The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109916   Message #2307997
Posted By: Joe Offer
06-Apr-08 - 01:41 AM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
It's directed at about twenty people, Melissa, and not specifically at anyone. And I wasn't thinking of you at all. I also "have enough faith in people to think it's appropriate to believe we're all capable of treating each other like human beings" - the difference is, I think that capability is best exhibited when it comes without the external control of a moderator.

We don't "tolerate" nastiness at Mudcat - it just happens. We hope that people will come up with peaceful ways of dealing with it, and not expect us to intervene except in extreme circumstances.

I'm here because I have an interest in music - not because I want to play cop, or babysitter. We expect Mudcat to be an adult, mature, self-regulating community. For the most part, it is.

In circumstances where you have a specific complaint about a specific message, please contact me by personal message and tell me the name of the thread, the name of the sender, and the date and time of the message. Most of the time, I get general complaints that don't even name the thread in question.

We do respond to specific complaints when the problem is serious - but I have to say that many times, we take no immediate action and wait until we see a pattern of problem posts from an individual.

Most of the time, the very best way to deal with problem posts is to completely ignore them and continue the discussion. Trouble is, very few people seem to have the discipline and maturity needed to do that. But I tell you, if people would only take my advice and respond as Gandhi would respond, this would be a wonderful place and the trolls would be absolutely powerless.

-Joe Offer-