Saw that myself, rubbed my eyes and wondered how long it had been there. Whether or not it's a matter for congratulations is another matter but I know the urbane, wise and delightful Flaps will do her very best under what will no doubt prove to be trying circumstances from some of the cheap shot merchants around here hiding behind their cloak of anonymity.
Declaring that you're going to push the edge reflects poorly on the sort of person you are. I suggest you would be better served attempting to help raise the level of discourse to what it used to be.
As many people have posted long before you got here, Nut, go and have a look at what inevitably happens to completely unmoderated forums. As in any society, if you give the morons complete rein, anarchy results, abuse and threats of violence take over, the ones who made the place worthwhile in the first place leave, the whole edifice crumbles into worthlessness, and the morons head off to find another place they can ruin with their lack of intelligence.
CONGRATULATIONS on what must be a thrilling time for you. I do hope after the round of endless parties, and backslapping,that you settle into your new position looking forward to such a challenging role.
As you and I have already clashed, should I and the handful of other people who see free speech as a right, say farewell now? or wait for the committee of your closest "in vogue" advisers to take the vote.
Your post appears a little sour in tone. I'm not sure why that should be, not having seen the clash you mention between you and Flaps. But you have either sorely misjudged her or completely failed to appreciate her integrity if you think either that she will play the "favourites" game here, or needs the advice of "in vogue" (as you put it) advisors.
You also need to understand (why is this so difficult for some people?) that this website belongs to Danny. There is no right of free speech here. We are guests of his. If you had a guest at your house and you for any reason requested they not talk about a particular subject, and they then started ranting on about free speech, I think you would consider it (a) a little rude and (b) perfect justification for asking them to leave and not darken your towels again, n'est-ce pas?
SSS:- I would expect that the rules for JB will not change simply because JB now has its own moderator. Danny's requests will simply be more effectively enforced. The other moderators and administrators did not have the time to police JB before. Are you complaining that the breaches of the rules were previously "allowed"?
I have long thought that JB needs a Moderator, self regulation as in every other sphere of life JUST DOESNT WORK. In any regular and well ordered society rules are needed and boundaries have to be marked out. If nothing else good has come out of the Moritz Suter effect then this is it.
Will Flaps be a fit and proper person to Moderate JB? I cannot say, we must wait and see, but good luck to her anyway in what must be a difficult job to say the least!
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Jetblast has, what, 3 rules? If anybody cannot self-moderate sufficiently enough to avoid breaking those rules, they should leave, and Jet Blast should be OK. However, it has been proved over time that many people seem to lack the ability to self-moderate, don't leave, and just cause trouble, get threads locked, etc. So it seems to me perfectly justified that JB gets a moderator. And why not Flaps Forty? I don't think this is now suddenly going to be moderated like Rumours and News/Reporting Points just because there is a moderator present. On the contrary, my guess is that the moderator will be here solely to enforce the rules that are so often broken.
Also, perhaps this is even better still, because maybe it will allow a little higher discussion to take place here, because it means that politics/religion can be discussed without it turning nasty (ie posts deleted that will be a problem, allowing the rest of us to continue speaking intelligently)?? Just a postulate!
I welcome this. Some time ago I had the urge to start a political- based thread in JB (I think it was about why as an American I don't like the European Union's policies). I resisted the temptation and instead put up a thread asking why we are not allowed to put up such topics. Reply was scarce but shortly afterwards I got an email from none other than Flaps Forty herself. I won't quote (for fear of being banned for life! Quoting a moderator! ) but I can assure you that she was very understanding and was open minded to intelligent discussion about politics etc so long as it didn't get out of hand.
So I wouldn't expect suddenly padlocks flying everywhere on Jet Blast just because it is moderated. It will most likely continue to be the least moderated forum here, and those moderations that do emerge will most likely be of a minimal nature; ie, just removing posts that would have been eventually removed by Danny or another admin moderator anyway.
I just hope this means that now all the tough moderator talk won't be in bright pink!
(PS, whatever did happen yesterday between FF and nostradmaus?)
Having read some of your post's I had built up a hefty amount of respect for you, but please don't patronise me it doesn't bode well with me, sarcasm or any other type of banter including insults are fine please stick to either or both in future.
As you may have guessed my use of the word's free speech, were meant to be taken in the sense that includes non liabellous, non personal, and within the laws of the country. sorry for any misunderstanding.
I believe there is somthing about it written in the american constitution. perhaps you will let me know?
If Danny were (for reasons best known to himself) to say that there would be NO Mornington Crescent played here, and no dicussion of anything remotely to do with car keys, you might think it a little odd, but you would have to comply.
This is Danny's site, and there is no right of free speech here. It doesn't exist.
Nor, for any practical purposes, does it exist anywhere else within the UK (or the USA for that matter, the Constitution notwithstanding). But don't get me on that - somewhere tucked away I have an essay I wrote on the subject during my attempts to obtain a law degree...