For the past two days, I've had to monitor the Obama figure thread, and remove or edit a number of posts. I've been told that I might not have handled it as well as I should have, and in one case, that any post with the figure will become a problem. I now offer a few comments on the matter:
_ Anyone who has managed to navigate the process to become a member of OSW, has the necessary intelligence to understand the meaning of NO POLITICS.
_ It is usually a matter of practice to PM individuals after edits have been done, but at least in my case, I deal with members on a basis of how serious the situation is. When numerous or serious enough, such comms may be some time in being sent.
_ Some may fantasize that they can know my personal beliefs based on my actions as an admin, but those actions are as required by OSW regs. It would be abundantly clear if I were working without such restrictions.
_ Politics are proscribed for exactly the reasons that have made this post necessary. With the recent US Presidential election, and DiD's plainly partisan presentaion of their figure, emotions have run high since last year. It has meant extra work for staff, as well as a considerable "period of grace". That period is over.
OSW is a board with an international membership. We are here to show our work, discuss the hobby, learn from others, and hopefully give something back. All in a civil manner.
Recently, OSW has had to deal with spammers, neo-nazis, uninformed insults from outside individuals who as guests should know to behave better, and some of it's own members who cannot leave some things at the door. None of these things add anything good to our hobby. As such, they are removed. So before you hit Submit Reply or Submit New Thread, take a moment to ask yourself if it really means anything to the hobby and the membership.