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Late night kudos to MODS

Postby niaoahgin » 17 Aug 2012, 02:42

I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the administrators for your wisdom in balancing freedom of speech with the responsibility of maintaining the credibility and reputation of our community.

A rogue post, along the lines of "有些人" was appropriately removed in order to preserve the dignity and privacy of certain involved contributors, whether or not they consented to this censorship. The contents of the deleted thread contained a link to a popular Taiwanese tabloid, the contents of which would (by means of online search engines) lead curious readers to Forumosa as the first result. Details contained within the thread could have posed a threat to the individuals involved personally as well as the Forumosan community. While some information is still available though the "cache" function of Google, I believe that the timely response of our moderators saved embarrassment and unnecessary scrutiny for our members (particularly those who were victimized by the events depicted).

Members of the community notice and appreciate the tact and appropriate intervention of moderators, particularly where self-constrain is inhibited.

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Re: Late night kudos to MODS

Postby 914 » 17 Aug 2012, 09:29

Just to be clear that you are giving kudos to jimipresley and housecat, not 914, even though thethread was in my forum. I do not deserve the kudos given, I was actually already asleep when it all went down. If I had been up and was available to moderate, I would not have flamed thethread. Some pruning ofcolorful language, maybe. Im very liberal and neutral in my forums, but as most inthe know canunderstand, im a bit biased on this one.

That said, thank you to jp and hc for patrollong the forums when most mods are asleep. I can see why they wanted to flame the whole thread, even though i can not agree with it.
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Re: Late night kudos to MODS

Postby the chief » 17 Aug 2012, 10:08

niaoahgin wrote:I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the administrators for your wisdom in balancing freedom of speech with the responsibility of maintaining the credibility and reputation of our community.

A rogue post, along the lines of "有些人" was appropriately removed in order to preserve the dignity and privacy of certain involved contributors, whether or not they consented to this censorship. The contents of the deleted thread contained a link to a popular Taiwanese tabloid, the contents of which would (by means of online search engines) lead curious readers to Forumosa as the first result. Details contained within the thread could have posed a threat to the individuals involved personally as well as the Forumosan community. While some information is still available though the "cache" function of Google, I believe that the timely response of our moderators saved embarrassment and unnecessary scrutiny for our members (particularly those who were victimized by the events depicted).

Members of the community notice and appreciate the tact and appropriate intervention of moderators, particularly where self-constrain is inhibited.


Absolutely. :bravo:

Stellar work on everyone's part at making it all Just Go Away.
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Re: Late night kudos to MODS

Postby Mother Theresa » 17 Aug 2012, 11:11

I assume y'all are referring to the disappearance of the thread full of personal insults, attacks, outing of a poster and dredging up of private dirt for public viewing.

Damn. It was entertaining. I don't know anything about the guy and who screwed who or cheated on whom or lied about what, and it seemed blatantly wrong for it all to be up there on public display -- not just an egregious breach of forum rules but of common courtesy -- but I confess I found it somewhat amusing checking it out, like slowing down to inspect a fatal wreck on the side of the road.
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Re: Late night kudos to MODS

Postby irishstu » 17 Aug 2012, 11:31

Mother Theresa wrote:I assume y'all are referring to the disappearance of the thread full of personal insults, attacks, outing of a poster and dredging up of private dirt for public viewing.

Damn. It was entertaining. I don't know anything about the guy and who screwed who or cheated on whom or lied about what, and it seemed blatantly wrong for it all to be up there on public display -- not just an egregious breach of forum rules but of common courtesy -- but I confess I found it somewhat amusing checking it out, like slowing down to inspect a fatal wreck on the side of the road.


If I could just intervene for a moment, the poster in question outed himself, quite willingly.
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Re: Late night kudos to MODS

Postby Mother Theresa » 17 Aug 2012, 11:48

irishstu wrote:
Mother Theresa wrote:I assume y'all are referring to the disappearance of the thread full of personal insults, attacks, outing of a poster and dredging up of private dirt for public viewing.

Damn. It was entertaining. I don't know anything about the guy and who screwed who or cheated on whom or lied about what, and it seemed blatantly wrong for it all to be up there on public display -- not just an egregious breach of forum rules but of common courtesy -- but I confess I found it somewhat amusing checking it out, like slowing down to inspect a fatal wreck on the side of the road.


If I could just intervene for a moment, the poster in question outed himself, quite willingly.


Sort of, but not exactly. He did acknowledge that a link to a Chinese news article corresponded to his online identity (perhaps sensing that his outing was inevitable), but his true name was then posted repeatedly on this forum and all kinds of private, real-life allegations not mentioned in that article were posted publicly, and he was quickly stomped on by the angry mob. Maybe he coyly introduced himself, but the crowd tore off all his clothes and beat him to a bloody pulp.

I don't believe he willingly signed up for that public display of his private dirt.
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Re: Late night kudos to MODS

Postby irishstu » 17 Aug 2012, 11:56

Mother Theresa wrote:
irishstu wrote:
Mother Theresa wrote:I assume y'all are referring to the disappearance of the thread full of personal insults, attacks, outing of a poster and dredging up of private dirt for public viewing.

Damn. It was entertaining. I don't know anything about the guy and who screwed who or cheated on whom or lied about what, and it seemed blatantly wrong for it all to be up there on public display -- not just an egregious breach of forum rules but of common courtesy -- but I confess I found it somewhat amusing checking it out, like slowing down to inspect a fatal wreck on the side of the road.


If I could just intervene for a moment, the poster in question outed himself, quite willingly.


Sort of, but not exactly. He did acknowledge that a link to a Chinese news article corresponded to his online identity (perhaps sensing that his outing was inevitable), but his true name was then posted repeatedly on this forum and all kinds of private, real-life allegations not mentioned in that article were posted publicly, and he was quickly stomped on by the angry mob. Maybe he coyly introduced himself, but the crowd tore off all his clothes and beat him to a bloody pulp.

Perhaps he IS a lying sack of shit. I have no idea. But I don't believe he willingly signed up for that public display of his private dirt.


I'm sorry, but how is him saying "that person in the news article is me", "not exactly" him outing himself? And once he outed himself, was it not fair to use his name? I think it was. After all, the posters who used his name were referring to the guy in the news article, where his name is stated.

I'm not arguing the other bits about the personal insults and attacks. He definitely received plenty of those.
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Re: Late night kudos to MODS

Postby ChewDawg » 17 Aug 2012, 12:02

I agree with Omni. That thread should have been allowed to continue. If anything it provided the poster in question a chance to post his youtube video and his side of the story (I have to say I rather like both of the people involved but only met either of them very, very briefly), as well as the entertaining posts against him.

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Re: Late night kudos to MODS

Postby the chief » 17 Aug 2012, 12:10

Holy moley, I can't believe you guys disappeared that post!!

This is some seriously Brazil-type shit, man.... :no-no:
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Re: Late night kudos to MODS

Postby Tempo Gain » 17 Aug 2012, 12:11

Stu you're right that he did out himself, and up to a point was participating willingly in the discussion, which is why it continued as long as it did. It reached a point last night though where I felt his rights as a site member needed to be protected.
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