an open letter to the mods from Whiney G. Weingarten

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frankly the current situation where WGW got mod banned and then sbed within 24 hours could not illustrate this better imo - yet here we are still arguing about how mods mod. or at least i think that is what we are arguing about? idk anymore frankly

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:32 (twelve years ago) link

i have to think that any new mechanisms or code changes or board functions are just not going to happen

this could be done manually with minimal extra work afaict

call all destroyer, Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:32 (twelve years ago) link

sb is not relevant to this discussion--if ppl want to talk sb they should take it elsewhere

call all destroyer, Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:32 (twelve years ago) link

"manually" = "policy", right? don't think we're disagreeing

Mannsplain Steamroller (goole), Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:33 (twelve years ago) link

I think it illustrates that 51 people does not make a consensus on ilx and no matter how this is done, people are gonna be pissed when their friends get in trouble, so you mods should just pat their heads and say "there, there...there, there, little ones" for a day or two until it blows over.

What if mod was one of us? (kkvgz), Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:35 (twelve years ago) link

the prob ppl are having with wgw is that it *appeared to be* a quick pull of the trigger and was accompanied by namecalling in the admin log.

i still don't know how widespread the thing whiney was doing was. could only find it a couple times in search. i could easily see how it could be misconstrued if you weren't aware of certain threads.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:35 (twelve years ago) link

sorry goole i read too fast

call all destroyer, Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:35 (twelve years ago) link

I agree with kkvgz

Princess TamTam, Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:35 (twelve years ago) link

anyways, the fact that temp bans auto-increase is dumb and doesn't make any sense. what he was doing was not worth a 4 week ban. that caused ppl to freak as well.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:37 (twelve years ago) link

k3v, still would like to know what, if anything, you want done.

― Unfrozen Caveman Board-Lawyer (WmC), Thursday, November 4, 2010 1:13 PM (16 minutes ago)

well when this started i didn't know that whiney had gotten 51'd too - originally i thought the temp ban was unnecessary but if he got SB'd there's not much to do there.

i also want a pony

wakafledia (k3vin k.), Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:37 (twelve years ago) link

whiney has been suggest banned within the past year and people didn't get that pissed; this is strictly about mod action, like it always is.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:37 (twelve years ago) link

this ilx tea party shit is lol

omar little, Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:38 (twelve years ago) link

yeah i agree with cad

wakafledia (k3vin k.), Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:38 (twelve years ago) link

in hindsight, the *best* way to handle whiney in that particular thread would have been to check how many sb's he had and let it drop--but hey that didn't happen and here we are.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:39 (twelve years ago) link

frankly the current situation where WGW got mod banned and then sbed within 24 hours could not illustrate this better imo - yet here we are still arguing about how mods mod. or at least i think that is what we are arguing about? idk anymore frankly

― O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, November 4, 2010 1:32 PM (4 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

yeah i guess we just see this very differently -- to me that illustrates how unnecessary Dan's action was. it's almost like a cop planting drugs on a criminal that's already been caught in the act, why even stick your neck out taking a questionable action when justice will be served either way?

some dude, Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:40 (twelve years ago) link

this could be done manually with minimal extra work afaict

Always my favorite part of a mod thread.

http://tinyurl.com/koalalala (Pleasant Plains), Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:41 (twelve years ago) link

yeah because so many people are over 40 sb's at all times

call all destroyer, Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:41 (twelve years ago) link

http://pic.phyrefile.com/n/na/narf/2010/06/14/facepalm.jpg

omar little, Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:41 (twelve years ago) link

We don't really need to go through this again do we?

I'd support the idea of warning people when they hit, say, 40 Suggest Bans, but an automated warning is the very worst way to go about it.

Matt DC, Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:42 (twelve years ago) link

^^^making sense all over the place

call all destroyer, Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:42 (twelve years ago) link

you mean in terms of coding, matt?

wakafledia (k3vin k.), Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:45 (twelve years ago) link

Seems to me like being a mod is a pain in the freakin ass. Other boards that I come across don’t even indulge these discussions so big up to the mods for having a dialog.

In the end it’s just a temp ban and it's like don't you have to go really out of your way to get a ban in the first place?

MOST PEOPLE ON HERE DONT GET BANNED IMO

Aerosol, Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:48 (twelve years ago) link

yeah i guess we just see this very differently -- to me that illustrates how unnecessary Dan's action was. it's almost like a cop planting drugs on a criminal that's already been caught in the act, why even stick your neck out taking a questionable action when justice will be served either way?

