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This member began to post links and news stories which were completely counter to the purpose of the thread and were in fact exactly the misconceptions I sought to dispel.
More over I gave referenced and sourced information as a rebuttal to their posts. However, instead of commenting on the information said poster only told me I was wrong and continued to create the kinds of posts I asked them not to.
This went on for a few pages until I felt I had been patient enough and politely suggested that the member author their own thread on the subject and I would gladly join them there for the discussion.
Failing that I asked them once again to leave the thread if they didn't approve of the subject, had no desire to have an open discussion on the subject and had no desire to learn more about the subject. I also, very politely, informed them that I would have to lodge a complaint with a moderator if they continued. This was met with a belligerent post where in the member all but dared me to do it
I returned to the maintenance of my thread trusting that the staff of ATS would do something about my problem. I noticed that the member had begun an argument with another poster on the thread and I informed the latter member that they should not engage this poster as they wish only to derail the discussion and post ignorant information. Fifteen minutes later I returned to the thread to find that post had been removed due to "Civility and Decorum" and that I had been fined 1000 points for my infraction. This penalty was dealt by the very same Moderator I had contacted to address my previous grievance.
I appreciate your input, and I am now debating whether or not I should supply a link so that readers may formulate their own opinion based upon the evidence. I understand that I may come off as a bit whiney but I assure such is not the case.
Originally posted by Shadowflux
reply to post by whatukno
But this is exactly the point of my letter. Do thread authors have no rights in regards to their threads at all? Should we not be allowed some semblance of personal moderation as long as we do not abuse it? Should not the desires and intentions of the thread author be taken into consideration when dealing with such an issue?
I suppose your answer is no and I guess I may be attributing too much to the rights and freedoms afforded a user of a private enterprise.
However, I felt I couldn't "debate" with this person as all the evidence I would have presented was already presented previously in the thread. In addition the poster in question provided no proof that these crimes or actions described were in fact related to the religion at all.
I did not "tell" anyone to leave, I asked politely to take it to another thread which I would join them in.
I took the time to create the thread, make it good and give it to ATS to contribute to the site as a whole and the site as a business. I feel that thread authors should be considered as "Content Contributors" rather than just another poster. I feel that some form, even restrained, of personal thread moderation would do a great deal in increasing the quality of threads and would in turn motivate more users to author their own threads.
If moderators do nothing but makes sure people aren't cursing at each other or making one lined posts then what are they good for?
Originally posted by Shadowflux
reply to post by nexusmagazine
Which is why I'm suggesting and requesting some form of rights as to personal moderation of a thread you've authored.