Though I agree in principle with the mantra of OCMB being about free speech and a friendly place, I also would STRESS active moderation from those that wear the moniker.
OCMB may want more membership, yet @ what cost? This is not a California only oriented board to my understanding, but with the exception of the media mod (Sponge) I fear a soft hand moderation wise from our cali girls. I am in no way berating the Hawt Mods, I feel women can and do handle things in a fair and level headed manner when dealing with certian issues, On that note I hope you fine ladies openly mod threads that appear catering to things detrimental to OCMB.
If this is not done now, IMHO OCMB will loose effective credibility. Say if I as a poster step out of line, Smack me and infract me. I will not take it personally. My zeal does get in the way of thought from time to time.
It won't always be perfect for everyone all of the time. As an ordinary poster I'd be of the thinking that threads started purely for personal drama, trollery and needless divisiveness, or outright kookery should be nipped in the bud because no matter how many sane posts you have after it, it doesn't mitigate the first post, and if the first one full of shit then it should go IMO. Often the OP doesn't even return for another salvo and they are happy that they got their insult and baseless accusations on a forum to be viewed by all and to crawl up the google rank.
The number of replies and views in such crap threads get is inversely proportional to the quality and relevance of the content. During all that time, the more useful and interesting on-topic posts are being ignored.
As I think you are saying, firm but fair is what you like that's where I tilt towards too. Also I think an approach based on "what would Andreas do?" is a good philosophy and I think that is what the global mods very much have in mind.
I'll go one step further an suggest that Glibby and BF change their avatars to Mrs.Peel and Purdy out of the Avengers.
edit: I would like to expand on my train of thought here while this is still fresh. Sponge, I enjoy the way you are organizing the media section. It is a vast undertaking. I do have a small concern though. Your sig links. In all honesty, when I see the WWP link there it is rather confusing. Please do not take this comment out of context. Should a mod be a spring board to another website? If so does the link to WWP or others websites reflect positively on what OCMB is all about? Leaving my personsal thoughts on WWP aside, How can a mod remain neutral in respect to posting said links? Like it or not, it is an "Ad" and not a plus IMHO for the OCMB community at large.
As an outspoken activist within the public arena, I steer interested parties to OCMB for information. NEVER would I steer anyone towards WWP. If you are honest with yourelf, you know why!
Signed, The original foot bullet man!
Sorry I can't help you with your confusion about links to websites critical of scientology.
I was actually thinking of doing something slightly more creative with my sig a while ago but I don't seem to find the time to do what I had in mind. I wonder why.