Originally Posted by Ltlabner
Why people can't fathom that site owners want to present their website in a specific manner, and maintain a certain level of discourse is beyond me.
Yes, this is Boss and GIK's site. I get that. But this isn't simply a website; it's an interactive discussion forum. This place wouldn't exist if it wasn't for the contributions of its members. And the site administrators don't have absolute control over how the members of RedsZone's think. If they did, we wouldn't have discussion because we would all be a representation of their beliefs and opinions.
Another thing--this isn't a blog; in fact, Boss and GIK rarely
add to the discussion here. Instead, they rely on the activity of the members to keep RedsZone alive. Doing so brings a large amount of diverse individuals together in one room, and it's not the job of RedsZone posters--other than admins and mods--to tell posters what opinions are right and what are wrong. That's why we have the report-a-post and ignore features. I think that's the reason that the recently closed threads went down the wrong path. Posters started asserting their own beliefs onto other people and that isn't there job.
One last thing point--the rules at the bottom of the page are very specific. Usually, threads aren't closed because they are about a topic against site rules, although certainly politics/religion threads are wrongfully started from time to time. Rather, they are usually closed because someone disagrees with someone else's opinion and breaks on of the seven rules. Sometimes though, posts are deleted because a site admin/mod disagrees with them. The bottom of the page does not set forth that power. This is how it reads:
Board Moderators may, at their discretion and judgment, delete and/or edit any messages that violate any of the following guidelines:
Certainly, Boss and GIK have the right to make whatever rules they see fit for RedsZone. But, as it reads now, the bottom of the page does not specify that they can delete whatever posts they wish. Perhaps, the rules need to be rewritten to give them that power if that is how they would like to moderate the board...