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Subj: Re: This may not be popular but I'll say it anyway
Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 at 04:35:11 am EST (Viewed 92 times)
Reply Subj: Re: This may not be popular but I'll say it anyway
Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 at 07:16:32 am EST (Viewed 5 times)

    It isn't that I approve of their actions or not. I just don't see them making moderating decisions based on people criticizing a story and think the claims to such are bull, because I've criticized stories and never felt anything less than welcome to do so. It also seems even more of a dubious claim considering at least two of the mods are not fans of OMD, and at least one of them only buys Spidey comics second hand now at cons rather than directly from comic stores.

Well, the thing for me is this: I see FormerSMBmember's post and your reaction to it, and since my own memories of the post-OMD debates in 2007 and 2008 are somewhat different from yours, your posts are not enough to make me laugh off FormerSMBmember.

I would not go as far as saying that moderating decisions were based on people criticizing stories, however I would say that when moderators at the time were more likely to make decisions against members of the anti-OMD/BND camp than the pro-OMD/BND camp because it is much easier to claim that an anti-OMD/BND poster is derailing a thread about the latest BND instalment because s/he brings up OMD than to claim that a pro-BND poster is derailing an OMD-related thread by bringing up BND stuff. Also, the way the mods declared a fight against "negativity" left me with the distinct impression that criticism of OMD and BND was at best tolerated, while a supportive attitude to the new direction was encouraged (win points for "positive" posts!). (Also, some of the moderators' positions evolved over time, IIRC).

Also, I would be so bold to claim that nobody was a fan OMD then and no one is now. Only Joe Quesada made a half-hearted attempt to sell it as a good story, but in general the supporters and apologists were content to justify it as a "necessary evil" and to try to pin the blame for the story's crappiness on J. M. Straczynski.

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