Thank you for your comment. No, it hasn't fallen on deaf ears. We are often dealing with issues that not clearly right or wrong, rule-following or rule-breaking, but are "grey", as much of life is. We're often left with trying to make judgments about intent and meaning, and we try to give the benefit of the doubt. We often see that an issue is seemingly perfectly clear to one person, but other people don't agree; that is, the issue isn't actually clear. It's difficult when one person legitimately believes they are the one in the "right", while the opposing side does too.If it looks like ********, smells like ********, chances are...it's ********. But, I guess since it's Okuma Steve's forum, he can make whatever rules he wants and enforce them (or not) in whatever manner he sees fit. The way I see it, s4f has used a midget porn motif in his avatar, even though the rules say we shouldn't post things like that in a public area. Then he justifies it by pasting something from the owner about ..."avatars having their own rules or whatever..." well, I don't give a crap how you want to post it or not. It's AGAINST THE RULES AS THEY ARE POSTED and obviously, some find it offensive. Yet, you continue to make light of it. Well, I really really want OSA to grow and prosper, I generally like it here, but when a Mod not only disregards rules but flaunts it, well, all I can say is that really sucks. It's also obvious my comment has fallen on deaf ears.
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The OSA mod team is much more diverse in perspective and opinion than those of most forums. This means there is more disagreement internally about how we handle issues, but that also provides more fairness to the OSA community because of the inherent checks and balances we possess. In the end, even though it's more difficult to manage, this brings more fairness to a wider group of people. We're not perfect; but we do attempt to provide an environment that is comfortable, fair, and not heavily moderated. And the mod team does our best to recognize our own biases and deal with those, too. If anyone sees anything problematic, or unfair, we legitimately consider those notices and what (if anything) should be done to rectify the situation.