Agree with all of this. Mods who have been here for a long time and are trusted by Dale and Paul, with the ability to close threads or even delete in extreme cases would be beneficial. I also feel that the comment, with its lack of notifications, is ineffective at best and problematic at worst.
What we can change is limited, sadly. I’d like to see better reporting, but I can’t set it.
As for editing questions, the idea is that it allows for clean up of poorly written questions. I’ve just bumped that privilege up to a higher level. It will take someone a long time to earn enough points to do that.
Downvoting is powerful because it takes points from others. It costs you the same number of points, but if 10 people downvote the same person they each lose a point while that person loses 10. Fewer points means fewer privileges/powers.
Appreciate the input. We are working on some security improvements, but if a person is determined to cause trouble, they will. As PaulB stated, there is a delicate balance in keeping out the trolls and other Internet denizens and at the same time offering the help and encouragement and healing that TMB is known and respected for. Oftentimes, hurting people come onto a board like this with raw emotions and language that may not be “appropriate” or may be even downright offensive. I think it behooves us to remember that Jesus reached out to the worst sinners of His day (in fact, He still reaches out to us worst sinners!) and ministered to them–and we are called to be like Jesus! Now, the line between a troll or spammer and a legitimate poster is not always easy to discern, and there is often some erring on the side of grace because we do not want to turn away a real person with a real marriage that is having real problems or needs a little bit of real encouragement. To give you one example: there was a poster who came on the old boards several years ago and he was raw and hurting, really intensely struggling with not just his marriage but the whole concept of there being a God who loved him and wanted to have a relationship with him. Honestly, he came close to being booted off the boards at the time–more than once, in fact!! But, in reaching out through PMs and later by phone, this poster (who is still here today) got saved and his marriage got strengthened. I am honored to call him my friend and a brother in Christ now. But that would not have happened without a lot of patience and grace-filled ministry.
Trolls are bad, but Jesus is good! 🙂