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Old 10-25-2007, 08:30 AM   #1
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Questions to Moderators.

Good morning; Where on the Forums can I find information which would help me better familiarize myself with general rules, and get a good understanding concerning those who post, and the Moderators. Do Airstream Forums have a existing written guidelines for Moderators, or are they made up on "as we go basis" and individual discretion of Moderator? If a written form of [Forums Constitution] exists [as it should] where can I find it? Thanks "Boatdoc"
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:41 AM   #2
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Here is where I find "the rules"

http://www.airforums.com/?page=rules

It's listed near the bottom of the "quick links" pane along the left side of the portal/forums pages.
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:43 AM   #3
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You can view the forum rules here and the terms of service here. These links are at the bottom of every forum page

A list of moderators is available here. Moderators are volunteers and expected follow the same posting rules as every other member. If you have a complaint, suggestion or just want to send chocolate you can message a mod or Andy R, the forum owner. If you have a concern about a specific post, please use the "report post" button at that post.

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Old 10-25-2007, 08:49 AM   #4
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boatdoc..
I tried..
You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to boatdoc again.

You raised a excellent point..Thanks~!!
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:49 AM   #5
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If you have a complaint, suggestion ... or just want to send chocolate you can message a mod
Send chocolate... gotta keep those mods happy. LOL!
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:54 AM   #6
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Send chocolate... gotta keep those mods happy. LOL!
Forget the chocolate - send axles, paint, cherry ply, a new fridge, new wheels and an extra week end or two.



disclaimer: this post was intended to be humorous and is not an actual solicitation for stuff.
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Old 10-26-2007, 06:05 AM   #8
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You can view the forum rules here and the terms of service here. These links are at the bottom of every forum page

A list of moderators is available here. Moderators are volunteers and expected follow the same posting rules as every other member. If you have a complaint, suggestion or just want to send chocolate you can message a mod or Andy R, the forum owner. If you have a concern about a specific post, please use the "report post" button at that post.

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Good morning Janet;
With all sincerity I do not wish to stir up any whirlwinds but there are things that I need to address with the Forums management. It is my understanding that Forums were created for specific needs. If I were the one who set up the perimeters for such, I would try to set up agendas that are educational, meaningful and helpful to the community of Airstreamers, and they would be known as "Airstream Forums" and not as a "Different Word Game Forum" or show me your "Exploding Trailer Forum". Did anyone really enjoyed watching a dangerous stunt of blowing up a SOB? Yes, even if it was SOB. For those, I would give blessing to create their own "Darn Forums". Our Forums are littered with Off Topic posts, which are meaningless as far as I am concerned in relationship to the Airstream Forums.
Overbearing the Moderators with such, does not serve any purpose on our Forums. If we must have it, I recommend that separate Main Page is created and a volunteer Moderator is found to take responsibility for it.
To tell the truth, I do not like the direction in which the forums are headed.

Sometime in the past [do not know when or how] I must have upset a Moderator, because my posts disappear from the main page as soon as I can post them while others such as "Exploding trailer" stays on the main page for a day. I am not complaining because even some of my posts and/or replies are emotion activated which may have tendency to be meaningless and hiding such post for the respect of more valuable posts is agreably, very proper.

My aim in posting is not to prove my capabilities in restoration process to anyone. I am the only one who needs to be pleased with my work, because I will be the one to spend time in it. My choice of materials may be different because I have been dealing with corrosion and rot for four decades. This experience allowed me to search out best choices which may come with a higher expense, not suitable to every pocket but nonetheless offers another choice to those who wish to do it. If my suggestions are hidden where no one can find them, why should I bother to post them on the "Airstream Forums" where multiple "Word Games" take priority every time. I am aware that many will be upset by my comments and so be it, but I am not retired with nothing to do, but if I were, I would enter the chat room to kill my time.

