Everyone is raising good points, but I have just reached my limit, and I'm no longer emotionally able to continue carrying the majority of the load while getting abused for it.
percy, i know i can't speak for anyone else, but i certainly do not mean to abuse you. i don't think most other people (including many of the banned people) who are objecting intend to be abusive, either. we're just frustrated, i think.
adminning a site this large is a huge responsibility, and can take a great personal toll on one's sanity. this was one of my two main initial worries when you announced that you would alone shoulder all of the moderation duties. i hope you will not take this as abuse or insult, but if you are no longer emotionally able to continue carrying this load, perhaps you should step back, take a vacation or something. let some others carry this cross for a while. i say this out of both concern for you, and for the site. perhaps returning the moderation style to its older form is the only workable solution for such a place.
i think it's also worth noting that brenna's comment, which you responded to with a ban, was out of equally genuine concern for your wellbeing, and not meant to be patronizing or insulting. i believe i can speak for her in this case, because i know her very well.
Schraf's Message 166 (in effect stating that I prefer people Randman and Paula Rose over serious contributors) and Trixie's Message 167 (in effect stating that I don't care about quality discussion)
with all due respect, your bans have
had this as an interesting side effect. the evolution ranks have been seriously thinned out, with many of the most informative posters now missing. the playing field is now somewhat level. people are just reading this as the intended effect. and i have to say, it's tempting to see things that way. hell, if that was your super secret
motivation, it might not even have been a bad
thing for the site in the long run. not especially even-handed, and seriously damaging to quality of information, but it sure kept the debate moving.
...are examples of just the kind of ad hominem I'm not going to tolerate anymore, because defense is an endless task, ignorement wasn't causing any diminishment, and addressment just lends them legitimacy.
percy, perhaps this is the problem. i don't really think those qualify as ad hominems
, especially when what we are debating is the motivation of someone who was then the sole moderator of the board. like it or not, as the admin of a debate board, your motivations will always
be questioned. and those are certainly not insults.
this is, i think, the same basic fallacy used routinely in politics these days, that it is somehow unpatriotic to question the administation. if the administration is doing something to damage the country, then the only real course of action that could be called patriotic is to question their actions. percy, we all love this site and what you've given us these past few years. it's just that many of us think that what are you doing is damaging to that. i've tried to voice my objections as respectfully as i can, and without any implications of entitlement. but those are very hard things to do. other who have not done so well at carefully wording their concerns have been banned because of it, for supposedly "trashing" the place they're trying to fight for
People can go to other sites if they wish to trash me or EvC Forum, but we won't be doing that here anymore.
i would rather people come here. as i said before in this thread, the single greatest thing about EvC was that people could freely voice their grievences. it ensures fairness in operations. on a more personal level, i'm also the kind of person that prefers true friends -- the kind that will stab you in the front. if someone has a problem with me, i'd rather know what it is than have them talk about me behind my back.
i can understand if there's a persistent problem with a member who insists on continually posting about how horrible this place is. but this is not what these people have done -- schraf, jar, omni, et al are not trolls who are simply flaming away for giggles, or because they're mentally unstable. in the worst cases, they have posted out of frustration watching what they believe is a sinking ship. in the best cases, they have posted out of concern for the site and for you personally. and in one case, not even posted on the subject at all. maybe the comments were not the most constructive, but must one poor post be met with a lifetime ban?