Topic: Moderation in moderation
Well. I've noticed a fair amount of topics simply vanishing these days when there is a fight or an argument going. I believe that is not really constructive and would like to make a point about why it isnt.
While it is true that by removing all signs of arguments that get heated on the forums it does give this particular forum a higher vibration on the surface and probably a bit on the deeper levels as well because people dont fight, but it does not remove the causes of the fight. So while it does indeed serve a purpose i think you want it to serve, in keeping this forum civil, i would also like to point out that by destroying the entire post in its entirety you often destroy the points made along with the fighting. And while it is truly wise at the moment for ending fights, it isnt long term smart, so what it causes is people to completely shun away from topics that they feel might get the deletion as there is no point in talking in depth as the posts themselfs will be deleted along side with any valid arguments.
So it gets people to shun away from topics which they feel might be reguired to air disagreements if one person starts trolling.
There are 2 examples of where i got involved in a fairly argumentative post with a actual point outside of argumenting at it gets deleted alongside with all the rest.
So one, as an admin, is left with 2 choices, delete or dont delete. But if you dont delete then you have to either lock or move the topic to a "ring" so that people can still argue but to keep it outside of the main discussions. But if one moves the entire topic then one also moves the original message which might not have been argumentative or "fighting oriented" at all. So either way one does some damage. What i would suggest is to copy the topic as it was originally and move it to a "underside" of the forum. Incase in such a case as mine, one wants to go and get a snippet of the actual points made for something else. In my specific case i would have liked to, had i known the post would be deleted, to take the arguments i made and post another topic on that note (Why would the higher levels be anymore real than this level and why do we believe that the illusion and trickery of the "bad guys" behind the curtain end at 3rd or 4th. But that possibly this illusion and powerseeking extends all the way of this belief system, to the highest levels).
So while i do agree that moderation is something that needs to be done, i have grown to think that at the moment, the moderation has been going a tad bit overboard.