From this thread about Sarah Palin’s interpretation of Paul Revere.
Talking about Palin, astro said:
Then Cicero responded:
An Arky chimed in:
And runner pat finished it off with:
Then everyone forgot about it and moved on, focusing on more general aspects of Palin’s stupidity.
But then, more than 48 hours later, Spectre of Pithecanthropus decides to weigh in on the issue, quoting An Arky and runner pat’s posts and saying:
No warnings issued?
Damn right “no warnings issued,” because no rules were broken. There were no personal insults against other Dopers, no-one was trolling, no-one was being a jerk, and no-one was posting as a sock. If the somewhat vulgar nature of the commentary offends your sensibilities, i suggest you get over it, because nothing in those posts were out of line for this board.
Some people would like to be able to discuss current events and political personalities without being treated to an extended sojourn through the sexual fantasies of the creepier quarters of the SDMB membership. Considering that there are at least a few on here who think the rest of us are continually amused by hackneyed expressions of their libido (“Oh wow! You like to fuck hot chicks?!? Who’d have guessed! What an exciting revelation!”), I don’t mind SoP’s insistence on sticking to the topic of thread, which rule, incidentally, is not an innovation.
Had the conversation been in GD, or even had it been a more serious and involved discussion in MPSIMS, i wouldn’t have had a problem with a mod instruction to keep things on topic. But the whole thread is basically a “Look how dumb Sarah Palin is” thread. While the pieces i quoted in the OP aren’t exactly highbrow humor, and i basically skipped right past them myself, they didn’t exactly lower the tone of the thread very much.
Also, as i noted in the OP, SoP’s intervention came more than 48 hours after everyone in the thread had forgotten about those comments and moved on. The mod intervention actually had the effect of resurrecting a problem that had already been rendered moot by the passage of time and the flow of the conversation.
It’d have been far easier for Spectre to, as a mod, not respond to the report and not make a simple note, because there was nothing wrong about those posts. Just because some weenie got offended isn’t reason enough. We could do with a lot less panty knotting and weenie coddling around here.
What’s next, getting offended at lame siamese twin jokes?
And if he had ignored the report there would probably be somebody in here complaining about mods ignoring reports. Instead, he acted on the report, and he has somebody in here complaining about acting on the report. Perhaps a few more people should become actively involved in a PTA.
No we wouldn’t. Posts/Threads get reported all the time that the mods don’t act on. It’s been only on clear violations where the mods don’t act does someone ask why reports aren’t being followed up on. I bet it doesn’t happen more than once a month that someone starts a thread like that.
No, at Spectre obviously. His post had no purpose other than to say, “my delicate sensibilities are being offended, and these posts you’re making - while completely within the rules of this board - should be tempered to meet my puritanical expectations”. He’s welcome to communicate that, as is anyone else on this board. Why he felt the need to make it a mod direction is beyond me.
Honestly folks, if you’re offended by something within the rules of the board, just say so. People will tone it down if you’re reasonable. There’s simply no need to tell the teacher and have them mediate a non-issue. They have better things to do with their time.