I wonder, if someone shat in one of the rooms of your house, would you just pretend the shit and the shitter wasn't there? No, you'd get that shit cleaned and do something punitive to the shitter. Of course as you've said, the moderation here has historically ignored the shitter (although to inject a bit of nuance, they have believed it wasn't shit but maybe something less offensive such as tracking in mud from outside)
but shuffling it under the rug and pretending that nobody is shitting in your house is just a slightly less bad solution than ignoring it.
To set something straight, I am not saying that ponymotes is going to make everyone nice to each other and all the negativity is going to go away. All I meant by it being a positive is that the users that like it get something fun out of it and the users such as yourself, tracer, and I can either hide it through the options menu or just ignore it. That is a net benefit to the site. Also, don't make a habit of talking about me in the third person (in the same thread I'm posting no less) when you are gonna talk shit about me or the work I do. You can say it to me directly, thanks.
As for blocking people being a negative? Yes, it undoubtedly is. Everyone here has something of value to be said and shared and we are going to be less if we cut all ties with the people we have an issue with. Through better moderation (and yes, I understand your issues with the moderation. I am in near complete agreement. But I'd rather fix the moderation issue directly instead of code the users a way to bypass the problems with the moderation)
, we can address the negativity without having to go as far as wiping each other off the site. To make my point, Manley has said some stupid shit about trans and gay people, would you have been better off if you decided to just hide his existence the moment he said a stupid thing? I'm guessing not.
And that leads into my next point, that just because I am against filtering users doesn't mean I think nothing should be done. We need stricter enforcement of the rules we have and more specific rules for when someone is not exactly 'rude' or 'unkind' but is still causing people to be upset. That is where Manley falls right now and we need to come up with a concrete rule to address it. I am trying to push that idea with the rest of the staff, but things are slow to change (especially since Moony is dealing with a personal tragedy right now).
All of that said, I do agree with you that we have a leadership problem. We have many nice and caring people on staff that genuinely want the best for the site, but I don't think Moony or anyone else is a leader. Real leadership comes from making the hard decisions and having to make someone unhappy (or even cutting them out entirely) in order to make another group happy. Historically we have been trying not to make those hard decisions, and in my opinion that just leads everyone to be unhappy.
As for "ignore it and hope it goes away" I only think it is fair to again emphasize that a lot of the staff don't see the same issues that some (not all) users do. When Manley says a homophobic and offensive thing, a lot of the staff aren't phased. What to do when your staff reads the best interpretation of a user's post and your other user's read the worst interpretation? When you don't think there is anything wrong with what was said, how do you cater to someone you must naturally think is overreacting? But things are starting to change on that front. Manley got a 1 week ban for continuing to post aggravating homophobic shit in that MCU thread (after being warned a 1 week ban was on the horizon). I don't like banning people, but I still consider that progress. So maybe the era of 'ignore it' is coming to an end (which also means you'll be getting a few bans of your own soon, with any hope!).>>1535
I agree, and I am trying to push for something similar. There is supposed to be a major rules and moderation overhaul coming and I am going to make sure we have something in there that will address Manley carelessly upsetting people and getting away with it because "he didn't mean to upset anyone, or be unkind, or rude". Something along the lines of what you are suggesting is in the works, it is just going to take more time.