What the fuck are you talking about? "Planting evidence" would be editing Whiney's posts into inflammatory nonsense to encourage other people into suggest-banning him. This is a deliberately inflammatory, prejudicial analogy.

My communication method in this instance was too compressed because, quite frankly, I was also severely annoyed at the time, but what I was attempting to accomplish was:

- stopping an unnecessary, IMO destructive derail of the thread (which was dragging on off-topic beef that had been going on for several days on other threads)
- informing Ph1l that his username was offending people and that he should change it

The "27 days" portion of the admin log comment was an allusion to how many times Whiney had been temp-banned. To my knowledge, there's never been a temp-ban that's lasted longer than three but I'm not going to search the archives or the admin log to verify that, so I'll just assume I'm wrong and it's happened a couple of times. Also, and I don't expect anyone to believe this, I was hoping that a temp ban would keep him from getting sb'd yet again, because the point Masonic Boom raises with regard to the anonymity of the suggest ban and how it comes across as a gross popularity contest without any relevant feedback is possibly the best point I've read on this thread with regards to the system as it is currently working (and one reason why I ultimately think the "how many sbs do I have" is a good idea) and has actually been a topic of discussion amongst site mods within the past couple of months.

lol tea partiers and their fat fingers (HI DERE), Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:51 (twelve years ago) link

lol, all this talk about sbs made me revive the 77 version of that thread, hi dere.

What if mod was one of us? (kkvgz), Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:54 (twelve years ago) link

bring back whiney

homosexual II, Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:55 (twelve years ago) link

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rip whiney g weingarten 03/11 never forget (history mayne), Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:57 (twelve years ago) link

well, i said "almost" because i couldn't think of an analogy that didn't involve a more serious offense than what you actually did, sorry.

some dude, Thursday, 4 November 2010 17:58 (twelve years ago) link

it's almost like a cop planting drugs on a criminal that's already been caught in the act

Why would anyone even want to be a mod when you get rhetoric like this? But then I would just ban people at whim so it's not like I'm ever going to be asked to be a mod anyway, the point is probably moot.

romoing my damn eyes (Nicole), Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:04 (twelve years ago) link

i did it for the ilx tote bag but tbh in retrospect i regret the decision

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:05 (twelve years ago) link

the MODS have DEATH PANELS

omar little, Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:10 (twelve years ago) link

Why would anyone even want to be a mod when you get rhetoric like this?

really really good question

Unfrozen Caveman Board-Lawyer (WmC), Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:11 (twelve years ago) link

It is really fucking rich to be all "mods should be held to a higher standard of behavior" on one hand and then going out of your way to use deliberately provocative language to describe their actions, pretty much daring them to lose it and therefore prove themselves unfit to be a moderator.

also lol @ "ILX Tea Party"

lol tea partiers and their fat fingers (HI DERE), Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:12 (twelve years ago) link

dunno if everybody's figured this out yet but there is NOT A HOMOGENOUS MOD STYLE.
You don't become a mod and get a handbook. Everybody tries to respect everyone else's decisions and discuss them. Generally if there's a confrontation or disagreement, it gets discussed on the mod board and you get a sense of what the group as a whole thinks. Everyone strives to match a mean.
I don't always agree with some of Hi Dere's hardman modding decisions but then I'm willing to put up with a lot of shit that he isn't and that's our respective prerogative. He's also more of a comedy modder; he'll toss out a one day ban for the lulz and the uproar is mostly just because the log reads it as 27 days or whatever. I kinda like dude's insouciance and "oh you wanted a fight" venom; if anything hi dere is your representative in this congress.
Personally, I haven't SB'd anyone in the past six months and my only attempst at banning were an LJ ban (which kinda shouldn't count) and a bad decision on my part for a threadban when I was figuring out how this worked. But I'm more chaotic neutral and happy to see shit get crazy as long as nobody's feeling's get hurt/no godwin's law/no racist shit/no irl repercussions. Not everybody rolls like that and i can dig it.
real talk: this is a diversion and without some shit-stirring and drama, it can be not enough of a diversion to hold everyone's attention. So some of the 500 post threads on these kinda topics are mostly about talkin' to talk. But nobody should be losing sleep about this stuff and nobody should be taking it personal. it's the internet

a pun based on a popular ilx meme (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:14 (twelve years ago) link

i hear hi dere is a secret 4channer, a manchurian chandidate as it were

omar little, Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:15 (twelve years ago) link

I wish someone photoshop Dan w/joker makeup.

romoing my damn eyes (Nicole), Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:16 (twelve years ago) link

It is really fucking rich to be all "mods should be held to a higher standard of behavior" on one hand and then going out of your way to use deliberately provocative language to describe their actions, pretty much daring them to lose it and therefore prove themselves unfit to be a moderator.

