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Duncan Grant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 10:06 PM
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5. Skinner, LGBT people are telling you there's a problem at DU.
I'm surprised you started your message defending DU and the mods while offering little or no empathy to the LGBT community members here. I can't speak for others but I'm trying to create a safer and more supportive environment at DU. I was hoping you would ally with me to address homophobia but after reading your post, it seems you're more interested in the rules (and defending the mods). I doubt you'll give our feedback the serious attention it deserves.

My complaint is that those locked threads are emblematic of a larger issue at DU. In your rules there seems to be no room for context. Regarding the locked threads, have you or the mods asked yourselves:

"What's the real problem?"
"In our role as mods and administrators, is it possible we're not seeing the big picture?"
"Do the DU members who are posting in the "Best of..." threads have a legitimate argument?"
"What do I need to do to understand this? Could I hold a belief system that is uninformed? entitled? privileged?"

As a former mod, I'm familiar with the mod forum and how it works. I made an agreement with you that I wouldn't talk about that responsibility publicly. But as a former mod, I will tell you that the moderation on LGBT bigotry is seriously flawed. There are other gay former mods who may be bold enough to tell you that's their experience, too.

I'll have more to say about this later. Right now, I'm angry. So, while I'm grateful you're here in the LGBT forum -- you haven't started off on the right foot, if you ask me. Your message is insulting and patronizing. The tone is condescending; bordering on mockery.

You close with the suggestion that it's time to move on. I couldn't disagree more. It's time for you and the mods to understand the LGBT experience here at DU. Until you're ready to do more than admonish me and insult my intelligence, I'm not sure we'll have much more to say to each other.
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