Please don’t post in red
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Hello, this is a friendly reminder to please refrain from using red font in your posts.  There are many other colors on the palette and you are free to use them all.  We reserve red for official mod/admin reprimands.   If you have recently used red pen in a post, please take a moment to change it to blue or green or purple or pink or yellow or orange or brown or grey or etc.  

Thank you for your continued cooperation is this matter. Thumbsup

—Quix
The Soufflé isn’t the soufflé; the soufflé is the recipe. --Clara 
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#2
(02-05-2020, 07:58 AM)Quixilated Wrote:  Hello, this is a friendly reminder to please refrain from using red font in your posts.  There are many other colors on the palette and you are free to use them all.  We reserve red for official mod/admin reprimands.   If you have recently used red pen in a post, please take a moment to change it to blue or green or purple or pink or yellow or orange or brown or grey or etc.  

Thank you for your continued cooperation is this matter. Thumbsup

—Quix

This is appalling. Why would anyone do that to the mods?
~ J. Dalton
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(02-05-2020, 11:53 AM)busker Wrote:  This is appalling. Why would anyone do that to the mods?
~ J. Dalton

I know you are probably just teasing, but on the off chance that you are not, and as there has been considerable angst in the past over members feeling that rules such as this are unjust, I feel obligated to clarify. 

This is not something anyone is "doing to the mods."  I'm sure it was not done intentionally, nor are any mods or admin offended by the accident.  No pride has been injured.  No penalties are being inflicted.  

I believe it is a reasonable request, and one I had hoped was worded politely and respectfully enough to prevent hurt feelings or embarrassment.  It is never my intention or desire to embarrass, bully, or offend the members of this site.     

This not an arbitrary request, nor is it fueled by a petty need for power or self-importance.  This is not an "us vs. them" situation.  There are actually reasons behind the request, which I had assumed were self-evident.  I didn't want to subject anyone to the tedium of one of my thorough explanations, but if anyone is truly under the misconception that the rule exist only as a way for mods and admin to claim ownership over something simply for the sake of owning it, then I feel I must explain. 

1.) Why do we need a separate "mod voice" color?  The answer is simple, it is because the mods and admin are also members.  Sometimes we want to comment as members.  If we don't have a way to distinguish between when we are commenting as a member and when we are commenting in an official capacity to moderate, then the lines will get blurred and our regular comments might be mistaken for shouting and our official warnings might be mistaken for passing comments.  If we don't have a way to distinguish between when we are moderating and when we are members, then we lose our freedom to participate on the site as members.  This distinction helps all members because it prevents unnecessary confusion.  If we comment on your post in black or any other color, it is simply our own personal opinion as a member.  If we comment on your post in red, then you are being "moderated."  This distinction helps members know at first glance which way to read the words.  Without this distinction everyone would have to be constantly reading between the lines and wondering whether or not a comment is just a comment or if it is something more.  

2.) Why red?  Red is often used to indicate urgency, danger, or alarm.   Exits signs, stop signs, fragile and handle with care signs are often worded in red.  Red is the color most often associated with warnings.  Red words, even when scrolling quickly by, catch the eye and stand out from the rest.  If we have something to say that we need to make sure the reader will see, red is the most likely color catch the reader's eye and make them stop and read.  Red pen in school or in editing almost always means "correction."  Red means stop.  Red means pay attention.  

3.)  So why can't other members use red?  So, yes, if a mod or admin talks to you in red it means "official," but why does that mean other members should be excluded from using it?  If a regular member talks to you in red you aren't going to worry that they are now suddenly moderating you.  Well, there are two reasons.  A.) Because red on this site is associated with reprimand, when any member is scrolling through their thread and sees a blip of red, they are going to have a tiny panic attack that something has gone terribly wrong.  I remember that feeling well, and even after I knew that the red words were not moderator notes but simply another member's comments, I still had a tiny panic attack every time I saw the red in the thread.  Misusing red causes unnecessary alarm.  B.)  If red becomes too often used for regular comments, then when it is used for moderation it will not stand out and people may scroll past an important notice without realizing that something is wrong.  If people don't stop to read the little red warnings on a post, then they might unknowingly commit the infraction again and incur an official warning or eventually a ban.  I agonize over these things.  It pains me to write little red notes and I feel sick when I have to bump it up to warnings or bans.  I need the little red notes to be set to "maximum impact" so that the next two steps never have to happen.

I hope this explanation clarifies the matter.  I hope that members are not offended by the red pen rule, but even if they are I cannot see another way to resolve these particular issues, so it must remain.  I thank you for your continued courtesy in observing this rule, as it allows the mods and admin to participate as members, which we are very grateful for, and it also allows us to be effective moderators, which in turn helps the site run smoothly.  If anyone does still have issue with this rule you are always free to pm me and we can discuss it in greater detail.  It is never my intention to make the members of this site feel slighted, abused, or put upon.  I love this site and its members and my only desire is to ensure that it keeps running so that you can all keep writing lovely poems for me to read.  

Sincerely, 
Quix
The Soufflé isn’t the soufflé; the soufflé is the recipe. --Clara 
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#4
It's really impossible to defend a functioning tradition:  if you argue its practical utility, they complain about feelz; if you adduce its symbolic or emotional component, they say you're being irrational.  A functioning tradition needs no defense, only acceptance and willingness to consider *proven* alternatives if applicable.

That said, a good defense, Quix. of a perfectly acceptable tradition.  big hug
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#5
I tattled, wanted some drama
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#6
The Dalton reference was genius, busker.
Thanks, man.
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(02-11-2020, 06:07 PM)busker Wrote:  The Dalton reference was genius, busker.
Thanks, man.

I'm not a genius, I'm picturing John Dalton calling out previous diagrams of the atom and by 'mods' you mean models...
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#8
Not one of us made the red text rule, it just a tradition on forums to help members know that something or someone needs their attention.  Basically the red text mean don,t fuck with the mods. As the members know on our/your site we have practically no moderation  quix is often the only visible mod, treat her kindly or else. Must say our members are some of best people on the net. They don,t fight or troll, thanks for that, we do appreciate all the poetry and feedback you give. Now get to work and post a poem.
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