In this post I suggested that BAUT moderators should not act as moderators in thread they are participating in.
Since Duane was offended by this I decided to break off my response to his comments as a new thread. I really didn't want this to be a big deal - it was merely a statement of my opinion.
I never said it precludes moderators from having an opinion. What I said is that in my opinion, the duty of a moderator should not be mixed with participation in the arguments of a thread. I don't run the board or make the rules so if those of you that moderate the board don't see that as a conflict of interest, then please continue. There is no reason to feel insult.Originally Posted by Duane
But if you really stop and think about it - traditionally when a debate has a moderator the moderator does not make arguments for one side or the other as part of the debate. Where this is relevant here is that we have this rule about answering questions in a timely fashion that has become an important rule for BAUT. Since Nereid asks a lot of questions and demands answers, and then references her role as the moderator (ie in terms of whether or not Narlikar&Arp is to be discussed on this thread), I consider that a situation where the moderator's heavy involvement in the discussion would make it a conflict of interest to be moderating the discussion. I'm not saying that Nereid cannot and does not moderate fairly. I'm simply saying that given the large numbers of moderators on this forum, there is no need for Nereid to be in the position of being the moderator of a discussion she has become so deeply involved in. Its simply a suggestion.
Talk about assigning ulterior motives. This is what I said Duane:f there is doubt, voice your concerns clearly to another moderator or to the administrators of the site. To surreptitiously suggest some ulterior motive to a moderators participation in a discussion is dishonest at best.
Where exactly did I "surreptitiously suggest some ulterior motive"?Originally Posted by dgruss23