Moderation Issues (5)

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  1. Mung:
    It looks like you’ve been busy editing it until a few minutes ago. Are you ready for it to be published?

    Yes, I have been… Thanks for the opportunity! I made Darwinists look better thanks to you! They should buy you Timothy’s gift card or have you visit the “dirty house”…

  2. And could I suggest that folks save their OPs as “Draft” and not in “pending publication” unless they want them published. Admlins are not mind-readers!

  3. Neil Rickert: That OP has been moved back to draft status.

    Thanks. Alan apparently published it…
    I was waiting for Dr. Lonnig to comment on his views of creationism and flightless birdies…
    I’m going to email him again to see whwther he is going to comment…
    Depending on whether he comments or not, I can edit the OP and then get it ready to be published…

  4. J-Mac: Alan apparently published it

    Because you PMed me! Jeez!

    I was waiting for Dr. Lonnig to comment on his views of creationism and flightless birdies…

    He’s a plant biologist.

  5. Alan Fox: Because you PMed me! Jeez!

    He (J-Mac) probably intended that to be about the “random” OP. And there’s an important point there for J-Mac and others — when requesting that an OP be published, try to be a bit more specific about which OP.

    In the meantime, I suppose it all works as background entertainment.

  6. I could argue that J-Mac asked for his OP to be removed out of sheer embarassment, rather than it being a draft. I hope others saw it, and what I posted in response. I doubt Ernest Rutherford ever got a bigger shock.

  7. quarrion:
    I could arguethat J-Mac asked for his OP to be removed out of sheer embarassment, rather than it being a draft. I hope others saw it, and what I posted in response.I doubtErnest Rutherford ever got a bigger shock.

    So, if l post the same OP later, other than with possible comments by Dr. Lonnig, you are going to take it all back, right?

    BTW: The embarrassing point lately was your -1 + 1 example used by Einstein almost 100 years ago (left glove right glove analogy) to explain entanglement… Not only was his theory experimentaly proven wrong some 50 years ago, you didn’t even understand what it was about… It definitely didn’t apply to the OP unless accidentally you were trying to prove my point that mutations happen via quantum mechanics… lol

  8. J-Mac, I am totally unfamiliar with Einstein’s familiarity with a left-glove/right-glove analogy (about what, you don’t say), or even his knowledge of mobius strips, but it is nice to share the opprobrium.

  9. Didn’t Lizzy say she was coming back on Oct 1?
    I hope she can keep her promise, so that we can kick out those lausy, inconsistent admins and have the new era ushered in with mung, keiths and so on…

  10. I guess most of us have no choice but to start our own blogs with the shitty admins here or cut a deal with a devil himself the pissfullofscience.org guy…
    Isn’t what politicians do when their ideas get trashed by their own circus?

  11. phoodoo:

    Tom English:
    Insight of the day: The Dunning–Kruger effect rises to the level of personality disorder in some individuals.

    Mung, are you trying a little too hard to appear impartial or something?

    I mean, I realize Alan has quit and all…so he has already stopped pretending.

    There should be some sort of penalty for repeatedly ignoring instructions not to dump moderation issues into the comments sections of posts.

    I am fairly sure that I’ve seen moderators comment that there’s no rule against off-topic comments. Furthermore, I see my remark as a pithy bit of hyperbole, played to humorous effect, and I believe that most readers will see it similarly — even if they are offended. No one with scrambled eggs for brains is going to think that I am, in a single sentence, literally declaring that psychiatrists should diagnose some patients with Dunning-Kruger Personality Disorder. I think that a smidge of acerbic levity is in order when the most prolific of our authors opens a post with a reference to “this crummy blog.”

    I’ve sent phoodoo a personal message, directing him to this comment.

  12. Tom English: I am fairly sure that I’ve seen moderators comment that there’s no rule against off-topic comments.

    That’s true except for moderation issues.

    Just to clarify:

    The moderation issues thread is for, and only for, discussing moderation issues. So comments discussing moderation in other threads are liable to move to guano. The moderation issues thread itself is not subject to site-wide rules, so comments not discussing moderation will not be moved from this thread but so far this has not been an issue.

  13. Tom English: Furthermore, I see my remark as a pithy bit of hyperbole, played to humorous effect, and I believe that most readers will see it similarly — even if they are offended.

    I’m pretty sure that phoodoo took that remark to be against the rules.

    It wasn’t, because it was a general comment. But phoodoo probably took it to be aimed at a particular person.

  14. Neil Rickert: But phoodoo probably took it to be aimed at a particular person.

    It’s a baited hook, not an arrow. The barb doesn’t get you unless you bite.

    J-Mac was the proximate cause of my putting it out there. But, in all honesty, I was responding to the willful and increasingly aggressive ignorance of many conservative Christians: I’m talking about members of my family and most of the people I knew in college, not just Web personae.

    I could say much more, but I wouldn’t be addressing moderation issues.

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