TheMotorcycleBoy wrote:Considering that the mods read a whole load of stuff submitted on the WWW in their spare time, for no pay, and little thanks, then any level of critique applied to them en-masse or individually, conjures up the phrase "biting the hand that feeds you".
If people really dislike moderation or policy *that much*, why not set up an alternative forum??
I do not believe that it is a principle of TLF that moderation or moderators are never criticised. Indeed it can be argued that this Room 101 board exists specifically for that purpose.
Now, I think it is more constructive to criticise a particular moderation decision or act than to criticise moderators in general. And indeed I'd like to think that moderators welcome such criticism; how can they improve their skills without being corrected when they get it wrong?
My point to Gengulphus (I assume that is what you are replying to here) was more that moderators themselves are not in the best position to self-criticise, like any other class of people. That has to come from without. As such, and as long as done in a civil and constructive manner, criticism is not a personal attack and therefore should not be taken that way. It is more in the nature of feedback, representing an opportunity to improve.