Three legged man wrote:
A Moderator’s actions or inaction's are not available as topics for forum discussion...Disdainful sarcasm having to do with displeasure about a mod’s action is not permitted.
At first I generally agreed with your sentiment, 3LM, especially if it helps grease the wheels to get ER back up and running. But to completely prohibit discussions, even of a tasteful nature, seems dangerous (I fully support the latter half of the above quote, however). The reason this scares me stems from my experience with the message board on Brian Wilson's website. There was an invaluable poster there who is one of the world experts on BW and has actual ties to the artist's circles, meaning he was one of those wonderful people who could clean out false rumors and provide in-depth perspectives you literally couldn't get anywhere else.
Unfortunately, the poster's style was not to the liking of the site's admin. Mind you, the poster was never vulgar or profane, only direct and occasionally grumpy. But since the admin had his own personal opinion, this tremendous resource and friend was banned forever, and anyone even mentioning his name is immediately deleted. What this has led to is the entire community on that board abandoning it for other sites where such posters (including that particular one) are actually celebrated.
As I said, I fully support 3LM with the exception of completely disallowing conversation on mods' and admins' actions. I myself recently learned of an ER poster being banned which I would never have known about if someone hadn't mentioned it, and I cannot help but wonder what happened since I always thought of that poster as one of the most respected around here. Since I'm not allowed to be more specific than that, I'll just say that I respect the fact that this isn't our site, but I do not see why people should not be allowed to verbally wonder why certain things are the way they are or happened as they did, as long as they do so in an amiable manner, with clear consequences if that last part is ignored.