posted on Apr, 17 2013 @ 09:36 AM
Originally posted by Bluesma
How long has this site existed?
This is starting to sound like one of those old timer gripe fests you always see in forums after they've been around a while and are starting to grow
My observation is a little different. It seems to me that it is often people who have been around for about a year or (on the outside) a year and a
half that start a whole thread on how the quality of the site has gone down, usually not long timers. But I agree with you completely regarding the
popularity aspect. They get some stars and maybe some applause and they think they can attempt to create a precedent of informal social sanctions in
order to get people to behave the way that they (the griping OP) thinks everyone should. Which, (and here's the real sticker) oddly enough means you
are usually behaving correctly only if you agree with them.
I'm reserving a final judgment on the motive, but I have to say I am suspicious there is at its core the same sort of ego driven "Thou Shalt Behave
The Way That Validates Me The Most" sort of manipulation here. Even if it is presented in a way that is slightly more sophisticated than the norm.
I hope I am wrong, and she is just reminding people to take a measured approach, (which, even then I think starting a whole flippin' thread about it
is a bit Big-For-Her-Britches).
Personally, I think the site policy regarding Sandy Hook stepped over the line by a few toes, and I can honestly say that is the first time I
disagreed with how moderation went here. The manifestation seemed harsher than necessary and a bit reactionary. But there is a hard path to walk
between freedom of expression and trying to keep a certain standard of research, thought, and even decency and decorum. It is a slippery slope
however. If you crack down too hard on speculation and expression you don't get measured debate and actual thought, you get conformity to a status
quo and intellectual stagnation. I think that the social change because of that is part of why the OP felt it was appropriate to start this thread at
I hope that they continue to let people speculate personally. The community in general does a pretty good job of maintaining the line themselves in
my opinion. and the moderators do a pretty good job of maintaining that line when the community doesn't, which is why I have been here for so long.
It is really impressive what goes on here between the community and the moderators. However...
If the trend from Sandy Hook were to gain steam, and (therefore) the OP succeeds in her attempted social manipulation, I will be waving my goodbyes;
which in and of itself won't really hurt any feelings, but I suspect I wouldn't be the only one.