Moderators closing threads....

Discussion in 'Member Questions, Feedback & Suggestions' started by JamieinNH, Feb 20, 2009.

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  1. JamieinNH

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    Why is it, that a moderator can post an opinion or thought and then close a thread?

    I understand the rules, so don't post them for me to read.. but it use to be that a warning was always given and a set number of hours where allowed before the thread was closed.

    Of course, I have seen threads closed because of simple reasons, a duplicate thread, or one that has more name calling in it that real substance, but here lately it has happened many times that a moderator will close a thread after they have voiced their opinion or have closed it without warning of any kind.

    Has the rules changed? Does the Moderator always get the last word? Why is there a need to post and close all within a span of 1 or 2 minutes?

    Can any of the Moderators or Administrators explain this policy and how it works?
     
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    Which thread are you specifically talking about?
     
  3. JamieinNH

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    This would be one of them:
    http://www.baptistboard.com/showthread.php?t=57538&page=11

    This would be another one:
    http://www.baptistboard.com/showthread.php?t=57477&page=14


    This would be one where I even questioned how the closing of threads were treated differently:
    http://www.baptistboard.com/showthread.php?t=57488&page=12

    Another example:
    http://www.baptistboard.com/showthread.php?t=57160&page=10



    Here is an example of how it used to be, with a warning given:
    http://www.baptistboard.com/showthread.php?t=45497&page=4
     
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    Well, Jamie, except for the last one, which you marked with warning, all were meeting page limitations as per (probably) guidelines already set out for max number of pages in certain forums. Hence, there is no need for warning if it has already met the max page numbers. Just start a new thread then.

    BTW, we don't always give warnings or reasons...... but to be cordial, we do. No intention for dissention. But all the above cited had reasons listed for closing. Some didn't need warnings.
     
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    How about the Mods closing this one for poor use of proper grammar? :tongue3:
     
  6. JamieinNH

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    :p boy, if grammar were a key to closings, then there wouldn't be many threads that would last.....
     
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    HA! That's the truth! AND I'm guilty of reading through before hitting the submit button and missing something - anything I should have caught!
     
  8. JamieinNH

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    Being I live in New Hampshire, when I say or type something funny, I always run with the joke that I am from the South....

    That usually gets a laugh, gets me off the hook and back on track. :)
     
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    Honey, if that were the case, we would have all done already been kicked off of this here board. Or there wouldn't be no threads left.
     
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    In that case, you might voice your concerns in a private message to either Squire or Lady Eagle.

    And by the way, that is specifically for the news forum. Other moderators in other forums might be different on the page length, or if they give warning on closing.
     
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    In the one case I started to praise how well a President presented himself in Canada..........It got closed instantly for name calling!

    It was closed and the closers page includes name calling at the bottom of her page. I still don't get it. When I was a moderator we supposed to remain neutral!

    Cheers,

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    Jim some of the Moderators around here are far from neutral. I had had problems with this before and it would seem, like this time that the "standard" answer will stick.

    We the user, which make this board what it is will have to deal with it...
     
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    I have before, without any results. Not with just these, but I have tried to alert several of you of things I thought were unfair.

    It would seem that once you become a moderator, there is little one can do to 'fix' a problem with them.

    The sad thing is two fold.. one, as the moderator's are not held accountable, then the system is weaken and two, with many users just lurking, it's would be easy for them to see how Christians "act" and thus give them traction to run from our religion.
     
  15. Magnetic Poles

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    How true. Just the latest example of ridiculous moderation is the statement closing a perfectly legitimate thread here.
     
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    I would add that this is a prime example that even the debate forums are so heavy handedly moderated that debate becomes impossible. If you don't agree with the mods position, you are shut down. Pathetic!
     
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    No one is holding you hostage MP. You have the freedom to come and go as you please.
     
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    Didn't say I was. But shutting down debate because a mod disagrees is antithetical to open dialog. I am trying to point out a weakness that should be addressed. If it isn't, the BB becomes a one-sided sounding board. That would be too bad.
     
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    Okay, folks, here's what's happening, at least from my perspective. In the last six months or so, due no doubt to the US elections, the three page rule was becoming unworkable. A given thread could reach three pages in less than 24 hours. So, closing on the third or fourth page really wasn't fair. I moved to closing threads either when they were pushed to the second page or when they didn't have any new posts for five calendar days.

    The posts Jamie gives as examples are all well over three pages. To me, that means they were all ready to for closure in a New York minute. One reason for not giving warnings is to just let the thread die. Otherwise, the thread is bumped back up to the first page or to the top of the list. Further, if a person has more to say about a given story after 10 pages, it's probably better discussed in one of the other forums.

    FWIW, I've never been a member of the Democratic Party or have voted for one of its candidates on a partisn election. If someone wants to hear all of the Hebrew of Hebrews spiel let me know.
     
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