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MsElectric, AR, Kugerrand and Johan discuss TMC moderation

Discussion in 'Site Feedback' started by MsElectric, Apr 4, 2015.

  1. dirkhh

    dirkhh Middle-aged Member

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    I know... so how can it be choking you?
     
  2. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Well that's a minute of my life I'll never get back.
     
  3. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    Even if you could, you wouldn't.
     
  4. Johan

    Johan Funds for M3 secured. Contingent on wife aproval.

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    Yep. Me and Borat. Sexy time.
     
  5. dirkhh

    dirkhh Middle-aged Member

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    My eyes. They are bleeding.
     
  6. AnxietyRanger

    AnxietyRanger Well-Known Member

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    Thank you Doug_G for taking the time to respond to my suggestion. In any case, the info is appreciated.
     
  7. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    By the by, inserting a link to the particular post location in Snippiness would add about a minute to the time it takes me to do that. Given that I've already spent perhaps five minutes trying to find where exactly to slice the mold off the cheese, I'm not interested in spending the extra time to link to posts that really shouldn't have been posted. I will even go to the lengths of copying a post to Snippiness and then excising the snippy bits so that the rest can remain.

    To reiterate points Bonnie made, the only posts I have ever deleted in nearly three years of moderating are duplicate posts, which happen very occasionally because of a software glitch, and posts I placed into moderation and then discussed with the original poster. Posts are never intentionally left in the "black hole" of moderated status for longer than it takes to deal with them.

    I am confident that no moderator has ever deleted or even moved a post because he or she disagreed with what was said. How you say something can end the post up in Snippiness. Going off on politics, religion or other tangents can put your post in one of the quarantine threads. Going off-topic with something that not objectionable but not about Tesla or other forum topics (e.g. energy & environment) will put you in the Off Topic forum. Hijacking a thread's topic can put your thread in a new topic or an appropriate existing topic.

    There is another question entirely raised by this thread, which is whether peer pressure intimidates some posters. The answer: absolutely. I've seen "drill, baby, drill" posters in the Energy & Environment section who lasted only a few days under the withering rebuttal they encountered. I've seen investor bears have their arguments dismantled before quietly slinking away. I don't interfere at all in such threads until the argument gets personal. Posts that critique ideas and avoid profanities endure, but I have very little patience for posts that critique TMC members.
     
  8. dirkhh

    dirkhh Middle-aged Member

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    LOVE that phrase... will need to steal it.
    Go after what people say, go after their arguments, their style, their misuse of words (oops, wrong thread). Don't go after the people.
    You may think dirkhh is a dodohead (and you would be in good company). But you should criticize the content, not the person.
     
  9. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    And this is exactly why I finally used the 'ignore' option. I got tired of the passive-aggressive digs at what my motivation was or why I said what I said or attributing intent that wasn't there. I asked it to stop and just focus on the topic. It didn't. So I used the option available to me. :)
     
  10. AnxietyRanger

    AnxietyRanger Well-Known Member

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    As I said over PM in response to you, the feeling is absolutely mutual. ;)

    Not that I'm ignoring anyone.

    - - - Updated - - -

    I think it needs to be noted, too intense peer pressure can also result in pushing away people and silencing opinions one wouldn't wish to go away for diversity's sake. Just something to think about.
     
  11. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    I'm open to hearing your ideas about what practical changes we could make to moderating practices that would encourage more open discussion. All of the options I can think of would require moderators to limit or otherwise censor unobjectionable speech.
     
  12. Krugerrand

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    Yep, that can happen. Fortunately there's a solid set of forum rules here and decent moderation that only those with the thinnest skin and highest sensitivities are likely to be pressured off, which is probably in their best interest anyway.
     
  13. AnxietyRanger

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    Thank you for your calm responses, Robert.Boston.

