I'm glad that at least no one is counting me a bannable niusance over this. LOL
I don't really "have a problem" with it. I guess the point that I am trying to make... is thus made in a different way than I intended.
It is easy to look at what I have written, and think I must be all upset over this. I am not.
I have written what I have written because I like you guys. I care. And I am trying to be helpful.
The point is that perception is, a lot of the time, quite different from reality. But that perception, IS truth, to the perciever.
When I see an admonition, I know that what I personally know to be just someone who actually cares about the responsibility they have been given, and are trying to do the right thing... Can quite literally look to the recipient of the admonition... like they have just been slapped down. And just as easily taken personally, and used as cause and reason for either backlash, or for just leaving the forum, and never being a part of it again. Either option, is not good for the community.
Because of that, I have always taken the approach that when it comes to moderating... Less is usually more.
If I see a situation like the one we are discussing... I probably have exactly the same thoughts that any moderator here, does. For the same reasons.
I agree with every single one of you.
But because what I am looking at has not been done in a trolling way, or a spamming way, or a niusance way... I would look at it like... has this really made any big difference whatever, in any negative way, on the forum? No? Then why even mention it?
Leaving it be, hurt no one. But making an admonition about it can lead to the above mentioned 'cause for action' on the part of the admonished, because of their own perception of being 'slapped down'.
Less is more.
And sometimes a personal message will get the message to the person just as well, without them feeling like now they have been publically called out and slapped on the wrist. So now they have to respond publically. Etc...
I also have to agree... This forum isn't strict. I am not saying it is. In any way, shape or form. That is one of the reasons it is such a good community.
What I am saying is kind of like this... If this community is in a boat, on a river... If we are headed downstream... If there is no real need to paddle... And if you DO paddle, you get others wet, with your splashing.... Why paddle? Let the boat carry us. And those times when it IS necessary to paddle, well, people are going to get splashed, and there is no getting around that.
But it remains, if you don't have
to paddle, and paddling gets others wet, whether you intended it or not... then why paddle?
And then there is the good point that TD just made. One that I wanted to make a while back, but forgot to add...
Twice now, old threads have been brought up, and I have been introduced to some really great builds... But those threads may never have appeared on my screen in any search I would have made. And I may never have gone that far back in "forum history", just to read the old threads.
So I am glad to have been reminded that there is gold in them thar old threads. And now I will be more likely to actually set aside the time, to maybe GO back and read some old threads... Just because I have no idea what wonders I may discover.
That might not have been the case had no one ever brought up an old thread...
Lastly... I am glad I found this forum. And I am glad to be a part of this community. I'll do my best to be a productive and helpful member of the community, for as long as I am here.