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    Default The seriousness of offenses and the divided nature of punishment.

    A few random thoughts by CN. Feel free to reply with your thoughts on the topic. Or to tell me off for posting this kind of thing, AGAIN.

    The term 'ban' seems to hold a very special weight on the internet. This is natural of course, because the usage thereof is vastly different. People can be banned from stores or from bars, it has been done. But online, this is the only usage the word recieves. Banning is the consequence of a special offense. One that strikes home with the moderator or administrator and the rules they set forth. Your average moderator on a large site, on the scale of stop tazmo, will be handing out bans continuously throughout the week. This is obvious to them. People break rules continuously throughout the week. So shouldn't the bans follow the same schedule? The rules must be upheld. Some, the more spirtually balanced, call it integrity, and believe in the punishment, even if they are the ones who must accept it themselves. They are powerful people, no doubt. What sort of institution can really be a institution without rules. And furthermore, without enforcement of those rules. The meandering creek is pathetic in comparison to the rushing river. Forums without any level of enforcement fall prey to predators with a twisted sense of purpose and little shame. Those who have been online long enough have seen it happen. The term troll was coined very early in the internet's development. And for good reason. Forums without rules are often worse. Without even the pretense of order, they fall to chaos, with a small number remaining behind for lack of anywhere else to go. The lake spreads out because of the lack of direction and movement. It has no specific path to follow. Those forums that survive this are stagnant and miserable, with little encouragement in terms of growth, and less purpose. This line of thought can be carried to extremes, however. A member base can be destroyed simply by zealotry. Simple human desires can corrupt those with the final say, and in doing so, drive out those that depend on them. The game server with the vindictive admin and too great a knowledge of adminmod. Some of the number here may have seen that happen. In the end, balance is best. What constitutes balance however, depends on the situation itself. Who can say they know right from wrong, when ever the two intertwine. Who among the many is fit to judge. And yet those in power must judge, for if they do not, the system crumbles. Members rely on the power of the Moderators to keep a forum clean. What the Moderator chooses to consider as dirt, is left to that Moderator's discretion. Situational Ethics is the veritable key. Every man, every woman, every child. They all possess it. If one man is being assaulted by his fellows, then the human understanding of why that is wrong is instantaneous, even lacking contextual information. The bystander feels the urge to interfere. It is what seperates him from an unthinking beast. His personal decision on the matter also seperates him, whatever it may be. Even knowing later that the victim of the assault was a thief, his judgement must be given by law and by God. Not by his fellows. On a forum, in a strange and new world that is neither real nor false, the moderator is Law. The forum is not always fair, not always just, but the choices made by the inhabitants, can swing it ever closer, in spite of that. The forum is a meritocracy, where your deeds will bring your name glory and often enough, shame.

    There are times, and they are indeed quite often, when comprehension fails, and so too does judgement. In such a situation, no fair estimation of right and wrong can be grasped. Situational Ethics fails. A person is a fragile thing. Far more fragile than it makes itself out to be. These failures are natural, expected even. But most importantly they must be learned from. Failures in any world, digital or tangible, are the same for they are concepts. And from these concepts, the only plausible positive to be gained from what surely is nevertheless negative, is what is learned, derived even, from them. So when a member breaks a rule, with the knowledge of the consequence of their actions and even the knowledge of the rule itself, they must be subjected to the given penalty. Should their reasoning prove to be of some merit, after some form of arbitration, negotiations should be considered. But to deny them that punishment, simply due to empathy? Absurd. Ridiculous, even. For the moderator is then ridiculing their own rules. Integrity, is more than simply a word. It is a promise; to keep one's word.

    A moderator's failure...

    ...is far more destructive than a member's.

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    Everybody have their own rule, so just do what you must do.
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    Should've broken it into different paragraphs, but otherwise A+

    I've been to both, modless and zealous boards, and while the Trollfull board was hilarious, it stagnated.

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    Wow. You wrote all that much in an insanely early time in the morning.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cold-NiTe
    A moderator's failure...

    ...is far more destructive than a member's.
    I get it. I'm sorry.

    See ya... Jakko.

