Because I’m still spunky and optimistic as the newest and therefore tallest mod, I’ve been wondering if the Pit could benefit from a rule change or two.
Take for example the prohibition on calling someone a troll. It was started to keep junior mod squads from trying to identify and out suspected trolls. It has evolved into a taboo word, which posters sometimes take elaborate contortions to say without really saying. There’s clearly some confusion about the purpose and execution of the current rule. I would argue that so long as it is used outside of an accusation of rule breaking, it is a harmless word.
So if you feel someone argues dishonestly in GD and want to call them on it, you should be able to call their behavior trolling when Pitting them for it. If you spot a guest who is a true needs-to-be-banned troll, calling them on their behavior is junior modding and thus still against the rules. Like calling someone a jerk, so long as troll is used as an insult/criticism and not an accusation of rule-breaking, it would be allowed.
What do you think? Would this be a desirable change, i.e. one less thing to worry about getting warned for? Does anyone have any other suggestions for changes to the rules, either in the Pit or on the board in general?
Note that if this rule was changed it would only apply to the Pit, as calling someone a troll in other forums is just as inappropriate as calling them a jerk. Also note that while we strive for consistency, there’s always going to be some ambiguity in the rules. We have no desire to formulate a legalistic criminal code – judgement calls will sometimes have to be made. Keep that in mind.
I’d like to hear people’s thoughts.