As a mod, I am pleased to hear that so many folks feel this forum is a good one, in part due to the moderation. Can I say that? I mean, can I?
I know some folks feel it's too moderated, and we certainly aren't always 100% conisistent. We KNOW that. It's human beings doing this, and humans aren't perfect. Right, Mandy?
Yes, yes and yes again!
It pleases me as well. Most folks already know but worth mentioning, the mod team here is volunteers and we started out as and still are members, first and foremost. We do it for the love of the horses and this forum community.
Like Caroline said, we are human and not perfect. If that were the case, we'd have answers to every question and a solution to every problem...but that would not be applicable if all were perfect because there would be no questions to answer or problems to try to solve.
What I was going to say, (beyond mentioning that I do, indeed, like Brussel Sprouts), is that members can have a great deal of influence on the tone and direction a thread takes. Even a thread that is taking on a snarky feel to it can be bent into a new direction by a member who is willing to put ego aside and set out some clear advice, in a compassionate but no-nonsense manner. Sometimes that is enough to make others see that though they've been giving the same advice, they've forgotten the compassion and put too much ego on top. MOst folks here are actually really nice people, and just need an occasional reminder of how nice they really are.
Absolutely! This is our forum, every single member and mod. You make this place what is is and can take an active role in how this forum functions. If members can try to be receptive to advice, even though hard to hear sometimes and those giving advice can step back and remember that they were beginners and less experienced once upon a time, it works.
Stop spreading rumors about me being nice!
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We'll try not to tell too many people.
I might take the Brussels sprouts, but I won't touch the lima beans!
I don't like either. Can't a hoosier girl get some corn on the cob around here?