I can understand why you might not want to link to particular threads if you are trying not to exacerbate examples of mod criticism, but honestly I do not see two threads in the top dozen or so that seem like giving them “a ration of shit.” Can you give us a hint, at least?
I’m all for being nice to mods, especially ones that are just getting their footing. There is a lot to learn. But that does not mean refraining from reasonable public discussion of questionable mod calls. Feedback is useful as new mods figure things out. If a lot of respected posters say that they are uncomfortable with a mod action, that can be good to know. Also, maybe someone will chime in to defend the mod action - that can’t happen with a PM.
I’m a mod on another board and have been there through some contentious times. And occasionally I’ve been ridiculed or insulted (rarely, fortunately, but it can happen). The criticism never hurt my feelings; why would it? If the criticism was fair, I learned from it. If it was wrong, I shrugged it off.
No one in their right mind would accept a mod position without recognizing that they ARE going to get a “ration of shit” from time to time. To expect anything different is like having a baby and not expecting to have to change diapers. I’m quite certain our new mods, long time participants in Dope culture, knew EXACTLY what they were getting into when they agreed to moderate.
Anyway, I think our new mods are terrific and doing a great job. Yes, I do question a couple of calls I’ve seen, and I said so in ATMB. But that’s what ATMB is for. If someone posts an unfair criticism of a mod, you can be sure other posters will say so.