I enjoy the civility that Moe's 2.0 has, just like the FDP had. Go on You Tube and look around and you'll see some of the very worst comments imaginable that You Tube seems to either ignore or just not have any resources to remove. Here, you can be around genuinely nice people who know that Religion and Politics are not polite conversation.
To me, there’s an element of a broader polarization in our world here. We have largely lost the middle ground and too many of us live at the polar extremes. Specifically on this topic, I will put forward the statement that few things are black and white and it takes two to tango. Forum moderation is a hard job with many judgment calls. Members who have calls go against them sometimes get way too riled up. In the long run I would hope that we all have the ability to recognize our past errors and try to better understand before demanding to be understood,
Both posters and moderators are fallible and in a truly civil world a healthy forum will have space for both the poster and the moderator to admit their errors and encourage everyone to do what we all strive to do, be a little better tomorrow than we were today.
I’m not sure many will feel this applies, but one of the most effective tools I have as a college professor is fallibility. When students see that I’m easily capable of mistakes, it makes it easier for them to be willing to put their work forward.
The essence of moderation is moderation among fallible friends, let’s all keep that in mind.
I find it ironic that a number members "over there" comment on their place being nicer and friendlier. However my experience has not been so. I joined there in 2015 and have not felt as welcome as I have or do in other groups.
I didn't post a lot (I just looked - 27 posts in 4+ years) but that may be because when I did post, they were often not replied to, or apparently failed to capture the interest of the group. The things I would post were of the same calibre of intellect or humour that I would have posted at the FDP, but I don't think it rated at "the cool kids table".
Which leads me to my next gripe. They condemned the FDP saying "it was the same old guys" "small circle" blah blah blah, but they obviously don't have mirrors over there, otherwise they'd have to look at themselves. The old "pot/kettle" scenario...
OK, I've wasted enough bandwidth on this [mic drop]