I was among the last Moderators brought on in the Johan era and things were a lot different then behind the scenes. It got ugly at times between some of the Moderators and occasionally it would spill over into the forums. Even at times in the first months of Demand Media's ownership, it got contentious and ever more so after a few of the personnel changes DM
made. Let's just say that if it wasn't for a couple of crew members talking some sense into other members of the crew, things would have really become dire around here. While there was some turmoil behind the scenes, there was also the turmoil in the forums with a small percentage of the membership electing themselves to be the "voice of the membership". It was a pretty stressful time for all of the crew, as every crew department was getting hammered by the membership because of DM
I remember the days when people like KROC were part of the Moderator Crew and their behavior in the forums at times was slightly embarrassing when looking back on it. I remember one instance years ago (before I was on the Moderator Crew) in which a member of the Moderator Crew was pilloried in the forums because they made a post that was along the same lines that had gotten a member banned a few days earlier. Even when said Moderator apologized in the Site Related Forum, they were pilloried severely by several members (Members who eventually found themselves on the outside looking in because they refused to abide by the Forum Rules.).
Even I had a pretty big screw up in my early days as a member of the Moderator Crew which resulted in a pretty big issue in which there were members publicly demanding either my resignation or my firing. A small percentage of the membership were ready to hang me from the highest tree. I burned a lot of bridges during my time as a Moderators and I have no regrets about that. When I got named to the Moderator Crew, there were a lot of members active on some of the parody sites that thought that they had someone on their side on the inside and that would be able to act up without fear of reprisal. They learned pretty quickly that was not going to be the case and they started their attacks against me, some of which continue today even though it has been nearly a year since I left the Moderator Crew. To still have the amount of hate towards the site and crew that some of that crowd has after all these years shows a complete lack of maturity on their part. Some of these folks would register Photographer Accounts with names that were insults directed towards me (in addition to ones critical of DM
). They would take advantage of the fact that those with Photographer Accounts can post in the Av Photo Forums and post all sorts of vile content. It got pretty bad.
As someone who was on the Moderator Crew for nearly six years and was the senior member of the Moderator Crew at the time I stepped down voluntarily (contrary to popular belief of some folks on a certain pale impostor of a certain parody site), the way things are around here these days to some extent worries me and also irks me. Part of it is probably from my experiences here during the height of the troubles here after DM
took over. I guess I feel that loosening the reins risks users running roughshod over the crew and the site because of what I experienced at the hands of a small group of members who like GarnetPalmetto said, that were wanting to watch the world burn.
Here's something to think about, there were a number of members who were all doom and gloom six years ago when Demand Media took over. Some said that the site would be gone within a few years and some speculated that it would become some sort of travel site. The fact that the site is still here in the pretty much the same manner that it was six years ago is a testament to not only the members of the site that have stuck around (as well as folks that have joined the site since DM
took over), but also the crew members that have worked to keep things going around here and not letting the lunatics take over the asylum.