exactly. we're all free to have personal opinions. it's whether or not they get in the way of decisions being made that those opinions truly matter as far as "job description" goes.
and from what i've seen, those opinions haven't effected anyone's job except for the brat's that started all of this, and he was fired.
people would bitch if true thoughts were made public OR if they were kept private if those thoughts weren't glowing.
had they been talking to one another in a private setting and saying how wonderful everyone is, no one would have a problem. and, apparently, many assumed that's what they did. well, welcome to the real world. mod's jobs are to be nice to your face.
This is also more complicated because of the social nature of the forum. There is not a dividing line between moderators and friends. It isn't like employer/employee and other environments where the boundaries are well defined.
There is a potential issue of the slippery slope when a subjective group think is indulged by those who have the power to act. I did see some of the contents and was surprised. I also am glad to know, but am disappointed as to how I had to come about knowing. I'm not necessarily suggesting a change, but offering something to think about. There is the element of "blowing off steam" and each person having a "right" to do that no matter how much shit talking that implies. There is also the right to withhold trust. Backbiting provides one individual with their right while thwarting the other individual to make an informed decision to not trust. There is a power dynamic present whenever someone is talked about behind their back whether or not that is a conscious intent. You can indulge their information, influence or indulge others' negativity towards that person without them having a voice or possibly an advocate. There may be ways to justify negative talk behind others' backs, but it is an act of social power over that person.
Compartmentalism is an underlying value in Western European culture, and we see that ideal in scenarios like this one. There are some people who can compartmentalize and those people can usually recognize when to withdraw from a decision. It is idealistic to assume that people can compartmentalize to a strong degree with consistency. Those who can are especially valuable in leadership positions. There are assumptions and conclusions that can creep in to decisions, or it can simply influence how they address someone out of the blue with less respect when doing forum business.
Zergling certainly broke the mod's trust and the social etiquette of the forum, but he didn't break a law. He was punished appropriately to the extent this type of violation called for. That individuals had the capacity to do what he did left it open for it to eventually present itself as a possibility. So while it was a "private" forum, reason would suggest that it wasn't a rock solid privacy.
The first man to raise a fist is the man who's run out of ideas. H.G. WELLS
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. FEYNMAN If this is monkey pee, you're on your own.SCULLY
That last one of Don really crossed the line, I think. Still, it's amazing how many marshmellows he could fit in his mouth in that position.
It's amazing how motivated a man can be under the right circumstances.
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.” ~ John Rogers