    I doubt a cultural change in this regard could ever happen through force, let alone through force alone. But what my wish - and motivation for bringing up the topic - has been is that moderators and other senior membership that hold major say and sway over the forum would take note and maybe pass the idea forwards amongst them. If enough senior people were to stand up for even more of a culture of inclusiveness (including when it means welcoming "dissent"), it could bring change with it. A fruitful opportunity would be pretty much any thread where a minority voice is getting a solid beating from the majority. Maybe in those instances if a few senior voices were to genuinely want to calm the atmosphere, to make sure the minority voice is better heard (that doesn't mean agreement must happen, but sometimes the voice is drowned out by misunderstandings) and that it doesn't become merely a free for all of ignorant one-liners against one or two.
     
  14. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    I think you may find the official Tesla forums better suited for you. What you are asking for already happens. We don't step in when people disagree. This is a Tesla dedicated forum so of course if someone comes here and says 'EVs are horrible and a waste of money' they will get pushback. As long as it's kept civil on both sides it is allowed. Show me proof we don't allow that kind of dialog. Please stop trying to make something out of nothing.
     
  15. dirkhh

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    A minority voice that states factually inaccurate claims, that insists on stating as "fact" or "analysis" what is wild speculation, that keeps bringing up claims that have long been refuted or keeps bringing up the same claims without any new arguments actually SHOULD be contradicted - consistently.
    We don't want this forum to descend into something where a minority with time on their hands can derail any thread and can keep pushing incorrect or misrepresented theories.
    There are many of us who have skeptical views on some aspects that others are super bullish about. As long as these are voiced in a way that represents them as an opinion these appear to be well received.
     
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  16. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    I politely suggest that you maybe do some reading research. Moderators and others here regularly stand up for the dissenting opinion and argue for it to be heard, but there's a huge difference in being inclusive towards new members or contrary voices and those folks who attempt to use TMC, the community in general and other members to leverage their own anti-Tesla agenda and/or their personal financial aims.

    Here's a couple of examples I remember specifically (and there's plenty of them out there) of folks being defended by moderators and others, despite the criticising nature of the initial posts:

    Devils-advocating-from-someone-who-shorted-TSLA
    Disappointed-in-app-features

    Then there's the folks who have their own agenda and seem only to want to further their own interests:

    Tesla-sued-under-Wisconsin-Lemon-Law
    Tesla-Model-X-Cancellation

    Yes, the human reaction is to dismiss an opposing view when it goes against something we love (and most of us do love our Teslas), but on the whole the TMC membership is quite understanding of complaints and suggestions (it's also worth noting here that the site owners allow this type of discussion and even highlight it by putting it into a Site Feedback section); what members have (understandably) little tolerance for are the folks who come in and do something like announcing a class-action lawsuit on their very first post, members don't like being used like that.
     
  17. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    [Nigel drops the mic and walks away]
     
  18. AnxietyRanger

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    Just to be clear, my response was to Robert.Boston who showed understanding with his comment:

    I hope you don't mind if I choose not to waste any of our time trying to repeat the point to an uninterested part of the audience. It really has dawned on me I can not reach you all, guys - maybe it is a limitation of the medium, I think over those beers we'd get over it in no time. I really think it is for all our best. :)

    But those who hear what I say, please feel free to think of ways to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of the site if/when you encounter a thread where someone with a different kind of opinion/view is getting the "communal treatment". Maybe a calming voice or two, a bit more understanding could help calm threads down, without any need for moderation.

    As for all the comments suggesting some other forum might be a better place for people who feel like me (and there have been several already, in this thread too), I find that an unfortunate approach, but it is what it is. I'm hoping for a more inclusive outcome, if not for myself, then for others who will follow.

    Peace out.
     
  19. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    #99 dsm363, Apr 7, 2015
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    I don't think you get it. If someone comes here saying 'you drive around in coal burning cars that are more polluting than a Hummer' should we all join hands and sing or are we allowed to point out the errors in their logic? People have the right to point out factual errors and argue their point. As long as they don't belittle the person or call them names we don't step in. If that person is offended there isn't much we can do about that. Please stop trying to turn this isn't an issue when it isn't.
     
  20. NigelM

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    It's a shame you dismiss other's views as them being "uninterested", perhaps try to listen to the fact that plenty of folks here try to be inclusive and it's not helped by constant criticism. I gave you a couple of examples and I can think of several more but just don't have the time (or the inclination now) to list them all.
     

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