Spectacles, on 26 February 2012 - 07:54 PM, said:
Orpheus, on 26 February 2012 - 07:46 PM, said:
Oops. Chatty beat me to it. The short form is: absolutely.
We've just been looking at the tools available to us, because that will affect what is practical/desirable.
So this isn't really a moderating philosophy change but a technical change? Or it's a philosophy change that's dependent on a technical tool?
Our primary intention is to bring Ex Isle to a single uniform standard of discussion/behavior -- a standard that has worked well on the rest of EI, while the OT standard has bred discontent and strife for years. We seek to encourage discussion, but we've heard time and again that unpleasantness drives people out.
We're also testing gentler tools to help keep the peace without resorting to more punitive measures. For example, OT bans have often been suggested, but we tried that for a couple of years with limited effect, so we'll try initially "booting" people from threads in which they can't/won't honor cool-its or otherwise behave, without stigmatizing them with the OT ban label that was used before. Such 'boots' can be appealed by PM to the Admins.
Ultimately, however, it is every member's responsibility to adhere to EI standards, recognize their own responses and avoid threads that they should recognize as highly provocative to them personally, but which other EIers may be able to discuss civilly. Posting disruptively in such threads is, well, intentionally disruptive, so sterner sanctions will remain available, as they prove necessary (e.g. ongoing patterns of disruption)