To whom it may concern,
I (Otohiko) have already spoken my own thoughts on this to a large part on the forum, but I would like to make another note.
I think any comment regarding the ban decision needs to take into account forum policy vs. forum politics, and though my arguments largely deal with the latter, I should note that I've every intention to respect the former and understand the basis of the disciplinary decision therein.
I do not call for a reversal of the decision nor disagree that godix has "walked a fine line" and should have at some point been disciplined, however the following must be acknowledged:
The decision was 1) poorly weighted given the circumstances (I believe the direct & immediate action for which godix was reportedly disciplined was not grounds for a ban under the forum rules, even if he otherwise committed actions that were over the line); 2) made on the basis of an irrational complaint by a member whose own behaviour is questionable at best and contrary to site rules at worst.
Therefore, I believe that the criticism and protest raised over the decision is justified and furthermore should be taken as a sign that somethng has not quite worked. Policy has clashed with politics in a way where the consensus is not as it should otherwise have been.
Again, I cannot make an argument to reverse the decision; however what I will ask is that the administration please consider a more weighted stance and, while following forum policy, take a more pragmatic approach to its interpretation and implement it in a way that does not offend nor harm the social climate on the forums. While enforcing forum rules is how moderation should be done, I believe there are cases when an overly-orthodox interpretation of a rule may be harmful to the discursive, creative and critical functions of the community and should be avoided. I am of the belief that while a moderated framework is neccesary to keep a healthy discourse, it should not overstep the bounds of common sense and offend as much if not more than the contravening action.
Any further arguments I can make would be socialist in nature, which may or may not seem appealing, so I will stop there.
I stress again: the function of the community is to be creative. This should preclude orthodox rather than pragmatic interpretations of social (forum) policy.
downwithpants wrote:i felt this is necessary to avoid any schism between forumites and administration. i don't want the administration to dodge criticism from the public.
Otohiko wrote:); 2) made on the basis of an irrational complaint by a member whose own behaviour is questionable at best and contrary to site rules at worst.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diogenes_of_Sinope wrote:The most shocking feature of his philosophy is his rejection of normal ideas about human decency. Performance artist, exhibitionist and philosopher, Diogenes is said to have eaten in the marketplace, peed on the man who insulted him, defecated in the ampitheatre, and pointed at people with his middle finger. Sympathizers considered him a devotee of reason and an exemplar of honesty. Detractors said he was an obnoxious ragpicker and an offensive churl.
Godix wrote:God are you stupid.
Prodigi wrote:You're pretty fucking retarded.
dokool wrote:Seems like playing favorites to me, which is hardly fair to the community at large.
wurpess wrote:I agreed with the reason CW was banned (I've had similar problems with him before, but I wasn't particularly phased by it and knew better than to take it personally.),
(Which at least Godix gave the ops he promised. The person in question had an op exchange thread but never gave any ops.)
downwithpants wrote:NO CRAP TOLERATED. IF YOU CAN'T TYPE IN PROPER ENGLISH, DON'T POST HERE.
Currently, yes if only for the fact that since the org and phpbb are heavily modified that it would be quite an undertaking to code. Then of course is the problem of determining what should happen to the ops, posts, PM, QC, videos, etc.is the answer to "how do i delete my account?" really "stop logging in" ???
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