Moochie wrote:I'm only too well aware of why people criticize the moderation and moderators at JREF, there are plenty of lively and robust discussions ongoing even as I type this. All I'm saying is that I have a different opinion to many of the anti-JREF folk here, and that to my mind no one's made a compelling case to justify the vitriol people come here to unload.
The JREF forum arrived at the ridiculous level of censorship it is at today in increments. And every baby step along the way, we were assured "it was always that way". And then when it was obvious to even the most thickheaded it was not always this way, then it became "this is for the good of the community". But you will still see Darat insist certain censorship actions have been the norm for years. There were also very poorly constructed lies passed off as the reasons for the censorship, the more well-known being the "schools and libraries" farce.
Perhaps the most insidious act of cowardice was the hush-hush and indirect implication that they were all just humoring Randi until he died, and then they would lighten up on the censorship.
Those of us who have been on that forum since its birth, or anyone who knows how to think critically, know better. And we know more than the average bear because at least a couple of us were mods or had access to the behind the scenes bullshit that was going on during Hal's regime.
Hal had every intention of killing the JREF forum. He made it quite plain to us mods and tried to keep it under wraps until it was a fait accompli. Hal revealed his true nature back there.
And that is pretty much when I snapped. I make no bones about being foaming at the mouth mad over the whole thing. I freely admit I lost my mind over and have not been the same since.
Darat is screwing up the forum. The more rules he makes up on the fly, and the more written rules they have, the more inconsistent and idiotic their behavior. They have cultured whole squads of informants and syncophants. Defenders of the Realm.
Perhaps the biggest joke of all is the idea of "civility" there. My god, that is too funny. Are they deluded?
I mean textbook deluded. Seriously. Do they really think it is one bit more civil than the day De_Bunk made his glorious entrance there in December 2001?
So what is the whole point of their efforts? Talk about an exercise in futility.
The splitting of topics has to be the absolute stupidest thing they do.
There are too many there now who are too dense to understand the actual issue. They think it is about potty mouths and slinging poo. Talk about missing the forest for the trees!