Here is my attempt to fix this situation and get our favorite forum back open again. If people can join with me and be supportive, I am going to recommend that this forum be open again ASAP. I need the good people of ER to show support. If we can band together, we can stop the disease that caused last week’s revolt in it’s tracks. Everyone was having fun up until last week. We can get that fun back if enough people get on board.
I’ve made a lot of friends here and I miss the normal ER vibe, now I’m in withdrawal. I’m hoping that people will voice their support by posting in this thread. Otherwise I will retreat and move on as a regular forum member and just wait for the place to open again. Hey – I’m almost titanium!!
Please read everything thoroughly. I’m not asking for suggestions, additions, changes right now. I’m asking for support. This is all common sense stuff and if you were a volunteer moderator you would require the same thing after dealing with what BZ and I just went through. Most are probably not aware of this, but Bob Zimmerman and I are the only ones at the controls. It's been that way for a year. Before that it was just BZ and before that Tambo.. There is little to no involvement from our Administrators unless things get out of hand.
BTW – there were some deliberate bannings and some accidental IP bannings that were done to stop people from posting (see the part about the arm-chair below) and to stop people from setting up additional accounts. Once the smoke clears, recent bannings will be reconsidered on a case by case basis. ER does not want to exclude people who genuinely want to be here and are willing to accept the rules (this does not apply to people with repeated permanent bannings) On the flip side, if this place doesn’t suit you and you don’t want to be here, don’t complain. Just leave!
I have found a new forum member who is willing to help BZ and I out. I feel really good about this person and I think everyone will like her.
For me to be comfortable with opening this place again, everyone who posts must agree to the following rules. Everyone who agrees must also agree to shun anyone who does not follow these rules. Follow? This is a draft, it may need some changes but by the time you’re done reading I think you’ll get the picture. I’m not a very good writer, so I apologize in advance if this looks like the work of a simpleton. Three legged man’s rules.
I wrote this it up in response to the recent forum revolt after I banned a couple of people. That’s the topic of a whole different, very well documented discussion which I have no interest in going into right now. People will just have to except what I did and move on.
Arm-chair moderators, real moderators and forum perspective. Free speech:
exists in real life (assuming you live where there’s free speech). It does not exist in a privately owned discussion forum. Since your communications are not limited to this forum, you can not say that you are being deprived of free speech. Just go somewhere else and you can say whatever you want. With that said, this is a Dylan forum and that means we use words like some people use numbers. We endorse free speech for the most part as long as nobody gets hurt. There is one exception to free speech that you will have to accept and abide by if you want to take part in this forum. You are not allowed to play the part of the Arm-chair moderator
A Moderator’s actions or inaction's are not available as topics for forum discussion. They are not available for discussion in forum posts. Disdainful sarcasm having to do with displeasure about a mod’s action is not permitted. If you are not pleased with the actions of a moderator, you can submit a complaint to the moderator and/or the Administrators. Your complaint will be reviewed by the whole staff and actions may or may not be taken. After that, you must drop it. Obligation:
Moderators are not obligated or expected to explain their actions to the forum. Administrators will evaluate moderator actions to determine if they are justified. This is not the job of the forum. Decisions are final and are not up for forum discussion. In certain situations a brief explanation might be given but after that the case is closed.Situations:
Moderators often deal with situations that are beyond the scope of understanding for forum members. Forum members are not privy to the accumulated back ground information that the moderators have. Even though something might seem fishy, moderators must justify all actions to the admins and other mods. Member bannings are always group decisions. Provocation:
Actions deliberately meant to provoke, defame, insult, or otherwise bring grief to a moderator or administrator will result in a permanent banning. A person who does this will not be welcome back under any username. You’re a guest:
Think of it like this. You are a guest in someone’s private pub. The Administrators are the club owners. The moderators double as bartenders and bouncers. You guys get to yuck it up and have a good time. As long as you’re cool, you can stay. Come here to start trouble and you’re out. We don’t mind a little bar room brawl here and there, it keeps things lively. We don’t mind people getting cozy in the corner, or having long time feuds. It adds to the drama. But when things get mean spirited, that’s when threads get lock, moved out, people get shown the door for a time out. Sometimes people might get kicked out for good. It's case by case, group decision.Survival:
The moderator’s and administrator’s main interest is the survival of this forum. Dylan forums have a pattern of going defunct after a while and none of us want ER to end up like that. Other people might want that to happen but not the people I'm addressing this to. If things get too chaotic, like they did last week (second week of June, 2009), this place could go away for who knows how long? The good people who own and run this forum will only put up with so much grief.
If you like ER, and you agree with what I've written above, enter a post to this to show your support. Just don't quote this whole post!! Say "I support 3LM's plan" or something like that.
Dave (Three legged man)
EDIT: Sorry if I hijacked the thread. No harm intended, just offering suggestions.