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Get Yer Ya-Yas Out [FR Moderating Gripe Thread]

Posted on 03/15/2004 11:01:45 AM PST by I Am Not A Mod

Edited on 03/15/2004 11:03:07 AM PST by Lead Moderator. [history]

LM here.

It's been a while since we had a thread along these lines.

I can tell from comments I am seeing in threads, on abuse reports, and in Freepmail that some people are unhappy with various policies and their implementations by the staff here.

I've seen allegations that certain factions are picked on. I've seen allegations that the moderators have killed activism. I've heard rumors that we killed Kenny, and even that we killed the radio star. I see certain personality conflicts acting up, and know that one (or both) sides in it feel that we aren't doing what we should.

So let's open this can of worms.

This thread is for making your grievances heard. If you think something stinks or is wrong, make your case here. Back it up with facts. Let the audience at large weigh in on your evidence.

I'll read the thread. Jim will too in all likelihood. So will the other moderators. Depending upon how well you make your point, and depending on if you can convince Jim, me, the other moderators, and/or the world, maybe you can change things. And if you don't, then it might make you feel better to have vented, so it won't make this thread a total loss.

I'm not going to reply to this thread for quite a while. Rather, I am going to sit back and watch to try and get a feel for the general tenor. I encourage those who are both happy and unhappy with things to particpate in this thread.

Let's rock.


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1 posted on 03/15/2004 11:01:46 AM PST by I Am Not A Mod
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To: I Am Not A Mod
I have no complaints.
2 posted on 03/15/2004 11:03:34 AM PST by johniegrad
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To: I Am Not A Mod
Are you a mod or a rocker?
3 posted on 03/15/2004 11:03:50 AM PST by Britton J Wingfield
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To: I Am Not A Mod
Shouldn't this be in Breaking News???
4 posted on 03/15/2004 11:04:52 AM PST by jra
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To: I Am Not A Mod
I, for one, have no gripes. Great job, moderating team. Thanks for creating all this, Jim.
5 posted on 03/15/2004 11:05:01 AM PST by blanknoone (At least the Spanish socialist party call themselves socialists.)
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To: johniegrad
Ditto.
6 posted on 03/15/2004 11:05:09 AM PST by TheBigB (I got scared when I saw the message "OOOOO" in my Alpha-Bits today. I forgot I was eating Cheerios.)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
and even that we killed the radio star.

Ridiculous! Video killed the radio star.

7 posted on 03/15/2004 11:05:25 AM PST by CholeraJoe (All I want to do is be more like me and be less like you.)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
You suck.*

Actually, I think you're doing a pretty good - and thankless - job running the asylum, but I just wanted to throw the first shovelful on the heap of abuse you're gonna get. ;^)

8 posted on 03/15/2004 11:05:38 AM PST by Constitution Day (Go to Hell Carolina!)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
This is awfully important. Shouldn't it be posted to each and every one of the 50 states so that those looking for local news stories are certain not to miss it?
9 posted on 03/15/2004 11:06:30 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Your Friendly Freeper Patent Attorney)
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To: Constitution Day
That was a famous self help book, remember, "I'm OK, You Suck"?
10 posted on 03/15/2004 11:06:43 AM PST by johniegrad
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To: Constitution Day
All your Ya-Yas are belong to us :^)
11 posted on 03/15/2004 11:07:34 AM PST by TheBigB (I got scared when I saw the message "OOOOO" in my Alpha-Bits today. I forgot I was eating Cheerios.)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
Well there's.... ummm...... then there's..... errrrrrr....

Can we have Topless Tuesdays this summertime?

12 posted on 03/15/2004 11:08:11 AM PST by theDentist (Boston: So much Liberty, you can buy a Politician already owned by someone else.)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
I have no complaints either....I love you guys!....(especially Darryl)
13 posted on 03/15/2004 11:08:11 AM PST by mystery-ak (*The cause of freedom is in good hands*....you betcha, Mr. President!)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
What about the Dingell-Norwood Bill?
14 posted on 03/15/2004 11:08:15 AM PST by TonyInOhio (Ask Presidents Dole, Dukakis, or Mondale about spring polls.)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
"Everything's fine" doesn't improve anything folks, though FR is the finest site on the web. :)

I'll get flamed for this but, here goes...

I find it rather fun to slam on leftists ("liberals" in the vernacular) but there aren't any to be had on FR.

I can see kicking their butts off the site if they break the rules, but otherwise, they should be allowed to stay and take their punishment from people who think in a logical manner (FReepers).