    I suck at punishing simply cause... I hate doing it and I hesistate. I'm only good here for cleaning threads and moving stuff. =_=

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    Geez. You worry too much about these things. You're too hard on yourself. It's almost painful to watch this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cold-NiTe
    So when a member breaks a rule, with the knowledge of the consequence of their actions and even the knowledge of the rule itself, they must be subjected to the given penalty.
    I think this is the key. I'm sure Jakko understands. I don't think you're even really mad at him, but the rules need to be followed and enforced when they're not. They're not rules, otherwise.

    I may like Jakko, like I think most of us do, and he may have had good reasons (I don't know), but I'm sure he knew what he was doing.


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    Would anyone like to sum it up, I can't be arsed to read all that.

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    Can someone tell me what exactly happened?

    I'm confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tevesh
    Should've broken it into different paragraphs, but otherwise A+

    I've been to both, modless and zealous boards, and while the Trollfull board was hilarious, it stagnated.
    Ahh good point. I usually block it together because I worry that the paragraphs look too short. I ought to consider splitting them instead, since forums make them look small to begin with.

    Quote Originally Posted by coolpuprocks
    I get it. I'm sorry.
    No no, it was a blanket statement, mostly gained from my own experience.

    Quote Originally Posted by kaom
    Geez. You worry too much about these things. You're too hard on yourself. It's almost painful to watch this.


    I think this is the key. I'm sure Jakko understands. I don't think you're even really mad at him, but the rules need to be followed and enforced when they're not. They're not rules, otherwise.

    I may like Jakko, like I think most of us do, and he may have had good reasons (I don't know), but I'm sure he knew what he was doing.


    ...don't make me try my hand at ASCII again. (This may or may not be a threat.)
    To be fair, this wasn't the product of any sort of depression, but the need to create some sort of growth from the situation. Haha, if you use periods or commas, the ascii looks much better, remember that.

    Quote Originally Posted by 98abaile
    Would anyone like to sum it up, I can't be arsed to read all that.
    Gladly. Basically, last night, Jakko1234, a dead player of the TWG round we are doing, violated some rules that I had repeatedly told him not to violate. When he explained why he did what he did, I understood it exactly. He broke those rules because he cared that much about the game. It wasn't disrespect, it was just that high a level of involvement. Flattering, in an odd way. But after a rather large argument, he attempted to ban himself, because I verbally abused him rather heavily but did not ban him. (Giving him the sense that I didn't even consider him worthy of it.) After discussing things with the others involved, we did however manager to get to the point where we were on speaking terms again. (This was originally my doing, I told him not to speak to me unless he started to respect my game again. He had never at any point stopped respecting it however.) Then after being reminded about what integrity is, I realized that I owe it to the rules I set down to enforce them. So we negotiated a shorter ban. 7 days. Far better than the original 15, I think.

    Thus it ends.
    Dear cousin choppitychop89, you were a good relative, though I hardly knew ye.

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    There are times, and they are indeed quite often, when comprehension fails, and so too does judgement. In such a situation, no fair estimation of right and wrong can be grasped. Situational Ethics fails. A person is a fragile thing. Far more fragile than it makes itself out to be. These failures are natural, expected even. But most importantly they must be learned from
    By Cold_NiTe
    Gladly. Basically, last night, Jakko1234, a dead player of the TWG round we are doing, violated some rules that I had repeatedly told him not to violate. When he explained why he did what he did, I understood it exactly. He broke those rules because he cared that much about the game. It wasn't disrespect, it was just that high a level of involvement. Flattering, in an odd way. But after a rather large argument, he attempted to ban himself, because I verbally abused him rather heavily but did not ban him. (Giving him the sense that I didn't even consider him worthy of it.) After discussing things with the others involved, we did however manager to get to the point where we were on speaking terms again. (This was originally my doing, I told him not to speak to me unless he started to respect my game again. He had never at any point stopped respecting it however.) Then after being reminded about what integrity is, I realized that I owe it to the rules I set down to enforce them. So we negotiated a shorter ban. 7 days. Far better than the original 15, I think.
    That's the proof.
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    Well, at least it isn't perma-ban.



 

 
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