reply to post by zorgon
Very good point you make there.
Just from a Staff perspective:
- Those Off-Topic Banners are part of a process of things that happen.
As those who have received an Off-Topic, or Manners or whatever will know there is also a system-generated u2u that is sent to the poster of the
reply/thread that is removed. This alerts that person to action taken and the means of which that action can be questioned. It provides the poster
with an idea of what specific reply of theirs was deemed 'Off Topic' or whatever.
staff merely went in and editted out the reply...leaving only that small italicised *edit note* then there is no real way of the poster
being informed that their reply has been removed or editted or otherwise. Well, there is: They could happen across it and notice it, or we staff could
u2u that person to inform them of what we have done and why.
Heres the thing...there are a multitude of staff actions that may be required during the period a staff member is logged in and *working*...so I guess
while that system-generated u2u may come across as very impersonal...it is unfortunately/fortunately depending on your point of view somewhat of a
'time-saver' thing. Trust me, there are some days I/we have had to action so much that I could spend ALL day simply sending u2us to people if the
process was purely via the 'edit and u2u them' route.
That may also come across as a tad lazy.
Please bear in mind that while staff are purely voluntary we do
tend to give a decent level of time and energy to doing whatever we can to
assist...and like any person we try to do things well and, to be honest, with as little potentially unnecessary spending of energy as possible -
theres a whole lot to do some days...so yes indeed if we can do things a bit quicker then thats just a natural human trait to be more inclined to do
The other part of those Warning Tags processes is the attributing of a 'points penalty' or otherwise depending on what type of Terms and Conditions
violation it may have been deemed.
Again, we staff (SuperMods and Admins) do have the ability to manually deduct - and add - *points*...though again that can be a time consuming process
if we had to do so each and every time.
Perhaps a better answer would be if the Warning Tags weren't so 'big and bold' so as to be so distracting inthread.
Potentially a far better alternative answer would be if people just kept on-topic and remained within the Terms and Conditions...