Continuing the discussion from Suggestion of Junior Moderating vs Request to Members:
That’s the thing. It depends on how you see it - nannying sofware or improving the poster experience.
Let me be clear that I don’t think the remarks in that thread reflected all the posters on the SDMB, just a handful that I’ve noticed.
I see the information as empowering the poster. Take the example of duplicate thread titles. I like that the duplicate thread titles show up in the suggested posts so I know that I’m not posting a duplicate. If I posted a duplicate that’s current with another thread, a mod will possibly close my thread. In that case, the software is not nannying, it’s the mod. I like the power to know if that might happen and can circumvent it. It’s OK with me that I can’t post a duplicate thread title when I know I can change it at the time of posting instead of after it’s out there and have it shut down by someone else.
Other things people consider “nannying” that I like. I like that the software gives a reminder when people are going back and forth many times. Generally, when people are going back and forth multiple times, they’re arguing. Sometimes the mods will let it go (often if they agree with the argument) and sometimes they’ll shut it down (often if they don’t agree). Mods are human and have their own biases. I like that everyone gets reminded equally, regardless of whether anyone agrees with them or not.
For many of the features some have called “nannying”, I consider those an improvement to the poster experience.