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Subject: Re: Moreland's Paradox

Author: Bruce Moreland

Date: 09:25:41 07/23/99

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On July 23, 1999 at 08:15:43, Djordje Vidanovic wrote:

>If a publicly issued posting has been deleted isn't that a public issue? Or
>should we all pretend that nothing's happened and push such issues under the
>What you just suggested looks rather like denying Fernando (or any other member
>of the forum) the right to react.  Even if we see the job of a moderator as
>essentialy police work (cf. Bruce Moreland), the suspect (Fernando?) has the
>right to make one phone call (his own reaction?), right?

I have a feeling I'm going to get stuck with this one for a while.

I don't see moderation as police work, but I think that it is possible for a
moderator to work independently, like a cop works, rather than in strict
conjunction with co-moderators, like a member of a judicial tribunal.
Independent action allows for a lot more flexibility and a lot less email.

I don't understand the "right to react" comment.  Are you saying that no post
gets deleted unless we spend a day arguing with the poster first?

Fernando got a copy of his post in the mail.  The moderators, including
Fernando, got a copy of that post in the mail.  It was possible to have a
rational conversation at that point and decide to put the post back, if that was
what was decided.  I even offered to let Fernando put the post back, although I
said that if he did I would respond to it.


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