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Feb 12, 2014 06:34 PM

Mods need to work a little harder

I've noticed that the mods seem to be both more relaxed, and focusing on certain individuals, and just aren't doing their jobs as well as years ago. I also see favoritism in many cases. I also see folks in general getting nastier, and I am even getting so, when I see bullshit unaddressed. Or else it is mods not doing their job and letting nasty posts, and personal attacks happen. So I have been making angry posts more like I did a decade ago, in anger over idiocy. So, Mods, get your stuff together.

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  1. I think they work hard enough. In fact, I think they should take a well deserved week long vacation. Oh, the hilarity that would ensue! ;)

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      1. re: SaraAshley

        yes, a paid vacation. Oh wait - they don't get paid when they're working, never mind when they're on vacation.

        1. re: cookie monster

          I was actually thinking about that and how it's kind of ironic to ask them to "work harder" for something they don't get paid for and don't have to do at all.

          1. re: SaraAshley

            I don't think the OP meant "work harder" in the sense of doing more work, but in the sense of working differently.

            1. re: SaraAshley

              "something they don't get paid for and don't have to do at all."
              This is how my married friends describe their wives...:)

          2. re: SaraAshley

            Sara - oh c'mon Jacquilynne took a vacation maybe a year or 2 ago and although everyone promised we'd behave, things got a little messy (not utter chaotic bloodsport, just messy)

            1. re: hill food

              Ehh, I say a little bit of mess never hurt anyone!

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            1. JMF, you said yourself, "... folks in general getting nastier, and I am even getting so..." and, " I have been making angry posts more like I did a decade ago, in anger over idiocy."
              If the mods had even a little less to worry about from you, perhaps they could spend their attention on more pressing matters.
              Suggesting they modify their approach is one thing, but calling them out for not working hard is asinine.

              1. We do our best to strike a balance when we moderate between removing too much and leaving up things that are going to upset people. It's not a perfect process and many members would prefer we draw those lines in somewhat different places -- some would prefer we took more down, others that we left more up.

                It's particularly a challenge when there are answers that are dismissive or unpleasant without necessarily rising to the level of a personal attack, and where the unpleasantness is entwined in a long conversation. Sometimes taking every bit of it down would mean removing a lot of long posts and we're reluctant to do that. Sometimes we prefer to prune the worst bits and then leave a note asking people to let the subject go rather than remove a large swath of posts.

                Responding in anger when someone else is being a bit of a jerk is understandable but escalating the hostilities doesn't help. We encourage people to Flag problematic things for us to take a look at, and at the point where you're Flagging things, it's usually time to bow out of the thread. Even if we don't agree that it needs to be removed, if you're feeling that negatively about it, it's a good place to stop participating.

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                1. re: Jacquilynne

                  Jacquilynne, that's a decent answer. Interesting how my question got a few very angry and out of proportion responses. Makes my point. I understand what moderation takes, I do so for a trade industry board myself.

                  1. re: Jacquilynne

                    Came hear to make sure the spam on the philly boards got removed pronto and saw this thread. I also flagged the guy and wouldn't blame the mods for removing my comment on this board because it might amount to free advertising for the guy doing it.
                    I do find the dismissive comments to be some of the most hurtful of all but it is hard I imagine to strike that balance and I have only flagged an abusive comment once so far. All I can say is that I am impressed that this thread is still up. That speaks volumes in itself.
                    I used to play world of warcraft and the boards there had a lot of comments complaining about game mechanics just disappear.

                    1. re: givemecarbs

                      Regarding "dismissive," I was just talking to a CH the other day and it drives us crazy when on a regional board someone will dismiss someone else's restaurant rec with something like "That's a terrible place." Uh, hello, that adds nothing to the conversation, does it? I've also seen people really trash a particular food when it's probably just something they don't care for.

                      1. re: c oliver

                        Don't you want to hear multiple, differing opinions on restaurants? While I agree that just posting "That's a terrible place" doesn't contribute much to the conversation, if they would explain more why they think it's terrible, that could be beneficial.

                        1. re: Jerseygirl111

                          I thought I was quite specific about it just being a "that's a terrible place" without adding anything. I use CH a lot when we travel and a comment like that means nothing to me. We're in NYC currently and I've asked for specific advice and gotten it, with explanations of said advice.

                          1. re: Jerseygirl111

                            At least that kind of comment offers an opinion. If someone needs more details, just ask and maybe more will be forthcoming. That's what I do.

                            And I much prefer a statement of opinion vs the chit-chatty back and forth that doesn't even concern food in too many threads. The minimalist poster might have actually eaten at the restaurant instead of just injecting nonsense without any real world experience into a conversation.

                              1. re: c oliver

                                Some folks don't have the vocabulary to explain why they like or don't like something.

                                Kettle, meet Black.

                          2. re: c oliver

                            Sometimes hounds dogpile on the original poster and I just cringe. I don't want my fellow hounds to regret posting because they just wanted to ask something. I usually try to say something positive even if it's a stretch because I don't want hounds to slink away with their tails between their legs never to return.

