I certainly don't want to argue for giving salty special treatment or pampering. However it is obvious that he wishes to feed his martyr complex by being suspended or banned for by his "persecutors". I suggest that the most telling strategy would be to ignore his ad hominems and asides and repeatedly ask for evidence to support his assertions, or repeatedly refer him to contradicory evidence which he has failed to address. The lack of substance for his position should become obvious to interested readers and it may even penetrate to salty's cognitive regions.
The strategy you describe was the one we were following, but other members are now complaining about the double standard, since we're still enforcing the guidelines for other members. For instance, Mammuthus recently decided to go inactive when he received a 1-day suspension because of what he felt was inconsistent moderating, and SLPx followed shortly thereafter.
I believe moderating is as much art as science, but as time goes by and moderating remains a significant issue I'm becoming more and more convinced that participation here should be contingent upon demonstration of some minimum level of competence for both discussion and logical thinking.
quote:I believe moderating is as much art as science, but as time goes by and moderating remains a significant issue I'm becoming more and more convinced that participation here should be contingent upon demonstration of some minimum level of competence for both discussion and logical thinking.
OK. I agree in principle, but can you think of a mechanism by which you can actually determine competence and skill with logic?
How about giving everyone the analytical portion of the GRE's
Sorry, just kidding. I really do not think that there is a good answer to this question so I thought that I would try to lighten the mood a little. I am trying to think of a helpful suggestion w.r.t. the Mods allowing people a free flow of ideas and statements without the possible resulting chaos and loss of focus but have not thought of one yet. If I do I will certianly post it to the Mods as I would rather keep as many different posters here for discussion as possible. Even Salty, who has discussed almost nothing to date.
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Don't set the standards to high, we do after all need creationists to debate against
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Moose, if you or any of the other Admin's have posting priveleges at Terry Trainor's site, could someone please inform salty that there is now a thread in the Free for All where he may feel free to debate his hypothesis. I started it to 1) give him an opportunity to continue 2) and keep it unmoderated as his threads kept going off topic and ending up closed 3) not give him the satisfaction of claiming he and his ideas were surpressed here.