I understand that it is difficult for a leftist to be able to argue without breaking the profanity rules, but if they don't - leave them up as clay pidgeons.
16 posted on 03/15/2004 11:10:31 AM PST by MrB
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To: I Am Not A Mod
What is the proper tact for reporting abusive freep mail?
17 posted on 03/15/2004 11:10:35 AM PST by Hanging Chad
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To: I Am Not A Mod
You guys killed Kenny?


18 posted on 03/15/2004 11:10:42 AM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
Ban nopardons for a week and see if things mellow out. I suspect your abuse button will be much quieter.
19 posted on 03/15/2004 11:11:28 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: areafiftyone
I resent the headline!
20 posted on 03/15/2004 11:12:08 AM PST by YaYa123
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To: I Am Not A Mod
OK then, I might as well get this over with.

Oh well I'm uh
Sitting here la la
Waiting for my Ya Ya a hm ahm
Oh sitting here la la
Waiting for my Ya Ya uh
It may sound funny
But I don't think she's comin home
Oh baby hurry don't make me worry
Oh yah baby hurry don't make me worry
Oh you knew that l love you
Oh how I love you oh
Sitting here la la
Waiting for my Ya Ya a hm ahm
Oh sitting here la la
Waiting for my Ya Ya uh
It may sound funny
But I don't think she's comin home

Oh baby hurry don't make me worry
Oh yah baby hurry don't make me worry
Oh you knew that l love you
Oh how I love you oh
Sitting here la la
Waiting for my Ya Ya a hm ahm
Sitting here la la
Waiting for my Ya Ya uh
It may sound funny
But I don't think she's comin home

Oh baby hurry don't make me worry
Oh yah baby hurry don't make me worry
21 posted on 03/15/2004 11:12:26 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat ("I'm Diddle E. Squat, and I approved this tagline")
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To: I Am Not A Mod
Too many vanities and too many duplicate posts. Many by the same few posters. How about a 30 day posting ban for chronic abusers?
22 posted on 03/15/2004 11:12:26 AM PST by Blue Screen of Death (,/i)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
1. some people are unhappy

2. allegations

3. rumors

4. personality conflicts

Sounds about par for the course. I have no complaints… at least about Free Republic.
23 posted on 03/15/2004 11:12:46 AM PST by auboy
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To: CholeraJoe
Ridiculous! Video killed the radio star.

Did the internet kill the video star? How's Janet Jackson's Ya doing these days?

-PJ

24 posted on 03/15/2004 11:13:28 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's not safe yet to vote Democrat.)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
Here's a gripe. Last night, I remembered to look around at other places and found two fantastic discussions about Private Property rights. In the old days of Free Republic, those topics were the essence of this site.

Recently, I get bored reading the repetitious, often inane, banal, threads on our front page. If you want to breathe a little intellectuality back into FR, I suggest you put those serious posts back on the front page under latest posts and create a backroom for all the other crap, like celebrity trials.
25 posted on 03/15/2004 11:13:39 AM PST by The Westerner
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To: I Am Not A Mod
But did you kill the deputy?
26 posted on 03/15/2004 11:13:41 AM PST by optimistically_conservative (If consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds, John F. Kerry’s mind must be freaking enormous. T.B.)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
I don't mean to be rude or anything, but this thread makes me laugh! You're either going to get the funny people or the all fired whiners. I can't wait!
I have no complaints, but I'm sure that just keeping an eye on this will be a hoot all day.

Geez, I need to get the kiddies on some educational software so I can lurk.
27 posted on 03/15/2004 11:13:44 AM PST by netmilsmom (Ultrakonservativen Activists FReeper Frau!)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
I don't know, I can't tell if Jim Robinson or George Bush lost the Spanish election, but I know al Queda won. Other than that, I'm perfectly happy.
28 posted on 03/15/2004 11:14:23 AM PST by xJones
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To: netmilsmom
Getting out the crayons, so I can take notes. :)
29 posted on 03/15/2004 11:14:45 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals. --- Kahlil Gibran)
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To: Hanging Chad
Cut and paste the contents of the annoying FReepmail into a freepmail of your own to Admin Moderator.
30 posted on 03/15/2004 11:14:57 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (© 2003, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: johniegrad
"I have no complaints."

