Hari, if you’re reading this, don’t take this thread as a personal attack of any sort - it’s not. Nor am I calling for you to be removed as a moderator. In addition, all mods and admins deserve a lot of thanks for their unpaid and thankless job that they do.
That being said, you’ve gotten a lot more complaints than any other mod/admin over the past year - most of them pertaining to moderating things according to your political views (such as for instance, your comment last year where you said about a post, “I ought to call this trolling, except that I agree with it”) - or, moderating things in a way they shouldn’t be moderated (such as warning Pinecone for “threadshitting” in a thread in which he did not, in fact, threadshit.)
Hari, as someone who’s served as a moderator on two other message boards before myself, I know that moderation is often a screwed-if-you-do-and-screwed-if-you-don’t Catch-22 situation, that it’s not fun, and that there’s much that goes on behind the scenes that non-mods aren’t aware of. And again, I’m not calling for you to be removed from your moderator job. But…please change how you approach things. This isn’t the first, second or third time that Dopers have been left scratching their heads over a baffling warning that you’ve issued. And, please, separate your politics from your moderating. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a mod/admin who happens to hold strong personal political views; AIUI, all the other mods/admins are staunch liberals too. But none of them get complaints about their personal politics seeping into the way they hand out warnings or moderate things.