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I believe Fred Smith has misused his mod-voice.
It is noteworthy to start out with pointing out that he engaged me in a non-mod voice after my first comment. So he kept the door open for the discussion to proceed.
As to his charges.
Several times in the thread, I stated clearly, plainly, and unambiguously that I have no issues with his action as a mod and in fact agreed with his sentiment that decorum is a worthy ideal to maintain. To the point of the discussion, his activity in moderating only established him as someone who values decorum and is appropriately diligent in the application of the guidelines. It is hardly an attack to acknowledge someone doing a job that I do agree with.
My comment was specific to an observation that his non-mod persona did not seem to value the same sentiment with respect to decorum. It was his non-mod voice that I was calling out as it is *that voice* I do object to. The objection had nothing to do with his use of his mod powers in policing the thread.
As far as him being dense, I think a read through the short thread when objectively read would be helpful but to sum it up –
His continual attempt at portraying my comments as anti-mod / somehow related to a defense of trump / somehow related to the behavior of a poster is a misrepresentation of my sentiment and certainly something I am entitled to respond to with pointed irritation. “Dense” seemed to be the most innocuous word I could think of and is a word I have used before.
In any event, it was not said in criticism of his mod actions but rather his non-mod persona’s lack of ability to properly parse the discussion
There was no personal attack on a Mod. It simply became a discussion that Fred did not want to continue after he willingly engaged me. Rather than accepting the usual way our discussions and letting it burn itself out with some light snark, he invoked a mod voice in a clear abuse of mod powers.
The mod needs a mod. I request that his rebuke be deleted and we can let this matter drop.