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How about having a long overdue "Code of Conduct" for the moderators?
Crowdsourcing has been suggested many times. Generally when someone wants to control others this is a frequent tactic that is raised to ensure the private agenda is what is most important. It does nothing to promote discussion, educate others, nor does it provide any entertainment value. Additionally, enforcing crowdsourcing regimes such as like buttons and the rest or similar minded draconian measures to ensure the dominance of a very vocal minority ,...tend to drive numbers of responses down and frequently stifle free speech, the exact opposite of what the proponents indicate their intentions are in the first place. Fortunately the many sites and forums that have implemented these measures learn very quickly that to pander to the addicted minority is to risk the value and usefulness of the sites and their mistakes become readily apparent. The hypocrisy frequently is quickly noticed. As an example, you will kill a good site, which this place is not, by stifling free speech, but according to those users that which to control others by indicating they know best are frequently more disruptive that the mythical Troll which they speak so knowledgably of. Troll subjects come up repeatedly, by most often by those control freaks which wish to dominate at everyone else's expense, but the public, unknowing frequently falls for this popular appeal and the sites generally suffer. The hubris is more carefully illustrated if you can think of the egos and personalities of those that are involved by contemplating the fact that the most common misconception advanced is that SOME are entitled to a private conversation on a public venue. Think about that for a bit, and you can see some of the control forces these people are trying to use for their own agenda! Of course if some users wish to limit free speech as they are doing this site will quickly turn into a dead site consisting of excepts and quotes from a few books and the SIM. Which is basically what they want. The idea that your protecting newbies from themselves is just a silly and naïve viewpoint that is baseless and groundless out in the real world. Of course as a rhetorical tool it gets a lot of mileage from the masses who are unable to think for themselves. Kind of the same quote that Hermann Wilhelm Göring used when he was purportedly quoted as saying all you have to do to eliminate the opposing view point is raise issues of the patriotisms. Here, the same effect is induced by indicating that they are protecting newbies, when in reality nothing is further from the truth. Beware of what you wish for,.....
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