Pissing off adult children

Every few years it seems I piss off some adults that really have the maturity of children.

The latest is on one of the Internet forums where I’m a moderator. Some of the members seem to think it is OK to take swipes at each other and also take the occasional shot at the company hosting the site. I’m all about discussion, sharing information, thoughts and opinions. BUT I don’t tolerate attacks on others and snide comments against the host.

So these users had been needing some direction on how to act as adults. At first I asked them to be aware of their tone and keep on-topic. They continued and I removed their offending posts. They didn’t take it at all well and cried ‘censorship!’ These ‘adults’ don’t understand that private forums have no freedom of speech protections, don’t fully understand what freedom of speech means: where the USA first amendment applies (ie, not on private forum).

These people just want no filtering of the dribble coming off their fingers and believe there are no consequences for whatever they type. This is what the Internet easily allows – communicating things that done face-to-face would result in a bunch in the mouth.

I’ve been ‘on the net’ since the late 80s) pre-www/html stuff, became moderator on a bulletin board in 1989, created my first www-site in 1995 … so I think I have a good grasp on what is acceptable.

So they are now ‘taking their toys and leaving’ while taking pot shots at me on forums they don’t realize I’m also member.

I’m hoping these few stay away … but I honestly think they will return after lurking in the background.