Comment: *steps forward*

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*steps forward*

I am the guilty one sir.

I tuned into the DP yesterday to see 3 threads titled (paraphrasing here)
"I've lost faith in Alex Jones and this site"
"I just don't give a $hit anymore"
"I've had it with this place"

You know, if I get a snoot full of this place or the world of politics or news in general, I have to remind myself to step back and focus on other things. I don't make a big dramatic exit and create some blubbering suicide note about how so and so's offended me. I just quietly step away, and come back when I'm feeling better or my curiosity overcomes my common sense.

When I saw those 3 titles stacked on top of each other in the top slot of the most viewed posts, I felt it was a cluster of unnecessary negativity and dropped the hammer on them. I know the one by "bigsurjun" (sp) was lengthy and probably genuine, but it's the same old sentiment I've seen and read here a hundred times.

There are the typical grenades that get tossed in the tent here at the DP, be it intentional or unintentional.

The truthers are idiots and are hurting our movement.
The Atheists are " " " " " "
The Alex Jones disciples " " " " "
The Christians are
The Anarchists are
What has happened to the DP
I've had it the trolls win
etc. etc.

I'm all for subjects that stimulate lively debate. I'm not for the typical grenades that don't go anywhere except turning into a flame war. Some inquiries may be sincere, some may be just drunken rants, and some are purposefully made to whack the hornet's nest.

Was I maybe a little heavy handed yesterday? Probably.

That was the first time I've done such a thing. I've been entrusted to help maintain some sense of order around here. It's not a job I asked for, it's one that just kind of developed as the owner and I got to know each other better over the last couple of years. I felt that with all of the things the host has recently been through (Martial law in his backyard) that coming home to see his house in disarray with people acting like monkeys flinging feces at each other was the last thing he needed to see.

I don't want to stifle debate or inhibit learning. I have LONG been an advocate for the variety of topics on the DP. I might even be more open to certain subjects than other moderators IDK. But sometimes enough is enough.

Now, the homeowner/party host is going on a much deserved, well needed vacation. I don't want to have to watch this place like a hawk as I have a life outside of here, and I don't want the owner to give worrying about this place a second thought when he is away either. I want him to know that it is in good hands.

That's going to require cooperation from EVERYONE here. We're all adults (and mostly intelligent at that) not a bunch of junior high school kids.

So, the blame for those 3 threads being 403'd rests squarely on MY shoulders, no one elses. I take full responsibility. If you want to be mad at me, then that's fine. Understand that I am human as well, and have my moments. I am not always "moderate" and have made that clear from the beginning. I believe a "moderator" should be like a boxing referee who seldom intervenes. That doesn't mean we have to be boxing all the time though.

I have taken the time out of my day to explain why I did what I did. I'm not going to, nor do I have the time to explain any further. Please do me a favor and let this thread die a peaceful death. Replace it with something educational, positive or unifying. And I will work to be more "moderate" and tolerant in the future. Thank you for understanding.