Steve Barber wrote:Andrew, you unwittingly hit upon my greatest concern and Keeney beat me to the punch in addressing. I don't agree with Frank on all things. In fact, on a lot of them. But it is essential as moderator that you try to read things with a neutral interpretation and try to understand the intent, not just the words. I've not always been successful, but everyone here at some point or another has gotten the benefit of my doubt.
But telling people what they can and cannot post -- and I agree with the two rules: stay on topic and no personal attacks -- does not allow for me telling anyone they're posting too much on a given subject. If they wander egregiously I will put them back on track, but going after someone and deleting posts because you think they posted too often, or off topic, is not how we roll.
Particularly since a great number of the posts people object to from Frank are in Frank's News thread. I give wide latitude to such threads -- which includes Robert's Culture Cafe, your own Visual Artist's Corner, and Steve Evil's "The Sounds of Evil" thread. If Frank hits on politics too often in his news thread, don't read his news thread. Simple, done.
But I am certainly not comfortable with the idea of deleting someone's posts to show them they're posting too often, or off topic.
My two (unofficial) cents.
I think I've been misinterpreted here, so maybe I should have been a bit clearer. (I tried to clear up the intent in my reply)
The usual recourse for off topic posts is to move them to a looser "soapbox" thread. Attacks should excised and the poster should be warned.
I was trying to suggest a course of action for Frank if he's concerned about being singled out. It's necessary to minimize personal bias and I don't think that I'd suggest otherwise.
Sorry if I came off as harsh. 'Twas unintentional.