Member Rara Avis
And I was replying while you were editing - wouldn't want anyone to think I was ignoring your primary point...
I want to make something really, really, really clear - because it seems virtually no one has understood my intent. (If I sound frustrated, it's because I am. And I don't mean to make it sound like I'm frustrated at you, RG. It's just that I keep hearing these same intimations and they contradict everything this place is about.)
With over 1,500 Members and 70,000 posts, I have only banned three people. And the last two were at a Moderator's request. I do not and will not "shut someone up" for disagreeing with me. Both Scott and Izzy still have full posting rights. They can (and have) said exactly what they think of me and of Passions. I do not "punish" people and no Member here should ever feel they can't safely disagree with me.
Asking Scott to resign as moderator was not intended as punishment for his post or for anything else. He and I can still be poets on the same site, and I hope he and I can still be friends. Because I think disagreeing with someone's view - even strong disagreement - doesn't preclude friendship. Or respect.
But it does, sometimes, preclude working too closely together. How can I expect someone to be a Moderator, making judgments about what should and shouldn't be posted at Passions, when I feel I can't trust that judgment to reflect my own desires? I don't let people drive my car when they've repeatedly made me doubt their judgement. And Passions is a hell of a lot more important to me than my car. If I tell someone I don't want them to drive my car, it's not a punishment. I'm not getting even. I'm simply trying to protect something I'd like to keep intact.
Izzy is a slightly different story. I did not agree with the tone of her posts, and I tried to explain to her why. But I also consider her posts to be an isolated instance and not typical of her normally good judgment. I think her apology to DreamEvil and the members of Passions is far more indicative of her judgement - and her integrity - than her angry posts will ever be. She's no longer a moderator at her own request - angry as that request may have been at the time - and because I made the mistake of reacting to her anger instead of talking to her.
None of these changes have been made out of anger or spite. I didn't punish people, I don't punish people, and the Members of Passions don't need to fear I'm going to start. The changes were simply that - changes.
[This message has been edited by Ron (edited 11-04-1999).]