Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald
This is a pet peeve of mine. In many, if not most, cases, the poster of a deleted post would not even know the poster's posts were being deleted and keep on transgressing unless notified. I realize that notifying posters of deletions every time would be more work for the mods but, if the transgression was serious enough to warrant deletion, then it also warrants notifying the poster of the action. As the old adage goes, anything worth doing is worth doing right.
Face it, the TOS is a massive wall of text and it is easy to miss an occasional detail (OCN is the most prudish forum I'm on, not that I'm advocating the other extreme, such as the prolific profanity allowed on LTT). Also, what constitutes a violation can be highly subjective at times (such as what is considered rude), not to mention some of the restrictions are just a bit extreme (the ban on grawlixes, for example, which the TOS calls symbols; for crying out loud, they are frequently used in newspaper comics read by children and are harmless unless they are used with letters that make it clear a specific profanity is being used). Forum management has the right to set the rules but they should enforce them evenly. For example, I had a mod (a new one; new mods are often overzealous, much like rookie cops and newly promoted bosses) follow my posts and deleting posts I had been using banned initials in (an unintentional violation of the TOS) before finally notifying me of it. Some of the threads my deleted posts were in contained the same violation made by others that were not deleted. I had even quoted one of those posts in a post of mine that was deleted. The mod did far more work following me around (I seriously doubt anyone reported any of them, let alone all of them) and deleting several of my posts than would have been required to have informed me of the violation the first time he moderated it.
Deletions can come in two forms.
A. Deleted just as a general cleanup should a user be quoting or copying another users ''Bad'' content, we will not notify said user automatically in these instances. This also includes multiple posts relating to the same issue, or for general arguing to a point where the discussion is disrupted.
B. Deleted due to a ToS Breach. Users will be notified of a content issue via Warning or Infraction
The ToS is fairly large, but covers the bases. Granted some users may not want to read the rules, but that is a user choice. Should the user breach the ToS due to lack of knowledge of the rules they are messaged or given a warning in the first instance to educate.
You are correct that ''Rude'' can be subjective, this is when if a user is unhappy with a deletion or official action taken against them, they can dispute it with the Managing Moderator. What one considers rude, another may consider it as toeing the line. Unfortunately there is no concrete definition of Rude that people can follow 100% to the letter as our interpretations will all differ. This is why we have a management structure so that we can look at a disputed case and make a final decision.
As for Grawlixes, I will added this to the current policies. We will treat these as we do with the filtering system whereby its infrequent use is fine.
If anyone wants to question a deleted post or staff member then I encourage them to message Lemans81
who is our Managing Moderator and he will be happy to look into it