Don Carlo wrote:
He named them, too. I agree it's not as bad as listing a home address. Facebook is still a novelty for many people, and is a weirdly public situation for Scientologists who aren't even allowed to read newspapers. I bet CoS fears social media can pull members away, yet CoS also fears forbidding Facebook will make young members quit. Meanwhile, the mods get hammered if they leave personal famliy info up. Some people have old grudges against other critics and are happy to have a chance to criticize. Then's it's catfight time, which distracts the regulars and repels new visitors. If the mods try to stop the catfights, they get new complaints. There's no easy answer to this issue.
I was going to stay out of the argument, but your attempts to rationalize your actions, and nitpick, i.e., censoring free speech that doesn't sit well with you, is inappropriate behavior for a mod.
Likewise with another mod who locks threads which were uncomfortable with her, as if OCMB is the mod's personal blog, and act's accordingly. I am part of the united front with the mods in chipping away at the foundation of a destructive cult, but we are very different in our perceptions & approaches in doing so. That is perfectly OK, but to negate another critic's freedom of expression because it doesn't align itself with the mod thinks or believes, makes that mod no different than the way Scientologists deal with their deck of cards.
What I call healthy debate on issues, mods want to write off as catfights and exhortations of "please play nice". I'm fighting a fucking cult that hurts people and destroys lives. I don't play nice. You mention that I listed names. I posted the names of people who had very public Facebook pages. And, you have an issue with this??? Seriously?
Mods have an obligation to keep this board aligned with it's rules and TOS. Taking the extra step to censor comments that don't impede on the rules only denigrates that mod's ability to be objective. I know of a number of people who used to post on this board, who quit due to what they saw as mods using the board as their personal blog, and censoring comments that did not, personally, sit well with them.
Many have mentioned the frustration of seeing their comments to Marty's blog being heavily edited before they're posted or deleted outright because the moderator (Marty) did not like the comments. What are the mods doing on OCMB that is any different?