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Greg

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  1. Off-Topic Posts (Visible/Hidden) feature - can you be more specific? how would this feature be any different than what you've done above with existing features...?
  2. It's hard to detect a members motives for posting in the forums. So the only thing Charles and I can do is enforce the rules and guidelines of the forums. There is no reliable criteria for determining professional pundits. The anonymity of the forums means it's impossible for moderators to determine who is actually posting (their real identity). If I enforced a real name/identity policy (linking to FB, LinkedIn, etc) - and there is even some issues with determining identity on those platforms - I would wager it would severely impact members posting activities.
  3. This site used to be partially funded by the University of Lethbridge. However that hasn’t been the case since 2011. It has since been funded by me personally and with the help of volunteers like Charles. That is also an incorrect statement. This website is not operated “for Canadians”, we clearly state the following in the forum guidelines: The nationality of the forum participants has absolutely nothing to do with intelligent discussion. I welcome participants from all over the world; diversity of opinion is what matters, not echo chambers centred around tribalism and other forms of nationalism.
  4. I've spoken with Charles about this issue, and reaffirmed my original position that the clubs should be moderated by the club owners (or their designates), NOT the moderator(s) or myself. I believe the simple rule was no porn, copyrighted material or anything illegal can take place. I also reserve the right to step in and remove anything I feel is egregious. Thanks
  5. I guess much depends on the definition of “ebbs and flows” One example is the fall and rise the partisan press in the United States between the 19th century and today.
  6. Nope, it's not. It happens everywhere, everyday. The only difference is that the objectionable opinions of others (measured differently by each of us) are amplified by social media and other new internet related mediums (forums, etc). Civility isn't dead either, though many would argue it has taken a nose-dive lately. If you look back into our history, you'll find that political discourse has always been divisive (and downright vicious at times); it often ebbs and flows with the medium it is delivered through. A great book on this topic is: Amusing Ourselves to Death - Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, by Neil Postman. I can't recommend this book enough to those that want to learn about how the media (and medium to which we consume news/information) can affect the meaning of the messages we convey and consume. Basically, it's a great history lesson and explanation of Marshall Mcluhan, "the medium is the message"
  7. Please don’t discuss issues/questions in the middle of a thread. If you have a specific question relating to a moderation action or have a more general question, either use PM or post in the support section. thanks
  8. They can try but it's kind of pointless with the proliferation of SSL and VPNs on the market right now. Government firewalls can't stop encrypted communications, the best they can do is shut down the IPs associated with VPNs - which is what Netflix and China often do... But even then, customers will simply switch to dedicated (rather than shared) IPs, which make it virtually impossible to track down someone contravening the censors firewall. So don't be too outraged, simply go buy a VPN service from a reputable provider and surf till your heart's content.
  9. What browser are you using to access the site now? Try using safari, Firefox, Chrome, etc, to post a reaction.
  10. Is anyone else experiencing this issue? I will consider lifting the restriction, but I want to hear from others about whether this is a wide spread issue. Have you tried to post a reaction via a different browser?
  11. Members should be able to post up to 20 reactions a day. What is happening when you attempt to give more than one reaction in a day?
  12. We encountered an issue early this morning, which knocked the forums offline for a few hours. The networking issue was resolved. However, in the process of resolving the first issue, one of the forum tables became corrupted, which required a quick repair - and we're now back up and running smoothly. If you encounter any issues, please post them below or create a new support thread.
  13. Please do not post this guys "manifesto" in the forums. It would break the rules anyways (against cross-posting, and non-original content), and not to mention, I doubt it has any meaningful value outside of divisiveness and hate. If people want to read it, then I'm fairly certain you can find it via Google. Feel free to discuss the document, and any issues related to the his actions, but let's avoid propagating the actual document.
  14. I personally use Brave, which is built with Chromium (same as Chrome) and it's got privacy boosting features (and a really good ad blocker built in). Not to mention it providers the ability of the user to contribute to websites they frequent and what to support - hint hint https://www.computerworld.com/article/3292619/web-browsers/the-brave-browser-basics-what-it-does-how-it-differs-from-rivals.html https://brave.com/
  15. Well, I'm stumped... What version of Chrome are you using? Perhaps Chrome isn't updating properly...
  16. Clear your cache and restart the browser
  17. Fixed! Works fine on my end, what browser and OS are you using?
  18. I just tested on my local copy of firefox, and I was able to post a test message to the forums. Can you give me some more background - what version of FF, OS, etc, are you using?
  19. Congrats, you've been elevated to SPAM COP status - when you identify a spammer, flag them and they'll be removed.
  20. This is an issue with all forums (offline and online); even more so with forums focused on politics and ideology. I'm sure even a knitting forum would have it's own brand of troll... However, I don't want to be perceived as too defeatist, but in the end there is NO solution. As in life, the complete elimination crime/evil is impossible. All we can do it try to keep the annoying and sometimes destructive human behaviours (in ourselves and others) at a minimum. That could be, I'm not 100% certain (it's difficult to get the context to every incident in the forums) - but I do believe it has something to do with what I said above about certain members reporting "trolling" behaviour, and then going back in and repeatedly feeding the troll. I know, and I hate to even bring it up, as it makes it seem like we're whining about having to do that job - Charles and I don't anyone to think we don't enjoy moderating the community. We enjoy it, otherwise we would not do it. And I will may take up that offer in the near future. The next iteration of the forum will likely have a slightly modified approach to moderation. It will hopefully involve the efforts of senior members (i.e. long time members) input into flagging spam and inappropriate postings/members.
  21. As much as possible without seriously disrupting the discussions in the forums. As Charles said, don't feed the trolls - when you do, they're basically creating a situation where it then becomes more difficult for Charles and I to deal with them. Also note, this is NOT a paid gig, we're not nor will we ever be, paid moderators; so you can't expect 100% coverage of all threads and topics. The presence of a report doesn't necessarily mean we agree with the report. And that's all we really ask, other than Don't Feed the Trolls. Good comment - I agree 100% A lot of members love to hate a particular member, whom they believe is a vicious and unrepentant troll. And consequently they often refuse to take the highroad and ignore that member's comments about them or their ideas. Charles and I see it all the time. A member reports someone or something, and then immediately jumps into the thread with reckless abandon to disabuse the evil troll of any feelings of moral superiority... Once Charles and I show up at the scene, there is little, if anything, we can do rectify the situation.
  22. No one's perfect... but I've been doing this for a while now, and one thing I do know is that it's important not to be too reactionary in my approach. Moderating and administering a non-partisan forum can be difficult, as there is no guiding principal or set of rules of what ideas/ideologies are acceptable - hence at the end of the day it's better if no one is particularly happy with Charles and my moderation actions. If one sides too happy, then perhaps Charles and I haven't been impartial enough...
  23. @Iznogoud In the month of Dec, the forum has 89 separate members (excluding spammers, who are often quickly removed and banned) engaging with content (posting, replying, PM'ing, etc). And the trend line is up over the past few months, so Jan 2019, it will hopefully be more then 100.
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