But oddly, even as PO was being moderated to fair-thee-well, the rest of the forums seemed to have basically abandoned the idea.
As a result, there are many threads that just have that pissy, quick to take offense quick to retaliate tone that gets very wearying. It's not uncommon, anymore, for people to call one another assholes or idiots or suggest people "try to keep up" because they "lack reading comprehension" or because they're "retarded", etc., etc.
When the moderation in PO would be explained, it would be presented as necessary because lots and lots of people who might not comment were looking in, and we couldn't be turning then off with our petty squabbling. Wouldn't that be even more the case for the technical forums, which presumably are what most people come to AI to look at?
Any chance the mods could put their heads together and get some kind of consistent idea about how much we intend to follow the guidelines? Because, as it stand, the moderation in PO seems pointlessly punitive, while the moderation everywhere else seems slim to none.
And yes, I know I have been guilty as the next guy, that doesn't mean I wouldn't welcome reliable, predictable moderation that encourages civl discourse.
Oh, and I think it might be a violation to post publicly about moderation at all, so by all means if anyone wants to go to town with irony, you can ban me for wondering why we don't seem to have any rules, anymore.