Just A Thought
Originally posted by One Man Short of Manhood
You could probably however make my posting life a living hell.
I should think before I hit the "submit post" button.
It's never bad advice to suggest that a member think before posting.
However, as for whether mods are free to abuse members, that's a more complicated subject.
Speaking as a former Councilor who now is free to spend my spare time lounging around drinking beer, munching chips, watching The Game -- and of
course, preaching from my chair about ATS -- I can relate that moderator abuse is one of the most common complaints members submit.
Despite the fact that at least 99.9% of those kinds of complaints tend to be utterly bogus (surly and disruptive members are prone to label the mods
as “Nazis” when they don't get their way), there are rare occasions where a member has a point.
Mods are human, and when the fur starts to fly, they do have the discussion forum equivalent of a gun in their hands, after all.
But one thing I learned in monitoring the Complaints forum is that every
complaint of moderator abuse, no matter how patently ridiculous, is
nonetheless investigated by several different people, including all the kinds of staff members mentioned in this thread.
If a mod should be found to be using his or her powers inappropriately, that's the fastest way to being “de-modded”, and if it's egregious, can
lead to a ban of the former moderator as well. Every staff member knows this, and you better believe they take it seriously.
So while UM_Gazz
may joke about what he might do as an admin, I can assure you that, joking aside, he takes his job as a moderator very
And if someday he should be handed the “rack o' skittles” admins are given, I'm confident he wouldn't go around banning people willy-nilly like
The Right Ban For The Job
Originally posted by masqua
I'd better mention it was 'the odd man out' remark that prompted the post above, since TC is an administrator. I meant no disrespect....
Recent developments with the banning hammer and the subsequent silence on this hilarious thread has got my jittery.
No need to worry. Thomas bans because he loves.***
Naw, really. If you'd have seen all the behind-the-scenes deliberation I've seen about banning members, you wouldn't be worried.
While “accidental” bans can happen, the senior staff is very conscientious about correcting such (rather unusual, and often amusing) problems, and
deliberately bans someone without careful consideration of the circumstances.
The fact that I'm still here is proof enough of that.
*** I am so totally kidding about that... or am I? WooOOooOOooOOoo.