Originally Posted by mdmenagerie
I don't agree. Part of being an adult is learning the process of expressing your beliefs while hearing someone elses. Sometimes that happens in unexpected forums. Certainly this is first and foremost a cat forum, but there is a lounge area. It does make a moderator's job more difficult, but if a moderator doesn't want that responsibility I'm assuming they have the option of declining the job
I agree with what you say, but I cannot accept the last sentence without noting that there is an alternative. Members could read the rule about not insulting other members, and obey it.
Mods are volunteers who try to make the forum an enjoyable site to visit. They are not paid. They do it because they care about the forum and its members. To paraphrase a very wise former moderator, Empath, the members probably see us as the enemy, and yet, we feel so protective about them.
The vast majority of members obey the rules. Catman shouldn't have to keep choosing new mods because a few people don't know how to discuss important matters in a respectful way. Philosophical discussion should be respectful. It is enjoyable, fulfilling, and educational when the participants know their subject and present it with logic and respect. However, a few members love and thrive on "drama."
In the past, we were able to conduct discussions on almost any subject with respect for all participants. This problem is relatively new, and is depriving all of us of entertaining and educational subjects.
However, catman owns this forum, and it is his call.