reply to post by merryxmas
The deal with the mods being the sole, primary "enforcers," if you will, is the simple tendency in human nature to be preferential. This is a fact,
not an opinion. I first discovered ATS in the summer of 2005 while on maternity leave after my first daughter. It became my guilty indulgence during
"baby's nap/mommy's free time". I'm weird, I know, most moms are thinking of creative ways to decorate cupcakes and I'm looking forward to my
Anyway, I've been with ATS ever since, however I didn't finally make the plunge until a month ago because I barely had any free time to read, much
Having divulged all that seemingly pointless personal info, I've followed ATS for 5 years and can say quite comfortably that, just like any other
social venue, ATS has its subtle cliques and obvious favorites. I've seen comments get deleted that weren't necessarily malicious in nature, that I
personally thought were funny, but could also see someone who is easily offended & not yet used to the personalities that go along with the avatars,
be offended. Maybe even the mod wasn't familiar with the personality that went along with the avatar, thus they had less influence on their decision
to delete the post.
One that comes to mind is a post made by a long-time ATS member about farting, which had absolutely nothing to do with the thread. Seriously, I think
it all it said was "I just farted". Which also happens to be a one-line post, which is also a big no-no but 80% get away with it while the other
20% get fussed at.
Anyway, personally when I first read the 'farting no-no one-liner,' I busted out laughing because I could be at a funeral and still laugh at a fart
joke (I hope the ATS censor doesn't have "fart" on its auto-censor....if it does, then the 4-letter word I keep typing that starts with an "f" is
"f@r+" and not the other one...) But the person who was defending their thread and dead serious about their point of view, obviously wouldn't think
it so humorous and, rightly so, be offended at being ridiculed in the middle of a heated legitimate discussion. The sad thing was, the comment
received about 20 stars before it ever got deleted. (No, I was not one of the people who bestowed a star.....but honestly, and also sadly, it's only
because I was still a lurker & hadn't joined yet, because like I said, I can think of no occasion when a fart joke wouldn't be funny)
All that simply put, the mods are familiar with people who have been on here for longer periods of time, many of them have a "virtual" rapport with
each other, so naturally some members will be afforded more patience or understanding, thus un-equal opportunity, when making snide, derogotory or
smarta$$ comments, especially when you figure in who the combination of mods happen to be for that particular thread.
For harping offensive posters, we have the "ignore" option thankfully.
But honestly, I am fully aware that it is just a matter of time before I make a smart aleck comment that just doesn't resonate well with one
particular mod, and I will have my post deleted as well.
Now, having said ALL THAT, Springer's reminders serve to help remind all ATS members, clowns & A-holes alike, that civility is our upmost intent when
posting, no matter what our tendency in personality might be.