I second that comment.
31 posted on 03/15/2004 11:15:22 AM PST by Maria S ("I will do whatever the Americans want…I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid." Gaddafi, 9/03)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
I have it on good authority that you really did kill Kenny. I demand justice!
32 posted on 03/15/2004 11:15:38 AM PST by sweetliberty ("Better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.")
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To: I Am Not A Mod
No complaints here! One only has to look at the foul language and wacky ideas on DU to see what we would be like without mods.

I have a question for the mods... I little bit ago, the issue came up that when threads get too big, they are too slow loading when the moderators have to get in them to delete posts.

We at the Hobbit Hole liked to run our threads to the limit, and hardly ever need moderating so it rarely has come up before, unless it is now a rule to not let it get too big. We were asked to start a new threads early the last two times... presumably because of this issue.

Folk there hate to move, but we don't want to be a bother either. Question is, how big is too big? We'd move without being told if we knew.

33 posted on 03/15/2004 11:15:40 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: areafiftyone
Who was Kenny and when was he killed?
34 posted on 03/15/2004 11:15:45 AM PST by reflecting
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35 posted on 03/15/2004 11:15:46 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Rebelbase
I only have one complaint. You guys are doing your best. It is us that aren't doing our best.

We need to become more proactive. We have opportunity here. I WANT TO SEE WHAT JFK GOT HIS PURPLE HEARTS FOR.

I would like to set up a Memorial Day rally in NY and elsewhere to mourn our dead and to have a civil protest asking to see Kerry's war records.

Our veterans will tell the media what their purple hearts a re for. So how come a presidential candidate cannot show his.

OK Done venting.

Now can we have a DU joke of the week? Post the funniest DU quote?

36 posted on 03/15/2004 11:16:44 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Bury Kerry in 04! Down with Lenin Loving Lemmings....)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
This forum needs a good full text search engine. I have integrated Lucene into my forum and it works great. Lucene is free from apache.org. I think yall need to take a look at.
37 posted on 03/15/2004 11:16:50 AM PST by jpsb (Nominated 1994 "Worst writer on the net")
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To: I Am Not A Mod
Bush knew.
38 posted on 03/15/2004 11:16:56 AM PST by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Did the internet kill the video star?

He's not dead yet, but he's coughing up blood.

39 posted on 03/15/2004 11:17:10 AM PST by CholeraJoe (All I want to do is be more like me and be less like you.)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
No complaints here Mr most honorable moderator san.
40 posted on 03/15/2004 11:18:00 AM PST by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
Thanks for taking the time to ask. I really enjoy FR, have no gripes. It has been a haven for me since I've been unemployed, however since I started a new job last week, I won't get to spend as much time here as usual.....:)

I just urge all FReepers to treat each other with respect, and although we may disagree on the small stuff, at the end of the day...we should be thankful to have this forum to express our thoughts. I know I am.








41 posted on 03/15/2004 11:18:10 AM PST by LisaMalia (In Memory of Sgt. James W. Lunsford..KIA 11-29-69 Binh Dinh S. Vietnam)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
Good, I'll take this occasion to suck up.

Wise, all knowing friends:-)
42 posted on 03/15/2004 11:18:13 AM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (Beware: My posts bite back.)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
This has already been posted.

Use the search feature, willya.
43 posted on 03/15/2004 11:18:34 AM PST by martin_fierro ( <|:)~)
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44 posted on 03/15/2004 11:18:42 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Just once I'd like to get by on my looks.)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
If you are not a mod, why are you performing a moderator role?

I am sooooo confused!

45 posted on 03/15/2004 11:19:29 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (GWB '04)
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To: YaYa123
I resent the headline!

You would have preferred the word "Off" instead of "Out"?

46 posted on 03/15/2004 11:19:43 AM PST by VRWCmember (Dick Gephardt is a <a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com" target="_blank">miserable failure </a>)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
Is this a test to see if there are any malcontents you've missed?

47 posted on 03/15/2004 11:19:50 AM PST by optimistically_conservative (If consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds, John F. Kerry’s mind must be freaking enormous. T.B.)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
If anything it's too dull, not enough real debate. All the flaming is done by the bots on each side of the issue who aren't going to listen to the other side anyway.
48 posted on 03/15/2004 11:19:51 AM PST by palmer (Solutions, not just slogans -JFKerry)
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To: I Am Not A Mod
Perhaps more troll-threads should be deleted outright, instead of zotted, until the Election's over? Some trolls simply want to disrupt, and clearly don't care if they're banned. Meanwhile, important threads get diluted in the 'Latest' windows while the rest of us practise our insults on someone who's not even paying attention.
50 posted on 03/15/2004 11:20:17 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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