Moderation Issues (6)

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  1. walto walto
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    Neil Rickert: I’ll admit that when I click the “Publish” button for posts by some of our members (I’m not mentioning names), I do wonder whether I am breaking the rules by making those members look ridiculous.

    LOL. That’s funny, Neil!!

  2. DNA_Jock
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    To clarify: if JMac really wants his latest effort published without sourcing the Venter quotes, I will. It’s just that….

  3. J-Mac
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    DNA_Jock:
    To clarify: if JMac really wants his latest effort published without sourcing the Venter quotes, I will. It’s just that….

    I sourced all of them… Which one is missing?

  4. Mung Mung
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    There have been two recent OPs by J-Mac that contained material that misrepresented the views of another person so I agree caution is warranted.

    This case is different, imo, in that he is providing actual quotes. Can’t we assume that the quotes come from the linked video?

  5. J-Mac
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    My bad! One was missing.

  6. Neil Rickert
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    J-Mac: is there an admin on duty today???
    I have an new op pending to be publishes.

    I did look when you first asked (earlier today). And I found a draft but nothing pending. So I left myself a reminder to check again later.

  7. J-Mac
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    Neil Rickert: I did look when you first asked (earlier today).And I found a draft but nothing pending.So I left myself a reminder to check again later.

    You are right!!! Sorry!!! I was just running out of the office to beat the friday traffic and probably forgot to take the extra step…
    Sorry guys!!!

  8. J-Mac
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    I have a question regarding the current status of TSZ: Who is in charge?
    I have realized that the ID vs the rest need a decent forum moderated by someone as unbiased as possible to attract good quality scientists on both sides of the controversy… TSZ doesn’t have it and PS turned out to be dragon’s den…
    Does anybody have any ideas what could be done to attacked quality scientists to feel comfortable to post here and have the guarantee/control that they will not be dragged into the mud?

  9. Mung Mung
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    Published.

  10. DNA_Jock
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    JMac, you fixed one of the unsourced quotes, but the “thousands of recent common ancestors ” (which is a Venter quote) is still not sourced. Do you want to fix that, or not?

    Regarding your “how to attract quality scientists” question, we have a few here already. Who, specifically, do you think does not post here because of a fear of being “dragged into the mud”?

    ETA: I see Mung has published it as is. If you wish to add attribution for the “thousands” quote, let me know and I will edit (with your permission)

  11. J-Mac
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    DNA_Jock: ETA: I see Mung has published it as is. If you wish to add attribution for the “thousands” quote, let me know and I will edit (with your permission)

    That is why google is the richest company in the world… get it?

  12. DNA_Jock
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    J-Mac,

    Yes, my nephew is a coder at Google. But there may be multiple sources for the “thousands” quote, with varying qualities of provenance. Far be it from me to choose your citations for you.
    Also, it is informative to read these quotes in context. You would look better if you provided it.
    Personally, I find Venter interviews effing hilarious.

  13. J-Mac
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    DNA_Jock:
    J-Mac,

    Yes, my nephew is a coder at Google. But there may be multiple sources for the “thousands” quote, with varying qualities of provenance. Far be it from me to choose your citations for you.
    Also, it is informative to read these quotes in context. You would look better if you provided it.
    Personally, I find Venter interviews effing hilarious.

    It can be manipulated… believe me…
    Venter? How much money would it take to make him say things as they are? I think he wishes he could tell us as it is… but he probably can’t…

  14. Mung Mung
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    DNA_Jock: Regarding your “how to attract quality scientists” question

    I thought he wrote “how to attack quality scientists.” I must be off my meds.

    J-Mac: Does anybody have any ideas what could be done to attacked quality scientists to feel comfortable to post here and have the guarantee/control that they will not be dragged into the mud?

    Meds are good. Please send more.

  15. J-Mac
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    Mung: I thought he wrote “how to attack quality scientists.” I must be off my meds.

    Meds are good. Please send more.

    You funny you!

  16. Mung Mung
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    DNA_Jock: ETA: I see Mung has published it as is.

    Call it an act of grace. Let me know if you think it was a mistake to do so and why.

    Just to make it clear where I stand. I think we, as moderators/admins, have Elizabeth’s blessing to make changes as we see fit. A pattern of misrepresentation of views of others in OPs is not something we should condone.

    One alternative to asking people to provide references would be to require them to make clear that they are offering their own opinion about what someone else believes.

  17. DNA_Jock
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    Mung,

    We are on the same page in this regard. I was trying to help JMac improve the quality of his OPs, and make them more worthy of discussion.

  18. Mung Mung
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    I am on board with that.

    ETA: Let’s not go overboard though and apply that to my own OPs.

