Originally Posted by Time Violation
What a load of crock. I simply stated my opinion, I didn't insult anyone, called names, nor did I use my mod powers to delete posts or prevent other people from posting; yet you almost immediately tried to prevent me from participating in the thread only because I'm a mod. That's called discrimination, and if you don't want to hear other opinions, well that's just too bad.
You seem to have a great deal of difficulty understanding reasoning by analogy or the practice of extending an idea to understand why the principle doesn't hold up logically and therefore should be abandoned.
I'll explain it yet again: I didn't say or intimate that you had done the things you mention in your last post which would be obvious trollery. In fact I focused on something quite different which is the overall climate that is created in a forum when moderators are themselves immoderate (which is not to say that they are "trolls" as one poster above queried).
When moderators post often and as active fans of one player in particular and tend to turn a blind eye to the fierce partisans behind their favorites, they help create a climate. Again, this is not the same thing as being a "troll" but it is "immoderate" by any reasonable definition and I would suggest it doesn't do much to curb overall trollish nature of the forum to put it mildly.
I have deliberately avoided discussing your conduct in this thread but you seem hell bent on discussing it. Fine, let's have at it:
You post as much or more than many ordinary posters and very often the subject is Djokovic, your favorite player presumably. You don't make much of an effort to appear even handed or stop fans of Djokovic from hurling invective even if you yourself don't write the words. In fact, you behave like many typical MTF members in this regard. But again, they aren't moderators and you are.
See the problem? There is often an uncongenial climate and at times you contribute to it while not being an actual "troll" but by simply behaving more like an ordinary poster than a moderator with an eye towards dispassionate moderation.
When a moderator is in those threads and makes his presence felt and sees the trollery around him and says nothing, it empowers the real trolls to step it up and make their ridiculous comments over and over generally driving any reasoned discourse away from this forum (and other similarly moderated forums). Discourse suffers as a result.
A moderator and his actions have a greater weight than those of a normal poster by definition as it sets permissible standards of conduct by definition, again.
You seem to have problems with analogies but again there is a reason that judges try to keep themselves separate from the matters before them, even if they feel passionately about the topic. They can't just say, well I am a citizen too so I'll express myself along with the other advocates. Yes I know well this isn't a court but it's to establish a principle that I remind you of this.
I don't expect any moderator on a comparatively unimportant tennis forum to be entirely divorced from his preferences but you seem oblivious to the idea that one should even try.