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Re: Would the introduction of a moderator be good for the forum?

vivakomeda wrote:
"Somebody who says to a presumably foreign user "when are you going to learn English?" is very racist."

Well rude, yes, and perhaps ignorant, but racist? No. Language and race are two very different things.

And frankly, even if someone was being racist around here (i.e. actually RACIST) I don't think censorship or moderation is the appropriate way to deal with it. Ignore or ridicule the offender, and trust the good sense of others in the forum to come to your defense.

I think your first point is pedantic. Telling someone who is not a native speaker to learn English would generally be considered racist in common parlance. Of course, you could argue otherwise but it is a little bit disingenuous. If I walk into a store and get served by a Vietnamese guy - whose grasp of the language is poor - and say to him "when are you going to learn English?", I reckon 9 out of 10 people would call that racist. Of course, you could disagree.

The second point is a good one. I think it is a little idealistic given the way people debate matters here but it is a goal to aim for. But i guess there has to be respect as a guiding principle. I have no allegiance to velvetwater (despite the praise I get) but I think people are ganging up on an angry person. Few people are giving him a break or trying to calm the situation. If the opposite were true, then i would say moderators are pointless.
But this is where a good moderator can help. I have been in forums with moderation and they are generally not oppressive. I think the history of flaming and vicoious attacks on the net would demonstrate that moderation is necessary.
If people start calling others "nigger", "cunt", "whore", "gook", "nip", "wog", "slut", "faggot" or other such insults then it really is not on. I would say that a person saying that is not being censored and moderation is hardly big brother. I don't think people have the "right" to freely abuse others.

Jul 22, 2010, 10:52


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