Hi, I’m Rob-S, and I’m a Moderatorholic

{Audience}  Hi, Rob

{Rob}  I’ve come here to confess I’ve been a heavy handed, two fisted moderator for over two years.

{Audience}  Tell us more, brother Rob.

{Rob}  It all started when I wandered in off the street one night into Sister Arianna’s temple of Liberal Love.  How was I to know that it was a trap.  I feel so ashamed.  {awwwwww}  Well, the high priestess sat me down, gave me a cup of strange tasting coffee, and before long, I was an acolyte.  {Praise Arianna!}  But then she started asking me to do all these things, and I found I had no resistance to doing them.  And then one of the Investor brothers brought me this Kool-Aide, and said “drink”, and, being a good acolyte, I did.  {Blessed Be, Blessed Be}  He told me I must follow the new regimen to the letter, even when being contradictory.  And it was good.

{Audience}  Oh, no, brother Rob!

{Rob}  Yes, and before long I had a score of bright eyed followers doing my bidding for the good of the high priestess.  Our mission was simple.  Expand the base of the visitors to the temple.  Yes, and every click was like another donation.  It was a miracle!

We have our standards.  Consistency, not an issue, though.  No use of words on THE LIST.  No information of what THE LIST consists of.  THE LIST shall be updated continuously in any manner we choose.  No attacking the Trolls.  Sorry, you can’t say Trolls.  Against the rules.  Absolutely no mentioning the temple in your posts.  Certainly not the high priestess, for her name is sacred.  And many proper names, including those mentioned in the piece you are posting to, they too shall be forbidden words.  Do not fear, there are good words we always accept.  “Barry” is a loved word.  Don’t ask why, but it has been granted blessed approval.  And if you can sneak in a reference to economics, no matter how ignorant it is, we will accept it, for the high priestess is well versed in it and loves to hear the word.  And racism, while we deplore it and accept no direct references, is always welcome from our troll friends in their pursuit of their truth.

But do not bash to Trolls.  We love them.  They bring us multiple clicks.  And no words they may use, unless of exceptionally scurilous nature, shall be removed from our sight.  (or site).  We will punish those who question the trolls and mock them, for it is forbidden in the laws.  The laws are all.  And if you speak in a foreign tongue, beware, for we have excrutiating punishments in the infamous time-out box waiting for you.

For those sinners who come and speak of forbidden things, or mock the creator {blessed Arianna}, we shall cast you out into the darkness.  For it is said that even those who wore the vestments of a holy Monk may be cast out if they carry the seed of descension and question the holy relics.

Now I have digressed.  I came here to seek absolution for my sins and to walk the path of righteousness.  Am I welcome among you, as a repentant Moderaholic, I ask?

{Audience}  GO FARK YOURSELF.   We’re sorry, brother Rob, we find you to be undeserving.  Be gone from among us!

{Rob}  How dare you ingrates speak thus to me!  Off with your heads.  I have the power.  Beware!

Thus ends my little morality play.  It is only fiction.  No persons, either living or dead, were represented by this piece.  There could not be any people like this, now could there?

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imusintheevening
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Look, ROB S., HOW DARE YOU FOLLOW ME HERE YOU FUCK. Just what are you threatening with these emails?:

Hello:

No,those emails are not that common & reviewing your recent activity, you still seem to be doing so in spite of being warned. I have bigger fish to fry, and so I will simply tell you that you really should stop, now.

If I find myself looking at this account again for this issue, you won’t like the results.

Thanks,

Rob S.
Moderator
Huffington Post

Hello,

Please understand that consistently trying to subvert our word filter or helping others to do so could endanger your account status.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Rob S.
Moderator
Huffington Post

Here is one for you ROB: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y66OupWR_nk

(Thanks FM)

escribacat
Member

Hilarious. Rob S seems to have a bit of a complex.

ThunderclapNewman
Member
ThunderclapNewman

That’s Rob, alright.

What a small man he is, and with such an ax to grind.

javaz
Member

Welcome to the Planet ThunderclapNewman!!!!!

SueInCa
Member

Yes, welcome Thunderclap. It is good here.

AdLib
Admin

Well done FM!

Hope you and your many socks are pointing folk at HuffPo to this article, they will be rolling in the aisles!

bito
Member

May I ask a question? Why do you people go on that site and comment?
Fun, game, sport or abuse? Does anyone think they are going to enlighten anyone there? If one needs to bitch, I would think it may be best to write to MSNBC and point out HuffPo faults. How many clicks are you adding to her total numbers everyday? Jeebus, AH is on KO right now.

Gretel1or2
Member
Gretel1or2

AH now has a new article up about the economy being “Obama’s Katrina.” I’m not sure what’s the point of that article, except to garner some more anti-Obama sentiment. I’m getting more and disgusted with that site, which is why I’m looking for alternates.

escribacat
Member

Hey, Gretel! I had a feeling I’d be seeing you over here sooner or later. Good to see you. I suspect we’re on the same wavelength.

bito
Member

Welcome Gretel. A warm welcome to PPOV

AdLib
Admin

Welcome the The Planet, Gretel1or2! Might take a bit of getting used to here, not self-censoring to avoid mods or the word filter but I think you’ll get the hang of it.

