Continuing the discussion from Where can I find centrist discussion?:
I’m gonna carp a bit about PuzzleGal’s moderation here.
The first observation is fine… okay, they were looking for information, not criticism, and some of us couldn’t resist criticizing. We were wrong, we were on the jerk side, fair call. Speaking for myself, I’m chastened and will not repeat that performance.
As to the other bits. I’m calling this out because Puzzlegal has in the past modded me for being “dripping with sarcasm.” Now it’s “too partisan” and “too dismissive.” Last I looked, sarcasm is allowed in every forum. Partisanship is allowed and abundant. Being dismissive is common and routine. It’s not moddable (or generally umodded) behavior.
And the rules don’t support any type of tone policing like “don’t be dismissive”, and I’m not aware of any history of such moderation. So, while you can expect me to follow directions like “stay on topic” or “don’t be a jerk” or “leave this thread”, don’t hold great expectations that I’m going to stop being sarcastic or partisan or dismissive. It’s not against the rules, it’s been well-tolerated for some time, and sometimes it’s appropriate and necessary.