Moderation [was RE: [uf-discuss] Andy Mabbet's moderation]

Colin Barrett timber at
Fri Feb 2 04:04:38 PST 2007

On Feb 1, 2007, at 12:53 PM, Joe Andrieu wrote:

> And to say that the community had a say in Tantek's
> action is about as valid as saying the American public had a say in
> George Bush's recent troop increase.

You are treading dangerously close to invoking Godwin's Law[1] here,  
and a number of other places in your recent messages.

I'd ask that you refrain from this sort of thing. It's certainly  
possible to address these issues without comparisons like that, and it  
would certainly be welcome, I think, by all involved.

Again, in general, I've found your tone to be disrespectful to the  
integrity of all members of this list, by implying that we would allow  
a tyrannical "government" to rule over the unknowing masses, and  
particularly to the outstanding  administrators of this list, who have  
been *extremely* measured in their response to many members of this  
list, something for which I applaud them -- having been on the other  
side of the coin it's extremely easy to just remove someone from the  
equation, but they have bent over backwards (IMO) to accommodate Andy,  
calling them dictators totally unnecessary just plain incorrect on a  
variety of levels.

Is there room for improvement? Always. Is this the place to talk about  
it? Probably. Is comparing them to a secret police or to an unpopular  
sitting American president necessary or helpful to the debate?  
Probably not.



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