Express an opinion and we can get drama on here. I like really deep down we are a dysfunctional family who hold each other with disdain and a general lack of respect . But we all still love drums so that stuff don’t matter .
.What has happened, through political polarization, is that some members are savvy enough to weaponize thanking mods and putting Likes on mod posts and striking up PM relationships with mods or forging a report button Bromance to their advantage..
Opinion accepted as opinion. There was a time, some may remember, that "likes", smilie faces, and posts less than 20 characters were not part of the forum. Most of this changed with the new edition or format . And I will guarantee you that me liking a thread is a "johnny" thing and not a moderator thing. As Andy said, a "you" thing. I would much prefer a forum where the mods took part and didn't just sit back and judge. It's not fun. If you knew how difficult it was to replace "Notha" and "Dogbreath" when they religuished their mod roles, it would surprise you. This only a reply to Old Pit Guys ideas and not him individually.I've already said I don't see any of that here and I'm not referring to anyone here, but obviously I need to post that again. Done. Did you read it this time?
This is where adult conversation falls apart. Because now I "have a problem" for honestly stating an opinion. An opinion.
An opinion that simply says I don't think moderators on the whole should have the ability to give and receive likes. And that's because they're not just members anymore. They're members with judicial power who can edit and delete content, as well as ban members. I don't see where and how Likes won't be weaponized by *some* people. Because people are just gonna people.
But this is just an opinion. Not an edict, not indictment, not a request for that to happen, and not meant to put anyone on the defensive.
Would it be better, as a mod, to not "like" a thread, and write a 50 word post on why I agree? "Liking". is only a short cut tool in my mind. I must also say that I am a Mod on one other site , and use the like feature there as well. And before becoming a mod here, this fiesty old fart was threatened with bannishment more than once.You keep going back to this reductionist non-sequitur of the Like button being a human issue when all I've done is state an opinion on the feature. Take the ass-pat feature away from those in authority and you completely remove any possible perception of bias or partiality within authority. That's the entirety of my opinion. And it wasn't directed at anyone here.
And if that wasn't good enough, now people who've labored under difficult social media environments "want to be part of something that makes them mad." I could ask you, do you enjoy irritating people by telling them they have problems? Because that's pretty much all you've done in this thread so far from my best, honest and objective reading of it.
I understand your viewpoint and I respect your right to have it. And what I've received for that is (1) I have a problem, (2) I enjoy being angry and (3) I'm in a quest to be right for simply writing I don't think mods should have Like buttons. Jeez Louise!
Isn't this the important part? A general observation and not a full-blown critique of DW.I wasn't referring to anyone here. I don't see any of that. But it exists at some of the other places mentioned - I've witnessed it.
Thank for that, and yes I am on a one man mission to try and end the Happy part, since this is a solemn event and not really happy. But all is cool. ThanksI like what I like and have my opinions, about a lot of things.
I know what is allowed here and it is not my "house" so I try to comply with the rules.
It's pretty simple really.
I spent a lot of time being angry...it sucks!
Happy Memorial Day...to those who recognize it. Happy whatever day to everyone else.
I guess "Happy" isn't the right word, but I think/hope you get my meaning.
That's Veteran's Day. Memorial Day is to honor those who died serving. (not to be snarky, that's just what Gruntersdad was referencing.)Thanks also to those who do and have served!