So since we had a complaint thread earlier, I thought it seemed like a good time to remind everyone a bit about the rules and why they are what they are. (If you know the rules already, skip towards the bottom and I'll talk more about the specific complaint.)
The main point of the mods and rules are to keep users from abusing LJ's technolgy to be pests
. What does that mean? Well, among other things, it means that the mods are NOT here to be a babysitter and make everyone "play nice." Generally I'm in favor of moderation being as hands-off as possible.
I AM big on personal responsibility, however: if you're a dick, people won't like you and probably won't help you if you ask. If you're thoughtful/helpful, you'll have more friends and more help when you need it. I am NOT big on any kind of censorship-- blame journalism training.
So, the rules, more or less:
1) Don't disable or delete comments (except your own). If you feel a comment (other than your own) should be deleted, contact us FIRST.
2) Don't stalk peoples' personal journals for personal information to use against them in flame wars or posts or anything else.
3) No "general dickitude." I've explained this concept a dozen times and it never seems to stick..."general dickitude" is kind of like obscenity; hard to define but I know it when I see it. It usually involves, for example, repeated spamming of comments, posting of large and/or gross images without any LJ cut or warnings, etc. This is basically a blanket way for me to say that yes, it's not allowed for you to do that kind of shit.NOTE:
When someone says something you don't like, it PROBABLY does not count as "general dickitude," even if you think it's trolling. There are RARE cases where it might, so you're ALWAYS welcome to come to us if you think these comments may reach the level of harassment that would fit under this rule. That said, we may not agree.
4) Blah blah blah, don't use images to advertise an event more than once unless you use an LJ-cut, and don't post images larger than ~500px wide or tall without an lj-cut.
So, on to something more specific: dodecalogue
. YES, we're looking into it. Why didn't we just ban the user straight away? Well, the trick is: ban for WHAT? The posts aren't technically spam, they're not offensive in and of themselves (let alone offensive enough for me to consider them ban-worthy), and we don't actually have any rules against posting multiple times in a day. As for them being "about nothing," so are a metric fuckton of the posts here, which makes deciding which ones are annoying a little tricky. Oh, and did I mention that when we've had trolls in the past, we've generally had members who enjoyed their trolling? It's a toughie.
In other words...we're not robots with a set algorithm, we're humans, and we're just trying to make sure our moderation is as hands-off as possible while still keeping people happy. Sometimes we err on one side or the other, but we do our best with a community that is vast, obnoxious, and in the end, impossible to please in its entirety. Seriously, would YOU want to try? And no, we're NOT looking for more mods. The two we have is plenty for the complaints we get (once again: hard for us to know you don't like something if you don't tell us directly!), most of the difficulties of modding are in deciding how to keep the majority of you happy, which would NOT be assisted by more moderators.
Yeesh, this is getting almost novel-length here. Anyway, the sum-up is: follow the rules, tell the mods if you have a problem and we'll either explain why it's permitted or deal with the problem (I've contacted dodecalogue
, by the way, and given him/her a warning), and please please PLEASE keep in mind how tough it is to keep everyone here content. ;)
(P.S. I'm not really 'gone' as far as the community is concerned; I still have my computer and check my e-mails! I'm just checking LJ less because I'm on a work-cation, which means I'm trying to cram Maui fun AND work in. Jeez!) ♥