Follow-up: Apparently a mod, though not an Arts Forum moderator, pointed out the post in question and questioned if it was inappropriate. Not to me, but to a fellow mod. They then decided to delete and lock the post. I was not informed, reprimanded, or whatever they do.
This is a COMMUNITY forum. Here’s how this works. The community is built by providing content. This isn’t a “donation,” but a contribution. It’s important that you mods understand the distinction. When I write to this forum, I’m not providing you an invitation to speculate on the merits of my ideas.
This is vitally important even in an arts context. Artists are collaborators, particularly when they’re held to a project application. An editor or a project owner can adjust the nature of the artist’s contribution. However, that is done through dialog and negotiation.
In this Arts Forum, the moderators are not editors. To think so, and particularly to act on it, is an act of gross misconduct.
Here’s what makes a community. Write this down if you need to… maybe pin it to your wall above your monitor.
• A community needs a place to gather. That’s here. Look around. See all these people? These are your peers, not your children.
• A community needs a record of the resident’s contribution. This is vital. People need to see that they’ve left their mark on the place, for better or worse. It’s not your job to decide what’s “appropriate,” but rather what is a literal violation of the TOA.
• A community needs history. I’ve been a Kong member for over 5 years and an active participant on the forums and in the chat rooms. I have never been reprimanded, silenced, or banned. There is a record of my participation; this is history. It’s not your job to decide what the history of this community should look like. You shape the history of the community by contributing, not moderating.
• For a community to thrive, its residents need to feel welcome, respected, and comfortable. By flagrantly deleting my posts, or anyone’s, for that matter, you are telling that person quite literally that they are not welcome in this community.
So, good job! You’ve successfully alienated me from this place yet again. I trust you’ve accomplished whatever it was that you were trying to do. (What was that, again?)
This SHOULD be a community of artists, for artists.
Here’s an illustration I did, to help this post’s odds of surviving.