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Subject: Moderator questions

Author: Bruce Moreland

Date: 11:35:44 12/12/98


Everyone can have opinions about how to moderate this group, but if I am going
to vote for someone in particular, I would like to know how they would handle
real cases.  Some of these happened, or happened more or less, and some of them
are purely hypothetical, and some are a mix of real events and hypothetical
cases.

It is easy to talk in the abstract about how you would moderate this place, but
it is harder when the actual events hit you in the face, and I think that any of
these is likely to come up.

So, in the following cases, the question is, how would you handle this?

1) Some random member that nobody has ever heard of, and who has never written a
post before, writes as his first post some random nonsense laced with obscenity,
not necessarily directed at anyone.

2) A regular poster responds to a post about Fritz by calling ChessBase a "shit
company".  A few days later he does it again.  Another poster responds with a
defense of ChessBase, and concludes by making unfavorable comments about this
guy's intelligence.  Chessbase hater replies with a very long obscenity-laced
tirade against ChessBase and against this second guy.

3) A member complains to you that a regular poster compared him unfavorably with
Adolf Eichmann on rec.games.chess.computer, and includes with his complaint a
long narrative about how seriously he takes this, since his family suffered at
the hands of the Nazis, and demands that someone like this not be allowed to
continue posting where he can see it, meaning in CCC.

4) Same guy as in the previous example complains to you that this guy is now
copying his CCC posts into r.g.c.c., and is responding to them there in such a
manner that would clearly be against the CCC charter if he made his responses in
CCC.

5) Same guy as in previous example complains that in response to one of his CCC
posts, his nemesis wrote a sarcastic reply to it (in CCC), including a ":-)" at
the end of the post.  You look at the reply and can see the sarcasm, but it's
not something that ordinarily would have demanded attention.

6) A regular poster refers to a banned member as a "jerk" in a CCC post, which
is a more or less true assessment, in your opinion.

7) Some guy registers from a hotmail account as "Donald F. Duck" and starts
posting informative stuff.

8) A member posts instructions regarding how to break the copy protection on
some commercial chess program.

bruce



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