So I was asked to post my opinion here after long conversation with Batbane.
Personally, I am a fan of very little moderation. A mod should not be there to maintain topic or remove users for expressing a particular opinion, and certain debate is healthy for topic growth.
However, there is a fine line between what should be allowed, and what shouldn't. This honestly feels like an open and shut case to me.
If Toybox is being harassed in the sense that an Anon is seeking her out and intentionally going out of his way to hinder her time spent on this board, she should not have to avoid him. Yes, that's a valid option, one I would personally choose, but Toybox, and presumably the Anon, are both regular members of the board; neither should face hindrance to visit or participate in the community. However, if little Johnny is standing in front of Sally, she can't very well see the TV, can she?
And while this may not be that
black and white, I don't believe that a team of moderators should let Toybox be continuously bullied.
If it was Anon making a point and Toybox always disagreeing, that's a different story, but I'm under the impression it isn't.>>10739>No, FUCK that. Toy has every choice in the world to NOT fucking talk. She can just not respond to trolls. Has she not learned that they troll her for a response? The internet will not bend to her will, and if she expects it too, she can get right the fuck
What the hell is the point of a moderator if they just stand around while someone is clearly getting bullied. Excuse me, maybe I'm missing something about the issue.
Do you remember how in school they taught us to 'turn the other cheek'
And then that asshole kid who stole your lunch threw sand in your face?
If that kid is jeering at you and talking behind your back, fuck him
, I don't care. But if he goes out of his way every day to make your life a living hell, why the hell should the poor kid getting sand in his face have to suffer? Is it his fault Mr. Sand-Throwing Asshole has divorced parents and gets beaten by his dad? No! Send that little Sand-Throwing Punk to therapy, don't pretend he isn't there!
Please don't pick apart my analogy. That sucked, and I'm in an analogy mood. My point is that there is line in which yes, Toy should turn the other cheek, and then there is crossing this line where the Anon has gone too far
, and Toy should not have to leave the freaking chan to get away from him. That seems pretty simple to me. That is when a moderator should act, and if MLPchan's Mods do not act, that is a dramatic failure on there part.
I've had faith in this site from the beginning, but this is a pretty simple scenario. Fail to act, and you're going to lose a lot of respect.(Please bear in mind that that was a general statement to the whole mod team, and in no way directed specifically at you. I love you guys, but come on…this is pretty simple.)
>We are not your babysitters
Yes. A moderator is not there to be a lifeline or to clean up your drama, HOWEVER, they are there to keep a community somewhere its regular users will want to hang around. There is a fine line between when a moderator should have to act, and when they shouldn't.
>>There should be a mod that tries to help threads not derail.
This is a good example of when moderation should not be used. For a derail? Absolutely not. This is where Ponychan went wrong.
However a communities users should be able to freely use the site without hindrance.They shouldn't be faced with grotesque or disturbing content, unless previously warranted, and they should not face harassment or ridicule.