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[*] Post 382402 posted on 11-7-2009 at 22:58 Reply With Quote
American politics apart from healthcare '09



Here is the article.

Obama's poll numbers are not so good as they used to be. Here, a national newspaper ios actually reporting about Obama in a way that is not praise. For some reporters, his honeymoon period is ending.
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Please confine all Obama-type non-healthcare threads to this one thread.thankingyou
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Please confine all Obama-type non-healthcare threads to this one thread.thankingyou
Although I was not here at the beginning, I did read about the background for Karlsforums.

As I understand it, Karl was a fine contributor to and worker in other forums, including one in particular. However, some moderators there did not treat him well. In fact, in various forums on the internet, he saw that moderators had a measure of power and control that was used according to the whim of the moderators. They might be hard on some people whose posts they didn't like, but favorably disposed to the posts of others.

Of course, this wasn't fair.

Karlsforums was set up to be a model of fairness, an example of the very best way a forum might be run. The rules were posted for any member to read, and each member's post would be treated according to the rules. Stay within the rules, and you were fine, your posts would not be changed, even if their content was unpopular. If anyone broke the rules--which were in place when he became a member, in advance of his posting--he suffered appropriate consequences.

Now, I find that some of my posts are moved around or put under another heading when I have broken no rules. In addition, I find that only topics in which I show repeated interest are herded into combination threads. Is every photographic topic put into one thread? No. Is every thread about the boot process, or about hard drives, or about Vista, combined into one thread? No. Even threads that are virtually identical, such as "What are you reading?" appear periodically, unmolested.

Within the past few days, Redwolf posted a political interview. It wasn't just about politics, it was a verbatim interview with a politician. His political post gets unmolested (which it should, since it breaks none of the pre-posted forum rules); my post arbitrarily got herded into a new combination thread, though I did not break any rules.

I remember Karl fondly. He was fair in following his principles, by which he set up KF, and I honor him for it. doffs_cap In particular, I remember a member who was deliberately provocative --but, so long as he did not cross the line of clearly breaking the rules, Karl tolerated him, because Karl was unwilling to exercise his power according to whim, but only to enforce the rules. I even remember Karl warning the offensive member when he was on the edge of breaking the rules, when Karl could easily have been strict and banned him. It was as if Karl was bending over backwards to be fair to a person with unpopular posts. (Eventually, the fellow did break the rules, and was banned.)

When I post about fresh news articles, new information, new events in themes of which I have an interest, each deserves their own heading and treatment; they are not simply further paragraphs in a previous discussion If no one cares to respond to them, they will sink to the bottom quickly enough. No member who is uninterested in the topic need even view the post.

I have been restraining myself in my selections--I discard ten or twenty that have come to my attention for every one that I post. But, instead of being encouraged for my selectivity, posts on some themes are molested, even though I am careful to obey every rule.

I would like Karlsforums to continue as Karl set it up. His legacy deserves no less.kewl_glasses
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