posted on Oct, 30 2004 @ 08:46 AM
Above Top Secret Moderators Are People Too!
Our community has evolved from a friendly village of buddies, to a small town of congenial locals who all know each other, to a thriving city of more
and more strangers. As this continues to happen, the 100's of newcomers who arrive every day have no sense of the complex history that has made the
ATS discussion board what it is today. A critically important part of that history are the long-term members and staff who have played a vitally
important role in helping to guide how this community evolves. Our history is important.
Among the most important attributes of our history is our diverse and often opinionated staff. However, it appears as though a growing majority of
newer community members prefer to see our staff express a neutral opinion, or no opinion at all. There seems to be an inability to consider that the
carefully selected staff of this board are able to separate involvement in discussion from performance of moderation duties.
The very nature of our topics attracts people with strong opinions who desire to engage in discussion about their position on these topics. Our
staff is included in this category! It is inevitable that those who care most about the proper day-to-day operation of this community will have
passionate positions on many of our core topics. Some express those opinions with more tact than others, but the fact remains, those opinions of
long-term staff and long-term members have shaped what we have become.
Moderators have opinions too. Time and time again, I see heated discussion where staff members are involved, and community
members are presenting controversial or even confrontational positions. Sooner or later, the staff member will respond in-kind, and like clockwork, a
complaint shows up through the suggestion form of "staff abuse". In about 90% of these situations, the only apparent issue is that a staff-member is
"mixing it up" in a complex discussion like any other member would. The complaints always appear to simply take offense that a staff member would dare
to have a strong opinion.
Well, we have 'em. We're often passionate about them. It's why we're here. And making sure ATS is the place to discuss these opinions freely is why
No one will ever be banned for a given position on any topic, so there should never be any concern that your disagreement of opinion with a staff
member will endanger your community status. (Unless, however, you engage in activity against the Terms & Conditions.)