In reply to thread:
The trouble is that it sometimes seems that people have never bothered to click on and read our Acceptable Use Policy. Here is what it says:
The Reflector is provided as an extension of the SOTAwatch facility free of charge to the SOTA community by the SOTA Management Team (MT) for the discussion of SOTA related topics.
Posts should be appropriate, constructive, friendly and suitable for all ages.
It is a publicly visible facility and the tone and content of posts should positively represent the SOTA community to the wider world.
Moderation of Reflector Posts & Spots
In order to maintain the facility for the above stated purpose and to prevent it being degraded for the vast majority of users, some moderation of posts is occasionally necessary. A post is likely to be removed if it is:
Inappropriate to the purpose of SOTAwatch
Likewise, a thread may sometime be ‘closed’ where a debate is either getting out of control or where the comments are no longer adding value to the discussion.
If you feel a post has been removed unnecessarily, then please send a message directly to the MT with whom the matter can be discussed. Moderation decisions are often difficult calls - apologies are given in advance where we may get this wrong. However, the MT’s decision on such matters is final and no public debate will be entered into. Anyone seeking to use the SOTAwatch reflector to publicly contest the removal of posts or the suspension of a user will have their account immediately suspended. The reason for this is that the resulting debate/complaining by those who have necessarily had their posts moderated often ends up degrading the facility worse that the original offence! Please instead direct your concerns directly to the MT who will be happy to discuss the issue with you.
Please note, it is rare the MT has any desire or reason to seek to exclude anyone from the SOTAwatch facility. A suspended account will normally be restored upon a simple commitment to abide by these conditions of use. However, if it becomes necessary to repeatedly moderate the posts of a particular user then exclusion from the facility is likely.
It is worth mentioning that over many years the MT has found it necessary to moderate only an extremely small number of users - as indeed one might expect from a community of radio amateurs.
The indented headings above should be taken as a check list before posting. Each of us should read our posts in the light of this check list before committing it to the reflector. Yesterday there were both whole posts and comments within posts that were indeed discourteous, offensive, over argumentative and even libellous. We have stated in the above quote that we will not tolerate such behaviour and we mean it. I regard it as part of my function as moderator to try and keep the reflector happily bubbling along as a friendly and informative place where we can learn, teach and have a bit of a laugh along the way - but unfortunately yesterday it boiled over, and one bad thread can sour many months of online fun and friendship.
I think enough has been said on the subject, let us get back to SOTA. As I have said before, we have here the double tie of the love of amateur radio and the love of the hills. That makes us a strong community of friends. We should value this.