Hey, you didn’t want us to talk about what folks want out of a community on that topic, so someone opened a topic on community, which was ruled as trolling. So now we’re having a discussion about what we want out of community here in this thread. Because it’s a major issue and “moderating decisions” are just a symptom of an underlying problem, IMO.
I think a lot of people spent weeks of time and effort building, then trying to preserve something that you all who manage the site didn’t want. That’s a waste of time all around. Aside from the obvious fact that you can’t fully determine the shape or nature of a community of disparate individuals, to what extent can moderation, etc shape the community and is it really acceptable to antagonize and hurt the individuals comprising the existing community to achieve what you want, knowing that no matter what, you can’t really control how things are going to turn out?