I posted something a week or so ago and a day or so later got something called a "purple moosage" telling me that it violated standards, please edit and try again.
I edited out the indicated offensive part, and submitted again.
It never got posted, I never got any further information about the issue, and it no longer appears in the thread when I click on the link that was provided in the purple moosage.
Also I looked for a way to take any action to find out what had happened, from the purple moosage, but there are no links and/or email addresses to contact an actual person, as far as I can see.
Just wondering if that's how the system is supposed to work...seems broken to me.
John Schinnerer, MA Whole Systems Design
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posted 6 months ago
I haven't looked at the details of this particular incident, but yes, that's how the system is designed to work.
We generally give people one opportunity to rewrite to meet publishing standards. If the modified post still doesn't meet publishing standards, it tends to get deleted within a few days or weeks.
The moderators are volunteers, and we'd rather be doing lovely things in the real world than fussing about publishing standards. By the time we send a note to someone asking that a post be modified, we have typically already spent hours of staff time discussing the issue. We often feel reluctant to prolong the discussions even longer, so it's easiest if the post just goes away after one unsuccessful attempt at re-writing.
Purple Moosages are an inefficient way to handle issues, because they are addressed to specific staff members that might only log-in a couple times per week. Issues that are posted into the Tinkering forum can be addressed timely, both by staff, and by knowledgeable forum participants.
Part of the problem with that post was that it might have ended up in a big flamewar, and was a bit off the original topic. It's something that would probably be best discussed in the Ulcer Factory in the Cider Press. I look forward to when you have enough apples to post there--I think it was a very valuable topic!