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    If you interact rather than reporting it encourages the trolls and the posts don't come to the attention of the mods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crosscountry View Post
    I already thought this board was overmoderated, now I'm 100% convinced. Someone please take away Swift's power.
    Gosh, I stay away for a couple of days and there is a party without me.

    Crosscountry, if you think I've done something wrong, please report it to the Administrators or the owners of this board. I answer to them. If they wish to take away my "powers", so be it.

    May you someday enjoy the experience of moderating a board like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    May you someday enjoy the experience of moderating a board like this.
    Now that was a rude comment. Wishing something that bad on another poster is just beyond cruel.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    May you someday enjoy the experience of moderating a board like this.
    It could happen too. All I did was complain twice, and now look at me.
    "Words that make questions may not be questions at all."
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    at a 2010 talk MCed by Stephen Colbert.

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    This thread is still open?

    Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the greater view?

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.DIM View Post
    This thread is still open?

    Yeah, we're a police state, but we're not a very efficient one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    Yeah, we're a police state, but we're not a very efficient one.
    That's what I was thinking...

    Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the greater view?

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    I've never thought of BAUT as a Police state. Maybe a Led Zeppelin state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geonuc View Post
    I've never thought of BAUT as a Police state. Maybe a Led Zeppelin state.
    Well in this case, I, for one, welcome our led Zeppelin overlords.

    ['we are your overlords' - Immigrant Song]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Limit View Post
    How long are you in for?
    Wow, banned immediately! Police state!! Dazed and confused after only one post!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001 View Post
    And, poof, YourImaginaryFriend disappears, along with all bawdy comments made.

    That's why it's better to just report such via the red triangle icon instead of attempting to interact.
    Better than a disintegration ray, huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by geonuc View Post
    I've never thought of BAUT as a Police state. Maybe a Led Zeppelin state.
    Every poll you take
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    Every rule you break
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    Yeah, we're a police state, but we're not a very efficient one.
    That's the funniest statement I've seen on these boards for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slang View Post
    Wow, banned immediately! Police state!! Dazed and confused after only one post!
    That was me. Serial sock puppet. I lost connectivity shortly afterwards and I'm only now able to finish up the cleanup. Chalk it up to yet more inefficiency, comrades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose View Post
    I lost connectivity shortly afterwards
    Given that this is a Police state, you must have lost Synchronicity.

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    [Borrowed from an old MAD Magazine sketch]

    Do not try to change the website; I am on both of them.
    "Words that make questions may not be questions at all."
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    The title of this thread has been bothering me (and no, not for those serious reasons) and I finally figured out what it was reminding me of....

    Prosecutor: Over Macho Grande?
    Witness: No. I don't think I'll ever get over Macho Grande.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by J Chrysostom View Post
    Hello YourImaginaryFriend, pleased to meet you. I'd introduce myself, but I don't think you will be here for very long.
    And, poof, YourImaginaryFriend disappears, along with all bawdy comments made.

    That's why it's better to just report such via the red triangle icon instead of attempting to interact.
    Not to mention that the "I don't think you will be here for very long" is, technically speaking, a rules violation. However, given the posts I saw, the conclusion is so obvious that it doesn't make sense to sanction someone for stating it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    Yeah, we're a police state, but we're not a very efficient one.
    I recall reading an excerpt of some parody of 1984 where the government functioned about as efficiently as such governments do. They were completely out of rats to threaten the protagonist with and were desperately trying to convince him that he was actually afraid of spiders, because they had plenty of those.
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    All I can say is you better keep Swift, or they might ask me next.

    Or worse, Paul Beardsley. Think about THAT.

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    we're talking horror movie now
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek View Post
    I recall reading an excerpt of some parody of 1984 where the government functioned about as efficiently as such governments do. They were completely out of rats to threaten the protagonist with and were desperately trying to convince him that he was actually afraid of spiders, because they had plenty of those.
    Fortunately, real world governments always have a substantial element of that parody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose View Post
    Heh. Over-moderation. The old BABB's policy was one warning for any rules violation (except for the "hanging" offenses like spamming or socks.) No suspensions, no second warnings. One warning only.

    You could be sure that regular BABBers (the surviving ones, anyway) had polished their manners to a _very_ fine gleam.

    I miss that sometimes.
    Couple of things -

    - I think Swift's moderation was appropriate given the nasty comments.

    - I think forums are better, healthier, and more robust when there's a bit most leeway than having to polish one's manners to a_very_fine gleam.

    - I think, therefore I am.

    - I've yet to see moderators here be dorks, unless that word is being used in the older, pocket pencil-protector use, in which case about half of us fit that bill...

    - I believe the stringent requirements imposed on the ATM section, while appropriate to the fielding of new ideas throughout the scientific community, are nevertheless unfamiliar to most ATM posters. As a result, they get miffed, say not so nice things, and find themselves temporarily banned to afford them the time necesssary to cool off and read the rules.

    So, in conclusion - Swift - good job. Moose - I hear you, and if we were all rigorous scientists, yours would work. Cross - I'm sorry, man. While I do see where your coming from with respect to the rigorous, I also see this as a fairly simple case of getting nasty with a moderator, which isn't far off from taking a poke at a policeman, so...

    I'll try to find a topic this morning that'll capture our attention as much as this thread has!

    - Mugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugaliens View Post
    I'll try to find a topic this morning that'll capture our attention as much as this thread has!

    - Mugs
    Please do. I'm getting bored. If it keeps up, I may have to turn my attention to my work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geonuc View Post
    Please do. I'm getting bored. If it keeps up, I may have to turn my attention to my work.
    Talk about nasty comments... why I aught to ban you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mugaliens View Post
    Moose - I hear you, and if we were all rigorous scientists, yours would work.
    I think you didn't quite get what I said. It wasn't a suggestion. It was mild remeniscing to the BA's pre-merger board: BABB. BA's moderation style was... very much to the point. It worked very well, though. Same general mix of people, but a firmly held standard of behavior.

    We have the luxury of giving warnings. BA didn't. We delt with it. It's not like the "Be nice" rule is a hard one to follow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mugaliens View Post
    - I think forums are better, healthier, and more robust when there's a bit mo(st)re leeway than having to polish one's manners to a_very_fine gleam.
    very citable
    (even without fine-polish/typo-correct)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    Talk about nasty comments... why I aught to ban you!
    I don't think it's allowed to talk about what a moderator should do!

    Our so-called leaders speak
    With words they try to jail you
    They subjugate the meek
    But it's the rhetoric of failure

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    Quote Originally Posted by slang View Post


    We are spirits in the material world
    And I am a material girl.

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