  19. Entropy Entropy
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    J-Mac: … to attract good quality scientists on both sides of the controversy …

    Funny. Good quality scientists do not see any actual controversy. They see the ID bullshit for what it is: bullshit.

  20. Entropy Entropy
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    DNA_Jock:
    We are on the same page in this regard. I was trying to help JMac improve the quality of his OPs, and make them more worthy of discussion.

    I’m, sorry, but J-Mac is too far off to be helped. J-Mac’s just too stupid to understand that (s)he’s doing too many things wrong.

  21. Mung Mung
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    Entropy: I’m, sorry, but J-Mac is too far off to be helped.

    Which J-Mac?

  22. DNA_Jock
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    Entropy,

    J-Mac may be beyond help, but his quotes of famous-scientist-saying-something-stupid may still be worthy of discussion, if we are able to distinguish quote-mines from famous-scientist-really-saying-something-stupid.
    The doubting common descent stuff is quote mining, but the rest of it is Venter really being a windbag.

  23. DNA_Jock
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    In particular, this:

    J-Mac: Venter? How much money would it take to make him say things as they are? I think he wishes he could tell us as it is… but he probably can’t…

    is ROFL funny.
    Venter is a multi-millionaire with an ego the size of Texas. You couldn’t pay him enough money to shut up.

  24. J-Mac
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    DNA_Jock:
    Entropy,

    J-Mac may be beyond help, but his quotes of famous-scientist-saying-something-stupid may still be worthy of discussion, if we are able to distinguish quote-mines from famous-scientist-really-saying-something-stupid.
    The doubting common descent stuff is quote mining, but the rest of it is Venter really being a windbag.

    Evidence is the only help…speculations are for suckers…

  25. J-Mac
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    DNA_Jock:
    In particular, this:

    is ROFL funny.
    Venter is a multi-millionaire with an ego the size of Texas. You couldn’t pay him enough money to shut up.

    He gets a lot of money from the federal funding… hundreds of million…
    He made some predictions and promises including experiments that were going to prove evolutionary predictions…
    He can’t deliver because the evolutionary assumptions of common ancestry are wrong…
    He knocked out the supposedly non-essential genes in bacteria to 479. He still has no clue what a third of them do but they have to be there or the organism dies…

  26. Entropy Entropy
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    See how J-Mac is beyond help?

    J-Mac:
    He gets a lot of money from the federal funding…hundreds of million…

    He gets a lot, but not hundreds of millions.

    J-Mac:
    He made some predictions and promises including experiments that were going to prove evolutionary predictions…

    J-Mac, you’re so fucking full of shit. Venter doesn’t care about proving evolutionary predictions. He doesn’t want to prove what’s already known. Venter has money for synthetic biology, for systems biology, for truly ambitious projects. He hasn’t asked a cent for evolutionary biology. Try and get your facts right and stop talking out of your ass.

    J-Mac:
    He can’t deliver because the evolutionary assumptions of common ancestry are wrong…

    See just how stupid you are? You’re contradicting your previous statements. Now you’re saying that Venter accepts common ancestry. So, which is it that you think is right? That Venter denies common ancestry or that he accepts common ancestry?

    (As if you’re going to understand your contradiction and the question, yeah, right!)

    J-Mac:
    He knocked out the supposedly non-essential genes in bacteria to 479. He still has no clue what a third of them do but they have to be there or the organism dies…

    And this is related to “proving common descent” how?

    Oh, sorry. I was forgetting that you really have no idea. Not enough mental abilities for even the simplest questions.

  27. Allan Miller
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    DNA_Jock:
    In particular, this:

    is ROFL funny.
    Venter is a multi-millionaire with an ego the size of Texas. You couldn’t pay him enough money to shut up.

    😀

  28. Entropy Entropy
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    phoodoo:

    I think you no longer deserve a response from posters.

    Why would that be the case phoodoo? because you don’t like having your “points” contradicted? Because you don’t enjoy seeing that your “points” are so easily refuted?

    If Neil and Alan are too cowardice to warn you, then I suggest no one responds to you at all.

    To warn me about what exactly phoodoo? That you take offence from having your points refuted so easily? How does any of that make me deserving of warnings from Neil and Alan? What’s the problem exactly?

    You posts give the appearance that you are a parasitic douchebag.

    Again, how so? What exactly makes those comments so offensive that Alan and Neil should warn me?

    Show that you have the courage to warn me by explaining the problem phoodoo. Also make sure to explain why Neil and Alan would be so afraid to warn me about it.

  29. Mung Mung
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    Entropy: What exactly makes those comments so offensive that Alan and Neil should warn me?

