Originally Posted by avent
As someone who usually disagrees with CathMac's point of view, I'm also trying to understand what she is saying. I have seen and participated in threads that were pretty hard on her point of view but within the UA. Some definitely pushed the boundaries though.
I think what she's saying is that she would like the mods to read the posts sooner and moderate more quickly ("proactively") rather than waiting for reports. It's not so much "affirmative action" for conservatives as much as a lopsidedness which naturally happens if reporting is the main mechanism for zeroing in on posts. So not giving additional benefit to the minority point of view, but giving a nod to the fact that if a situation is greatly lopsided and reporting is the main way to find offending posts, it will be unbalanced. It doesn't mean paying more attention to minority posts or reports, but rather getting in front of the problem by not waiting for reports.
At least I think that's what she's saying.
Thanks for making the extra effort to try and see where I'm coming from.
I think you come closest to understanding what I'm getting at but I can't make it any clearer without using actual examples which would clearly violate Rules 7 & 8.
But I will ever so slightly tippy toe out on a limb and hint that somewhere, not to far from here, is an example of the type of playful jab that some members seem to get dinged for and others don't. Which is especially unfair if it's more "playful" than "jab".
But often that is in the eye of the beholder, or more specifically, the member reporting it. And that gets magnified by the number of people reporting it or de-emphasized by the lack of reporting. (It's a tree in the forest kind of thing only with one or two people there to witness it instead of none)
Slightly off topic but once upon a time I indulged in a little bit of McCain humor (originating from the number of houses and cars he reportedly has) that might have seemed to be at his expense but was meant more to satirize some criticisms of him, here and elsewhere. There were any number of technical UAVs in those two threads that most certainly would have been reported --and disciplined-- if Obama, and not McCain, had been the subject. Despite the fact that it was so clearly a complete and over the top goof from start to finish, replete with two links to pictures of the Flintstones' car (although one member missed that
) along with references to Dino to make the not so subtle point that McCain isn't a spring chicken. (see how carefully I avoided calling him old ... oops
Trust me, there was plenty of Obama material to work with. I never "went there", except perhaps for the occasional remark partly out of respect for the fact that the boundaries for what was safe to have a chuckle over were very clearly set. The occasional affectionate reference to the size of his ears being the only example I can distinctly remember.
I can almost guarantee you that if there had been anywhere near the number of McCain supporters on the Politics board as there were Obama supporters, and especially if had I been an Obama supporter, then several people would probably have reported one or both of those threads and there's a good chance I would have received an Alert.
Context, perception, and reporting power might not be everything. But it's pretty darn close.
|McCains own 13 cars, Obamas own 1
Posts # 25
“This abnormal contravention of natural law would not bode well for his longevity in office except that he's half past ancient as it is. His unnatural abilities might suggest he could only get older, since the hands of time might actually start unwinding. Did I mention that he’s old? Like really, really, really old? Old, old, old.”
Post # 42: Does anyone know the average age of these cars?
The dinosaur's tragic death could have been easily avoided, if only McCain hadn’t let his infamous temper get the best of him and he had simply yielded the right of way. There are unverified accounts of how he careened through the intersection, and shouted epithets at innocent bystanders. ... You know, it occurs to me that if he suffers from any debilitating long term injuries we might want to reconsider the whole POW spiel. He was probably injured in this accident and it’s his own darn fault.
It’s all true, I found it on Cath Po and verified it on CathCheck. I can PM the links if anyone is interested.
Well, I admit I made up Bruno's name, but that’s just a little bit of artistic license.
Yabba dabba do.
In contrast, here is a parody I created of a particular posting style that I was advised against starting a thread with because it might be perceived as too inflammatory.
|Obama’s Wizbang and YouTube nightmares
Ah, the sweeping rhetoric express! Too bad it's a train wreck. Like most proverbial train wrecks, one can’t help but watch in stunned horror. You shouldn’t, but you just can’t help it.
Wizbang - What Happened When Obama’s Teleprompter Broke. Live appearance in Bristol, VA (appxly 3 months ago) -- Posted by Kim Priestap
Published: September 19, 2008 - 2:45 PM
Ok, and this is just too fun a smack-down not to include:
YouTube - Letterman: Barrack Obama “Uh” Count:
There’s plenty more where these came from but, as scary as they are, they get a little old.
I’m going to shut my eyes real tight and hope and pray he was just having a really bad day. After all, you can’t take the teleprompter when you sit down with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Unless you make it part of the preconditions, er … pre-arrangements.