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Junior Member
since 03-07-2001
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Indiana, USA

25 posted 03-11-2001 05:54 PM       View Profile for Dream-eagle   Email Dream-eagle   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for Dream-eagle

I have been a moderator as well as having my own poetry website. There have been many times I have simply told people that what they are writing is fine and good but not the direction I am going with in my website or forum.

I explain that the site is geared to a be usable by young children as well as adults. I suggest that they try elsewhere where the content would be more appreciated. It usually works. Unless the person is there simply to agitate the peace which sometimes happens too.

There is no debating the issue it simply is. But it does get really frustrating.

In one chat room where it was getting out of hand I wrote a script that replaced swear words with things like "ice cream", "fudge" or "pickles". The cursing eventually stopped and the culprits moved on to where they could disturb other people.
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26 posted 03-11-2001 06:23 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I'd like to clarify one point... There is no rule "set in stone" about "booting" a poet who crosses acceptable guidelines more than once. Every member is dealt with on their own individual merit and their attitude - no matter what the situation...

This is a superb site - suberb because of the combined efforts of our wonderful members, our moderators, and of course our fantastic host.

Our moderating team works very hard to maintain Passions' integrity... I personally am grateful for the efforts of each and every one...
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Twilight Zone

27 posted 03-11-2001 08:31 PM       View Profile for Acies   Email Acies   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Acies


"So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this give life to thee." W.S.
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since 08-19-2000
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Queensland, Australia

28 posted 03-13-2001 01:44 AM       View Profile for Dee   Email Dee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dee

I have never been a moderator and have no idea what it is like for them. So maybe my thoughts are off track. I have read posts here where people argue the point, is this acceptable? why? why not?
Most people, I believe, don't read the guidelines when they sign up at a site. I know I have been guilty of that before. If I broke the rules I would expect to be told what I had done wrong, preferably in the privacy of an email, and I would accept the moderators descision. As far as I can see, breaking the rules is breaking the rules, no matter why you did it.
It's really simple, if you don't like the rules, don't play the game.
(This is a general comment, it is not aimed at any one in particular)

I wish you every happiness and may you always have the best of the good things in life. a brand
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since 02-08-2001
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W of Seattle

29 posted 03-13-2001 08:59 PM       View Profile for gardawg   Email gardawg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit gardawg's Home Page   View IP for gardawg

Jonas, I moderate in a forum where the motto is no rules, no fences; and administer another where freedom is the order of the day...

Still we have rules, though we 'suggest,' the standard too many poems, crit poem not person, forbidden subject, et al. We still get those who can't take it, leave a the kindest suggestion of they need to change.

And I can point you to a board totally taken over by crazies. Abandoned by the owners and left like NYC in the old Kurt Russell movie to chaos.

I agree with you. IMO, those who do not show discipline in their behavior will generally fail as poets and fall by the wayside...

Well said...

who btw hates suicide and abuse poems, mainly because they are generally so very unimaginative

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since 07-29-2000
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30 posted 03-13-2001 11:39 PM       View Profile for DancinQueen   Email DancinQueen   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for DancinQueen

well said and everywhere you go you're always going to have that one person(s) that will be that thorn in your you know what..thats just life

¤Sometimes the hardest thing to get over, is something you never really had¤
Member Rara Avis
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Michigan, US

31 posted 03-14-2001 12:23 AM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

Dee, there's absolutely nothing wrong with questioning a Moderator's decision or the wisdom of a particular rule (assuming the disagreement is expressed appropriately). Ain't nobody around here perfect and we know it. Nor are we foolish enough to think our rules are perfect. They're just the best we've come up with so far. We may or may not agree with someone's alternatives, but we'll certainly listen to them.
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