Isn't that what kicked this all off in the first place?

Matt DC, Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:16 (twelve years ago) link

excuse me for being cynical about mods, but the one time in recent memory I started a thread on the MRF board (to have meta-snark deleted from a thread i'd just started!), the request was unanswered for almost 2 days, and when I bumped the thread to complain about the lack of action, Dan, you weren't happy with my tone but at least you took action, which makes me wonder how many mods we have and how vigilant they are about helping out people when they ask for it.

some dude, Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:16 (twelve years ago) link

can only speak for myself but i troll MRF daily.

a pun based on a popular ilx meme (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:18 (twelve years ago) link

some dude i remember that specific incident and the facts of the matter is that it took 2 days because we were discussing if it was an appropriate request - we arent really in the business of deleting stuff from threads just because the original poster thinks its a derail unless its pretty egregious.

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:20 (twelve years ago) link

also its kinda frustrating that now all of a sudden yer new tack is to say that mods are lazy and dont do their jobs?

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:22 (twelve years ago) link

you know one thing that was never really resolved was who is in the 77 clique

max, Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:23 (twelve years ago) link

can only speak for myself but i troll MRF daily.

― a pun based on a popular ilx meme (forksclovetofu), Thursday, November 4, 2010 6:18 PM (5 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

this is exactly the kind of "one rule for the mods, one rule for everyone else" shit i'm talking about

caek, Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:24 (twelve years ago) link

excuse me for being cynical about mods, but the one time in recent memory I started a thread on the MRF board (to have meta-snark deleted from a thread i'd just started!), the request was unanswered for almost 2 days, and when I bumped the thread to complain about the lack of action, Dan, you weren't happy with my tone but at least you took action, which makes me wonder how many mods we have and how vigilant they are about helping out people when they ask for it.

I think your cynicism is to an extent manufactured here, just done a quick search and most of your requests were dealt with pretty quickly, but of course that doesn't get a mention...

Matt DC, Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:24 (twelve years ago) link

ok -- felt like i was being ignored, maybe in that case it wouldn't hurt to say "we'll get back to you" or something?

i'm just saying i see mods taking actions nobody asked for but my experience hasn't been great when i did ask for something, like it always seems like we have this team of Super Friends keeping the trains running on time but then my little amount of firsthand experience made me question that

some dude, Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:24 (twelve years ago) link

delete request

This is the thread you're talking about, which was posted mid-week in the middle of vacation season.

These are your other MRF threads:

cleanup on aisle 77
maybe delete
delete post(s) from wrong thread
please up date thread title

Exactly how/why do you have cause to be cynical about mods, based on these threads?

lol tea partiers and their fat fingers (HI DERE), Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:25 (twelve years ago) link

You're basically saying "excuse me for being cynical about mods but here is an example in which I am going to ignore every instance in which they've actually helped me out..."

Matt DC, Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:25 (twelve years ago) link

how many mod requests have i made, like 3 or 4? i'm just saying i'm pretty sure that's the only one i've made in the last few months and it was a pretty frustrating situation for me. (xpost)

some dude, Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:26 (twelve years ago) link

ie, you are, possibly subconsciously, inventing shit to support your belief that the moderators are untrustworthy

knock it off

lol tea partiers and their fat fingers (HI DERE), Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:26 (twelve years ago) link

this is exactly the kind of "one rule for the mods, one rule for everyone else" shit i'm talking about
― caek, Thursday, November 4, 2010 6:24 PM (1 minute ago)

what does this mean?

a pun based on a popular ilx meme (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:26 (twelve years ago) link

it was a joke about the definition of the word "troll"

lol tea partiers and their fat fingers (HI DERE), Thursday, 4 November 2010 18:26 (twelve years ago) link


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