cjmacie wrote:It brings to mind issues of dealing in views, compounded by the exercise of authority (as both moderator and site admin) – i.e. the forum as a pulpit. There have been times, admittedly rare, where this has had the appearance of being used a bit overbearingly.
You speak here of both "appearance" and "the exercise of authority". The former is entirely in the eye of the beholder (i.e. subjective), and the latter is an action (i.e. objective). If you can avoid conflating these two, I for one would personally appreciate it.
Just because someone who is speaking happens to have been granted authority, does not mean that they are actively exercising it when they speak in their capacity as a member. In fact, from what I've seen from the current staff, they are (if anything) less likely
to exercise authority in a topic in which they're an active participant, so as to mitigate any potential false perceptions about the misuse of that authority. Sometimes, they themselves will use the "report post" function, in order to bring a post to the attention of another staff member to assess. I personally tolerate a degree of off-topic nonsense from a small handful of serial complainants that I may not tolerate if their incessant and disruptive quibbling was directed at someone else.
cjmacie wrote:Note: Agreeing with “ your analysis” here at the start is not suggest your views would agree with the points I continued with...
Not a problem at all. It's refreshing to hear someone speak the truth as it appears to them, rather than incessantly whingeing about others doing likewise.
It's 1.24 a.m. at the moment here and I'm on my mobile phone, so hopefully you'll excuse me if I don't source suttas at such an hour, but there are indeed suttas that speak to the merit of defending one's populace from law breakers, invaders, bandits and so forth. Time permitting I might search for some tomorrow if you or anyone else might be interested.