I bring up an issue that I feel needs the attention of the Head Master at this institution.
We have seen moderators go in and hide messages, delete messages and banner messages as “Off Topic.” This is entirely appropriate and your crew here does a good job of keeping this herd of cats from getting too far out into la-la land.
We have seen moderators go in and try to cleanup, linefeed and make paragraphs out of some of those awful solid pages of text that some submit in hope of, and fail in, communicating with other human beings. This is also a good thing and much appreciated.
Now, this is trivial in action but leads to a greater issue.
A moderator came into one of my posts and made a simple, trivial, capitalization change. Without my permission. Without my knowledge!
If this trivial change is within the moderators' purview then what other changes are the moderators free to make? Do the moderators have the freedom to make whatever changes they so choose to any post on the forum? Are there any limits? Is there some line drawn somewhere we do not know about?
This issue should never have come about.
First, EVC standards are intellectually well above the normal forum offerings on the Internet. As such this community has an expectation that members will, for the most part, make use of proper syntax and technical rules to facilitate communication. We also have the expectation of violating some rules for written and technical flexibility. Especially for those of us who understand the nuance involved and can recognize and make use of such devices.
Second, we have an expectation of propriety, that our posts (errors, warts and all) will be faithfully conveyed to the community as we intend.
Outside a required moderator action or the occasion of complete communication failure, our expectation is that no quarter should be given for any moderator to make any change to any of our messages at any time, ever!
Are these expectations out of bounds? Do these moderator actions fit with your view of the community you have built here?
Since Coyote complains that we should keep this site to only discuss creation and evolution, he shouldn't post in the coffee house section, the only section in the forum not about creation and evolution.
We do not know if this is correct or not. If this is the reason then it is an awfully weak one and should be rejected.
Some kind of explanation should have accompanied the suspension. Without some explanation from Moose, however, we have no idea why this action was taken. This is disturbing.