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James E Keenan
February 10, 2018 13:58
Re: Moderation
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On 02/10/2018 03:12 AM, Sawyer X wrote:
> [Top-posting]
> Here's what happened so far:
> * A person who repeatedly abused people on the list was banned, publicly.
> * A mistake was made on reinstating him.
> * It was corrected, publicly.
> * An apology was issued, publicly.
> No amount of interrogation is going to uncover some mass conspiracy of
> what otherwise was easily explained as an honest mistake by people who
> volunteer for a job that involves literally just the abuse of the
> community - I mean, that's really the job description for anyone in the
> committee.
> Regarding your single question on whether the entire committee approved
> the change (which, just for your edification, I didn't request - but
> supported), the short answer is "YES." (I hope that was clear.)
> However, the person who requested to answer you and the list on this has
> moved countries, so they were quite busy and it slipped their mind. It
> happens. If we were to assume good intentions, this would not turn into
> an interrogation attempt and you would have received an answer as soon
> as they settled with their family. (Fun fact: Two members of the
> committee were moving recently, so even less bus factor. We're going to
> fix that.)
> So, short story: Mistake happened (publicly), mistake fixed (publicly),
> apology issued (publicly). If this anonymous person who is repeatedly
> asking you to receive every fine little detail of this "debacle" has a
> problem with it, they're more than welcome to come forward. However, I
> will give you my personal opinion (especially since I'm recursing myself
> from this, as I've stated before) on this: Not every question deserves
> an answer. Just because a person asks, does not entitle them to a
> detailed answer.. It is sometimes fine to say "This is what we did. This
> is why. That's it." No one is owes anyone endless questions and answers,
> no matter how much they *think* they are entitled to it.
> But hey, that's super easy for me to say, because I'm the one who just
> said "Yes, this was a mistake. And yes, I agree with this change to the
> policy. And yes, I personally would be happy if we could move on from
> this." You're free to inquire the committee as to who suggested each
> change to the policy, but the moderators work as a group and the
> decision was made as a group once someone suggested it. I'm sorry you
> have a hard time accepting it, but that won't make it not have happened.



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