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#41 AnBr

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 06:17 PM

I would rather objectionable posts be dealt with by other members. As LFC notes, how DSP was dealt with. Banning or other moderator actions should only ever be used as a last resort. I would say that anyone that has blocked another member may want to reconsider a moderator position as a moderator should have more tolerance. That does not mean that you have to like it, but let the community try address it first. It was the community that effectively dealt with the three closest to trolls we have had.
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Posted 31 May 2018 - 06:59 PM

 AnBr, on 31 May 2018 - 06:17 PM, said:

I would rather objectionable posts be dealt with by other members. As LFC notes, how DSP was dealt with. Banning or other moderator actions should only ever be used as a last resort. I would say that anyone that has blocked another member may want to reconsider moderator position as a moderator should have more tolerance. That does not mean that you have to like it, but let the community try address it first. It was the community that effectively dealt with the three closest to trolls we have had.

So see- AnBr is a natural moderator. And his content reminds us all- most of us on this board are.
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Posted 31 May 2018 - 08:03 PM

Thanks, folks. Very illuminating: that removes my only reservation.
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Posted 31 May 2018 - 09:49 PM

I think there are several people here who would make good moderators - people who are here a lot, people who contribute lots of valuable material, keep the place running, etc. Perhaps we should open the nominations to more people, or invite individuals to step forward who might be interested in moderating. How many moderators would this place need? At the moment it is rather self-regulating.

Also, when might these new 'others' arrive?
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Posted 02 June 2018 - 09:57 AM

Sorry for dropping this. Been busy, will deal with it at some point.

And I haven't seen any further comms from anyone on new people either.
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Posted 13 June 2018 - 08:46 AM

Hello all, I might be your newest member as of writing - Traveler recruited me off of the bloomberg comments section. Haven't written any responses on the Politics threads yet, but I've got a couple of ideas brewing.

It looks like I have a lot of the same political leanings as most of the folks around here along with a couple divergent/contrarian views, some of which I hope to share with all of you soon. I'm not a terribly frequent poster on any forum or comment section that I've been a part of, but I enjoy reading the back and forth and giving my 2 cents when I feel they're contributive.

My background might bring something a little fresh as well - lived most of my life in North Carolina inside one of the many pockets of liberal thinking dotting a canvas of mostly red. I work and interact with Trump supporters everyday, so I sometimes have a little insight into their reasoning.

Thanks for the invitation, and I'm lookin forward to many thoughtful discussions.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 03:26 PM

Welcome!
"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937





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