There has to be some sort of justification of how the posts are moved or removed. It should not be up to a individual Moderators choice, to delete a valid and fitting post of a member that they do not like for personal reasons. We are all bound to not to like someone, but this should not reflect on business at hand issues. What I wanted to know by my original post, if there were any guidelines [since none exist in print on the forums] by which the Moderators must abide by. I have received 3 replies from the Moderators but none answered my question. If I have to just go away, I will, but for the sake of peace on the Forums certain perimeters should be set which should encompass the Moderators as well, so that the members are familiar with their responsibilities. Thank you, "Boatdoc"
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Old 10-26-2007, 06:40 AM   #9
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I just skip over "Word Games" and "It's Thursday..." because that is not my bag. I go looking for meat... The nice thing about the forums is you can chose what you read and what you don't. With so many members, many of which tune in daily, there are sure to be conflicting points of view. It is real easy to piss someone off with so many different points of perspective. I would think that the job of the moderator is to keep things from getting out of hand not censoring content. I am shocked to hear that your post have been removed. It has not taken me long to figure out who is who. To find out who has something constructive to add and who is wasting everyones time. Boatdoc, I think you should let the "word games" folks have their fun, but I also think you have a good voice that should be heard. I personally have searched your posts and read many. You are very insightful and I want to read what you say. If for some reason you do go somewhere else, let me know so I can follow the progress of your Argosy.
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Old 10-26-2007, 06:56 AM   #10
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I just skip over "Word Games" and "It's Thursday..." because that is not my bag. I go looking for meat... The nice thing about the forums is you can chose what you read and what you don't. With so many members, many of which tune in daily, there are sure to be conflicting points of view. It is real easy to piss someone off with so many different points of perspective. I would think that the job of the moderator is to keep things from getting out of hand not censoring content. I am shocked to hear that your post have been removed. It has not taken me long to figure out who is who. To find out who has something constructive to add and who is wasting everyones time. Boatdoc, I think you should let the "word games" folks have their fun, but I also think you have a good voice that should be heard. I personally have searched your posts and read many. You are very insightful and I want to read what you say. If for some reason you do go somewhere else, let me know so I can follow the progress of your Argosy.
Hey boatdoc you do a great service posting your repairs and follow ups. but you have to have a little fun along the way.if not you become dull and boring and people don't want that.as far as your posts getting removed ask Andy who and why is doing it.just go to the head honcho. but in the mean time just stay and keep up the the good info..
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Boatdoc, I, too, have read your posts with great interest, and have enjoyed them very much. Your contributions are very welcome here. Please continue to add your insight to the forums!

If you’ll PM me with the details of the posts that you believe were deleted, I’ll take a look at the threads and see if I can figure out why that may have happened. The moderators will normally only delete something if it is offensive in some way or completely inappropriate to this forum (for example, the spammers that turn up from time to time). Please let me know and I’ll be happy to look into it.

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Old 10-26-2007, 07:24 AM   #12
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My posts also do not stay on the mainstream page for very long either, also with very few replies, but the people that follow my post do see them judging by my PM. I also bypass all of the chafe that is not important to me and key in on the restoration posts, which one of, is yours. You are a goldmine of info and I will most likely incorporate some of your ideas on my Globetrotter project. Your Argosy project is very unique and impressive to me, so I would really like to see the end product. I think a lot more people see your threads then you realize, but with no advice to offer, we just set with awe and envy in our eyes wishing that we too, had your skill set.
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Old 10-26-2007, 07:28 AM   #13
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Jeepers Mr. Wizard

Just goes to show you how out of step I am. I stop by the forums for a little humor and silliness a few times a day. When I need some help with a technical issue, I use the search functionality but beyond that, the forum is a source of entertainment and relief from the constant barrage of serious and scary stuff that gets into every communication venu. Don't get me wrong, the serious technical advice and vendor participation has saved me from disaster more than once. I'd have disabled my camper more than once were it not for the posts by the technical wizards. That being said, I still go for the "We're all Bozo's on this bus" nature of the forum - no offense intended.
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Old 10-26-2007, 07:30 AM   #14
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...my posts disappear from the main page as soon as I can post them while others such as "Exploding trailer" stays on the main page for a day.
boatdoc,

Just so I (and others) can understand what your are saying... are your posts deleted? or do they just not show on the the "portal" page?

My understanding is that each time a thread is posted on,
it gets "bumped" to the top of the page. This is an automatic feature that happens without regard to any Mod intervention. Considering there are hundreds of members online at any given time and only the 30 most recent threads on the portal, it may be that your posts get pushed off of the "main page" by 30 other posts that occur right after yours. It's one of the negatives of a forum as large as this one.

I agree with 62overlander... even though it can be a pain, just skip over the threads you have no interest in. What you might try is to go to each specific forum... the "meaty ones" and look for new posts. This way the "fluff" does not get in your way.

Lastly I'll say, hopefully none of the moderators are deleting posts without any notification as such. It's my experience that this kind of heavy handed action can create bad blood that spreads like wildfire. Each Moderator action should be accompanied by an explanation.

For what it's worth... many folks here value your contibution and hope you keep it coming.
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