One of the reasons I was planning on leaving these forums recently is because of the high noise to signal ratio. When I joined we had a small but energetic community of people who shared the humanist values CFI promotes. Many of the those people have stopped posting for various reasons, and have been replaced by problem posters who repeatedly post New Age nonsense (Jufa), stuff pulled out of their posteriors (Mike Yohe), whiny drivel (Titanomachina), bigotry (Exmachina), or proselytizing (Adonai888). I appreciate the moderators suspending Vyazma’s account, but that should have happened months ago. At the very least a moderator should have stepped in and admonished Vy for repeatedly posting things that are demonstrably wrong then arguing the people who rebut him are redefining terms when that is what he was doing.
I checked the forum guidelines again and found these passages. From the Intro:
The Forum supports the interests of CFI by creating an online community of supporters and interested inquirers into CFI’s areas of concern, which can be generally described as advancing the enlightenment project, fostering an evidence-based, scientific outlook and humanist values.
That makes it quite clear the New Age nonsense is not appropriate here, nor should we allow constantly posting statements such as “you don’t get to define what Ethical theory means” then trying to pass off an imaginary scenario as an ethical theory.
(g) Threads and posts that are ... not relevant to the mission of CFI and its Forum are not allowed.
That makes it quite clear that the people who serially post New Age manure and Christian Apologetic essays, constantly link to the same Fundamentalist website as if it is a peer reviewed scientific journal, refuse to use the same word definitions the rest of the world uses, keep circling back around to their starting point when their arguments are rebutted, and refuse to analyze their views objectively are problems posters. At the very least the moderators should step in and keep the discussions within the forums guidelines cited above.
There is still hope for these forums, but unless the moderators take an active role the forums will continue their downhill slide into irrelevance.
The forum software is another problem altogether. My first attempt at posting this was discarded as spam. Let’s see if this additional paragraph gets past the filter.
Now the software doesn’t want to let me fix a typo.