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Old 03-15-2011, 12:14 AM   #1
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mod power abuse (not just whining) - post editing.

I don't like to make up these kinds of threads. Generally I don't care much about the inability to fail some of the mods / admins, and it isn't the crux of this post.

Regardless, it appears that a member was banned for "calling out" SkinnyPupp in this post, which no longer contains the reason why he was banned.
holy Sh*t! Massive earthquake just hit Japan!

the member's post was magically edited (presumably by SkinnyPupp) to remove the content for which I believe the person was banned. This is what I have issue with. The poster's rebuke of SP was actually quite restrained and reasonably diplomatic - there has been far worse that has been left to fester here. The poster's rebuke was absolutely Work Safe.

There is and was no reason to remove that content, and furthermore, there is no reason to remove that content without even indicating that it was editted by an admin. There are certainly times where a mod/admin SHOULD edit a normal user's posts (personal info being posted, locals on the girlie threads) but this is not one of them.

It appears that the member was banned with no warning. I personally think this is ridiculously excessive, but is the admin's prerogative, no matter how heavy handed, inelegant and personally-driven it is.

I do kindly suggest the admin and mod team consider to exercising a lighter hand when it comes to posts where they feel they are insulted. For example,
I would suggest that an admin/mod not carry out the sanction where they are personally insulted. Involving another moderator or admin would show a greater amount of fairness. I would also suggest that there be no ghost or ninja edits. This comes down to credibility and integrity.

Thank you.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled earthquake/rice/girlie threads.
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Old 03-15-2011, 03:19 AM   #2
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I agree. This is not the first time I seen posts edited my mods without any indication at the end of the message.
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:01 AM   #3
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The user received an infraction for trolling in the Japan earthquake thread. Since he has received so many infractions in the past, this one results in a temporary auto ban.

Since you didn't see the original post, I'm not sure what you're complaining about... But there you go.

The post that was deleted was not a "rebuke" of anything, but a flame attack on me. Normally I'd just delete it and be over with it, but in the Japan thread, there is zero tolerance for bullshit. You fuck around in there, you get points.

So I soft-deleted it, and issued points. Just like any other moderator would/should. It's all there for peer review, if necessary.

Coles Notes:

1) I posted a link to the MIT professor explaining the situation regarding the power plants in Japan
2) User spotted a mistake on that post, regarding the use of the richter scale which is apparently outdated. He replied in a sarcastic way, and pointed out the mistake
3) I read it, and deemed it nothing more than someone being a smartass, since nothing in the blog post was about the earthquake itself. Clearly this was just someone who wanted to be a troll. So I failed his post, and moved on
4) 12 pages later in the thread, the user for some reason got really upset, and went on a tirade about me, flaming me with personal attacks. I have no idea what upset him so much, but there you go. I soft-deleted the comment, and gave him an infraction for fucking up the Japan thread. Since it was his 3rd or 4th offense, he was autobanned temporarily.

There's no reason to make something out of this. It's not "mod abuse" and has nothing to do with whatever issue Rev Ray is talking about either.
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:16 AM   #4
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in regards to the members posts.

there are notes made by moderators into why the post was deleted or even the thread deleted. you as members do not see nor need to know these notes. these notes help us track the deletion. what may be seen a straight out deletion for no reason, is seen otherwise by moderators.

i find this a little disheartening, there are many other moderators that have done far worse edits from what ive seen, but as soon as anything, legitament or otherwise, touched by skinny, it is redflagged by everyone. Is this because he is seen as a target?

I have seen other moderators do far worse, with far less notes as to why they have editted. but no one seems to bring those to light. is it because they are local and thus have a group of friends surrounding them?
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