nachiket wrote:I'm sorry Suraj, but if the said poster has been warned and banned so many times, he doesn't deserve to be on the forum. Obviously, he likes to wantonly flout the posting rules that his membership here is contingent upon.
Well, therein lies the rub. Within the last two pages of so of this thread were the following feedback suggestions:
a) Permanent bans should be eliminated because they are too final in nature
b) Many otherwise competent posters have big egos and dislike being persistently shhhed by moderators.
How do you reconcile these valid statements with yours ? There are plenty of posters here who have abrasive posting personalities that gives us moderators a headache. As such, the situation is nowhere near as straightforward as you put it. We can ban them en masse, but that would amount to yet another hazard - of banning because we 'don't like how they post'. Spinster was recently permanently banned, after maybe 10 avatars over a decade, because we gave up on him finally.
amit wrote:And sorry I don't like to report posts, what to do I'm like that onlee.
You want us to help you, but you don't want to help us do so ? Say you get into an argument and a bunch of posters gang up on you. You don't report posts. No moderator is around on that thread for a day or two, after all there are 160 threads in the first pages across all 4 forums, for a total of 6400 posts, and that's not counting that a fast thread may have more than one page per day. In the meantime you're hounded out. Well, what's the point ? This is like sitting on the Titanic on the morning of Apr 15, 1912 and saying "oh sorry, I don't like those small boats; I'll wait for another ship".
rohitvats wrote:his point is about ensuring that a contrarian POV and opinion is not drowned out by personal attacks by majority camp. That the posters are not bullied. I have personally faced this situation when someone called me 'gunga-din' because I had a contrary POV to majority opinion on the thread. While the poster was warned/banned on my complaint, the fact remains that enough is said and done short of such grave provocations which stifles counter POV and those making counter POV. Name calling or referring to people as anti-Hindu or anti-this or anti-that is one such tactic.
It's called trolling. It's the bane of web forums everywhere, unfortunately. There's no BRF specific solution here. We can't stop them before the fact. Often we cannot stop them even after the fact because posters, as mentioned above, do not or will not use the one tool - post reporting - that actually gives us notice of fracas in a particular thread. Or worse, they do both - report a post, then start hitting back themselves. When we see the post report(s), we see a string of he-said-she-said tirades that typically lead to both being warned/banned.
It's the nature of this medium that posters will face this behavior, not just on BRF, but anywhere. In every instance, the only way you can get through this unscathed - provided there's active moderation - is to use the tools that enable the moderators to identify the culprits unequivocally then and there. You get in a fight in response ? It doesn't help us help you. You walk away and then complain here ? That doesn't help either.