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Seems like there has been a lot of discussion - to me directly and on the site - on the recent removal of a certain member. Wanted to provide some context:
- This member was warned multiple times and had multiple complaints from multiple members over several weeks. They will not be invited back. There are no plans to invite any previously removed members back, either.
- I really don't care how knowledgeable someone is (there are tons of knowledgeable members still here). If they are a rude to other members, they are gone, like a cancer that needs removal. Not sure this is a lot different than any other Internet site. I frequent several discussion forums and when people post things that are inappropriate or rude or vulgar, the content and/or member are removed. Seems pretty simple to me.
- Moderation is tough, especially on a site I no longer use because people were rude to me when it started. If we don't moderate, trolls run off members. If we 'over moderate', then people leave because they can't have passionate discussion. People are going to leave either way. It's like death and taxes.
- With a site of this size, there is no earthly way you can please everyone. I remember being in a leadership position in college and noticed with a group of just 30 people, every single decision I made disappointed or upset someone...without fail. This site has almost 2,200 members. Whenever a choice is made to leave or remove someone, people will be upset.
- People who 'threaten' to leave like the site like they are some critical contributor whose departure will crater the site...please let me know if you have any problems doing so and I would be more than happy to help you! :-)
David McIlveen Wright had a great suggestion a while back that I think we need to consider - a Code of Conduct. Here's the example David provided. This is NOT an official Ning or Exclusively Setters Code of Conduct, but it has a lot of positives:
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To me, a lot of the above is common sense, but you know the old adage about common sense. Open to suggestions on improving the moderation process so it optimizes the communities enjoyment of this site.
Thank you Gene and David. I think following these rules will enable us to move on to positive posts and good discussions.
Thankyou Gene & David from us too. Absolutely love this site. You do an amazing job & we all really appreciate it. Have made some lovely friends through here also. Thankyou again.
I have noticed a little too much gang warfare on this site. In fact, quite a lot of it.
It's very pleasant on here now though Andy, no gang warfare just friendly, peaceful discussions :)
Hi Torie. I think some people have acted like school children. You can't be in my gang type of thing. We will see how it goes in future. Kind regards. Andy
Hi Mel. I agree with you 100%. Kind regards. Andy
It is nice Torie. There are some wonderful pics too of Setters enjoying some amazing country side. A lovely way to share your Setters.
Yes they are are great to look at. Are you enjoying them too Sue.
Very much so. Thankyou for asking.
just added some watery ones - enjoy :)
Gene's discussion seems to have changed subject so I will just say...Im a bit of a soft touch when it comes to photo's of the oldies on here. I just can't resist pressing the favourite button.
I am working my way backwards through the thousands of pages so members will be getting comments for photo's they uploaded on here about five years ago :))