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Uncalled For Attacks On Moderators

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posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 06:20 PM
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I've noticed the beginnings of a disturbing trend lately on ATS. Attacking mods who are posting as members. What's worse is these attacks use the mods status as a personal attack.

"And you're a mod!?"
"You should be more _______ since you're a mod."
"They call you a mod!?"

The list could go on and on.
I'm not advocating special treatment for mods when they post as members. But in essence, they are already getting special treatment because of the attacks using their status against them. What are we, third graders here? How long before we attack someone because they're a gold member? Or a silver member? This is not a good trend.

For those who aren't already aware, When mods contribute to a thread, they're doing it as a member, not a moderator. Mods don't moderate the same threads they participate in.

I happen to appreciate the input our moderators contribute to the topics here at ATS. Even if I don't always agree with what they say as a member. But some of them don't post as often as they used to. I understand part of it is because of their duties. But I can also see other reasons they may not want to post at this point.

Lets give it a break folks. They really don't need reminding of their status, and they don't need to be held to an unreasonable standard anymore than owners, admins, or gold and silver members do.
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Obviously the mods felt this was board business. Thanks for correcting it.

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posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 06:24 PM
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But... But... This website is a government operation... And.. They're part of it!

[Insert picture of townsfolk carrying pitchforks with funny quote at bottom Here]



posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 06:26 PM
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Agreed. Mods are people first, then mods. They have a right to
their opinion, even if it is wrong in some people's opinion. Go after
the message, not the messenger if you are not in agreement with them.



posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 06:26 PM
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It's normal for humans to complain and moan. Human nature. No biggie really.

I don't know what excuse our alien members will have though



posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 06:26 PM
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S and F for u ...... are u a MOD? ... Just kidding.


i wanted to give u a start for this.. but i dnt see stars here


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posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 06:31 PM
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Here, here! I give you an Internet toast. *toast*

Repeat after me, folks: Mods are members, not food. (Do ya get the joke?)

In all seriousness, though, I've seen it as well, and it's just not right.

Sometimes the people who are there to make sure we play nice in the sandbox with the other kids want to play in the sandbox, too. And just because you don't like their sand castle doesn't give you the right to squish it or bop them in the nose.



posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 06:32 PM
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Originally posted by manta78
reply to post by Klassified
 


Agreed. Mods are people first, then mods. They have a right to
their opinion, even if it is wrong in some people's opinion. Go after
the message, not the messenger if you are not in agreement with them.


Exactly. Something like this left unchecked will spread to other things. I can disagree with the mods as much as anyone, in or out of a thread. But it seems here lately some people just want to shut them up, and drive them out of a thread.



posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 06:32 PM
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Members seem to forget that we are a community and the schoolyard mentality needs to be subdued.

Sometimes it is better to just be a peon.....



posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 06:34 PM
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Episode II: Attack of the Trolls

I think it's a little obvious why this happens, and I foresee no end to it (sorry mods).

We see it all the time, people attacking/trolling others because of difference in opinion and ideals. A person who conflicts with the mod has a greater sense of spite knowing that mod should be aware of what they deem "common sense". Because mods are not always gold/silver content contributors, they think it's an attack they can make without the community siding against them.

Also, there's always those who no matter what, choose to side themselves against the establishment, no matter the social structure.



posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 06:35 PM
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Originally posted by Zaanny
Members seem to forget that we are a community and the schoolyard mentality needs to be subdued.

Sometimes it is better to just be a peon.....


Agreed. Problem is, I've already seen a remark made to a gold member using their status against them. Right now it's mods, tomorrow it could be anyone who has been here more or less than a certain amount of time. Or, who knows...



posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 06:36 PM
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Tis all good...we should remember that we are a growing community with people from all over the globe. Sometimes it takes awhile for one to realize that civility breeds intelligent conversation...and the web is a big place with people who are comfortable with the laxation of other websites...

Onward and Forward...



posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 07:19 PM
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Well, I have already been labeled a "people like you" by a mod. It does work both ways now doesn't it?
But let's be realistic, in a heated discussion, emotions run hot and things get said that perhaps you may regret.
I have done this many times and have the red flags to prove it. There used to be red warning flags and point deductions when you stepped to far out of line and there used to be one mod that took special delight in punishing me. And I've been around long enough to see some members become mods and be overwhelmed with their new found power and turn into [profanity of the worst sort]!

But if the passion and expressiveness gets taken out of ATS and just becomes nice nice then what's the point.

I can take and even enjoy the mean spirited jabs at me, that are bound to occur, especially when discussing politics.

If you can't run with the big dogs; stay on the porch!!


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posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 07:31 PM
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They are never shutting me up. You guys know that.


The thing is that the mods here DO have opinions. They would like to share more but posts like, "This guy said this and he's a moderator"? really turn a lot of the staff off of posting. They care about the site. They don't want to cause problems, only solve them.

Btw, just checked the T&C again. It didn't say anything about staff having to agree with you. You'd be surprised. We seldom agree with each other.



posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 07:40 PM
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posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 07:41 PM
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You again ?

Shaddup !!!



posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 07:46 PM
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Originally posted by lestweforget
I think you need a tissue, theres something on your nose that needs wiping.
What a suck hole!


Yeah, I was waiting for that comment to show up. Trust me, I've had my own run-ins with the staff. Albeit few. But I don't attack their person, and hold them to unreasonable standards as posting members. Doesn't mean I won't debate with them like I would anyone else though.



posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 07:52 PM
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Hmmmm. Just what is a "people like you" Whaaa?


I understand what you're saying. And I wouldn't say you're wrong. But if personal attacks on mods, or members for that matter go unaddressed, it will spread to other "types" of members. I've seen this stuff in real life, I know where it leads.



posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 08:06 PM
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I think the Mods can take care of themselves. Having the means to put any of us fledglings righ outt of existence.
I can imagine the amusement on thier faces at some of the cockyness.



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posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 08:16 PM
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Originally posted by Klassified
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Hmmmm. Just what is a "people like you" Whaaa?




A malcontent, a troublemaker, that absolutely despises preferential treatment of the chosen few and elitist abuse of power. And I'm not afraid to express it.
Granted, now I use subtle sarcasm instead of outright insults; because above all I am a gentleman, a man of wealth and taste....

Pleased to meet you...
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posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 08:30 PM
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Damn. Gotta listen to some Stones now.


Maybe some Creedence after.




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