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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Brian Kissinger, Jun 6, 2002.

  1. Brian Kissinger

    Brian Kissinger Screenwriter

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    I just wanted to give a little shout of thanks to the HTF moderator staff. They do a great job around here.

    You see, I recently started a thread that wasn't exactly proper. I often forget that I have a very unusual sense of humor that most people do not. Things I find funny, many people may find objectionable. So without thinking about it, I started a thread in poor taste. It was quickly removed. When I couldn't find it later on, I figured I had crossed the bounds of good taste.

    But later on, I received an Email from a moderator explaining his actions. I'm sure these guys have enough to do, but he took the time to explain why he did what he did. He was polite, and courteous.

    Just another reason why this site is so great.

    And apologies to any who read the thread and found it in poor taste.
     
  2. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder
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    Our Moderators need to hear this.

    Thank You.
     
  3. JasenP

    JasenP Screenwriter

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    I too have been in a similar situation. Though I was officialy banned for an inappropriate comment, it was a stupid mistake in retrospect.

    Sometimes it's just too easy to type before you think.

    I used to think unmoderated forums were the way to go, say what you want when you want and who gives a flying **** what anybody says. Those forums quickly degenerated into junior high school name calling and personal attacks.

    The mods here are quite fair in my opinion, they really do help this forum run as well as it does.

    I have easily learned more and shared more on this forum than any other.
     
  4. Andrew Chong

    Andrew Chong Supporting Actor

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    Three Cheers!
    Hip-Hip...Hooray!
    Hip-Hip...Hooray!
    Hip-Hip...Hooray!
    (just realized a character from recently screened 'Legend' Director's cut exclaimed exactly this [​IMG] )
     
  5. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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  6. Rob Gillespie

    Rob Gillespie Producer

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    I know from my two years (or so) as a mod that it's no easy task. The current team of Admins are doing a sterling job.
     
  7. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder
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    I don't know how many members will be
    clicking into this thread to read these
    posts, but I feel it is important that I
    post a little something for all of you to
    read so you realize how thankless a job it
    is for our Moderators to run this forum....
    I don't know how many of you read and
    participate on other forums. If you do, I
    am sure that you have undoubtably read all
    sorts of posts by disgruntled ex-members of
    this forum about the way our Moderating staff
    is censoring this person or mistreating that
    person or blah blah blah.
    It's tough being one of (if not THE) largest
    Home Theater/DVD sites on the net for the fact
    that we have to deal with a sizeable membership.
    Now that Home Theater Forum is appearing in
    print more readily (2 magazines this month and
    another upcoming magazine), we have become the
    most recognized site of its kind on the internet.
    Our signups per day have increased substantially.
    Every single day, our Moderating staff has to
    deal with individuals that come to this forum,
    have no idea the behavioral standards that are
    in place here, and post whatever they deem fit
    to post -- most often of which are attacks on
    other members.
    We won't hide the fact that we remove several
    members here every single week. We can't worry
    about people that come here and don't take the
    time to get to know what this forum is about --
    not even taking the time to read the forum rules.
    We have a larger percentage of the membership to
    please here.
    But you know what? When we read all the badmouthing
    about HTF on other sites, we realize that this
    is a very tiny percentage of our membership who
    took it upon themselves to come to a forum that
    preaches dignified discussion and behavior, and
    post in a manner that is insulting to the rest of
    the membership.
    The day that the largest percentage of our
    membership berates us for the manner we run this
    forum will be the day that we become concerned
    about what gets posted on other sites.
    There are too many of you that pick this forum
    above any other simply because we keep it dignified
    and flame-free. How many other sites with our
    membership numbers run as smoothly as this one?
    Parker and I are very proud of our Moderating
    team. Neither of us really have the time to run
    this board ourselves. The Moderators are the real
    force behind this forum. They have been given
    complete control here, with the understanding that
    they remain fair, and properly enforce the guidelines
    of this forum.
    The Moderators of this forum volunteer their
    time. No volunteer wants to have to put up with
    the daily amount of problem members that sign up
    to this site. But the Moderators do it because
    they care about this forum and what it stands for.
    Our first concern is for the membership. We will
    do whatever is necessary to ensure that nobody on
    this forum feels uncomfortable about posting their
    opinions here. Just remember to be constructive
    in your criticism and that we don't tolerate those
    opinions turning into personal attacks.
    Just keep in mind that when you read something
    negative about HTF on another site, it's a one-sided
    story. Often, these are members that were removed
    because they deserved to be removed. We hope that
    those of you that read such rhetoric elsewhere will
    reflect on your personal experiences here instead
    to make your own judgement call.
    With HTF continuing to grow in leaps and bounds,
    we have no reason to doubt that our success is due
    to the fact that we have a membership that appreciates
    our Moderating team and the fact that a forum with
    such a huge membership can still be a respectful
    place to participate. This is the forum whose
    membership have earned the respect of the film
    and hardware industry. We can't be running things
    here that badly. [​IMG]
     
  8. David King

    David King Stunt Coordinator

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  9. Keith Paynter

    Keith Paynter Screenwriter

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    Long Live The Fighters!

    Continued accolades to Ron, Parker & The Mods who make this site deserved of its intelligent reputaion, and a place I am proud to hang my hat daily.
     
  10. Frank Anderson

    Frank Anderson Cinematographer

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    I just want to add something I said once before (and was told it summed it up nicely).

    Don't confuse censorship with inappropriate behavior control.
     
  11. KeithH

    KeithH Lead Actor

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    Ron said:
     
  12. ChrisMatson

    ChrisMatson Cinematographer

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    Here's another [​IMG] for the mods. A few months ago, there was a semi-heated debate going on in a thread and a moderator was kind enough to send me a PM that read, in part: What a great Forum!
     
  13. jeff peterson

    jeff peterson Supporting Actor

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    People from those other boards should realize that being a member of this boards (IMHO) confers an extra level of credibility as well. I have more faith in an HTF member's reviews, comments, etc that a member from brand 'X' board.

    The mods here keep it professional.

    Cheers, boys
     
  14. KeithH

    KeithH Lead Actor

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    Jeff said:
     
  15. Keith Paynter

    Keith Paynter Screenwriter

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    It's okay - the other 1 out of 5 bent his wookie....[​IMG]
     
  16. CharlesD

    CharlesD Screenwriter

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