On 8 Jul 2007, at 15:55, Shawn King wrote: > On 7/8/07 9:50 AM, "Stroller" <macmonster at myrealbox.com> wrote: > >> The Listmom's (lack of) presence here would seem to indicate that the >> list is really moderated by what members consider acceptable & what >> members' bitch about. > > No - whether the Listmom's presence is obvious or not is > irrelevant. It > doesn't "seem to indicate" anything except an absent Listmom. > > There's no reason to assume a stance of "inmates taking over the > asylum" > just cause the Listmom doesn't speak up on a regular basis. I'm not sure if I have ever heard the word "listmom" used on any other forum besides this one, so I will assume it to mean the same as "moderator". I'm sorry to disagree with you, but an absent moderator indicates an absence of higher moderation. An absence of higher moderation indicates that the forum is effectively unmoderated. An unmoderated forum is effectively moderated only by the users themselves - they can post whatever they like and will only desist from "inappropriate" postings if enough other members find their postings to be inappropriate and kick up a fuss. Are you the listmom? Because unless you are you can like the present situation or you can dislike it. It makes no difference. Until the listmom starts taking names & kicking some butt this list is really moderated by what members consider acceptable & what members bitch about. I believe we should all behave reasonably, but in the absence of higher authority "what constitutes reasonable" will always be open to interpretation & discussion. To date (I have over 3 years' worth of postings here) the listmom has never stepped in when threads have drifted off-topic or on those rare occasions when disputes have escalated into flame wars or personal name-calling. Sorry to break it to you, kid - there is no listmom. Stroller.