Out of the Blue

Had an Abbott and Costello moment this morning after MrsBlue emailed the sysadmin at work to get a password for the laptop she brought home for the weekend. I've changed his name and adjective to avoid a cybersecurity fail:

MrsBlue: Jim Rocks! Blue: He wrote you back?
MrsBlue: Yup. Blue: What was your password?
MrsBlue: Jim Rocks. Blue: Yeah, he got back to you fast. So what was it?
MrsBlue: Jim Rocks. Blue: Why are you...? Oh. Your password is "Jim Rocks?"
MrsBlue: How many times do you need me to tell you that? Blue: Who's on first?

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Nov 27, 2019, 14:40
 
Blue wrote on Nov 27, 2019, 12:32:
Sepharo wrote on Nov 27, 2019, 11:57:
Is that the first time a thread has ever been locked?
New feature?

It's your site to do as you want of course, but personally I'd hope that gets used very very sparingly. I realize it's work for you to individually remove posts, and this is a tool to reduce that in a heated thread... I just hate that it punishes non-offenders as well.

I'm part of another ancient forum that lacks the ability to remove posts and only uses thread locks. I always used this forum as an example of how obnoxious users should be handled when discussing their tendency to thread lock... So I was pretty disappointed to see that little lock icon today.

Thanks for everything you do Blue, you're a great moderator despite that not being something you should even have to be.

If it reassures you, that feature has been available for years, and story number 205970 is our first locked thread, not that there were not some that probably could have benefited from this.

I appreciate the kind words, but don't know if I want to take credit for being such a good moderator. I do think a laissez faire approach is appropriate to a forum used by adults. But it's a fine line, and I think I've been too lax at times, which has driven away some valued members of our little community over the years. The thread in question was reported last night and I decided to let it go, and by this morning it had turned into a complete shitshow. I agree that locking the thread unfairly punishes everyone, but it had all degenerated to a back-and-forth about some of the uglier posts anyway.

I'll continue to do my best, but it's a challenging task to get right.



And again, if the ignore function prevented those being ignored from seeing the posts of those ignoring them entirely, they wouldn't be able to quote it from other people who quote them and manage to keep trolling. If someone is on a user's ignore list they shouldn't be able to see any posts at all from the person ignoring them.
"Van Gogh painted alone and in despair and in madness and sold one picture in his entire life. Millions struggled alone, unrecognized, and struggled as heroically as any famous hero. Was it worthless? I knew it wasn't."
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