From what I understand this Safety Valve place is where we can post anything without worrying about getting slapped on the wrist so here goes mine. For some time now I have been reading posts made by a moderator on the "news" section.Let's call this moderator "bOner" from here on to make it easier. This has bothered me very much, because people come and comment on the articles based on what they have read from previous articles here on Afterdawn too. Why do I know that? because I read the News articles everyday, so as to say that I am keeping up with the news and would know why they made such a comment without having to ask where they got that information from. So anyways, this moderator (bOner) comes and sees these comments and starts pretty much slapping them around, defending a certain company, for protection of the unmentioned company let's say Phony from here on. So you find an article about Phony, people make a comment which is good for Phony and bOner says nothing, but if the comment is bad for Phony he jumps right in and starts saying stuff like "Where do you get your information from?" or "You are making unfounded comments". If they defend themselves, big mistake, because then he says that they talk back and stuff like that and now they are breaking the rules. So FROM MY POINT OF VIEW he pushes them, they push back and now he has an excuse to punish them, or to look "merciful" when he "decides not to" punish them. That has been bothering me for a long long time, but I didn't say anything before because i also read a rule that says that you pretty much can't do that. So the only option is to report the user right? wrong, how do you report a moderator to himself? i tried looking in the forums to what to do without breaking rules, and pretty much there's no info on that. I thought about reporting to the owner but decided to read some first, and he doesn't seem to like to be bothered much, I understand that because i imagine he is really busy. So anyways, I have been making my comments trying to make sure that I say "from my point of view" or stuff like that, but sooner or later I knew it was coming, and it has, bOner has passed his "righteous" judgement upon my comments because I am "clueless", I clarified what I was saying and he says that I had "semantics" errors, so now it's not about not having the right information but about semantics. So it feels as if it's any excuse as long as Phony is kept safeguarded. Now why would I go and do something like this? Well, I'm an idealist. If I see something wrong, I will try and make it right by following the right way to do it. When I see no other way I feel that it's an obligation to speak up. And when that doesn't work either I have a code to follow, and it says that if you see something wrong and remain there, it's as if you approve and even support it. If you don't want to be labeled as such then you must leave. So this is my speaking up. I do hope that it reaches to whom it should concern. Yes we as users should try every day to better our skills, and to follow the rules to the best of our understanding, but that includes moderators as well, who should try to be better each day by trying to learn from previous mistakes. If so many people keep on telling you that you are doing something wrong, don't you think it's time that you stop and revise yourself to see if it's true? that one of course is going to bOner. So this in fact is my last good bye to Afterdawn, where I had such a great time for a long time. Best regards to all users and staff.