Learn Hexadecimal wrote:
Megann, I respect you for your efforts to keep your mod powers out of this discussion as much as possible, but the fact that you are a moderator of these forums does have significant bearing. If (heaven forfend) I became a moderator and then (heaven forfend twice) started having a male privilege meltdown all over a thread somewhere, even if I explicitly kept my mod hat out of the discussion as you have quite commendably done, I would expect that to have a damaging effect on the forum community and I hope there would be widespread calls for my resignation. I honestly don't feel qualified to say whether the same should apply in this case, but I do think it's time for another mod—several more mods, if possible—to weigh in here.
This is why I did not want to have this discussion. I have prepared my posts with care every time and all I get back is labels and some pretty insulting one's at that. I am done. Take care.
Or that could happen. But I don't believe the problem ends with this farewell.
I tried to keep my mouth shut after Megann left but I just don't think I can leave the conversation with Megann deleting her account as the end of it. Princess Backpack said repeatedly that she really appreciated the community support and I don't want to denigrate that one bit but it seems to me that there's something missing from the conversation that Learn Hexadecimal touched on here. Megann started out this conversation reluctantly, probably because she had a hunch her views would not be welcome here, and she left after page 3. Yet people continued to respond with posts directed at her. I have no problem with this and again it's part of the community support that I know is appreciated, but what I didn't see is a recognition that conversation should happen here that isn't centered around Megann.
Somehow there was a moderator on these forums who was virulently transphobic. I know there wasn't a lot of vetting of the mods (understandable, given how the boards came about) and there is certainly no vetting of members. It seems pretty likely to me that this situation may arise again, either with transphobia or with some other extremely hostile bigotry. I want to know if the community and the moderators in particular are willing to remove a moderator or ban a member for this behavior. Megann was in clear violation of the forum rules, but the only moderator other than Megann who responded on this thread, MomTFH, responded in a similar vein with the rest of the community: addressing Megann's transphobic arguments, but not mentioning any disciplinary action. Learn Hexadecimal remains the only person in the thread to have brought up the idea that Megann should no longer be a moderator. When I was viewing the "Who is online" page and saw that Megann was in the Administration Control Panel after I made my post calling her a biological essentialist, I felt unsafe.
I would like to know that moderators can and will be removed as moderators, if not banned, for this behavior regardless of whether or not they request account deletion on their own. Can I be alone in wanting this assurance?