Originally Posted by Randy
The powers that be..
That would be the four Administrators:
I am the managing Administrator, but all four of us share the top level management of this site.
The next 'powers that be' are the Moderators. There are many Moderators having one or more forums they are responsible for. You can see the Moderators for any particular forum by looking at the bottom of that forum's index page.
In the case of the new classified advertising policy, it was discussed and created by the Moderators of that forum, with approval by Administrators. They believe that it will be far easier for them to manage by moderating each ad. If it is too much work for the Moderators, it is their own fault
I am at a loss as to how this policy could be 'an extreme move with adverse impact on the majority'. Any ad that one of our members wishes to place will be approved and published as long as it is within the guidelines stated for this site and that forum. It will not be up instantaneously, but it will be up.
Thank you for your response, Randy, and for clarifying the structure. The ownership, structure, and administration of this site seemed to be a "black box" to me, and I have often wondered who was who and how they got to be who, where the money went, whether this was a for profit or a labor of love, so to speak. None of that changes the incredible value of being a member, these are just things I wondered about and did not find answers to. No doubt the information is posted somewhere, I just didn't come across it. Maybe I didn't look hard enough.
I fail to see the logic supporting the perception that it would be easier to approve every post rather than delete a few, but if the powers that be have made the decision for us all, then so be it.
As for my comment about this being an "extreme move with adverse impact on the majority," it seems obvious to me (obviously). The extreme move is that the policy has changed in that members' posts are now scrutinized before being posted, without the opportunity for comment from the members who support this site.
I don't like the spammers and scammers any more than the next person, and I support the effort to do something about it. I have little doubt that the moderators, administrators, and ownership have the best of intentions in making this decision, but as I have heard said somewhere, sometime: The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Again, just my observations and perspectives. From individual offline dealings with you, Andy, and Jeff, I know that you are all persons of integrity, and this post is by no means is an attack on you or the rest of the crew that keeps this place moving. This board and the community involved is a fine bunch of people with a common bond and I am grateful for the opportunity for all of us to be brought together. If we are a community, however, should we not have community input on such matters? I am not suggesting that we be ruled by committee, popular vote, or even an electoral college system, but it would be nice if there was some public discussion before such changes were imposed upon us. Like Dennis Miller says, that's just my opinion folks, and I could be wrong (and I frequently am).