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Forum behavior
05-09-2018, 05:09 PM
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RE: Forum behavior
(05-09-2018 01:27 PM)burkhard Wrote:  I agree with Eric on all his points. Many, many, forums and Newsgroups have survived for decades without much (if any) moderator involvement, locking of threads, or nuking whole threads. That's a bad trend, really, perhaps something that goes with the thin skin and a need for "safe spaces" without possible risk of offense the current generation seems to have developed.

On other forums/newsgroups/mailing lists I have been involved with, if somebody repeatedly acts like a jerk/imbecile, they get ignored and eventually go away. As Didier succinctly advises "Don't feed the troll". Only threads that are outright spam get deleted / posters blocked. Differences of opinion (even heated ones) stand as part of the record. I think that approach is far better than the heavy-handed moderating this forum seems to be increasingly developing.

There is a great line from the beginning of Virginian Patrick Henry's famous 1775 speech that I think is relevant here:
But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.

The recent thread on GPL was interesting to me, although heated in spots. I actually learned a lot and understood the passion on both sides. IMO, there was no reason to lock it down. Likewise, I'm not wild about the idea that somebody can get blocked because they annoy a small faction of members, despite how many others actually enjoy their posts immensely and find them really informative and thought-provoking. Lots of geniuses in history have been ornery, cantankerous, and occasionally a PITA to work with. We shouldn't censor or kick out people like this, certainly not on the basis of a handful of "black balls" from a slim minority of members.

burkhard out

How nice. You and Eric have an opinion. And of course; it's the popular whining "mean ole censoring nazi hitler trumpish moderators are taking some innocent angel's freedom of speech".

People can come here, post a question, and get answers from some of the brightest people around. Sometimes; the answer will be from a programmer or engineer at HP who wrote the OS or designed the calculator that the question is about. Occasionally answers have come from the head of the calculator division.

This is because we do not allow (rare) threads to become ALL CAPS, name calling, insult laden, cuss fests, at least not for long. But then, some "freedom fighter" re-opens it to get the last four letter word in.
Rinse and repeat. Nine times. Complete with "Dear Moderator; F*** you F*** you F*** you F*** you......".

Maybe you're right though. Maybe I AM a fascist for not welcoming that sort of garbage. You two want it. The rest of us 8000 members just better come out of our "safe space" and get used to it.

No. Not gonna happen here. There's always 4chan if one likes that sort of thing.
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Forum behavior - Gene - 05-08-2018, 03:47 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Luigi Vampa - 05-08-2018, 07:14 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Don Shepherd - 05-08-2018, 11:02 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Valentin Albillo - 05-08-2018, 11:07 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Eric Rechlin - 05-09-2018, 02:07 AM
RE: Forum behavior - pier4r - 05-09-2018, 06:21 AM
RE: Forum behavior - Thomas Radtke - 05-09-2018, 08:01 AM
RE: Forum behavior - Carsen - 05-09-2018, 02:20 AM
RE: Forum behavior - Egan Ford - 05-09-2018, 02:31 AM
RE: Forum behavior - pier4r - 05-09-2018, 08:28 AM
RE: Forum behavior - Dave Hicks - 05-09-2018, 02:48 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Didier Lachieze - 05-09-2018, 08:45 AM
RE: Forum behavior - smp - 05-09-2018, 05:33 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Mark Hardman - 05-10-2018, 02:49 AM
RE: Forum behavior - Carsen - 05-10-2018, 04:10 AM
RE: Forum behavior - aurelio - 05-09-2018, 10:01 AM
RE: Forum behavior - Maximilian Hohmann - 05-09-2018, 11:05 AM
RE: Forum behavior - Valentin Albillo - 05-09-2018, 12:22 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Maximilian Hohmann - 05-09-2018, 01:25 PM
RE: Forum behavior - burkhard - 05-09-2018, 01:27 PM
RE: Forum behavior - d b - 05-09-2018 05:09 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Gene - 05-09-2018, 03:19 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Zaphod - 05-09-2018, 03:49 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Zaphod - 05-09-2018, 06:02 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Massimo Gnerucci - 05-09-2018, 06:37 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Eric Rechlin - 05-09-2018, 06:54 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Harald - 05-09-2018, 07:16 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Harald - 05-09-2018, 07:23 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Dave Hicks - 05-09-2018, 07:25 PM
RE: Forum behavior - ScottJ - 05-09-2018, 07:44 PM
RE: Forum behavior - d b - 05-09-2018, 08:22 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Dave Hicks - 05-09-2018, 07:42 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Gene - 05-09-2018, 08:02 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Harald - 05-09-2018, 08:16 PM
RE: Forum behavior - pier4r - 05-09-2018, 08:49 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Dave Hicks - 05-09-2018, 09:03 PM
RE: Forum behavior - ScottJ - 05-09-2018, 10:04 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Robert VM - 05-09-2018, 09:17 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Dave Hicks - 05-09-2018, 11:25 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Dave Hicks - 05-10-2018, 12:15 AM
RE: Forum behavior - Manolo Sobrino - 05-10-2018, 01:38 AM
RE: Forum behavior - Dave Hicks - 05-10-2018, 02:07 AM
RE: Forum behavior - Eric Rechlin - 05-10-2018, 02:37 AM
RE: Forum behavior - Tim Wessman - 05-10-2018, 03:06 AM
RE: Forum behavior - Massimo Gnerucci - 05-10-2018, 06:16 AM
RE: Forum behavior - Eddie W. Shore - 05-10-2018, 04:29 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Graham D. Wilson - 05-10-2018, 05:08 AM
RE: Forum behavior - Harald - 05-10-2018, 06:02 AM
RE: Forum behavior - Thomas Radtke - 05-10-2018, 10:16 AM
RE: Forum behavior - Eddie W. Shore - 05-10-2018, 04:28 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Etienne Victoria - 05-10-2018, 11:18 AM
RE: Forum behavior - Claudio L. - 05-10-2018, 03:28 PM
RE: Forum behavior - pier4r - 05-10-2018, 05:34 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Thomas Radtke - 05-10-2018, 05:47 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Bill (Smithville NJ) - 05-10-2018, 05:51 PM
RE: Forum behavior - pier4r - 05-10-2018, 06:06 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Dave Hicks - 05-10-2018, 07:42 PM
RE: Forum behavior - tcab - 05-10-2018, 12:51 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Manolo Sobrino - 05-10-2018, 01:34 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Massimo Gnerucci - 05-10-2018, 02:35 PM
RE: Forum behavior - DA74254 - 05-10-2018, 03:16 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Zaphod - 05-10-2018, 07:19 PM
RE: Forum behavior - PANAMATIK - 05-10-2018, 07:27 PM
RE: Forum behavior - aurelio - 05-10-2018, 09:28 PM
RE: Forum behavior - SlideRule - 05-10-2018, 07:40 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Zaphod - 05-10-2018, 08:57 PM
RE: Forum behavior - Dave Hicks - 05-11-2018, 04:06 AM



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