I have no idea if this will actually go anywhere, but Ken’s behavior in the last 24 hours has disturbed me. Even if he weren’t a moderator, his immature name-calling and condescending attitude would be irritating and offensive, but I also believe legitimate violations of his moderation policy, and that of the site, have taken place.
This first violation occurs with the original “house for sale” threat in Points of Reality, which Ken unilaterally locked, deleted all the posts, and re-posted them under his account without attributing to whom each individual post was written. When pressed, he said it was because he was sick of our “brand of garbage,” which is neither against a publicized net-bens rule or against his publicized moderator policy (which can be found here: http://www.net-benefits.net/showthread.php?t=12893). This comes perilously close to outright censorship.
The second and third violations come from what I believe to be uneven enforcements of a policy that is not expressly in Ken’s moderation policy, but apparently is now. After calling him out for what I believed to be a misuse of his moderator powers, I received an “infraction” for that post for inappropriate language (I said that joking about gun violence was “kinda fucked up”). I believe the infraction is made public, as there are notations both in the post and in my net-bens profile. There are other instances of curse words being used in Points of Reality which Ken has done nothing about. http://www.net-benefits.net/showthread.php?t=13363 is a great example–Ken is actually the first respondent, but as far as I can tell, the original poster has no infraction issued (to be clear, I have nothing against cussing in general unless it is directed at a particular person (ie, calling someone an asshole, as opposed to referring to something as “fucked up”), and I am not trying to drag other people unwillingly into this, I am just trying to use an example to make a point).
Again–that previous paragraph has two violations that I believe happened–another use of Ken’s mod power outside of his published platform, and an uneven enforcement of that power. I’m not about to publicly speculate about Ken’s motives in slapping me in particular with an infraction, but needless to say, I am more than a little suspicious.
As I recall on the old site, if someone wanted an impeachment or some other major site change to happen, it required a certain number of votes from people with a certain number of posts (I forget what those numbers were). Consider this the voting of my 852 posts towards the impeachment of Ken as moderator of Points of Reality. If this push for impeachment fails for whatever reason, I will run against Ken during the next moderator election cycle. I still judge at some northern California debate tournaments, so I still have a reason to stay involved in the debate community beyond my own personal interests, and so I am willing to remain engaged in the net-benefits community for the length of a term as moderator.