The Common Defense
Originally posted by WarminIndy
It is hard for me to report someone as a troll. I don't like to tattle-tale, unless a person makes a racist comment then I might report it.
Maybe I'm misreading this, but what this suggests is that you would rather not let the staff know about most cases of
, except for racism, even though the bulk of your post describes
how much of a problem it can be to face these things on your own.
The implication is that we would respond inappropriately to cases you don't think are quite so bad, but I don't think it's really fair to assume we
have such poor judgment. We get a lot of complaints that we investigate and, if we don't see a violation of the
, take no action.
Some people criticize us for that and accuse us of negligence or apathy, some assume we're biased/paid off/lackeys/etc following a sinister agenda,
some try to use us as weapons against members they disagree with, some simply like seeing if they can get a rise out of us, and please be assured,
we've seen it all.
And while we don't see everything
, we do see a lot, and for every post we do take
action on, there are hundreds that are perfectly fine, express just about every point of view imaginable, and represent the kind of diversity of
thought that makes ATS worthwhile.
An important part of being a mod is knowing when to take action, and knowing when to leave things alone. Sometimes things get worse if we don't
intervene, sometimes intervening makes things worse. Developing a sense for which is which is an art subject to constant refinement and prone to
error, but is at the heart of what we do.
I know, especially on a conspiracy site, there will always be a tendency for members to assume the mods are evil, on a power trip, controlled by The
Government, Aliens or the New World Order, or otherwise out to abuse the membership, but the truth is that we're members too, we came to ATS for the
same reasons most members do, and we want the same thing most members want: a better ATS.
When you ALERT us to a problem, please don't think of it as "tattling". Although the decision to issue an alert is always yours to make and is always
optional, there's really no good reason to look the other way when you see something wrong.
Let us know when you see a problem (alerts are discreet and we don't divulge who makes them) and we'll do what we think is best, which doesn't
necessarily mean jumping all over someone just because we got an alert.
Give us a chance. Work with us on this.
I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
edit on 11/1/2011 by Majic because: (no reason given)