One of the London Indymedia crew (now retired) | 21.11.2012 12:29 | Indymedia
Interesting to see the comments here in the 'Hidden' section of comments of this post. Two IMC moderators 'ftp' and 'Jimdog' have had a little spat and what has come out makes for surprising reading that should be required reading for all involved with or who care about IMC UK.
‘Trolling’ has been a problem for IMC since the early Seattle days, it is one of the obvious weaknesses with the Open Publishing concept and requires moderators who will adhere to the agreed guidelines and put aside their own political and personal views for the benefit of the IMC site and the community. In a case like this where one moderator has created a fake persona of a Troll to justify years of actions it is completely at odds with the IMC ethics. Speaking in my capacity as a former IMC moderator I know that it is sometimes tempting to hide a post or comment because it is at odds with views I hold but the measure of the decision should always be the agreed Editorial Guidelines, the odd mistake is understandable a many year campaign of systematic hiding while using the justification of an invented ‘bogey man’ is simply unacceptable.
This information has also been sent by way of an email to the Moderation mailing list however such is the seriousness of this matter I suggest it is discussed in the open rather than behind the ‘closed doors’ of the IRC chat that has caused such a breakdown in accountability and openness in the past.
One of the London Indymedia crew (now retired)