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Thread: if you were King of Merb, what rules would you change?

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    if you were King of Merb, what rules would you change?

    Not that we can change them, but it's interesting to look at possibilities.

    The only one that I have a problem with is this:

    i) All posters are expected to show the utmost respect and courtesy in all communications. Refrain from name calling, unjustified accusations etc.
    The spirit is right, but not the wording. It isn't possible to show the "utmost respect" without paralyzing yourself. Maybe "All posters should remember that they're adults and not children. Don't start trouble. Don't insult each other and don't try to provoke anyone into an outburst. Refrain from name calling, unjustified accusations etc. That goes for posts, PMs, or any other communication done through MERB."

    My version sounds harsher and less dignified, but actually it gives Merbites more leeway while laying down a bright line that people can't cross: Don't start anything.

    Such is my view anyway. Anyone else's thoughts are welcome, whether the subject is this particular rule or any other.

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    Lily from Montreal
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    Hum...don't start anything? But once it does (and it will) anything goes? No...that's too easy, saying ''he started it !''and then full blown war?

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    No thank you for the position of King. The last French king lost his head during a "change". So for me "if it ain't broke then don't try to fix it". lol

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    First you need to start with the fact that the Mods don't apply the rules in an even manner. They don't and this is a possible area of non-comprehension. The rule is the rule. The Mods will interpret them in the way they wish, in the manner they wish, at a time of their choosing. This is not a democracy or a republic. Therefore the exersize is moot.

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    If I were King of merb I would delegate to a few Mods and hold them responsible for making things work smoothly. I would hire Doc and make him my impertinent royal joculator. He could make fun of the Mods and they would kick him down the stairs to the delight of the royal court.

    The rules may not always be applied equally as it is in a real court, but then again members don't have to wait 2 years in legal limbo and spend 10k$ on defense. I think it works well like that.

    Let's just say mods can sometime be YMMV. They have their good day, bad day, PMS, etc.
    “Truth, Justice, Freedom, Reasonably Priced Love.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by LilyForYou View Post
    Hum...don't start anything? But once it does (and it will) anything goes? No...that's too easy, saying ''he started it !''and then full blown war?
    I see your point, but the rule also says no name-calling, insults, etc. So it wouldn't be anything goes even if somebody else "started it." But maybe some more fine-tuning is necessary to make that point.

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    Sometimes it's hard to tell exactly where something "started"
    “Truth, Justice, Freedom, Reasonably Priced Love.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siocnarf View Post
    Let's just say mods can sometime be YMMV. They have their good day, bad day, PMS, etc.
    That's as correct as any. The Mods are YMMV.

    P.S. Could be that change of life thing also. I understand Mod 11 has hot flashes when he sees any of my posts.....

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    Full service free for everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siocnarf View Post
    Sometimes it's hard to tell exactly where something "started"
    Yeah. The idea wouldn't be that you're in the clear if the other guy started it. The idea is just don't start anything yourself.

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    My rule would be "if you want to advertise your SP services on Merb, I must try you out first"... For quality control purposes of course
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vercingentorix View Post
    ...

    P.S. Could be that change of life thing also. I understand Mod 11 has hot flashes when he sees any of my posts.....
    Actually CS, I don't know what's going on with you lately but you must be sending some kind of pheromones, my hot flashes are going down.

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    The wording of the rules can be modified. I personally prefer a down-to-earth wording everybody will understand over a pseudo-legal formulation.

    If I were the king of MERB...

    The "don't start" thing, I would do it the same way we deal with kids: one warning and if there's any back and forth after the warning, no need to argue who started, everybody to the penalty box.

    I like Scioncarf's idea and I wouldn't reserve the job of "impertinent royal joculator" to a single person, I'd likely build a team who's players would change daily in adherence and number.

    Alyssa, the "face-to-face" rule would "face" people swearing they'd do the same in person... That's human nature I guess.

    The "quality control", it's not a moderator's benefit as of now but maybe as a king? Mmmm...

    Keep'em coming people! It's interesting and some of you are damn right creatively entertaining. That's good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod 11 View Post
    The "don't start" thing, I would do it the same way we deal with kids: one warning and if there's any back and forth after the warning, no need to argue who started, everybody to the penalty box.
    I just don't like the penalty box system. I prefer cruelty. Penalties should be to act as a mod for 1 week (or whatever the length) and have each of your decision approved by 80% of members in a public poll!

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    Lily from Montreal
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    I love it! People would behave in fear of having to be Mods! What it tells about the perception of the job is a bit troubling...

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