You're probably sick to death of this topic. I've spent more time reading articles and comments on articles about the subject of forum moderation. And it just goes round in circles.
But i still think there's questions to be answered. I won't mention names, because to be honest i don't know who exactly is in charge of what when it comes to moderation and i don't want to be unfair on anyone (but i am talking to the people who moderate it. Most roughly know who they are)
Another note, before i delve into it. I would probably be considered a 'moderate' in the sense i'm not trying to politically score points against anyone. Spent most of my time in TUP and would recommend it to new players, i've voted for Iain Keers twice and would consider maybe doing so in the future. And most importantly, i don't dislike any of the people that i'm probably going to argue against.
But on to topic. I feel the question "why do people get banned from using forums?" has never been answered.
I'll take Goku as an example. As i understand it, the reasons he was banned was for keeping 70 gold of UK's money which was entrusted to him (you could argue that's stealing) amongst other stuff that most of you's know. But so what? I don't think that justifies being banned from the forum. The forum is (or should be) about discussion, everyone has a right of reply and people can make up their mind with what they read. Banning someone does not protect any money. Nor, i argue eUK's interests.
I was going to add "I don't want to tell you how you run your forums, you's moderate it (which i accept is still needed) so ultimately it's your decision". But i think that's the problem. I've always viewed it as "your" forum and an opinion that differs from yours is not welcomed. And i don't think that's not just me being overly sensitive because usually i love debate.
Also, i wonder why topics or threads get closed and end try to attempt to end discussion on a topics when it suits them? If we compared that to real politics, you can't just decide when people stop discussing it. Why not just keep everything open?
My proposal would be only impose moderation powers when people use inappropriate or abusive (and i mean clearly abusive) language, and obviously inappropriate pictures and what not.
Do you think that proposal would unite eUK's political divide to talk about more constructive topics? Why, why not?
This also goes for the main eUK's irc chatrooms
Oh, and this was purely a personal view, nothing to do with my political party
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