WELCOME!

HITO
Member
HITO

Hello Gretel.

Welcome to the better place/planet. Give it some time to get used to the relevancy and lack of hostility you may have become used to. The thread here moves slower and you will not have that instantaneous gratification you have experienced over at hp…but most times those responses were abbreviated, lacked a sign of thorough reasoning, and were just for laughs.

We like to laugh here also, but we keep our eye on the serious issues and engage appropriately.

Feel free to ask any questions…someone will reply.

🙂

Gretel1or2
Member
Gretel1or2

Thanks everyone for such a warm welcome! I’ve been lurking here for some time, and this seems refreshing. Absence of unnecessary snarkiness, trolling, anti-Obama propaganda, and the presence of more mature & thoughtful discussion of relevant issues. I look forward to posting/writing/discussion/laughs, etc.!

escribacat
Member

I am very glad to see you here. I’ve been feeling kinship with your hp posts for quite awhile.

KQµårk 死神
Member

Welcome Gretel. I thought Aryanna last week told me last week that Afghanistan was Obama’s Katrina. Face it the president has inherited a steaming pile of shite. It’s ridiculous for people the think he can fix all our ills in such a short time. The fact is most Americans already know this and are being patient. Not just ills from of the last 8 years but from almost thirty years.

nellie
Member

Welcome to PPOV, Gretel — this is a wonderful site where you will find wonderful people with a lot of experiences, knowledge, and opinions to share.

Warning: this place is addictive!

AlphaBitch
Member
AlphaBitch

Hi Gretel1or2!

Welcome to a planet where you can actually breathe! You’ll have a good time here. My only problem is that I can check in only sporadically. But whenever you write, someone makes you feel you made a valuable contribution, whether or not they agree with you.

Happy to have you join the Planetarians!

nellie
Member

Planetarians! I like that.

AdLib
Admin

I was saving that name for when we become a religion. Oh well…

nellie
Member

Too late. We already like it!

(The religion part can always come later….)

AlphaBitch
Member
AlphaBitch

Thanks, “Saint” Nellie! And Bito- we can always compromise on what you will need to shave………….

As far as dressing funny: I guess I already do.

bito
Member

Do we have to dress funny and shave our heads? (No, NO not my beard!! 😆

kesmarn
Admin

Uh-oh, and here I’ve been telling friends and family that I am a Planeteer. Do I have to revise that? Or can we go with either/or? At least when when we become a religion, all those millions that have been rolling in will be tax-exempt, right AdLib?

escribacat
Member

kesmarn — Planeteers sounds a bit like the Mousketeers…:)

kesmarn
Admin

Oh yeah, cat, you have a point. I guess I was thinking of the slightly more dignified Musketeers!

KevenSeven
Member

Who are you kidding?

You have already been fitted for your vestments!

I suppose you expect me to swing the goddam incense as you parade around?

Not on your nellie! (Sos to speak)

escribacat
Member

“Planetarians.” Love it. We’ll have to dress in red and wear long chains with a picture of Adlib’s avatar. We’ll have to buy Adlib a dozen cadillacs at some point too.

kesmarn
Admin

LOL!

AlphaBitch
Member
AlphaBitch

I’m an Aries, so red is my color. I think we should have beer tab chains…and I hear Caddy’s are going cheaper these days. I think AdLib needs a stretch.

kesmarn
Admin

Welcome, Gretel1or2! The Planet is a welcome relief from Arianna’s not-so-subtle undermining of this President during a challenging time…and from a lot of other “stuff” over there, too. Enjoy!

KevenSeven
Member

Welcome aboard!

We do occasionally butt heads here, but we do try to keep it civil.

Some of us are more “stand and deliver” than are others. Just rock and roll.

KevenSeven
Member

I enjoy slapping the shit out of trolls.

Is that OK?

Khirad
Member

I approve.

SueInCa
Member

Slap them hard K7, I enjoy watching meltdowns as well and will once in awhile go after one. In the most sincere way, of course.

KQµårk 死神
Member

Brilliant piece FM. It reminds me of the famous line from the scene in “Animal House” during the hazing ceremony “thank you sir may I have another.”

AdLib
Admin

FYI, I got an anonymous email from a blogger at HuffPo who shares many of our members’ sensibilities about what the problem is over there with cliques but seems to be concerned that it is happening over here too. She expressed that she felt The Planet needs to be more open and more welcoming to people.

Maybe I’m in an Admin bubble but I was really bewildered by this. The Planet is wide open to anyone to join and we have an unspoken policy here that I see members practicing all the time, of welcoming new members to the site.

Though I disagree with her perception of The Planet, cliques at blogs suck and have no home here. Just a good reminder for all of us to always be welcoming and treat all members as respected peers, as well as guard against cliques ever taking root here.

We will always be inclusive, not exclusive here…afterall we’re all on the same Planet together.

nellie
Member

I don’t have the feeling of cliques here. Not at all. I can’t imagine what your email sender meant.

