Hey guys/gals. I just wanted to talk briefly about my renewed status as Moderator, what I'd like to accomplish with it, and the kind of meta-dialogue I'd like to establish with you.
I've been a member of the Beatdown for a long time. I joined in 2008 after lurking for a while, and -- outside of a few administration-imposed breaks -- I've been an active member ever since. I like to think that I have my finger on the pulse of the blog; I've seen the many highs and lows this site has gone through. I've seen brilliant contributors come and go. All this has shaped my opinion that the absolute best thing for the Beatdown is to reinforce an atmosphere that fosters mutual respect among Ravens fans and rejects baseless statements lacking factual grounding or logic. A number of contributors have worked very hard for a long time to establish this atmosphere, sometimes against a lot of opposition. It's my goal, community willing (more about this later), to reestablish this. There are countless places we could go to talk trash and start meaningless arguments. I'd like to think that people come here for something deeper and more meaningful. I think we can attain that, and I think that I can help.
Being a moderator is, for me, an ill-fitting hat. I can be petty and capricious; there are members of the Beatdown I'd like to ban just because they annoy me. It should come as no surprise that I need a check on my power, and I'd like you to be a part of that. To that end, I promise you that I will be transparent in my operations. You will know when I warn or ban somebody. If you don't like how I operate, or why I've warned/banned somebody, or even the goal I'm working towards, tell me. If you think somebody needs a swift banning and I haven't done so yet, let me know. My personal email is listed in the Masthead (under About in the site's header).
My personal opinion is that it's better for a person to be a contributing member than to be banned. Unless somebody does something egregious, I'd prefer to warn them before banning them. I think Zachary Beard would attest to this; there were probably several times in his earlier posting days as Baltimore Warrior in which he could have legitimately been banned, and now he's managing the site. Please keep this in mind if you're wondering why some incessant douche bag hasn't been banned just yet. As you can probably tell by my signature, the Community Guidelines are my moderating guidelines, as it were. They were written a while ago under different management, so they may need to be updated. I'm fine with them being a fluid set of guidelines that reflect the community's current expectations. In any case, I don't really see them as an exhaustive set of rules.
Anyways, the gist of what I'm trying to say is that I consider myself to only be operating as an extension of your expectations for the site. Give me your feedback; let me know if I'm not performing up to your expectations. Keep me honest.