fables22: It's about ethics in gaming forums
However, as someone before already mentioned in this thread as well, I don't feel like we have to justify every act of moderation that happens or will happen - I suppose "our house, our rules" applies. That is not to say that moderation is to be taken lightly, though.
... pun intended.
Which is my way of saying - it's never been a matter of you having to do X - but of whether you should want to do so.
Think of it as best practices with losts of history. Kindly read my reply to Vaina below for more.
I know you won't agree. You consider transparency opposed to safety and as enabler of bad things. You might even imagine I'm advocating doxxing...
I think this is reversing causation. The bad things like underlying divisions, smashing of heads (figurative I'm sure - just quoting you), deep trenches, disagreement with moderation, etc, etc... are not a consequence of transparency. They are the underlying cause which IMO is better addressed transparently.
You should agree with me on this. If anyone would suggest our judicial system should default to opaque / secretive (dare I saw Kafkian?) processes you would understand the issues immediately. Exceptionally the identity of victims or even perpetrators might require secrecy. Extremely exceptionally the whole process might be closed to the public and kept classified - temporarily. To have that be the default however is IMO wholly counterproductive to justice.
Just because the stakes are lower does not modify the dynamics of authority and the application of power. We're only human afterall. Use and abuse are too close...
Otherwise, it seems like an exploitable method of getting someone's most disliked threads locked.
Ergo heckler's veto. Non malicious derailing will be extremely difficult to distinguish from careful manipulation.
I'm starting to be okay with the idea that someone can only post on the forums if they've made at least one purchase, or some other way to stymie alt accounts.
A lot of internet issues would disappear with removal of anonymity or imposition of monetary barriers. Enforcing skin in the game so to speak.
I expect you see the principled objections to either though... balancing values and goals is difficult.