Anyone who thinks that Bleeping Computer Moderators are 'too strict', there's others that makes ours look like a playground, especially many of the 'dedicated' Linux help Forums, as well as some other high profile Tech forums & lesser known ones. I was once a Moderator & Assistant Administrator of a Windows 8 Forum that could had made it, problem wasn't Moderation control, we were stricter than here, rather Spam control put in place two years too late. By the time I suggested a solution that was put into motion 6-8 months later (Spam-O-Matic), it was like treating for termites long after the damage was done.
After putting in 8-12 hour days & wearing out two mice, I left, totally spent & burned out, the spammers won the war against me, after canning 80-100 per day & were multiplying like rabbits in the spring year round. About a year after I left, the site was hacked.
Don't know much about any forums outside of Tech ones, these are the only ones that I've participated in, except for one medical related one & OMG what a joke.
One member would state their health issue for support, and rather than others supporting that member, they'd be speaking of their own ailments, with next to no Moderation.
The fact is, members who wants a long term stay with a Forum typically wants & expects Moderation control. No, the shots aren't always called perfect, as Queen-Evie stated above, yet at least we show that we give a dam*. Forums w/out rules enforced doesn't retain membership as long as those where these are.
And no matter what, comes in the human equation. We're not perfect, yet a reasonable person wouldn't expect that anyway, and I've seen a few bad calls reversed, probably with an apology by the one whom made it. I've also not witnessed any Staff members here on an 'ego' trip, brandishing authority as though holding a whip, and suspect the Administrative branch here wouldn't tolerate that type of behavior.
We do have more than out fair share of Topics that becomes chit-chat ones, and we're working to get a handle on these. This may result in a member whom just got in a few words off-Topic a warning when first noticed & another whom posted two pages none, we're not perfect.
Yet I've seen much worse in my 9 year Forum travels. There's no place other than Bleeping Computer that I'd call 'home' any longer & regard this as the best Forum I've participated on, and w/out getting into details, have drawn a couple of fair warnings on myself.
Crazy Cat kind of summed it up nicely above, some members will never accept responsibility for their actions, no matter how much in the wrong (s)he may be, will always blame it on the Moderators for 'picking on them', their pride getting in the way of being reasonable. The content may offend some, though not me, have been in the 'no win' situation on tech Forums & more so in real life, my former career which was cut short well over 20 years & was very costly to me personally. To which this day, 10 years later, I still have not gotten over 100%, years of hard work for nil.
I'd had happily taken more of these 'warnings' instead.
Edited by cat1092, 01 August 2016 - 02:07 AM.