A few points that I feel needed to be addressed in light of situations that have developed recently. As I have mentioned elsewhere, Merb has seemed to have gained a great deal of popularity amongst all sides of this hobby: hobbiests, SP's, Owners, and Advertisers. With that, the interaction between Hobbiests' with (SP's/ Owners / and those close to them) have increased. It never seemed to be a big problem when it occasionally occured before, but it seems to have done so recently.
Preferably, the Moderators would like to stay in the background. However, certain times we must become public, whether its due to PM's not being returned or in situations that would benefit everyone as we feel there are things that everyone has the right to know.
As for the deleted thread in the incall section that has stirred a great deal of controversy, a higher power removed because it deviated too far from the intended topic and only served to incite personalized flames.
HornyBoy007, I'm not sure if you read my PM as I felt it was clear and respectful to you and all involved. I took the time to respond to you in the original incall thread but later found out that thread was removed. This was my response to you (from memory):
Your thread was deleted because it unnecessarily perpetuated your existing views and were redundant. It serves no purpose to duplicate your posts in their entirety in a new thread. Your reiteration only serves to fortify your focus on a single individual and thus, was deemed as a personalized attack and is in violation of our rules.
Notice that your original posts remain and have been left uncensored. Whether she initiated the attack or is unfamiliar with internet forums, she removed, on her on accord, her initial posts. Take that as a strong sign to let this issue rest. I encourage you to start a new Lounge thread concerning the Freedom of Posting Reviews.
Concerning merb integrity. Let me make this very clear. The Moderators moderate everything and everyone. We have issued warnings (posts and pm’s) that cover the full spectrum of posters (hobbiests, sp’s , owners, advertisers). Also, our on-going review of multiple handles… imagine who would likely have multiple personalities (besides donbusch, lol).
One last note, the Moderators do so on a volunteer basis, regular posters that were asked by Fred. Imagine yourself as a Mod and then you'll understand our point of view.
Feel free to respond, suggestions, opinions, as merb is everyone's and any input would be greatly appreciated.