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Was (Bob)   Monday, 04/16/01 10:41:55 AM
Re: Bernard Ng post# 462
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I'm not sure if anyone asked me <g>, and I'm still catching up with PM's, so won't know for a while, but let me be devil's advocate here for a bit:

At first blush, this looks like a good compromise approach, but three things jump out at me:

1. What if a post not only *should* be deleted, but *must* be deleted immediately? For example, because it contains someone's personal contact information.

2. To me, a big plus of the CoB concept (and a facet I don't see discussed) is that it serves as more of a deterrent to violations because of its speed. Not only "should" it dramatically reduce my workload by requiring me mostly to just read deleted posts, but because violations are dealt with so swiftly (within minutes or even seconds), fewer violations should take place because the violator doesn't have "Well, it'll at least be out there for a few hours" in the back of his mind.

3. What if the reason for the deletion is "off-topic" in a non-stock thread with very low tolerance of off-topic posts, but another thread gives a lot more latitude? Does that make more work for me (determine what the level of tolerance is on each thread and what the precedent is) or does it really change anything. I haven't thought this part through yet as I'm only on my 2nd cup of coffee.

4. Though all deletions go through me ultimately, I'm somewhat averse to anything that disempowers the community and puts more of that power in my hands, and this smacks of that to me. I like the empowerment of the CoB concept, with me in place to prevent abuses of it, and would rather not see that power reduced until we've given it a fair chance and have proven that the current model doesn't really work. I'm nowhere near convinced yet that that's the case.

Personally, I'd rather discuss most possible changes to CoB as mostly a "what if it proves unworkable" exercise, while giving the current model a fair chance and giving us enough time that we can more accurately gauge the extent to which it needs to be changed, if at all.

Bob



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