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Subject: Re: I resign the Post as Moderator.

Author: Will Singleton

Date: 22:34:58 07/23/99

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On July 23, 1999 at 19:43:23, Amir Ban wrote:

>As a former moderator I take credit for inventing the "on-duty" procedure. When
>I was lobbying for it, I described it to my fellow moderators (Don Dailey &
>Bruce Moreland) in these terms:
>Having one moderator on duty doesn't mean that he has all the power. The
>principle of majority decision still holds. The moderator on duty acts as a sort
>of chairman, decides the agenda, and asks the two others to vote on stuff. He
>can act alone only in cases that are too simple to bother the others, or have
>already been discussed by the moderators and the action is what was agreed
>should be taken in such a case. IN ANY CASE, if the moderator on duty already
>knows of a dissenting opinion by another moderator, he's not allowed to act
>alone and must get the opinion of the third moderator.
>This was my understanding of the rules, and they were followed with no
>exceptions that I can remember.
>It doesn't seem the present moderators have worked out any such procedures, or
>at least that's my impression from the posts in this thread. If they were
>following the procedures set above, I would consider Bruce's action to be
>illegal, since he should have assumed that Fernando, by posting what he did,
>disagrees with him, and he had to resort to majority vote.
>I think Bruce showed very poor judgement here. His action would not deserve much
>comment against an ordinary member, and would probably be perfectly justified,
>but for the moderators to start censoring each other does not make sense, for
>reasons that have nothing to do with the charter. What we have now can be called
>a constitutional crisis.
>Experience shows that the post of moderator needs quite a bit of talent for
>politics and diplomacy. I hope the voters will remember this next time.

Your comments show a lack of insight and/or thought, and perhaps some
vindictiveness.  That is self-evident to the casual reader, so no argument is

I am furthermore disappointed that, after so long an absence, you choose to post
on such an insubstantial matter.  Really disappointing.


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