Threads that would be closed during the days of the ps3/x360 are allowed to run its course, i'm not sure that is because we are running on the idea of any content is better than selective content.
I see threads i made in those days to troll reappear, baiting groups of forum users, attacking specific users by posting what they could have said even if those users didn't.
Using claims without fact checking or only half truths, its easy and if done well is barely noticable as trolling.
It invites users as sales to take the bait and countertroll and sales is obvious a bad guy due to his history *rolls eyes*
I'm only going to tackle this because I am honestly at that point with posts like this (and Rol's).
Yes, your history plays a role in you being moderated (this isn't anything new). If you have a history of similar behavior, it will usually land you in trouble if it is obvious that you have not changed. Many people improve, others do not. In the case of Sales, he's been given many, many, many chances and yet, continues to act in a way that is not productive to a thread and that is where his problems are. I won't go over my history of discussion with him because that is his business, but that's where we are.
That said, I agree that we need to make adjustments (though not for Sales's moderation, but definitely including cracking down on Backseat Moderating). I often stay quiet because I do not need to engage in every one of these types of posts, but I will not allow the mod team to continue to be attacked every time someone disagrees with a moderation. No previous team put up with it (Kantor, Miguel, and Smeags all locked threads like these for very much the same reason). But, even if they hadn't, it wouldn't matter. Not everyone agrees with even having a Moderator Thread, and many sites don't have one, but I let it remain because 80-90% of the time, we get critical feedback that we can work with. Other times? Needless chaos.
Now, sure, the very core of this thread invites backseat moderating, but that's one of its glaring flaws. Previous mod threads, again, were locked based in part on this flaw and there's really no reason to keep this one open when it leads to the exact same result.
But, it's 2020, and I have tools at my disposal that other Head Mods did not during their tenor. Instead of taking it away from everyone (at least right now), I'm just going to start dealing with these things on a case-by-case basis. Thread Bans will be handed down for a duration, and if it is something you keep doing even after you're allowed to return, it will become permanent. I've thought of alternatives, but frankly, staff should not have to always be concerned with each and every move they make. Also, in the OP of this thread, it states...
If you have an issue with a moderation issued to another user, the best, most efficient way to get a complete answer is to ask the moderator who issued said ban. Again, it is highly recommended that you PM the moderator in question for the quickest answer.
It is highly probable that I would have discussed this with you in a PM, because just being curious or wanting answers is reasonable and I'm for it. But, it's not going to work in this fashion. Perhaps you will take issue with this and that's fine, but if you want to express reasonable criticism, I will continue to allow it. I just won't see the mod team taking excessive criticism anymore.
Last edited by CGI-Quality - on 10 June 2020