I have been reluctant to have this thread. But it has got to the point where I have to talk about it.
IMHO the Whirlpool forum has had terrible moderation for a long time. For instance a few years ago I posted a serious thread on the ISP forums about sorting out my internet connection. I got harassed by two trolls who even said in a post that they were trolling. Yet their posts were not removed. So I started a new thread to try to start again without them. Then the moderators removed that thread.
Then what happened about a week ago was the last straw for me. That was vandalism of about 2 whole pages for the sake of it. I am 100% certain that my posts in that MTM policy topic were on topic. For instance I posted about Turnbull using a stooge caller on talkback radio to toss him moonball questions. I even used the term MTM in my post! I'm left having no idea what is on topic or off topic anymore.
I even emailed the British linguist David Crystal a year ago and told him that if he wants to use Whirlpool as a data set for a study of bad moderation he should do so! I also said to him that a moderator needs to be aware of what a forum discussion is. It's not a Hardy Boys novel. It's a rolling conversation that involves irony, succinct, even cryptic comments, and after a lot of echo chamber threads posters start having their own dense language. For instance if I post "Just more stupid copper" then posters know what I mean. You can't mark that off topic. That is a succinct comment about the MTM.
There was another post where I talked about Peter Finch and the movie Network. I made the point that just as Peter Finch screamed out the window "We are not going to take it anymore" that people may as well do the same about the MTM conjob.
OK. We could all post stuff that is boring. No culture. No imagination. Just stuff like:
"I don't agree with the MTM. It sucks".
Then someone would reply
"I don't like the MTM either. It's a waste of money on slow internet".
Then that GEO101 or that Kingforce or whatever other hydra would reply that Morrow is a saint because he has saved our gardens. /s
Wouldn't that be SO boring.
There are a lot of subtleties in moderation. Butt they seem to be beyond the intellectual or cultural limits of moderators at Whirlpool.