    You’re spamming the site with them. Please stop.

  30. OMagain
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    You posts give the appearance that you are a parasitic douchebag.

    Ever wonder what your posts give the appearance of? No wonder you don’t put your own name against them.

  31. J-Mac
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    OMagain:
    You posts give the appearance that you are a parasitic douchebag.

    Ever wonder what your posts give the appearance of? No wonder you don’t put your own name against them.

    Next time you should try writing in English…There is a much higher chance Mung is going to understand…

  32. phoodoo
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    Mung: You’re spamming the site with them. Please stop.

    But why haven’t you moved his posts that continually attacked J Mac? And why haven’t you warned him that if he doesn’t stop you will ban him?

    Meanwhile Neil moves my post which was exactly the same as Entropy’s only more appropriate and of course funnier.

    Neil, you are a fucking Hero. Your contribution to promoting civil discourse is exactly zero, but you are still a hero. Pat yourself on the back.

    There is a dictator, two non-moderators and a Eunuch here. A whole team of heros.

  33. Entropy Entropy
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    phoodoo:
    But why haven’t you moved his posts that continually attacked J Mac?

    They have guanoed the posts where I tell J-Mac that he’s immenselly stupid. They only leave the ones where I discuss J-Mac’s bullshit and explain why they make J-Mac seem like a mindless idiot. They leave them because I don’t actually call J-Mac an idiot (even though he’s an idiot beyond repair). They have content, your mental blindness notwithstanding.

    phoodoo:
    And why haven’t you warned him that if he doesn’t stop you will ban him?

    Because I don’t fill these moderator issues with stupid complains about my guanoed posts, and because J-Mac is really that stupid, besides being a jack-ass.

    phoodoo:
    Meanwhile Neil moves my post which was exactly the same as Entropy’s only more appropriate and of course funnier.

    Your comment was nothing but insults and false accusations. I wrote answers to your questions about “causes,” and your only answer was to claim that they were offensive without explaining what that offence was supposed to be. You come here to whine further, yet you were unable to explain how my explaining causes was so offensive to you. I suspect that’s because you realize that you were talking out of your ass, and that your guanoed comment was just your stupidity and lack of reading comprehension in display.

    phoodoo:
    Neil, you are a fucking Hero.Your contribution to promoting civil discourse is exactly zero, but you are still a hero.Pat yourself on the back.

    Neil can do nothing about your attitude. That one’s on you phoodoo. You’re the one who has the power to correct yourself.

    phoodoo:
    There is a dictator, two non-moderators and a Eunuch here. A whole team of heros.

    See? You whine and insult, but contribute nothing. You get answers and you complain and insult in response. It’s as if you had shit for brains, and the only one you can blame for such appearance is yourself.

    So, anything to explain about why answering your “causes” questions and comments was so offensive that I should be warned by Neil and Alan? Any explanations as to why they’d be so afraid to warn me about such breaches in decent discourse?

    No? I suspected as much.

  34. phoodoo
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    Meanwhile, Baby-Jock Duvalier guanoed J-Mac’s post for telling Allan to grow up.

    I guess Baby-Jock was angry he didn’t just tell him to fuck-off instead.

    Look at the folly that is TSZ.

  35. phoodoo
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    Entropy,

    I rarely read what you write to me, because your writing and logic is so poor. I was referring to the worthless posts you wrote to J-Mac that our brave hero Baby-Jock, and TwistedBeard and the other cowards refuse to do anything about.

  36. Alan Fox Alan Fox
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    phoodoo,

    The reasoning? Show your reasoning. Also be specific.

  37. J-Mac
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    phoodoo: But why haven’t you moved his posts that continually attacked J Mac?

    What else would be left???

    BTW: Don’t waste your time and energy phoodo! It’s not worth it…

  38. DNA_Jock
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    Actually, “Baby-Jock Duvalier” is rather good.
    😀
    Could you do me a favor and explain to nonlin.org where my wife Michele got her pale complexion? He won’t believe me…

  39. Entropy Entropy
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    phoodoo:
    I rarely read what you write to me, because your writing and logic is so poor.

    Since you don’t read them you cannot know if my writing and logic are poor or not.

    phoodoo:
    I was referring to the worthless posts you wrote to J-Mac that our brave hero Baby-Jock, and TwistedBeard and the other cowards refuse to do anything about.

    Then you should not have linked to my answer to your “causes” comments.

    As per J-Mac, I told you, they have guanoed them all. Check the guano thread and you’ll see them. Only the ones with content remain where I posted them. You don’t know because, as you confessed, you don’t read them, but they have content. J-Mac doesn’t know either because her/his abilities to reason are lacking.

