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Old 12-19-2006, 07:48 PM
 
Location: St Pete -- formally LI, NY
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So I read many forums some tech some health some specific to a certain industry. In most cases these forums have moderators with a level of expertise that not only qualifies them to chair the forum but to answer questions in the absence of a reasonable response.

There are some forums that this does not apply and here we have one of them. Unfortunately, even thought the moderators are volunteers and aside from their life experience (subjective experience) there is little but to interpret the Admin’s rules… again subjective or with tolerances (per the Admin – see aggressive moderators).

Sorry to be critical here but City-Data can do better…. Or maybe they can’t maybe it’s the nature of the forum. Anyway the ADIM’S support of his or her mods here is respected but quite frankly considerations should favor the user/subscriber as forums are a dime a dozen and it’s the user that makes the forum (ESPECIALLY HERE).

I’m quite sure that that the Admin’s response is that this Forum is balance in its operation… sorry that’s not good enough!

There’s another [forum] a click away… so how do I un-subscribe from this one? I don’t want my user name or credentials floating around here.
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Old 12-19-2006, 10:24 PM
 
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
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I understand your criticism, but how exactly would one qualify as an expert of the subject matter at hand in order to qualify as a moderator? Unlike boards devoted to health and fitness or car repair and the like, relocation is a very subjective issue and there aren't really many professional "relocation specialists". There are realtors of course but they have their own biases. I just think with all the things that influence relocation from housing prices to the market outlook to insurance rates to demographic makeup to public school conditions to dining choices to water company issues to the weather, that it's not quite as cut and dry as posting on a medical board and having well-trained doctors reply. I feel like the individual posters bring their own wealth of knowledge to the subjects at hand and through their posts, one can gain some perspective of their experience and expertise with the issues at hand.
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:50 AM
 
Location: St Pete -- formally LI, NY
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relocation is a very subjective issue I feel like the individual posters bring their own wealth of knowledge to the subjects at hand and through their posts, one can gain some perspective of their experience and expertise with the issues at hand.
Exactly - and that my point. Anything and everything here is subjective and when a moderator takes a position on the discussion by extension it becomes the position of the forum . Let’s not forget that they are in a highly visible position and are looked at with a greater amount of respect. They are looked to or for guidance and give it where necessary.

These rules are determined by the admin. He or she can do as they wish. However, without members what matter are rules?
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Old 12-20-2006, 08:13 AM
 
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...Anything and everything here is subjective...
May I offer a suggestion that might be helpful?

Ignore the subjective (opinion or debate) threads. Participate only when there are facts to be shared that answer a question someone has asked.

Everyone has opinions, but facts are more helpful. And being helpful is the only reason to be here. Simply ignore those who don't appear to be helpful, and encourage those that are.

Personally, I haven't noticed Moderators enforcing opinions, only the rules that they are expressed civilly, which helps keep this forum much more civil than unmoderated forums. If they are imperfect, well, we're all only human.

You've certainly contributed a lot, and I hope you'll stay with us. Best wishes.
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Old 12-20-2006, 09:14 AM
 
Location: St Pete -- formally LI, NY
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Originally Posted by RodFarlee View Post
May I offer a suggestion that might be helpful?

Ignore the subjective (opinion or debate) threads. Participate only when there are facts to be shared that answer a question someone has asked.

Everyone has opinions, but facts are more helpful. And being helpful is the only reason to be here. Simply ignore those who don't appear to be helpful, and encourage those that are.

Personally, I haven't noticed Moderators enforcing opinions, only the rules that they are expressed civilly, which helps keep this forum much more civil than unmoderated forums. If they are imperfect, well, we're all only human.

You've certainly contributed a lot, and I hope you'll stay with us. Best wishes.
Thank you for taking to time to comment. I have almost totally avoided confrontation (unless provoked), less confrontation/arguing is self perpetuating. Your also right about facts – they are more helpful and harder to argue.

I’m not sure that the posts here and on the "aggressive mods" thread have made a difference but the Florida thread seems to have been cleaned up quite a bit today and that’s encouraging.

Yes I will stay around!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Shores9
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Old 12-20-2006, 02:25 PM
 
Location: in the southwest
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Exactly - and that my point. Anything and everything here is subjective and when a moderator takes a position on the discussion by extension it becomes the position of the forum .
Boy is that ever the truth.
Chain restaurants can be freely discussed, but I post a link for a mom and pop restaurant and it gets deleted.
I really don't think that little link, which definitely contributed to the Florida atmosphere thread, is the worst thing going on in that Florida forum.
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Old 12-20-2006, 03:41 PM
 
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I hate when they take out URLs. Unless the URL leads to something offensive, LET IT BE!!! The poster took the time to post it, and moderators probably don't even look at the link before removing it, for some silly reason, no offense. Let them post their link. LET THEM EXPRESS THEMSELVES, which is something severely restricted in many forums these days.
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