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"the tightest rectums are in the Activism moderators of THR" hurts activism

Discussion in 'Activism Discussion and Planning' started by hso, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    We'll use this to provide a place for the sidebar discussion in the TRU Activism thread.

    Want to start a discussion on how you think the moderation in Activism somehow quashes effective activism on behalf of RKBA, Activism Discussion.

    You're correct Guillermo, "the tightest rectums are in the Activism moderators of THR", but that's because there's the constant challenge of keeping folks on-task and not injecting sidebar/OT/negativism into these threads pulling and pushing the discussion in two or three different directions diverting the energy that needs to be focused on the task at hand. Do keep in mind that plenty of good ideas are out there, but they don't all belong in specific task meetings. They deserve their own Activism threads or they belong in preliminary planning meetings that should take place in Activism Discussion.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2010
  2. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    I agree but the moderators on Activism are much less flexible than the moderators in other areas.

    THR is a special place so while I find this inconsistency annoying it is one of the few.

    If you want to appreciate THR go visit the other board (I can't mention the name as that would not be "high road"). You will come back here and want to kiss them on the mouth, although most will not appreciate that. :D

    I suggest that you keep your comments very specific and mention the OP in every post or they will be deleted without explanation.
  3. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    The opportunity to discuss and debate the best course of action with a little "elbow room" would assist in the effectiveness of the activism.

    In my company, when we are trying to make a decision, we do the exact opposite of total control. We "brainstorm" so that we can get all of the ideas on the table, sift through them, and then distill it down to the best idea.

    In my opinion, it would be useful to have a free forum where we can be creative, without fear of retribution from THR staff, and come up with some great ideas to help the RKBAs.

    This is the only section of THR where I get concerned that I might get reprimanded by a moderator. (the only other place on THR that I have been reprimanded the moderator apologized to me afterwards)

    The sad thing is that this section is the place where we need the MOST creativity because this is the section where we attempt to preserve our freedom.
  4. You mean like the rarely used Activism Discussion and Planning subforum?
  5. Guillermo

    Guillermo member


    I would like to have the planning and initiation not "stovepiped" and "partitioned" like a Clinton intelligence network which stopped us from preventing 9-11.

    And I would like the moderation consistent with the rest of THR.

    Please understand...I appreciate the job that all of the moderators do. We can all improve, especially most us member folks. And I include myself in that group as my passions sometime get the better of me. I am NOT being pious here.

    It is NOT my intention to take you guys to task because I appreciate the job that you do and thank you for doing it.

    Perhaps my impression is incorrect, but it seems that the tightest rectums are in the Activism moderators of THR.

    Sorry for the tangent.
  6. esquare

    esquare Well-Known Member

    Frankly I agree with the activism protocol here. The problem is that someone posts an activism thread and it also seems that someone else comes along and for whatever reason tries to detail the discussion of how best to achieve that activism. For the life of me I don't know why people do this. If snubbies really didn't think boycotts would work, why didn't he start a new thread called "Have boycotts really worked in the past? I think we should focus on CCW in IL instead..."? (Sorry to pick on you, just you're the most recent example).

    These threads are to move people to do something. If someone doesn't feel moved, that's fine, but unless it's constructive to the thread, why argue about it? Think of it this way, we 'brainstorm' in the other sections, but in Activism, let's get to work and focus on the task at hand.
  7. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    we agree to disagree
  8. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Very well put, and that's exactly the problem and exactly why the discussion forum is in a different place.

    The root word of Activism is ACT, not TALK.

    I'm not sure why this causes any confusion or consternation to be honest. It seems fairly simple.
  9. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    Well I have stated my case and you are free to agree or disagree.

    One thing that we CAN agree on is that this section of THR is the most stringent.

    An admittedly unscientific sampling of different areas of THR show that Activism is one of the least visited and commented on areas.

    As virtually all THR member care about the RKBA this area should be the most visited.

    That it is not harms the cause.

    Since you disagree with my theory as to why this is I will happily listen to your theory or theories.
  10. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    You are right, it's the most tightly regulated area on THR.

    You are right, it should be the most visited.

    Where we disagree is on WHY it should be the most visited. It should be the most visited because it should present a coherent, organized, actionable plan to address whatever specific problem the thread was created to address, not have a roundtable discussion with 40 different tangents about maybe what we could do if this or if that.

    People should be able to go in there, see one or 2 simple things they could do to help; email, call, write a letter, contact a legislator, etc. and go PERFORM that action in a short timeframe. If the threads go 5 pages of conversation the quick glance to see "what can I do today between my coffee and my conference call" is lost.

    It's not a theory, it's intentionally designed that way.
  11. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    Since it is among the least visited, logic dictates that the design should be questioned.
  12. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    The sad truth is that activism is always one of the least popular areas of gun ownership.

    Look at even such a simple thing as the number of NRA/GOA/SAF members as compared to the overall number of gun owners.

    Forum design and policy are not the cause of this, it's simple apathy.
  13. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    I am a pretty motivated fellow and I do not often come in here because of the moderation so I know that your theory is not 100% correct.

    As it seems unlikely that anything else is going to be tried I guess we will never know.

