You have a well established record of applying fair but at the same time
clear rules of participation in the group's discussions. I agree with and
accept your statement of principles and objectives and recommend that we
proceed on that basis.
On Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 10:26 PM, Stefan Wisniowski <stefan@...
> Thank your for your votes and for your comments.
> The recent poll was posted by me as Founding Moderator to seek input from
> members on message screening. We had some feedback that we were not strict
> enough in censoring comments and that too many objectionable postings were
> being let through, especially those against ethnic Poles.
> Out of 36 members responding to date, half (18) preferred that message
> screening be reserved for members who have previously transgressed against
> our group values. Another 36% (13) preferred there to be no advance
> screening of messages, but that the Moderators actively respond where there
> is a concern. Only 1 member wanted all messages pre-approved, and 4 wanted
> there to be no message moderation whatsoever.
> My personal approach is to encourage as much expression of divergent views
> as possible, even if it results in an occasional incident. Our aim of
> Research requires an open attitude to investigation and exploration -
> including understanding different points of view on the Kresy-Siberia
> experience. However, we do draw the line on members disparaging other
> members or making prejudicial comments about any group of people.
> As a result, we will continue the general policy of allowing members to
> post without advance approval. Those few members who have a history of
> provoking or participating in disparaging or prejudicial discussions will
> have their messages reviewed before they are posted. This is not a
> punishment, but a way to let them stay as active participants in the group
> while protecting the group from repeated exposure to destructive
> discussions. In the interests of respect and privacy, I do not propose to
> publicise the identities of those members, but in fairness to let them know
> that their messages are being reviewed. I hope that these members will
> understand and appreciate the extra effort this represents to maintain their
> membership in the group, though some may object and resign as members. If
> this occurs, it will be the regrettable price of protecting the values of
> this group, which I repeat one more time:
> "Members strive to avoid disparaging or offending other members - this is a
> friendly and supportive group with common goals rather than a debating
> society. We are all trying to learn from each other, not "score points". For
> this reason, members are also asked to avoid commenting on current politics
> that could cause dissension between members, especially those not on the
> topic of the history and fate of the deported Polish citizens. In addition,
> prejudicial remarks of a religious or racial nature will not be tolerated.
> The Group Moderator reserves the right to warn, suspend or remove members
> who are unable to respect these values."
> Thank you for your continuing support,
> Stefan Wisniowski
> Founding Moderator
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