Ombudsman, PLEASE! : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

With rare, recent exceptions, a moderator isn't needed for this forum.

I propose that a channel be established through which persons interested in the continued integrity of the forum could bring certain posts to the webmaster's attention. For obvious reasons this private channel should reject anonymous messages.

Decisions as to removing any post and/or blocking any particular sender would be made by the webmaster. Relevance to the issue might be one consideration, among others.

This arrangement does not require a fulltime moderator, only occasional review of egregious situations by the webmaster.

-- Tom Carey (, December 07, 1998


There's a survival forum that does that very thing. At the top of the BB it states, "no foul langugage, no flames, no NWO trolls." The moderator of the board deletes anything that's offensive. He will also make it impossible for you to post on his BB. The moderator of the BB also tells people to ignore posts that are of no substance. It's too bad that it has to come to that.

-- bardou (, December 07, 1998.

Just gotta go tear down a couple more bridges. If they don't have a home they'll go play somewhere else


-- Chuck a night driver (, December 07, 1998.

What I had in mind was a reasonable alternative to a full-time moderator. The moderator's job is tedious and time-consuming and volunteers for it are few. The proposal outlined would get the job done when needed, without making serious demands on anyone's time.

-- Tom Carey (, December 07, 1998.

I don't think we wanna prohibit any erronneous cookies either. Obviously mine - ain't real. I'm only able to get to this forum during work. Don't have the displeasure of one of these machines at my house. 8-10 hours a day is enuff in front of one of these! I like the idea of 'ignore them and they'll go away' best. Just a thought. Thanks!


-- deano (, December 07, 1998.

I agree, Deano. Ignore, ignore, ignore! And just maybe they will go away! :-)

-- Blondie Marie (, December 07, 1998.

I like Tom's idea. It doesn't need to be with strict rules, but at least banishing the impersonators. That in my opinion, is a capital crime in internet posting. #1 faux pas in netiquette.

BTW, I set my cookie at the very worse time (someone just pointed out I could do that, never noticed.) I typoed my name!! arrghh. I deleted every cookie in my cookie folder, but it's still there. Any ideas?

-- Crhis (, December 07, 1998.

Been there, done that, got the (-2 sp) from the teachers around here .....

Send a new msg in. Look for the prompt "....ask to expire cookies." Select that. It will (should) kill your cookies - if they are not write protected. Then send in a new msg, check your spelling, then wite a new cookie from the "reply" page.

-- Robert A. Cook, P.E. (Kennesaw, GA) (, December 07, 1998.


-- Chris (, December 07, 1998.

Thanks Robert :)

-- Chris (, December 07, 1998.

Just to show how I miss things...I never scrolled down past the "submit" button so never saw that note to kill the cookie. I'm not one to RTFM before asking for help either. Slap me with a splintered ruler. (Alanis doesn't know she has a kindred spirit in me.)

-- Chris (, December 07, 1998.

Deano -- I faiuled to make myself clear. I am not proposing to block anonymous posts to this forum. To do that would be to strangle it.

I am proposing a separate channel to the webmaster, for complaints about objectionable posts appearing on this forum. Access to the channel should be on this page, but messages posted to it would not appear here. In that private channel, and there only, anonymous messages should not be accepted. The webmaster would use his/her own judgment in acting on any such messages.

-- Tom Carey (, December 07, 1998.

Imitated, but never equaled. Must be my abrasive personality.

-- Uncle Deedah (, December 07, 1998.

I like your idea. This forum used to be a good one. Now it's hard to find any meaning in it, as it's filled with so much dross and outright garbage. Whether someone posts anonymously or not means little to me. The idea of writing to a moderator and using the real name on a separate, private link makes a lot of sense.

But who will the moderator be?

I'm actually surprised this isn't being better monitored now.

The stupidity and crassness of some of these posters is unabelievable. Why not just take them off? Enough votes and complaints would do it.

Anyway, count me behind your idea.

-- Sally (, December 08, 1998.

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