For all those suggesting I’m “incredibly uptight” or “have a sex toy up my ass” resulting in me “biting people’s heads of” (whether there is an actual causality between the two, I cannot tell you - I’m sure Anaximenes might be a better source to ask): it’s fairly simple, folks. The OP looked racist at first glance. And of course scholar and gentleman Libertarian is fully correct in stating that Mexicans aren’t technically a race, per se: I was obviously using “racist” in the more coloquial sense. Substitute “xenophobic” for “racist” as you see fit.
The OP came back, explained his motives, and recognised that his post was perhaps poorly composed, and liable to be misinterpreted. I have no reason to assume he’s not telling the truth: as he said, he was mostly posting out of frustration, and didn’t think his post through all too well. Fair enough, happens to the best of us. No harm, no foul.
What then happens, is a bunch of dickweeds coming in suggesting that I’m somehow looking for racism in the posts I moderate. That’s what pisses me off.
Do you asswipes know what I get paid for investing a couple of hours of my spare time every day into this here message board?
Nothing. Yeah, the mug. There’s the free mug, I’ll grant you that.
Why would someone do this? Why would someone work a few hours per day, for free, on a relatively anonymous message board with 40,000 members, dozens of new trolls every day, a couple of spam threads a day to remove, and a few hundred die-hard assholes deliberately walking the line with regards to our rules, just to see how far they can go?
You’d have to be fucking nuts to do that, right?
Not necessarily. I’ve gotten a great deal out of this MB, and I’m more than willing to give something back. I fully realise that moderating a message board means that some people will always disagree. Whatever you do, someone will stand up in protest. And that’s fine - it really is. I can take any criticism tossed at me, as long as the person venting their disagreement is convinced of my sincere motivations.
What I won’t stand for is a couple of morons suggesting that my initial interpretation of the OP came about because I deliberately LOOK for offense. Read my posts - and there’s a few of them - and you’ll find that I’m surprisingly un-PC, if anything. But more than that, I try to moderate these boards to maintain one of the best damn message boards on the 'net, not because I’m some power-hungry super-PC bastard trying to knock people over the heads whenever they say something ambiguous.
Seriously, if power were the motivator, I’d be much better off in politics. Or oil trade. Not that the two are that far apart, these days.
Hope this helps.