Well. I go away for a day or two and find I have been re-accommodated. This is not a wonderful thing.
@orenwolf, thank you for engaging with us here and in the past. The role of flak-catcher is not one I envy. I assure you that anything I say here is not an attack on you.
That's not what Jason said just the other day. According to him the BBS is solely a place to chat about the items posted by the authors on the front page.
That's a bit like saying we should not have to lock our doors because the police will protect us, and if they can't, society has failed. The mods can only act after the fact, and rely on the members to alert them. Even if they shut down trolls instantly, once a member has revealed anything personal it is out there permanently. It's a tribute to the atmosphere of the Lounge that so many felt comfortable doing that.
That sounds a lot like a board of mods deciding who is worthy. I don't see how that is more democratic than the former method. Not that it matters. I really don't need a kitten sticker in my colouring book.
Not kids. Malignant trolls and the relentlessly negative jerks who keep showing up in the BBS.
Yes. If it was in my nature to share any issues, I would have met with a polite and supportive response in the Lounge. If I opened up in the public forums I could, at the very least, expect some combination of suckitupspecialsnowflakefirstworldproblems. And as a white male, I am far less vulnerable than many here. Others would get much worse.
No, you're saying If you can't shout it at the top of your lungs in the shopping mall on Saturday afternoon, you shouldn't talk about it in a circle of close friends.
I was unaware of it until I found myself in it. But the regulars are by definition just people who read and post a lot, not some sort of snobbish elite, and there wasn't any superior attitude in the Lounge (considering some of the members, that would have been hard to maintain ). If you or anyone else had found your way there, you would have been greeted enthusiastically, because literally everyone was.
Full disclosure: I started the Hey, Rube! topic, and it was nothing like what @stinkinbadgers describes. I wish I could show you the initial post describing the purpose of the thread, but hey, it's gone. It was a place to alert regulars to trolls in the BBS, and call for support in fighting them. When @orenwolf first visited, he actually was nice enough to remark that it was an extremely useful topic. If someone wasn't a racist/misogynist troll, they weren't talked about, and in more than one case the consensus was to give the benefit of the doubt.
No, one of them was set up by me to spin a lot of angst away from the main Lounge thread, where the troll discussions were threatening to swamp everything else. Since the Hey, Rube! topic had something over 5000 posts (maybe more, I can't remember) in the few months it was in existence, I'd say it filled a need.
I, for one, am glad it's you. (And I don't say that to be cruel. ).
The pedant's pendant is still up for grabs, right?