@Mung ( @Swamidass , @moderators )
Just to be clear, Mung, I am not a moderator. I have, so far, no
official capacity in this community. But let me share with you my
view of these matters. Below you will read about some ideas that
have already been incorporated into the living tissue of this site.
But there will also be some ideas mentioned that are not yet part of
the consensus here. It’s all in the hands of Joshua and those
interested in the community enough to be wiling to voluntarily serve:
Mung, you wrote: “I’ve already explained that you need a new strategy
for shoe-throwers that is better than becoming a shoe thrower
yourself. How do you propose doing that?..”
As you know, the power to do good always includes correlated risk of
exercising that same power to do bad. But I would be surprised if you
haven’t noticed the great extent to which @swamidass goes to develop
fair procedures and due process and a sense of justice. The problem
arises when participants here exploit Joshua’s generous nature.
Sometimes it is intentional. Sometimes it is done not so much with
malice, but out of indifference to what they stir up.
I myself am a very big fan of letting “The Troublers” and “The
Troubled” continue to have a voice, but to pro-actively screen
postings before they do damage … not after a 3 am rant that
violates the norms of the site by almost any standard you wish to
apply. “Crazy Makers” are real … they provoke otherwise good and
sensible people into making their own poor decisions, and trigger
reactions that would not have been possible if we didn’t extend too
much trust in the self-restraint of “Crazy Makers”.
I believe you yourself would prefer that the solution to these
problems should be based less on “evictions” and more on “continued
participation but at a slower pace”. Having one’s communications
slowed down is a very good and fair way for everyone to retain a
voice, but not to put the entire community at the mercy of people who
are challenged to show mercy themselves.
I’ve said that I have no official capacity so far. But I’m willing to
step up and volunteer for some of the more challenging aspects of
restraining shoe-throwers. I think there are things that deserve a
trial. And I’m willing to engage in some of these trials so that the
existing volunteers don’t feel excessive pressure to do all the chores