Originally Posted by Jack Briggs
Also, the moderators, at least, never really power-tripped around here. We/they are not perfect, true. But fairness was always the moderators' modus operandi.
As someone who only recently became a moderator, I can attest that this is still true. And based on what I see now in the way of deleted posts, I can only imagine what kind of stuff got snipped during the format war. A lot of people - not just members here, but human beings in general - have a hard time separating persons from opinions. Some even find it impossible to believe that anyone could legitimately hold an opinion contrary to theirs - and thus they attribute bad motives to anyone who disagrees with them. When the conversation gets that nasty posts get deleted and members get suspended or banned outright - regardless of the subject supposedly under discussion. I don't dobut that this happened a lot in the BD/HD-DVD threads, but if so it was because of the behavior of the participants and not some desire on the part of the mods to squelch debate.
What I've seen in my short time as a mod is that the owners and moderators often consult on such decisions before taking action, often with a lively debate on the merits among themselves. Yeah, a blatant spammer might get banned instantly and without disucssion (and you have no idea how many of those get weeded out before most of you even see them) but for the rest each mod not only tries to apply the rules fairly and even-handedly, but when necessary gets a second or third opinion to be sure.
My thanks to Jack and all the other folks who had to moderate this place during busier and sometimes nastier times.