If this last incident is any indication of what the future norm will be when problems arise for moderators (and there will be many, many more)...then I think THIS isn't going to work as it stands...
I am making changes in ExIsle that I feel will improve your (and my) enjoyment. ExIsle is a place I felt a closeness too, until our GLs became to big and they became targets of trolls and "internet lawyers" . Lately I started to feel like ExIsle was slipping away and I felt I had few choices. One was to shut it down. One was to find a new owner and the third was to make changes that put the Board Owner (me) back in control. I have done that.
First, the old GLs are gone. The warning system is gone and in their place I am putting the following rules into place (but remember, staff's requests are a warning that you are violating the rules and must stop):
Have fun, but remember this is my board, and I retain the right to expel anyone I see as a detriment to the members or my enjoyment of this board. That said, I know there will be times we don't see eye to eye, and we will disagree, sometimes vehemently. There is no reason we can’t disagree in discussions, but disagreement cannot become personal.
Keep swearing to a minimum and mask it as much as possible. We know which words must be masked so I expect them to be.
No attacks on race, creed, sex, sexual preferences, disability or nationality. Disagree, argue, discuss “loudly” but do not get personal.
Staff are members first and are allowed to post the same as any member. Their job is to help ensure you enjoy your visit and do not ruin others' visit.
Staff requests that are board related are to be followed, they represent my board when they are doing their duty. Staff are deemed to be posting as a general member at all times except when they inform you they are being a mod/admin. This will help eliminate confusion as staff should not have to be staff all of the time.
Problems with a moderator must be taken to an admin. Admins will ensure I am involved if needed. Issues with admins are to brought to me. Understand, I will not tolerate attacking or harassing staff (even by PM)….they have a right to enjoy ExIsle as much as anyone. Expect me to support my staff unless their action AS STAFF violates the rules. I will be brought into any PM where a staff member is being harassed.
Watchdogs are in place to ensure discussions in the staff lounge do not get personal and they are elected by the members.
The warning system is replaced with:
Heed the staff and if you get to a point where you are too disruptive, LoP will show you the door.
As it stands, we don't even have a Terms of Service link (I've searched for one...even on the board creator's homepage) so there is no reference for current members to go by.
Also, how can STAFF violate rules when they have no real rules...except for Terms of Service rules? Staff used to have their rules spelled-out for them, and members knew just what to expect from them, and when to expect it.
LoP's statement, "Heed the staff and if you get to a point where you are too disruptive, LoP will show you the door" doesn't work either. What is "too disruptive"? Is it saying something racist (like LotS did), or is it like Nonny, who pointed out LotS' statement was racists?
We have to have a small set of well-written sentences (no more than about ten sentences) listed for all to see. Ten membership sentences for their rules, and ten staff sentences listed as their rules. Then, we'll all have a point of reference as to where we stand before we become "too disruptive", and LoP shows us the door.
Moderating has to be done in a timely fashion, and moderators must have a set of rules used to govern how and when they should moderate. If they don't, we'll see a continuous rise in how long it takes moderators to act, and then possible bad interpretations of rules. That will lead to innappropriate moderating actions being taken, and more members complaining and enjoying EI less.
Edited by Mark, 11 June 2014 - 10:36 PM.