                            1. re: givemecarbs

                              I especially hate when the dogpile happens to a first time or even a relatively new person. One person cheerfully advised someone looking for Italian on the Minneapolis/St. Paul board to try Olive Garden. Did not go well. I think it was their first and last post.

                              1. re: MplsM ary

                                We'll remove that sort of thing if you Flag it. There are instances where Olive Garden (or another chain) might be a viable suggestion, but it's usually pretty easy to tell the difference between people who are genuinely (and usually reluctantly) recommending a chain and people who are just being jerks.

                        2. re: Jacquilynne

                          I like it when the "team" posts asking people to get back on topic, stop being so nasty, etc. before actually locking a thread. And that seems to be the case more nowadays. Give people a chance.

                          I think it's also a good suggestion to leave a thread if you've reached a point where the main topic is getting flagged. Not when you flag something because it's offtopic, inappropriate, etc.

                          1. re: Jacquilynne

                            You're doing a great job, imho.

                            You've sent me at least two emails, that I can recall, explaining why you've deleted my post(s) and asked me to please stop participating if I can't respond with some responsibility. I've found that some threads just keep going like a lit fire and sometimes it's hard to stop.
                            I appreciate it as it gives this old woman some pause for thought in how I deal with others when the posts get to me.

                            1. re: latindancer

                              I got an email from Jacq today. I already knew I shouldn't have posted what I did, but she's very nice about explaining CH policy.

                              1. re: gaffk

                                I got a valentine from Jacq! She has my email on speed dial!

                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                  I guess those of us snowed in and drinking copious amounts of alcohol have not overwhelmed the mod system yet ;)

                                  1. re: gaffk

                                    But it's not for a lack of trying!


                                2. re: gaffk

                                  Yes, she has a great style to her very constructive feedback.

                            2. JMF you started this thread / topic so my response is directed towards you, but not in any personal manner, if that makes sense.

                              The logic used in the OP is just an example of where our society as a whole has some problems, which eventually just trickle down to people's experience here on Chow.

                              Lets say there is more negativity on here than there was years ago. (I'm not saying there is, but I'm going with the theme of the topic) According to JMF that results in more negativity from him, which logically might create more negativity from someone else, and so on and so on............

                              So the request is for the Moderators to take a more active role in removing the negativity, thus out of sight is out of mind and the cycle is broken.

                              Why as a people are we always looking for someone else to protect us from the things we don't like? If I see something negative, I try to ignore it. If I can't try to ignore it, I try to find humor in it and turn the negativity around, but I resist the urge to be negative in return. Why allow someone else to bring you down? If someone posts something negative or mean, they are having a bad day, or week, or life, but that doesn't mean it has to ruin my day. It certainly doesn't mean I have to respond in the same negative manner, I'll take responsibility for my own actions and those won't include being made angry or miserable just because someone else is.

                              The mods should certainly do their best to keep things civil, but to complain to them about preventing something you admit to contributing to seems kind of silly to me. Do your part first, stop participating in negativity and perhaps you can help break the chain you are contributing to and complaining about.

                              Just my $.02 and again nothing personal to you JMF.

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                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                I try assiduously not to be negative about people, places, or food here, after years of participation. There are still a few who relish pouncing on me because I'm me, regardless of what I have to say. I'm learning not to feed the trolls. Do they dare jump me for this one? Let's watch...:)

                                1. re: Veggo

                                  Life's too short to allow other people or their drama to occupy time in your life.

                                  I would pounce on you but that's how Internet rumors get started.

                                  1. re: Veggo

                                    What bothers me is when the same certain folks keep coming back again and again, making mean and nasty remarks. Twisting words around, making assumptions, based on their own "stuff." Not actually responding to what was actually said, but what they think or assume is being said.

                                    Also, I have to make sure I don't read CH late night when sleepy, or like the past few days, when on painkillers for an injury and severe arthritis. I tend to get a bit snippy.

                                    1. re: JMF

                                      You do reflect and include yourself in this need to work better at xyz. I can appreciate that.

                                      We all get snippy. Darn humans!

                                      1. re: JMF

                                        JMF 02/13/14 4:53AM

                                        "What bothers me is when the same certain folks keep coming back again and again, making mean and nasty remarks. Twisting words around, making assumptions, based on their own "stuff." Not actually responding to what was actually said, but what they think or assume is being said."

                                        It's amazing what a difference a couple days make. I initially thought perhaps you were being a little too sensitive about people's posting. Over the past few days it seems a cloud has been lifted and suddenly I'm seeing clearly how it seems "cliques" of people seem to thrive on antagonism and confrontation.

                                        I will take all the blame in the world for either hijacking threads or commenting off topic like a blind man playing twister, but never with ill or malicious intent.

                                        It seems there are people who are just more concerned with attacking others for their views than adding anything of value to a conversation. Hey, I might not always bring value but I do try to draw a smile, if that's against the rules ban me now.

                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                          jr, I thank you for this. Although you get more off-topic than some, you are really always kind.

                                          1. re: c oliver

                                            I don't write the rules, but it's all I expect here or anywhere, virtual or real.