“Hi again. Erm, this is actually just a test because I've, er, got an SIP client for my mobile phone now, and I can connect to Gizmo on it, and I can, erm... I can, er, make Voice Posts for free now when I'm at home. So I don't need to worry about these, er, charges [...] to a London number - I can do it for free through my home wi-fi. Yay!
So, erm, yeah, I'll just post this and see how it goes. Er... yeah. See ya.”
I've been thinking about this for some time, and to be honest, I don't think I do want to be a mod any more. There are a few reasons for this; one is possibly that the comm is turning out a little differently than I had hoped it would. I tend to stick with facts; I don't really like opinionated communities that much. Also, I don't really understand the reason that http://community.livejournal.com/ljspeaks/7158.html was posted; I don't really see how it relates to ljspeaks' stated purpose at all, as it's not to do with LJ (except tenuously) - instead, it's more of an opinion piece. I don't really see that it has a place in the comm. As such, if I had been a mod, I would have rejected the post as not being in line with the comm's purpose. Seeing that it was approved, however, I assume that our goals are subtly different.
Of course, that isn't the only thing in my decision; I should probably wait for tomorrow before expanding on that though as it's now 1:40am here and I should probably go to bed. :D
I appreciate your efforts, however. Thanks for considering me, and I wish you luck. :)
(btw, if you want the answers I had written to your questions for reference, let me know and I can put them in as a reply.)
Addressing that post specifically... I deliberated on allowing that post for quite a while before allowing it, and actually refused an earlier draft. The reason it was allowed was because it was regarding an opinion about a course of action: self-censorship to avoid the problem. It's not something I personally endorse at all, but it was a valid concern. And as such, it seemed valid for the community to discuss it.
Unsurprisingly, they are NOT approving of it, but there is discussion as to the strength of both positions in the comments that actually have real value to the community. The position of "just co-operate and there is no problem!" is very real, and developing counter-points in a controlled environment seemed important. I agree that facts are integral; without them, there is no point to any of this. But this is also very much a matter of opinion, and that can't be extricated. At its core, ljspeaks is centered around common opinions that LJ is not doing things they way they should be. Once a position is reached, only facts will change the situation. But that position needs to be reached first.
Even if your choice to decline the position stands, I'd love your feedback. I'm very sad to hear you've changed your mind, and I won't lie; I hope to convince you otherwise at the end ;] But I won't badger you, and even if your choice stands I think it would be wise for me to take your reasoning into consideration.
Edit: Also... the posts in the community are only as good as the members posting them. I can't be a whole community, as tempting as it may be. If you have any thoughts on how the comm should be going, please post them in the actual community. In light of the recent LJ stonewall on the interest filtering, the general response has been... non-constructive, to put it mildly. People seem to be running out of proactive directions to go from here, leaving us with posts like the one referenced. And if the posts filter solely down to "We should all leave" or "We should all comply, like it or not", then the community is already irrelevant because the hope in change is lost ;/ I personally still hope that is not yet the case.