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Subject: Re: I resign the Post as Moderator.

Author: Bruce Moreland

Date: 22:15:22 07/22/99

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On July 22, 1999 at 21:40:56, Dann Corbit wrote:

>On July 22, 1999 at 21:29:44, Bruce Moreland wrote:
>>>I don't think any one person should be allowed to impose their guidelines,
>>>standards, etc. on the rest of us here at the CCC.  I don't believe it was ever
>>>set up with a ONE MAN show in mind.  No matter who it is.
>>Alright.  Let's talk practical stuff, like I in fact did in my "platform" thing.
>>Someone who you have never heard of writes a post with the title:
>>"F--- you"
>>The content of the post is:
>>"No really, f--- you".
>>That's all, but of course the hyphens in the post are of course not hyphens, and
>>I would ordinarily spell out the words, but given the present climate I think
>>people would probably jump on me.
>>You run across this post at 12:38 a.m., as you are getting ready to go to bed.
>>What do *you* do about this, as one of three moderators?
>Not only would I delete it, I would not even bother sending an email to the
>other moderators to ask their opinion.
>That is one of the reasons I said in my statement that moderators would be
>called upon to use their "brain-pan."
>On Usenet, there are forums:
>news:rec.humor  {Jokes and the like -- may be somewhat offensive}
>news:rec.humor.funny  {Jokes that are funny -- in the moderator's opinion}
>news:alt.tasteless.jokes {title says it all}
>I don't read them, but if you like that sort of thing -- there you go.
>I am not saying that we should sterilize this forum like some hospital
>instrument.  But if (in the judgement of an acting moderator) something that is
>supposed to be funny may offend a significant fraction of the audience -- then
>it should be removed.  All the more so because there are appropriate forums for
>that sort of thing.
>Go and take a look at and you will find that it is
>still a cesspool precisely because you can post anything you like to an
>unmoderated Usenet newsgroup.  The entire purpose of this forum was to provide a
>location where people can talk about chess/computer related issues in a place
>free from offensive posts.
>Moderators were chosen for their judgement.  Let them exercise it.
>For Crying Out Loud.

Right.  The "F--- you" post is real, by the way, it happened last time I was a
moderator, and it had nothing to do with Fernando of course.

I don't think this place should be sterile either, but there is a difference
between sterile and writing things that are simply invitations for trouble.

I deleted that post because I was convinced that the alternative was a pretty
bad day today, and for absolutely no reason.  I tried to head that off.  I
figured that Fernando would be pissed briefly, but that there would be a
discussion via moderator email and he could be led to understand that you
shouldn't spontaneously start dirty joke threads in CCC.


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