    And because of that the RKBA activism will suffer.
  14. Floppy_D

    Floppy_D Member In Memoriam

    I wholeheartedly disagree. I think it doesn't see much traffic because there's so little that you can actually do there. Taking a non-shooter to the range is gun activism. Inviting a gunowner who doesn't shoot much out to a competition is activism. Encouraging your gun-owning friends to join the NRA and their state's associations is activism. I take non-shooters to the range every chance I get, but I don't need to start a thread on it. There's lots to do at the grassroots level.

    If I owned a forum, I too would be heavy in the moderation of anything "Activism and Planning," for fear of legal repercussions from things that forum members had "planned." Something gets out of hand, and fingers start getting pointed.

    To be fair, the guys who run this board do a whole boatload for activism by providing a forum to discuss gun-related things. How many "I'm new to guns I need help" threads pop up daily? If a person interested in guns has some of the barriers taken down, gets the chance to read about safety, and learns what he/she needs to avoid an accident ... isn't that activism?
  15. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    TexasRifleman hit the nail on the head.

    Far too many come to talk, and do nothing but talk.

    Far too many discussions de-volve into what used to be allowed under "Legal and Political" and those, almost without exception, quickly become urinating contests...utterly unproductive, devastatingly divisive and absolutely asinine. Think I can sneak in one more alliteration? :) Nah, that'll do it.

    I come here to read, not to post. When the conversation is derailed and subsequently closed, we all lose. But that is on the people who go off-topic, not on the mods. The rules are there to keep discussion focused; when that breaks down, the thread has lost it's raison d'etre.
  16. Nushif

    Nushif Well-Known Member

    I don't really think Apathy is the main cause. I have my own theories on that, but thtat's neither here nor there.
    Point is though, that activism does need a bit of comingling with talking. Otherwise how can we come up with a plan to for instance do an open carry on a campus?

    We could for instance write some sort of guide on "How to do a pro 2nd Amendment event via these forums."

    That would probably help a lot of people make heads and tails of this left brain/right brain disconnect.
  17. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    The problem is that Activism Discussion is neglected. Guillermo, I don't understand the barrier to using AD to brainstorm and Activism as the workshop after the brainstorming?

    Look at other websites and parse the real action from the hand wringing and chest beating. There's a lot of talk, but not a lot of real work. Most people want to talk and kvetch, but very few actually want to do something. If people want to talk about RKBA we have AD. If they want to actually try to field a plan, then Activism is the place to work. Mixing the two is like trying to get something done with a bunch of folks in the production area that aren't on task. If folks want to talk about forms of activism there's AD. If they want to just complain there's General.

    Think of it this way, Activism is the "kitchen" and AD is the "bar". Ones where the work gets done and the other is where folks talk about the food. To take the analogy further to look at keeping Activism tasks on task, you can get a dish prepared if everyone in the kitchen isn't tossing random bits into the recipe. You can make some variations and have different twists on an apple pie, but you wreck the effort when someone insists on putting viet fish sauce in the turkey and dressing. Keep the different tasks separate and you can end up with a lot of useful dishes to choose from. Toss different things in that don't fit and all you get is garbage.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2010
  18. Guillermo

    Guillermo member


    Before I go on please accept my thanks for the job you do. It is not incongruent to be appreciative yet have some issues with how it is done.

    I am guilty for not being quite as direct as I should have been. I shall be frank.

    The reason that I am reluctant to hang in these areas are the moderators, including you. Those areas include A & AD. You guys have hair triggers.

    It is unlikely that you remember but during a discussion, some guy was being a real pain and I posted something rather tame and got an infraction. (my specific post "Interestingly enough, the tone of your rants are that of an anti. A troll? Quite possibly.") To your credit, you reversed and made a warning.

    Understand, that I have gotten 2 warnings in 2000 + postings. One the moderator (rbernie) misread and apologized later. He even looked into if he could remove it. Nice fellow.

    I value THR too much to spend too much time in these areas because of the overzealous moderators.

    It is my opinion that consistency with the rest of THR would be valuable. Even getting a posting deleted, which you guys do constantly, is enough to aggravate a member into not posting potentially valuable ideas.
  19. MIL-DOT

    MIL-DOT member

    After just now stumbling onto, then reading this entire thread, I feel compelled to chime in. IMO, the more substantial,logical argument has been made by Guillermo. Now I'll meekly slink back over to "Rifle Country" and "Revolvers". ;)
  20. Rail Driver

    Rail Driver Well-Known Member

    Guillermo, while I agree that the moderation in Activism and Activism Discussion is tighter than the rest of the site, I don't agree with your proposed solution. If anything the rest of the site needs to be a bit tighter. I've seen one instance of a thread getting closed within just a few minutes of being posted (maybe an hour or two at most), and other instances of threads that had completely devolved to name calling and trash talking (A troll perhaps?) sitting there open and getting worse for a couple days.

    I've also noticed one other thing... The "hair trigger mods" aren't slammed on by someone until they're the one getting a post deleted or a thread locked. Ironic eh?

    I'm a member of 6 gun forums, and this one is not only the most active (hundreds, if not thousands of visitors per day), but also the most highly moderated and easiest to find what I'm looking for. If I had to pick ONE forum only, I would absolutely pick this one. This forum, with its thousands of visitors per day, has MUCH less problems than any of the other forums I belong to even though all of them have much fewer members and visitors per day.

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