Request by Richard to return

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DDRM
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Re: Request by Richard to return

Post by DDRM »

Hi Folks,

In the absence of loud screams, I've put everyone except administrators on moderation, for a trial period. I'm hoping that will include me when I'm not logged in as an administrator. [Edit: yes, it does. For this post only I've approved it myself].

Feel free to comment by post/private message.

Best wishes,

D

RichardRussell
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Re: Request by Richard to return

Post by RichardRussell »

DDRM wrote:
Mon 17 Feb 2020, 11:33
Feel free to comment by post/private message.
I just want to say publicly that this is very much not the outcome I wanted: moderating everybody seems a drastic and unfortunate step. Perversely it has come about as a result of me requesting that I be able to post unmoderated (with the condition that one or two other members are moderated), something that David was not prepared to agree to for the reasons he gives.

I do understand why it is felt by the admin(s) that I should be moderated. David outlined some of the reasons in his post here although I think experience has shown them not to be entirely valid (for example, after my posts are approved their timestamps and positions in the thread still make it appear that I replied first). He has more recently added that he considers me guilty of having posted inflammatory messages to the forum in the past.

But I would want to point out that I am the author of the products that this forum purports to support, I own the domain name via which the forum is reached, and I pay for the hosting and bandwidth that allow the forum to exist and function. Not only that but both BBC BASIC for Windows and BBC BASIC for SDL 2.0 have links to the forum in their Help menus, making it appear to have 'official' status.

Sadly those factors seem not to be sufficient to override the other considerations. I entirely accept that the admin has absolute authority to run the forum as he wishes, and I wouldn't want it any other way.
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Re: Request by Richard to return

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Re: Request by Richard to return

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This message has been re-written because in its original form it was rejected by the moderators, I think because its tone was seen as too negative. I hope this version will be more acceptable.

In these difficult and uncertain times it is everybody's responsibility to do what they can to help. One small contribution I can make is to facilitate the lifting of the forum's 'all user moderation' status. I think removing moderation would be of particular value now for two reasons:
  • It would eliminate the (hopefully small) risk that the moderator(s) cannot perform their message approval duties because of illness. If that were to happen the forum would cease to function.
  • It would greatly improve the responsiveness and usability of the forum, which could be of value to people stuck at home who are occupying their time by doing some BBC BASIC programming. At the moment it commonly takes 12 hours or more for a message to be approved.
The sole reason for everybody being moderated is to make it possible for me to remain a member (it was not my preferred option, but it was the only one the admin would agree to) so I am proposing that I voluntarily leave the forum. Once I am no longer a member there should be no reason for the moderation to be maintained.

Hopefully this will only be a temporary measure and I will be able to re-join when more normal circumstances resume. If that implies the reintroduction of all-user moderation then, so be it.
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Re: Request by Richard to return

Post by RichardRussell »

I thought it might be helpful to collect public comments in one place for reference; there may be others that I have missed or which were subsequently deleted. If you want to read them 'in context' they can all be found by searching the old forum:

"Yes, Richard is the author. But there will need to be greater tolerance, patience, forgiveness and some thicker skins all round, from all parties in order for it work (in my humble opinion)"

"The problem was people being driven away, especially new people, when Richard ran things."

"I should point out that you won't be doing Richard any favours if you let him come back and moderate again btw, he'll simply dig himself straight back into the same old hole"

"The discussion group link from BB4W points to groups.io so that appears to be his official support forum for his paid program so that would seem to be the place to ask direct BB4W questions for him."

"this forum like the previous ones has become an Ask Richard page. I am sure you would like more contributors so I would suggest that you back off unless someone does actually Ask Richard. Let others give answers"
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DDRM
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Re: Request by Richard to return

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Hi Richard (and all),

Fair enough, but I could pull together a much longer list of positive, supportive, posts, expressing how much they value your contribution to the forum.

Best wishes,

D

RichardRussell
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Re: Request by Richard to return

Post by RichardRussell »

DDRM wrote:
Mon 30 Mar 2020, 08:38
Fair enough, but I could pull together a much longer list of positive, supportive, posts
Not ones that go into such excruciating detail you coudn't! Yes I did see a few short and sweet posts of the "I think Richard should be allowed to return" kind, but the thing about the ones I listed (and others that I couldn't find again or have been deleted) is the strength of feeling, often really passionately expressed. If one judges the weight of an argument by the force with which it is delivered, I cannot remain a member.

The silly thing is that when I asked to return (hence triggering this thread) I had completely forgotten about the majority of those comments. On actively searching them out and re-reading them (which was a very painful experience) I realised that I had no justification for asking to return in the first place. Simply doing so was an insult to those who feel so strongly.

Of course if any of the authors of the above listed comments were to say that they had changed their minds, and now thought that, after all, I should remain a member and be allowed to post, I would have to reconsider. But I suspect that none of their opinions have altered since.
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