Fks/Sorrow has been found guilty of First Degree Forum Abuse in a case brought against him by Nortrom. Fks' posts regarding the "MR ICEBERG case", primarily in the "Open channel community & MT" thread, have been found by the MT to be inappropriate, and his comments defamed and spread lies about the MT and the game itself. Fks repeatedly and repeatedly claimed in posts that someone could get banned for saying idiot, even go so far to mention that Stratego.com was the only game in which someone could receive a ban for calling someone "idiot". These comments were simply not true and spread misinformation about the MT and the game. Therefore, Fks will receive a Warning Point for his actions, and the MT hopes that he does not act in a similar manner again.
The Moderator Team (GaryLShelton, Yellowhat, OVERLORD., Fairway)
Whether Gary stays or not is unimportant to me–yes, there is a polemic here about his ability to serve as an MT member. In truth, there are specific qualities to Gary which indicate that he serves the MT well: there are cases on record where his voting clearly shows objectivity and a non-bias. On the other hand, there are events that have taken place which challenge this evidence–astros' submissions cannot be automatically dismissed because of personal feelings or political climate...astros is also a player with high credibility.
My issue with Gary is his unjustified pigheadedness. This whole situation, the one in which Nortrom felt compelled to resign his place on the MT because he did not want to be part of a panel that had lost its credibility, can be directly placed upon Gary's poor qualities in communication. Does this make Gary a bad MT? In my opinion, no, it does not, but he is not a good leader in my opinion. The whole Fks warning point matter should never have come to the point which it had.
Fks felt it was wrong that he had gotten the WP from the MT; he attributed the action to a personal bias of Nortrom's, which was completely unfounded as Nortrom explained the meaning, the matter, and the reason for issuing the WP; Nortrom had issued a WP before to a very well known player and the matter never reached any kind of issue because Nortrom's credibility and integrity have always been intact and uncorrupted; Fks continued a campaign against the WP and it got Gary's attention. It is my opinion that this was a highly selfish activity as it did not serve the community in any way, Fks then tried to divest himself of any responsibility for what had occurred, and as a result of Gary's poor decision making, it threw the MT and this community into chaos. As a matter of record, Fks wrote that he was, "...fine with Nortrom leaving" the MT. I, and many others, are NOT fine with this turn of events.
The fact that Gary was unable to communicate directly with Nortrom, to ask the questions about "WHY" this WP must stand, were apparently not dealt with in a comprehensive manner...and these two were both serving as MT at that time!!! The fact that Gary took a stand against Nortrom purely on the grounds that he felt he, Gary, was right is the perfect illustration of Gary's stubbornness at its worst–he was unable to work things out, or to accept a view against his own, or to find some kind of compromise which would benefit all parties concerned. Sure, one may say that Nortrom was stubborn, but to what end? Nortrom's motivation, as I have garnered through my interviews with him, is that the MT needs to be represented as a unified body, one of objective judiciary function, and that it will not topple over to unjustified complaining. In other words, he was acting on behalf of the MT and this community. Gary's awful line about "We don't air dirty laundry in public" is such utter rubbish as it serves only those who may appear to not look so good if the facts come out.
Gary...the facts are out...you do not look so good as a result of the choices you made...your self-righteous opinion was a major part of bringing about this awful episode...in the end, you and the MT found cause to give Fks a warning point.
Was all of this situation worth all of this trouble?
(I think it was NOT worth it at all).
Should you be removed as an MT? You made a huge mistake here by putting your ideals above everything the MT stands for, and it affected this community rather negatively; but does this mean that you should step down? I feel you made a big mistake, and somehow, I have to believe that you know this to be a point of fact. This event in itself only shows that you are poor leadership material, but it does not mean that you are a poor MT. I do not actively stand against you, Gary, and I really do urge you to find a pathway to be much more openminded, particularly about matters that may become hot potatoes.
My issue with you, Gary, is that I have this feeling that you really do not care to listen to opinions other than your own, or you will listen to people who support your ideas blindly. I am simply against your tendency to be so darned pigheaded. By virtue of your tenure on the MT, you have the most experience of everyone on that panel at present...Nortrom cannot be included as he had resigned, but his experience (here and at Metaforge) is a matter of public record. The fact that you have a lot of experience does not mean that you are the right choice to lead such a group, but the positive experience that you have can be very valuable to the newest and less experienced MT members–you already know this truth.
If there is anything out of all of this that I would like to say is good material to learn from, it is that there must be open, consistent, and clear communication within the MT from ALL OF THE MT PANEL. I do not care if you have jobs, school, marital problems, work related stress, or anything else...if you want to be an MT on this panel in this community, you must be available to function as an MT. I know for a fact that Gary has a very busy work life...in his chosen profession...but he still is here just about every single day to function as an MT. We also know some of our younger MT members do have very demanding schedules and are busy with important studies...education is to be supported, and those seeking to be educated must also be supported...if the burden of your schoolwork is too much, then find a suitable replacement, but I believe that Overlord, Yellowhat, and Fairway are all wanting to serve this community as best as they can. Please...make the time to communicate well.
Finally, it is my wish to see the MT find a way to re-acquire Nortrom to the MT panel. Between all of its members, and especially because the newest fifth member of the MT is Fairway, someone I fully support and endorse, having such an MT panel together can only serve this community in a highly positive fashion.
Please work things out.