General Moderation Topic

I think @jlw meant that waggishly, and in the sense of tr0lls getting banned from the site rather than literally dying from COVID-19.


You will find this axiom to be true of any discussion of anything in almost every case. There is a difference between applauding policy decisions, however belated, that attempt to deal with the effects of the pandemic versus applauding the pandemic itself. I can approve of actions aimed at helping businesses affected by the pandemic while also recognizing that, was with almost everything else, such help will not be evenly distributed, and more specifically, does not make light of, nor applaud, the pandemic itself.

I hope that differentiation is more clear to you now. Thanks for the opportunity to clarify.


Suspended user stevethewelder for raging out in a post he didn’t like. Personal attacks against Boing Boing editors, contributors or the publisher result in permanent bans.


User jeddak given a 24 hour suspension wherein it is hoped said account learns to point out typos politely.

We always appreciate corrections. Smarminess may result in suspended accounts.


User Tracian asked not to return after actively trolling in COVID-19 topics. Finding joy in, or mocking the misery of others isn’t going to buy you any friends here.


User Keith_McClary has been given a timeout for posting “fair and balanced” “It’s just the flu” idiocy.

You don’t amplify idiots who are pretending hospitals aren’t filling up with cases, that it’s just “The flu”. Clearly it isn’t, otherwise, why did are hospitals being overrun? A few credentialed idiots do not rise up to scrutiny any more than a dozen climate change deniers do, yet allowing their posts to stand makes them appear to have “equal weight” as a result.

As we’ve already said, we will remove misinformation with extreme prejudice.


does telling the software to alert me when this thread is updated count, because tbh come here mostly for the schadenfreude


The Good Dinosaur


User Melizmatic has been given a brief timeout for attacking another poster (something they have been warned against numerous times.)

Additionally. as a reminder to everyone, if you do not wish to engage with a user, use ignore. If you post on the BBS, your post can be replied to by anyone who does so within our guidelines. If you don’t want to see those responses, Ignore the user in question.

Thank you.


A few posts (especially recently) have required that I take a very deep breath each time… either to enable a calm, rational response (assuming it’s even worth it) or to not respond at all; given all that’s been happening over the last several months (with last week being the topper) the temptation has been to really let loose, I can tell you. So, deep breaths… deep breaths… and taking a moment to consider my fortunate situation :crossed_fingers: at this point with relatives and friends so far avoiding sickness, taking great care, and being taken care of; oh so much less for me to worry about. I’d bet the farm that BB’ers are thinking about you, all that you have to manage, worry about, and put up with here, and are all taking deep… relaxing… breaths. Watching cat vids also helps. :slightly_smiling_face:


(Oren please feel free to delete this post. Not meant to clog your Gen Mod topic.)


I think everyone can use a little cute cat video right now.

(NOT an invitation to flood this topic with kitties!)


I noticed that a comment of mine has been removed because it contained my incorrect understanding WRT homemade face masks and COVID-19. I amended the post to note that I was potentially wrong, and there was an interesting discussion going on in the replies. I understand and respect the desire to prevent misinformation, but is there a less nuclear option in such a case?

No thanks. I’m personally fine with inaccurate info being removed.

This is not a debate on smoking bans - people will die


To be clear, I’m not even sure what I said was wrong. I got it from a reliable source (Gimlet Media’s podcast “Science Vs”) that fact checks the hell out of whatever they say. People could die either way.

Also smoking kills tons of people, so maybe not the best comparison.

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Enforcement may be lax or draconian as befits the whims of the Entity. The rude will be eaten first.

The mods cannot, and more importantly do not wish to vet information for accuracy - there’s too many posts here per day to even consider such a thing, let alone the fact that we are hardly subject-matter-experts on most everything.

When someone posts info that suggests “Hey, masks don’t work!” followed by several other posts contradicting it, that’s important enough to get right that right now it’s going to be eaten. We apologize if our conservative approach to such things is inconvenient at the moment.


Fair enough. I understand it’s a tough and important job.


User techmaster7b banned for mansplaining boing boing to it is publisher.




User Daniel_Kyle (and later versions therein) have been given a brief timeout for attacking other users in comments.

I know everyone’s tempers are short, but telling off other users is not an appropriate outlet for that anxiety. We are all going through this together.