I am for being kinder to people and I admit that I wasn’t always nice to the new members. I don’t mind some stricter enforcement. But the constant weight of a potential ban for a bad day like today is ridiculous. We should all be able to prop each other up during challenging times.
The first sentence in this quote is, by far, my biggest driver for stricter moderation — not because I want OT.com to be a sterile Disney theme park ride where we welcome everyone by singing “It’s a Small World”, but because nobody deserves to be harassed simply for showing up and not immediately blending in.
And yes, moderators may step in if it looks like senior members having a spat don’t appear to be on the path to resolving it themselves. The months-long grudge matches are over. If a “bad day” turns into “bad days” and there’s no end in sight, you can expect us to talk to you about it.
However, no one will ever be banned for expressing their opinion about this place as long as it doesn’t get personal. A little over 10 years ago, we were being compared to Nazis due to some moderator actions, and yet no one got banned. You can feel safe knowing that you can be the same jerks to us you’ve always been (winky…face?).