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Cruisingdad 04-22-2013 01:41 PM

Politics and Moderation
Hi Everyone,

I am speaking on behalf of all the moderators here.

We have really tried to keep Sailnet an open and friendly place to discuss sailing related things. We have also tried to maintain a separate Off Topic forum where members can go to discuss things that are not sailing related or may be too political for the mainstream sailing board. In general, we do not want to play the role of censors and allow as much 'free speech' as possible.

However, if or when the politics begin to seep into the mainstream forum, we have to make some judgment calls. Our decisions do not come easy and are generally debated (or overly debated!!) before we act. We want to be seen as fair and moderate to all the members, and this can at times be difficult as we may have strong opinions on the matters and we know the members have strong opinions. Complicating this is that some discussions which are sailing related are inherently political in nature and bring out strong reactions from those with opposing views.

So we would like to ask all the members to be understanding if we request you to modify your postings or signatures. It is difficult for us to ask this because it is important that everyone sees us as never taking sides, either way. But it is even more important that everyone sees us as trying to keep the board as friendly and inviting as possible to the majority population. If we do reach out and ask you to tone it down or change your signature, please understand we do it reluctantly and out of necessity for all those who participate here. Another favor: If your signature could be interpreted as political in nature, please consider removing it so we don't have to ask or you don't offend others.

We're all friends here.

Brian and the Mod Squad

Cruisingdad 04-22-2013 01:51 PM

Re: Politics and Moderation
One more point for consideration here:

As I said, we are all friends. We need to make sure in our replies that we are thoughtful about how those comments are going to be received. You cannot inflect tone in an email, so it is important to really read through what you are about to submit before submitting it.

In essence, be respectful and thoughtful to your fellow SN'er.



PBzeer 04-22-2013 01:57 PM

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I think that some people forget that when they go outside of off topic, their signature goes with them.

Sabreman 04-22-2013 06:17 PM

Politics and Moderation
Keep up the great work. It is often thankless but for once, I'll say "thank you". SailNet is a unique site in an age of rude, offensive behavior.

Minnewaska 04-22-2013 06:27 PM

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Cheers mate. Good reminder.

Hoping margaritas never become political.

carl762 04-22-2013 07:31 PM

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Great Thread.

jimgo 04-22-2013 08:06 PM

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I'll join in thanking you, Donna, and the others for your efforts. I like this place you help keep in order.

chef2sail 04-22-2013 08:13 PM

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Civility is very important and the mods have done a good job of maintaining it in the regular threads and I support this direction, even though I abhor censorship.

Discussions amongst people who have differing viewpoints are bound to occur and sometime become heated, but that can be ok as long as it isn't personal and there is no mob rule mentality to the decenters

I agree with continuing the OTH/ POL/ REL threads and I will state again by having a duplicitous way of enforcing civility allows for the aberrant behavior to occasionally leak to regular threads.

If the regular threads are to remain sterile of religion or politics then that should include avatars/ signatures/ sayings etc. This must be enforced without prejudice and favoritism across the board for it to be fair.

chucklesR 04-22-2013 08:15 PM

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People discuss politics here?
I quit in 2010, and I'm not going back. It got in the way of who I want to invite sailing with me.

sww914 04-22-2013 08:19 PM

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