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Observations on the List - "Be More Kind"


On 10/08/2018 07:43 AM, Rhodri James wrote:

> I appreciate that the moderators are volunteers, but they have official 
> power on this list.? Being volunteers doesn't mean that they can't get 
> it wrong, or that we shouldn't call them on it when they do.

I completely agree.

> They have got things wrong,

I completely disagree.

> and I have called them on it.

Yes, you and a few others -- and nobody has actually talked (emailed) us 
directly, but rather talked *about* us on the list [1].

> The response has 
> been... I'm trying not to say "patronising" because I'm fairly sure it 
> wasn't meant that way, but "I'm sorry you feel that way" made me feel 
> patronised.

You're right, I didn't mean it that way, and I apologize.

To briefly explain our decisions of late:

Suspending D'Aprano:
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His public post to me was shared with several people, including 
moderators of others lists, and it was unanimously agreed that his post 
was completely unacceptable and a two month suspension was appropriate. 
I restarted that suspension because, according to his own words, "I am 
ignoring the ban in this instance"; had he emailed me privately I would 
have correctly posted the notice to the list; had he not said that and 
just posted I would have fixed the filter and left the suspension alone 
(he posts from comp.lang.python).

Suspending Mark Lawrence:
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He has a history of posting attacks.  I sent him a private warning, he 
responded a couple days later with another attack.

Suspending BartC:
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Many, if not most, of his posts' primary relation to Python was how his 
personal language was better.  The resulting threads seemed to be 
largely unfriendly, unproductive, and unnecessary.

Banning Rick Johnson:
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Hopefully no explanation needed [2].

Shutting down threads:
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There is a problem with threads getting heated and people not exercising 
self-control and posting inappropriately.  That makes the list 
unwelcoming.  As soon as we feel that that is happening we are going to 
shut down the thread.  Personal attacks and name-calling are not 
appropriate and will not be tolerated.  The goal is not to shut down 
debate -- as long as the debate stays civil it will get no moderation 
action.  If a thread is shut down and you feel there is more to be 
(civilly) said -- wait a couple days so everyone can cool off, and then 
start a new thread.

Hopefully you now agree with our decisions, or at least support us in 
them.  If you don't, I actually am sorry -- I would much rather have 
your support (and everyone's).  Either way, we are not changing our 
minds about them.

--
~Ethan~
Python List Moderator



[1] Please correct me if I'm wrong.

[2] If one is needed: his posts can contain profanity, personal attacks, 
condescension, and completely inappropriate language.