There is a topic that has been raised numerous times in numerous threads (just working from memory here — I could be full of crap) that I haven’t really seen directly addressed. And that is in particular the issue of members being unable to be snarky or jerkish toward mods in this forum (or any other, which is okay by me) while members in general are forced to refrain from the same sort of snark or jerkish behavior (which would be okay within a context of reciprocation).
The reason I bring this up … again and again, it seems — maybe I’m the only one, and it just seems like there’ve been others — is that I took an interpretation based on mod chatter that what they wanted for ATMB is a place where civil discussion about board issues and rules and rulings could take place. Somewhere without the rancor and abuse of the Pit.
It would be nice if mods and admins would pledge themselves to the same sort of behavior that they expect from members. After all, there can’t be a discussion at all (other than a Socratic monologue of some sort) without at least two people. And it cannot be civil unless both people are civil. It is a civil and repectful discussion if and only if all parties are civil and respectful.
This post by GFactor is a great example of a civil and respectful way to correct something without making the offender (me) the object of some sneerful and snarky rhetorical bludgeoning. He could as easily have said, “Lib, if you can’t stay on topic, then stay out of the thread. No warning issued, but let’s everybody discuss this narrow little thing.”
Nicer than a pledge, however, would be a hard and fast rule. I’m not a fan of more rules, and I don’t think a new one would be necessary. Just apply the rule that is now in place — the famous Don’t Be A Jerk — to everyone in this forum: mods, admins, members, and guests.
I guess that’s all I have to say about that.