It doesn't merit an extreme bias like that, nor one really at all. If you're taking on a position of authority, you have to put your big boy pants on and accept the fact that insults will probably be thrown at you at some point, and deal with them as if it were directed at whomever. You have to put aside your feelings and be objective; if someone is unable to do this, they shouldn't be a mod.
That's not any excuse to be uncouth and belligerent just because you don't like somebody, or don't like what they're doing (especially
when that person is in a position of authority; and the reason for the comment was pretty petty in the first place).
It's not about insulting mods, it's about insulting people, which mods are. It should be no worse to say something teasing to a mod than it should be to a random member, and it should be no better to say something harmful to a member than it should be to a mod.
And Dude has consistently insulted a variety of people!
In this specific case, that was pretty far from a poorly-thought-out-but-intended-to-be-lighthearted jab.
In my humble opinion, it hasn't changed a ton. And I hate to say it, but what you might be noticing is that some members are just choosing to be less active because of the environment.
Aside from TWG (which is a different topic entirely), I don't really get the impression that things are super-inactive (not to mention that there are other reasons why people might not post or go inactive anyway, though that is a different topic as well); we can keep going back and forth with subjective opinions, but I don't think much will get done that way!
Not a bannable offense. Did Kefka ban Slow for those Binacle comments? No?
And before somebody tries to be funny and replies with some dumb joke, being a snarky asshole is also a bannable offense.
It's to be expected that the mods should show discernment at what's crossing the line, and if other mods disagree with their decisions, they should voice their opinions! That's another reason why we have four mods... probably!
You don't automatically try to send away everyone who you think insulting to you and cite "questioning authority" as the offense. This is not North Korea.
That's a pretty hyperbolic comparison, especially since:
1: We are nowhere near that state right now.
2: I am not suggesting we should be.
3: You seem to be misconstruing or exaggaterating the situation that was the catalyst for this discussion.
I mean, if anything, having less mods wouldn't help to change your opinion on this (unless those people are ones who are always on your side, I suppose), since you have less people to make judgement calls and peer reviews of decisions (essentially, if you have two people, it's entirely possible that those two people could completely agree with each other, which means that, when they're wrong, nothing gets done, but if you have more people, it's likelier that there will be more different opinions, and more voices to chime in).
Hahaha as long as nothing seems wrong to you, it's completely fine!!! Never mind the mods (you know who you are) are taking sides and enabling this rubbish behavior. Unprofessional at best. You can't tell the hostility behind the curtain? I can, and I'm not even the most observant person I know.
I heavily get the impression that you're only taking into account one side of the situation, especially when you seem to be indirectly insulting anyone who doesn't agree with you.
If the more mods online is so great, then wouldn't it make sense to have mods that live in different time zones. How come all of you live between GMT -6 and GMT -7?
As someone who's schedule is/was messed up, I can verify that there tends to be at least one mod on when most members are on. I haven't taken extensive screenshot proof of this, though.
How come all of you represent ONE demographic? Why is homophobia allowed? Etc.
Maybe those are the people who are likely to try to/want to become mods? Maybe there are different ways of judging candidates than purely demographics?
People tend to support order instead of anarchy?
Ask Jamaha? I don't know, I'm not in charge and don't have behind the scenes knowledge into what goes into mod selection process?