In my view, OT has gone from "discussion" to "nothing but trouble" and "attack anyone who disagrees" in many cases. Then when the staff tries to put things back on track, their actions become excuses for long complaint threads in IC and personal attacks on mods. I'm putting a stop to this now.
Today we will close OT for 24 hours and it will reopen under new rules. They are spelled out in detail in the quote box below. When the forum reopens, everyone will first have to read these new rules and affirm that they agree to abide by them before they can post in OT. These rules go into effect after the reopening and only apply to behavior and warnings going forward from that time.
Orbis Terrarum (typically called "OT" for short) is primarily a forum where topics on the social sciences, history and current events are discussed. These topics can sometimes become heated because of the nature of politics in our world. We caution everyone to understand that topics will contain highly opinionated remarks that may be the exact opposite of beliefs you hold to be true.
Intense differing opinions may be voiced in OT. Moderators will not interfere with heated posting that is within the Guidelines by asking members to calm down or cool-it, but will issue warnings for remarks that are, in their best judgment, outside the spirit of the GLs.
However, we do draw the line at posts and comments that cross the lines stated in the board guidelines.
[which can be found here http://www.exisle.ne...tion=boardrules ]
Please familiarize yourself with these GL’s and ask a moderator if you have any questions.
In addition to the standard GL's, in OT we have one additional guideline that must be observed in order to retain posting privileges in this forum.
* Members who post in OT are cautioned not to make inflammatory posts based on negative stereotypes of, or demonizing people from, a particular country or region. Members are also cautioned not to make inflammatory remarks based on negative stereotypes and/or demonizing adherents of any political philosophy or political party.
Both are grounds for a warning in OT.
There may be a time when a moderator will ask you to edit your post. You may need to bowdlerize a swear word, reduce an article sample, insert a link back to the source material, add attribution to an outside source, or simply remove parts that break the Terms of Service (TOS). Moderators will try and limit their interference with your posting, but if it becomes necessary to ask for an edit, you are required to cooperate with the moderator. If you fail to edit, a moderator will be forced to do it for you.
Failure to cooperate with moderators is grounds for a warning.
If you receive a warning in OT, you will be booted from the thread permanently. This is the only circumstance where a thread boot will be utilized.
Staff will post notice of warnings in a pinned thread in OT. Members wishing to appeal the warning may report the post containing the warning, and explain in their report why they are appealing. The admins will open a private conversation between the affected member, the watchdogs and the rest of the admins, which will remain open for 48 hours. Once the Admins have made a decision, it is final. No further discussion or appeal will be permitted.
Warnings received in OT count towards the overall schedule of warnings and suspensions found in the Board Guidelines. Please note however, that if you accrue three warnings in OT, from the date of the re-launch, it will result in a 3 month suspension from OT. If a poster accrues another 3 OT warnings, they will be banned from OT permanently.
Please note that OT suspensions have no effect on the overall board suspensions.
The new rules do make some changes that posters have asked for. No longer will staff intervene if someone has not broken a GL--no cool-its, no "steering." But when a clear-cut GL violation occurs, the consequences will be much more severe, immediately resulting in warnings and limiting posting privileges in threads. And if members continue to rack up OT warnings, they risk losing privileges to post in that forum at all.
There will still be mechanisms to appeal warnings and report staff misconduct but they will not be hashed out in public any longer. I have authorized the mods and admins immediately to lock or delete threads and posts that attack my staff on the board. I will not allow the staff bashing, nonsense complaints about staff actions, to go on. No board can survive if no one has any real authority to control things. The staff MUST have that ability to do their job without fear of attack. I intend that staff no longer have the fear to do their job. The flip side is that I know I have great staff so I expect good decisions.
I know that this is a big change and you will not all be happy with it. But the only other option I considered was shutting down OT altogether.
So, with -
"Members are also cautioned not to make inflammatory remarks based on negative stereotypes and/or demonizing adherents of any political philosophy or political party."
- they are attempting to muzzle the political speech that way now.
No more "superlibs" comments for scherzo. Boooooooooooooooooo.
I predict Lil to be the 1st to get away with their new deck chair arrangement.
Something about a remark she'll make about repub women who cherish life, I'd wager. Or maybe it'll be another obnoxious swing from Nonny toward christians who are always trying to kill her. You *know* Nonny will not be booted from threads, right? The day that happens, I will be truly astonished.
I'm thinking it'll go something like- Cait: "Sorry to bother you dear sweet Lil, but that cold be considered disparaging a political party. Not that I'm saying you did that, not at all! Far from it! *cough* But in theory, someone, someday might do exactly what you're doing, so I should make a hollow gesture now so you don't get booted. Love youuuu! smile smile smile wink wink wink..."
Something like that?
How on earth do they think intense differing opinions and heated political posting can be had without talking about "the republicans"/"the dems", "conservative thinking"/"liberal thinking"?!