Starting a topic because this this topic is getting old in the shoutbox.
In one specific case very recently our beloved Richy was warned in the shoutbox for shouting multiple lines of a song in all caps.
Let me make a few points clear:
- The shoutbox was inactive, there were no ongoing conversations for Richy to interrupt, no one to really annoy.
- Given the inactivity it is possible that the activity could have stimulated actual conversation in the shoutbox.
- Third, the rules give the specific example under the section of “Spamming” - typing in all capital letters, and any other disrupting behavior deemed inappropriate by staff.
- The moderator to issue the warning was not in the wrong, according to the rules.
My argument is that given the circumstances, moderators should be given some extent of discretion on when an action is considered spamming which, by definition, is the sending of annoying messages.
The rules should be modified to extend this idea so moderators are not feeling forced to punish members who are causing no real harm.
Open discussion and queue the flaming –-- NOW!