I’ve about had it. Note the much-rumored but probably nonexistent forum for Pitting Moderators isn’t open for business at the moment (checks again…durn it), so this goes here.
Ok. Fine. So the new watchwords are “respect” and “civility.”
How many fucking times have we seen this play out? An alt-righter says something provocative/stupid/trolling/broken recordish, someone else calls them out on it, yet it is only the latter who get the notes and warnings?
Now. How TF is long-term trolling showing any sort of “respect and civility for all”? Because that’s what we have here. A cadre of mindless Trumpian bozos who continue to trot out their moronic, false, and endlessly repetitive horseshit.
But this thread isn’t about them. It’s about their enablers in the mod loop.
In case TPTB here have yet to figure it out, WE ARE NOW AT WAR WITH A HOSTILE NATION. One which PAYS mindless assholes like the ones infesting this site to troll message boards with their disruptive dogcrap, over and over and over and over and over, for the sole purpose of destablizing our nation and our society. And hey they have almost pulled it off. Partially because people have coddled their worthless asses, both here and elsewhere, for far too long.
Our mods here will constantly overlook the giant shit one of them just left on the sidewalk, and will instead throw the full weight of the book at the gumchewers who toss a small sticky one out there. All because they managed to somehow evade the precise “letter” of the rules.
I’ve almost left this board several times over this crap in the past year, after witnessing endless trolling like in the above thread that only rarely gets any actual substantive action. Fuck, we only recently saw one long-term troll, who openly admitted same, hang around far far past his sell-by date before the banhammer finally fell on his worthless ass. Well, what in the fuck were you waiting for?!?
I am one more incident like the above away from buggering off for good. You really need to dump the entire lot out the back door, and not get into this “Welp, I cannot mind-read the bastard to see if he is truly sincere or not, so I guess he stays.” This curious notion that we have to direct a mind-scanning ray at someone to divine their true mindset before they finally get shit-canned is utterly preposterous. BY DEFINITION these kinds of people are NOT the least bit interested in your quaint notions of “respect” and “civility”, no matter how often they may evade your little dragnet (with its gaping holes).
Either they go, or I (and a lot of other Dopers, many of which are already splitsville) go. Simple as that.