Pepe Lepew
Member

People see things that aren’t necessarily there sometimes.

imusintheevening
Member

I can see how it could happen though – people get all chatty at the exclusion of others

KQµårk 死神
Member

Any smaller site is going to have a very familiar feel that is much less anonymous than huffpo. We all are familiar with the monikers here but on any day at huffy there are dozens of monikers we do not recognize. Some people relish it and some are not comfortable with it because they may feel more exposed or they may not feel they belong.

It has nothing to do with moderation or censorship.

Questinia
Member

Didn’t you just PM me saying we wouldn’t be sitting with the others while drinking our lattes at the Author’s Cafe?

AdLib
Admin

Sssh! Yes! And the secret password to get into the VIP section is “swordfish”. Keep this just between you and me, don’t tell anyone!

Questinia
Member

Which is what we will be dining on!

Let the others eat fishsticks!!

escribacat
Member

Well, I don’t like swordfish anyway. 🙂

KQµårk 死神
Member

That is funny on so many levels.

escribacat
Member

I have never felt it was cliquish here but who knows what was going on when the visitor came. Maybe people were having more personal conversations. Adlib, could you respond and ask specifically what gave off that impression? I’ve always made an effort to say hello when someone new arrives here — just because that’s how I’d like to be treated in that situation. Maybe she jumped in and said something and nobody responded. That can scare people off. That’s how the “scene” on the HP main every evening often feels to me (depending on who is there).

HITO
Member
HITO

I have witnessed many warm welcomes to newcomers on here. I remember the day I registered, at least three posters greeted me. Felt very warm and fuzzy.

The other evening when MissTraci showed up, I believe 4-5 of us greeted her personally and there was follow up info posted to her about how the site works.

We were given nothing at hp. You signed in, and you entered the hp school of hard-knocks-to-stumble around, got scrubbed due to unknown word list violations, and kept your defenses up because you never knew who was a troll, and who would attack.

I remember being quite confused the first month at hp. I still am at times.

escribacat
Member

I remember feeling confused too — and easily injured. I remember feeling attacked and piled on quite a bit. I must have grown a thicker skin or else I just learned which posters to avoid. Or maybe I got my own sabre sharpened… (or all three).

AdLib
Admin

Unfortunately, she used the site’s contact form and didn’t leave her actual email or user name, I don’t know if she is or isn’t a member and have no way to contact her.

Would like to, always like to prove my word is my bond and that The Planet is an open and welcoming place.

choicelady
Member

Nobody welcomed me – but I did not expect that. Now that I know, I suppose I could feel slighted, but I’ve enjoyed these conversations enormously. I am sort of an odd one out not because I’m conservative (definitely not a troll!) but because my work puts me into the progressive faith community center, and I think that’s not comfy for everyone. I am actually quite radical with the full support of my organization and our members and my own conscience. But that ‘working for a faith group’ thingy is sometimes startling to people.

But the discussions are totally wonderful. I got here because of KQuark who knows me not but who was the first person I fanned on HuffPo and whose writings have always been most impressive. When I found that link in one of his HuffPo posts and saw what you were all writing and thinking, I loved it. I check in as often as work will allow, and I always learn something from someone. It’s a very fine place to exchange views. Thanks to all!

escribacat
Member

Welcome, choicelady!! I’ve enjoyed reading all your posts.

choicelady
Member

Well, thank you escribacat – I’ve enjoyed yours, too!

HITO
Member
HITO

I am sorry I did not welcome you at your entrance. I was too new…think it was a couple of days after my own registration, but I saw you come in.

Planet is a wonderful place indeed.

Glad you are here.

nellie
Member

Me, too. I always enjoy reading your posts.

bito
Member

nellie, have you seen this? http://thinkprogress.org/2009/11/23/tea-heckle-woman/

Mob rule at it’s finest!!

Welcome again C’Lady, I am honered to learn from your experiences and insights

nellie
Member

I did indeed. I believe I posted something at HP about mob rule. Weak minded people lead by the morally bereft.

I got an inane comment in response, of course.

I can always tell when people have been listening to Rush Limbaugh. His main schtick is convincing people it’s okay to be heartless.

KQµårk 死神
Member

Thank you so much choicelady. I hope you feel welcome now. I have really appreciated your posts as well. I thought you had some excellent thoughts and shared some great personal experience on the religious thread just for example.

kesmarn
Admin

Whoa! choicelady! How could you not have been welcomed when you first joined up!? You are an amazing commenter. Don’t leave!

I often work evenings, so, let me make up for the oversight by saying WELCOME right now…better late than ever, I hope!

After all, we theists have to stick together :o)

(NOoooo! I’m not going there again!!)

Bernard Marx
Member

I’m suprised by this. As a new member here myself, I think The Planet is indeed, wide open. I just stumbled across it and have been impressed so far.

A place to blog freely and discuss the issues of the day – sounds great to me!

Perhaps your anonymous emailer was put-off by the many in-conversations that happen here. By this I mean the off-topic personal chats that go on here. This could seem a bit clique-like to an outsider.