I hate posting meta things like this because I honestly doubt it changes much, but I just want to bring Oddthinking’s behavior on a question I posted nothing short of bullying behavior on a part of a moderator.
The question in question is this one:
And I was completely taken aback by Oddthinking’s complete reworking of the question based on one simple comment exchange. Upon seeing their edits, I immediately rolled them back. They clearly reworked the question enough to make it fall into an edit that veered from my original post’s intent.
In comments that are now deleted, I explained why I did that. But restated my position in the comments that remain when I said:
‘I guess you missed my comments. I really had a problem with your “improvements” that clearly changed the focus on the question from being the Reagan letter to the plausibility of the high-score. As I clearly state in my question this is not about the validity of the high score but rather the claim that Ronald Reagan sent a congrats letter to Jeff Yee. Past that even if I do agree with your “improvements” the edits were quotes that were so badly formatted and attributed that they are shocking—at least to me—they were made by someone with mod rights. Please do not edit like that.’
To which I also added the postscript comment of:
‘And please let me know when you have read that comment so I can delete mine. I think the previous comment thread about this—and this new incarnation—should be gone.’
And thought it would pretty much be settled. To my surprise I see not one response, but THREE comments chastising me.
While I did end up editing the question to clear up citations—which I think is a fair criticism—their overall tone, tenor and behavior come off to me as someone who is an enthusiast of the site but was given mod privileges too soon. Simply put, Oddthinking’s behavior is really trollish.
Again, I am posting this here not because I want to debate this ad-infinitum. But my feeling is of Oddthinking is a mod and behaves this way? They should not be a mod.
The concept of this Stack Exchange site is great and useful. And requires diligence to keep things on an even keel. But please, there are boundaries and there are limits.
Screenshot of comments for the record below: