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Subject: Topicality and the might of moderators...

Author: Dann Corbit

Date: 15:57:15 07/23/99

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On July 23, 1999 at 18:20:56, Fernando Villegas wrote:
>On July 23, 1999 at 12:07:15, KarinsDad wrote:
>>On July 23, 1999 at 03:25:12, James Robertson wrote:
>>[snip]
>>>
>>>There has been much discussion about how Bruce should have asked a second
>>>opinion before deleting. I say Fernando should have asked a second opinion
>>>before posting.
>>>
>>>James
>>
>>This is about the most rational statement made on this subject that I have read.
>>
>>KarinsDad :)
>
>Rational? My God. So rationality consist in a child being afraid that his daddy
>will see him reading a joke about a couple of old guys consulting a rabbi. Well,
>that's really funny.
I happen to agree with James and I'm 41.

Why don't we give it a rest?

So far, we have this:

1.  A post was deleted.  It contained a joke that a large fraction of the
reading audience would not find offensive and a large fraction which would find
it offensive.  Perhaps we Americans do have our buns in a knott.  None-the-less,
there it is.

2.  Is a moderator immune to the rules of the group?  I say no.  A post made by
a moderator is _in no way_ superior to a post made by anyone else.

3.  Two out of three moderators (Bruce/KarinsDad) clearly *are* in agreement
that it should have been deleted.  So the argument does not hold that it should
remain.

4.  All of this hoo-hah has lead to something good -- a discussion of
topicality.  This is always healthy for any newsgroup.  Also, a discussion of
moderation policies.   This also is a good thing.

5.  We can clearly see that you feel upset, slighted, and in the right.  In a
case like this, why not behave the way that _anyone else_ who gets a post cut
should behave?  Swallow the bitter pill and take it like a man.  Clearly, the
world is full of opinions.  I have a viewpoint and you have a viewpoint.  Now, a
viewpoint is our personal feeling.  There is no such thing as an inferior
viewpoint or a superior viewpoint.  It is simply how we feel about something.  I
am making a personal plea to you (for the good of the group) to simply give it
up, even if you feel you are in the right.

6.  If we must keep discussing topicality (and who am I to say we should stop --
really?) then why not try to refrain from personal angles.  It seems that we all
want to point fingers in our messages and decide who was the one with the
'right' view.  But to discuss things like this, must we try to point out the
flaws in someone else?  If we stick to the topic and stop aiming our daggers at
each other, then maybe we can all be nice about it and smile.

I love Fernando, and I love Bruce and KarinsDad and all the rest.  All nice
people who like to play chess.  All are valuable and enhance the value of CCC.

Civilization starts with 'civil' so let's try to behave according to the root
meaning.



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