This is not about (1) me, (2) Vox or (3) catch being moderators.
All members with greater than 5,000 posts:
James Wesley Chester 8999
Oshun Auset 6819
Total posts have no bearing on "qualifying" to be a moderator.
The board is still small enough to need no more than three moderators.
Too funny... (you have to admit, that's funny)
Let me clarify. A moderator is not going to referee the logic of an argument...
A moderator only monitors disruptive behavior.
I am decidedly less interested now. It is the "faulty" logic in people's arguments, particularly arguments of the type that inspired threads on "Intellectual Dishonesty" and "Logical Fallacies", that are the catalyst, if not the epitome of disruptive behavior. But then, again, maybe I'm just talking about things that set me off.
some posters confuse an attack on their argument as an attack on their person
I think there's thin line there... and I'm speaking from what's been an on-going issue here for a while. At the very least, this goes back to the TONE LOCO thread and general feedback I know I got at the time and from time-to-time before and after...
I think there is a general expectation a lot of people have that they're position shouldn't be attacked. What I'm referring to is the feedback I've personally received from making other people feel like they don't have a right to their opinion.
I don't know how you moderate against those types of expectations which, again, I think a lot of people have.
Regardless, I think I'd have to side with you, DDouble, and openly support the idea of moderators (with MBM moderating them, of course). That would help MBM a lot and possibly could have long since set the tone for the type of board people say they want.
I've been suspended before so my feelings won't be hurt if I'm asked/forced to leave. But, sadly, I used to hold this board in high regard (undoubtedly my suspension for my own reckless/insolent conduct, I might add, had something to do with that) so it would be nice for AA.org to regain (or even surpass) the kind of esteem, atmosphere, etc. that some of us romanticize about.
I do have to wonder, however, to what degree its possible on a board like this. It this was a blog, it would be easier to manage but since all members have thread creating ability, moderating the content of XXXX amount of threads day-in, day-out would be a challenging and thankless task... at least until the rules, tone and spirit of the board-to-be sets in.