The ward is a factory for the Combine
on really slow start and fast finish
TGA seems to be repeating my own mistake sniping at Trent, .com forums mod:
I bet Trent is secretly a bit miffed they felt the need to advertise, though.
[other snipes left in the comments to the quoted post — options]
it makes me uncomfortable to comment it since, no doubts, Trent can perfectly speak for himself.
however, at the same time, I honestly feel like there’s an unfairness because all those snipes shot at him (and there’s mea culpa too) are really looking as being uncalled now when all of us had a chance to see him in a moderator’s role for something like more than half a year already. that’s what I’d call a really slow start.
you know, coming from Usenet/Fidonet world where mods and other positions most of the part were elected by the more or less democratic way (some even through direct voting), it’s strange for me to see and hard to consider at all mods, appointed by external to the community authority.
nevertheless, I think it’s much more of an importance to see at the .com moderators deeds in the forums particularly (i.e. how do they use their powers), rather than whom they’ve friended / friended by on the Facebook. otherwise it’s totally unjust[ified].
let’s see: Trent doesn’t boot or obtrusively shutting down community members by showing them to the door in the form of “Contact Support” when they’re trying to communicate discussing their Ideas,
nor doesn’t he busily pushing the OP to mark their threads in the Support forum as ‘resolved’ even if their issue is not actually resolved.
nor doesn’t he vent his aggro in OT on noobs and other strange folks who happen to ask for help in desperation, as opposed, btw, to the many of regular forums posters (and, alas, including myself :-(.
nor even doesn’t he spread false but popular around .com non-technically savvy users (and hence hard to dispel) BS myths about e.g.:
- “security over features” — as though that’s why no embeds/JS and all that on .com,
- “Pages are out of blog chronology” — as if that’s why Pages can’t be categorized or searched in WP,
- allegedly “Global Tags system brings a SEO benefits” — that’s supposed to warrant local cats links hijacking in the post-meta and so it goes on…
but there’s also one more thing which I think is the most important one — it’s a posts or whole threads removal policy, that is to say about a moderation per se: i.e. usage of marking user profile as Bozo; Close/Remove Topics; Delete, Edit, Move user’s Posts, Tags, or even Favorites and other mod. buttons.
while Trent, perhaps, does not spend
hundreds of hours covering Matt’s ass1 in the forums, but then I don’t know why, but since the moment he’s left as the only moderator, I’ve noticed that none of my posts get deleted anymore. of course, as bbPress forums software was made so that it works by a rather mean way2 I can not be sure ultimately, but should I believe it’s just a pure coincidence?
before that quite a few of my posts and even whole threads where I posted, promptly got into bbPress moderation (deleted posts) queue. I gather those posts had been probably seen by deleters as such that potentially capable to discover a bit of that so carefully guarded Automattic’s back-end and thus disrupting this time consuming and tiresome but must be very captivating process of keeping it safe and clean.
once in the beginning of this summer my profile was even bozoed — really nasty thing I should tell ya!
the only thing Trent could be possibly blamed for is that he allows other regular posters act as if they were moderators while they are just about mere users, just as well as absolutely peer to them ‘folks’, whom it’s supposed they’re helping out.
but this issue is probably more up to Mark, .com paid happiness engineer’ whom this situation might be convenient to. I dunno, actually, but then not sure why does he bear with such an atmosphere in the forums which is spurning off other .com users: both who need help, and those who could offer it?
once being a relatively civil place, .com forums are steadily going into .org model of modus agendi, and it’s no one’s secret what kind of agenda most .org moderators are possessed with (compare them with Trent, please).
also, frankly, it’s much better end up in the ‘no-replies’ list and then finally enjoy by discovering a search/FAQ facility, than get booted receiving unsolicited off-topic free lessons (in place of getting an answer on questioned topic) — it hurts more, although this is exactly what quite a few of forums’ habitués are hanging on there for!
and that’s what I’d call the .com forums’ fast finish.
- in other places, this very process of mistakenly understood moderators duties, for some reason, was also jesuitically described (to me personally as well) as “we’re just trying to help folks out”.
that and another boot camping on .com forums always makes me reminiscent of Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest“. do you remember a Big Nurse? there are plenty of them on .com forums anytime you visit it.
- neither mod. name, nor a timestamp is provided to the moderated end-user, so you never know which one of the forums PTB has Bozoed your account, or is in charge for a particular Posts, Tags, or even Favorites of yours that got Deleted, Edited, or Moved. and you can only guess when exactly they’ve made it.