Some gentle criticism for moderators
I'll try to keep this short and sweet. On two separate occasions I've been in a round-a-bout way shut up by forum moderators. The first time was in response to a remark I made on a thread that one moderator felt had already been talked about too much and he closed the thread (rather opinionated, if someone didn't want to read it, they simply don't open it) The other was a response I made about the puppy Linux distribution which was not rude or slanderous in any way. I made my comment, saw it posted on the site, subscribed to it so I can follow up on it later, then went to go have a pint and throw some darts with a friend. This morning, my comment on that thread was gone entirely. There was no private message or any comment as to why. I know it was there previously because I read it back to myself as the last comment in the thread to check for spelling before I left that night.
So, moderators, if you have a good reason a comment should be deleted, can you at least let the writer know? In my case, while I did not feel I wrote anything that could be seen as offensive, I would like to know what I am writing that is grounds for deletion. I figured well thought out commentary from someone thats been in the IT industry for ten years would be healthy for the forums. I've enjoyed reading them now for a while, but there are plenty of other technical forums out there. The more you restrict commentary with no basis, the more technically advanced user base you are likely to lose and the more LiNuX PwnZ WinDoZe comments you are likely to be left with.
Last edited by toupeiro; July 31st, 2007 at 04:22 PM.
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