swbluto wrote:I think the best forum would be one with minimal policing. For sure, moderate spammers and other complete irrelevancies, but policing threads because of how "unbalanced" it is entirely subjective and in this forum system, usually upto the arbitration or influence of an arbitrary agent, which doesn't necessarily reflect the consensus view or even what I think is a more important objective view. I think the minimalism I've seen here in regards to some other places has made this a place that's been allowed to flourish to its current state with its diversity of participants.
Drunkskunk wrote:This isn't going to become one of those prissy, feelgood forums where we all sit around and hug each other, is it?
I like the gruff, roughneck feel of ES. But I agree Flames against other menbers for the sake of flaming someone doesn't belong here. On the other hand, if someone is being an idiot, they need to be told they are being an idiot. More often than not, it does some good.
I reserve the right to tell someone like Volcano Boy exactly what kind of whatard he is if they show up spouting off the way he used to.
My general oppinion on rules is they only protect the weak, the meek, the lame, and the lazy. While those who go out and Do what needs to be done are restrained by them.
Sorta mostly kinda agree with these two, I think. Let me explain.
People are here because they found the place or someone told them about it. It really is a salon is says so right here, go ahead and look!!
This salon is where electric vehicle users, builders, industry types and our freinds exchange in a comfortable setting. It's operated by volunteers who donate lots of hard work, insight and generosity.
Regarding threads that get locked or pulled, people upon whom power has been bestowed do those things to try and herd the conversation in the right direction, they can't always right but it isn't up for debate either. These decisions are made all the time on forums, often for reasons that might not be obvious but are meaningful none the less. Its just editing... Life is what you leave out too. I'm not sure what the current rules are, but the first time I checked there were none at all, and the last time I checked there was so many that the Emperor's big capacitor seemed like a mouse's penis by comparaison. I'm not sure how this would do anything but stifle the mod's ability to moderate according to their jugement, as they see fit.
In the end, this salon is a work place friendly forum. I would only ask of people to honour this, and also to help support us with their original content, as well as by keeping the discussions lively.
Edit: Well, forums require moderation to remain useful any lenght of time, when editing happens, it's either done based on a person's jugement or on a rule. A person can think, but a rule is not so flexible. People occasionally frock up, but forums with strict rules that actually get applied feel like getting bashed with a stupid stick. Also, remember that a person who repeatedly make less appropriate edits can be thanked for their services.