  40. Gregory Gregory
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    New post in queue

  41. Entropy Entropy
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    phoodoo:
    Meanwhile, Baby-Jock Duvalier guanoed J-Mac’s post for telling Allan to grow up.

    That didn’t have content and showed absence of self-awareness on J-Mac’s part. There’s also the irony, the irrationally angry self-unaware baby J-Mac telling others to grow up.

    phoodoo:
    Look at the folly that is TSZ.

    There’s forums where your stupidity can go unchallenged and might even be welcomed. For example, just check ET’s amazingly stupid claims at UD. Nobody dares to correct ET over there because she’s one of them, and her stupid rants are indistinguishable from yours in quality. Therefore, you can say there that “cause” is a synonym with “magical being in the sky,” and nobody will correct you without risking being banned. So why not go there instead and stop whining here about our lack of respect for your infantile, misinformed, and irrational claims?

  42. walto walto
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    DNA_Jock: Actually, “Baby-Jock Duvalier” is rather good.

    It is. I giggled at that myself, if you’ll forgive me.

  43. Neil Rickert
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    Gregory:
    New post in queue

    Can you make it a tad less personal. That is criticize content rather than persons.

    Two examples. You mention propagandizing, then give a list of names. If you omit the list of names, it would be less of a personal attack. And then, later (2nd example) you comment on Eric’s intent. But you cannot actually know his intent. At best you can infer it, but with no certainty that the inference is correct.

    I did a minor fix on html tags — you entered “strong” tags in the visual editor rather than the text/code editor. You can use the “B” icon/tool to bold in the visual editor.

  44. walto walto
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    Hey, I think there should be two new forums. The first (“Godot”) should contain only posts by Lizzie regarding how she’ll be back soon–with those that give a date certain having priority. I recognize that some of those posts are several years old, but all should be pinned, because it’s her site.

    The second new forum should be culled from Moderation and called “Important News.” It should consist solely of drafts and discussion of RULES CHANGES that are soon to drop. They provide good lessons in time and trouble wasting, and I don’t see how it can be a good thing to let them slide farther and farther toward oblivion.

    Maybe it would be good to invite Keitrick back to make a new OP (to be pinned) there. But if he/they/it is/are interested, it should be made clear that this post must be at least 10,000 words.

  45. Mung Mung
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    phoodoo: But why haven’t you moved his posts that continually attacked J Mac?

    I, and other moderators, have been doing so.

    And why haven’t you warned him that if he doesn’t stop you will ban him?

    I’ve politely asked him to cease and desist. ETA: Calling someone stupid is not a ban-worthy offense.

    Meanwhile Neil moves my post which was exactly the same as Entropy’s only more appropriate and of course funnier.

    could you post a link to the thread it was moved from? I believe I may still have some cleanup to do there.

  46. phoodoo
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    Mung,

    http://theskepticalzone.com/wp/the-science-of-the-supernatural/comment-page-6/#comment-242458

    Its just the usual nonsense of Entropy’s telling everyone how they don’t understand anything because of their reading comprehension. Its basically the same post he has written here about 1208 times. One day maybe he will see the irony (just joking, he won’t)

    The important point being that he is such an incredible bore.

  47. phoodoo
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    walto,

    This made me chuckle.

  48. J-Mac
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    Mung: Calling someone stupid is not a ban-worthy offense.

    But “grow up!” does?
    I guess this about does it…

    BTW: phoodoo, I told you your effort is meaningless…that’s why I hardly get involved in this nonsense…

    ID vs the Rest need a new site where people like Paul Nelson, Ane Gauger, Mike Behe or WE Lonnig can post their OP, lock them, invite people they want to have a discussion with and moderate them…If someone like me wants to join the conversation, we have to follow their rules… WE don’t like it, too bad…

  49. walto walto
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    J-Mac: BTW: phoodoo, I told you your effort is meaningless…that’s why I hardly get involved in this nonsense…

    Other, more pressing nonsense beckons!

  50. Entropy Entropy
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    J-Mac:
    But “grow up!” does?

    They didn’t ban you for that ass-hole, that comment just went to guano. Then phoodoo doesn’t understand why I point to your inability to read for comprehension.

    J-Mac:
    I guess this about does it…

    You’re leaving? Good riddance.

    J-Mac:
    BTW: phoodoo, I told you your effort is meaningless…that’s why I hardly get involved in this nonsense…

    Yeah, you just write nonsense and expect everybody else to pretend that your idiocy is wisdom.

    J-Mac:
    …If someone like me wants to join the conversation, we have to follow their rules… WE don’t like it, too bad…

    Same as here you idiot. If you don’t like the rules, too bad.

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