I think once all of this is over banksters, politicians and soldiers should be lined up and shot at dawn
The individual then clarified himself:
There is every reason to kill them. They are all useless and unnecessarily consuming resources of this planetYour response
made it clear that advocating the murder of "banksters, politicians and soldiers" is acceptable here. I should note that at least one more "Global Moderator" was aware of these posts.
This is disgusting and shameful, and I'll not mince words. Your response was pathetic.
My response that drew attention to the same issue you're concerned with by replying like this,
And people wonder why readers of this forum often dismiss BitCoin entirely.
then warning that
this particular type of line-crossing is predictably common here, to the point that the brand of BitCoin is highly impacted.
and splitting his comments out of the stickied, high-visibility thread? Put the gun down, gene: we're on the same team.
Experience has just taught me that sometimes pointing out the larger issues has a stronger long-term effect than ending up in a flame war, and in this particular case I had recently made my position clear in other threads. Compare, for example with this one
. I've also started a whole thread
on the topic to demonstrate where I stand on these things.
But as a moderator I don't get to just make up the rules--there needs to be a community consensus first, or actions like deleting posts (which is the only further thing I could have done) will be treated as censorship and routed around. Start a thread in meta with your ideas for new forum guidelines and I'll fully back you (Gavin probably would too), but the community has to be on board before
the standard of moderation changes. As it is there was a tooth and nail fight to ban illegal goods, but now (as you might not know because the mods are pretty fast at it) we regularly remove posts that sell drugs, credit card numbers, etc. Consensus building is hard work--you can't just start wiping things out left and right (as I'm sure people who think I'm being too
hard-line will reply next. Ever hear that proverb that the job of a bridge is to get walked on from both sides?).