Before I go on I want to preface this blog post with the following statement:
This site is owned and maintained by Knighty and, for whatever perceived shortcomings myself or anyone else has with things he may do, ultimately he has the final say when it comes the actions he takes on this site.
What is expressed here is entirely my own opinion and does not reflect the general opinion of any groups that I belong to.
With that out of the way I suppose I can move onto the crux of the problem that I have been made aware of recently. As some of you might be aware I've been an active moderator in one of the larger groups on this site for the past few months. A number of our members also belong to another group formerly called the Anti-Conversion Bureau. Last night the Anti-Conversion Bureau group was simply deleted by Knighty without any prior warning on his part before being reinstated temporarily so that the moderator in charge, Velkaden, could make members aware of what was transpiring. The conversation was as follows:
Now without going into any specifics about the groups stance I would just like to say that I find this whole situation rather distasteful. This behavior just seems rather odd coming from the site moderator himself. First off his justification that he gave in thread that followed the announcement in the group was rather weak; wanting a group gone because they are "anti" anything would imply that more groups would face deletion. Do a search for "anti" and you'll come across a number of smaller groups that would rightfully fit the bill he described for deletion. However those are not under fire.
So then it would appear that being "anti" is merely a justification for the groups deletion. There have been assertions that a certain individual, that has spammed a number of groups during an extended child's temper tantrum due to a perceived slight against him, has perhaps annoyed Knighty enough that he may simply wish to get rid of what he sees as the root cause. Surely if he felt being "anti" anything is bad for this site he could simply search for groups with that in their title and take the appropriate action necessary against every group.
I did it with the basic search tools provided to me as a user.
However, as stated earlier, this is his site and he can do what he wishes. I just find it awfully disappointing that a site founded around this fandom seems to lack enough basic courtesy to at least say something like "hey bro, I'm going to delete your group." This is not a simple isolated incident either; rather the moderators on this site at times appear to lack tact in their dealings with individuals when it comes to subjects they do not like personally.
Is it so much to ask for a like more courtesy on a website dedicated to this particular show? If you are going to kick someone in the nuts who cannot really do anything back to you, at least apologize ahead of time.