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PostWhat is a Moderator? On WAIS Editorial Bias (David A. Westbrook, USA, 02/20/21 3:58 am)
I hope this finds each of you and yours well. I have respect and even affection for the WAISers who posted on the topic of editorial bias, but cannot recall agreeing with all of them on the same point. So this is a joyous day!
John is a dear friend, even though I often think he is dunderheaded, focuses on the wrong things, and so forth. And I tell him so. To make things much worse, sometimes JE comments on my writing, which is of course perfect. I get over it.
But John's ideas, right or wrong (in my arrogant opinion), are really not the point here. Nor is the point editorializing, much less censorship, nor even fine-grained analysis. John has been remarkably open, even-handed. The point of moderation (nice word, that) is active, not passive. The idea is to keep the conversation going. I have never met anyone who is half as good at making WAIS go, i.e., at keeping very, very different voices in the conversation.
We have a gem here, comrades.
JE comments: Bert, it's only 7 AM, but you've already made my day. As for being a dunderhead...any chance you've been comparing notes with Aldona? (The etymology goes back to 1630, with "dunder" coming from the Dutch donder or thunder.)