Battle Your Tail Off
Battle Your Tail Off
It's the previous set of discussion groups that was replaced by this one. My main concern about moderation is that sometimes it seems people who moved over from that site are treated preferentially from those who joined here for the first time.
As long as we're voicing objections to moderation, I am wondering why posts with heavy sarcasm aren't allowed? I have had 2-3 deleted already. I don't think sarcasm is inherently disrespectful, and it is a mode of communication that can sometimes be more effective than a dry recitation of one's opinion. Name calling and personal attacks I get, but I don't understand the war on sarcasm.
I personally think the mods do a wonderful job on this site. If it is to tight or not enough freedom to say what you really want, go read the the Star Tribune comments or the comments of a yahoo web page story. I love this site because I can read and cipher intelligent opinions and stories. I refuse to even go to the Star Tribune anymore.
Meriam-Webster has it as "a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain."
I'm just fine with sarcasm being moderated.
Yeesh. Pitchers and catchers can't report soon enough...
Many posters, including some of the moderators, successfully include sarcasm among their rhetorical devices, without running close to the boundary.
I just checked the TD Comment Policy and, as it happens, sarcasm is not even mentioned by name.
But, as you note, it is a sharp-edged tool. That means it requires some care. Some people have the talent to use it well, and some just don't seem to, despite repeated practice. :) And when it falls flat (always a subjective matter), it will come across as simply being combative or a setting up of a straw-man.
Rather than try to give ever-more-detailed guidelines on how others use sarcasm well, I suggest going back to the simpler statements found in the Comment Policy:
Respect for others is expected in everything we write, and personal attacks are not allowed.
TD encourages humor, but please consider how someone who doesn’t know you might interpret your post.
If you can use sarcasm while heeding this, to try to dismiss an idea while not dismissing an individual, go for it.
Watch this video of comedian Keith Alberstadt:
Decide for yourself which of his jokes would translate well to the written medium even when the live performance aspects were missing, and which ones he would perhaps "call an audible on" if posting here.
I actually think this site is under moderated. If a dress code is established, and uniforms are distributed, I would probably change my mind.
Sarcasm has no place in our society.