It was terrible to read, but what's worse was the absolute wall of denial, excuses and repeated admonitions by the forum staff to just
be "nice" and "have some sympathy". I vehemently refused and called a spade a spade.
By this point I had been given so many demerits my point total on the forum had dropped to near zero. Unbelievably, the owner of the forum then wrote
me this hostile personal email threatening me with a permanent ban and giving me a time out (for like a week or something). Well, by this point I was
furious and wanted no part of a place which would condone such behavior, which would moderate dissent to the point of permitting cruelty to another
living creature like that...and I responded with as much. The forum was replete with these types of discussion. Even the slightest disagreement, the
tiniest thing, was met with "BE NICE!!" and locked, deleted or squashed. It was unreal, surreal almost.
So, in closing, as the old adage goes... "Watch out what you wish for...it might just come true"
Dissent and criticism is one of the roots of learning itself. Without it...well, you see what you get.
edit on 5/13/2016 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)