I check every report, every day. Also keep an eye on general discussion forum, and a few others. I like to stay quiet. If someone is acting foolish, they are hurting their own reputation on the forum. I do not see the need to step in most times. I know it is nice to "clean up" the forum of tangents and the like. And I will do so when necessary. But fixing every thread, or trying to solve every personal problem between two members is not in my interest. What I am here to do is ensure that nothing illegal is posted (porn etc), and that we do not have spam that could hurt our servers, or slow them down. Recently, I took the "contact us" form off the site because it was attacked by spam. I tried so many "captcha" programs to solve the issue for nearly a week, and had no luck fixing it. If someone wishes to complain about something, they can do so publicly here, and tag me in it. That way, everyone can see. I prefer not having private messages. I want everything I say to be public if possible.Eh, all I can say is hopefully the forums' changes are for the better. It wasn't my intent to make you step down (unless it was determined you should by the appropriate people for the appropriate reasons). Pretty sure that was made clear in the 4-way DM you and I were part of.
Unfortunately, this is the outcome.
The subtle implication about the cabal thread is off-base. This didn't have to be this way. I would have been happy with an acknowledgement that Will was going to review it. I did not name any names, I just wanted to get Will Prowse's eyes on the situation.
While its good that you self-reported, I nor any of the other forum members had any way of verifying that.
I do have a very different approach to moderation than other mods on our site. I do not think there is a right or a wrong way to do this. But typically I like to leave posts up. If people really want me to act, I typically ban members. That solves the root issue. If people are fighting amongst each other and they are very helpful on the forum, I do not know how to act. Those are difficult situations.
I also do not like to edit posts. I understand the utility at times. Especially in sticky posts. But if people are arguing over silly matters, or someone requests to edit a post because they personally did not like what they said, and want to take it back, I would rather leave it. It teaches them a valuable lesson that everything you post online is forever.
Just my personal opinions.
I appreciate the thousands of hours of work the mods have put into this site. None of us are getting paid, and there is not a single affiliate link anywhere. It has become a platform for learning, as it was intended to be. No corporate interest at all. I am getting offers every few days to buy this site, and I will never budge. We need this site to be corporate free. Especially as this industry grows and expands. I would rather be on the streets before I see this site in the hands of anyone else. As long as I am alive, I will do my best to keep it running smoothly.