New moderator: Sam Vara!

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by binocular » Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:56 pm

Saengnapha wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:47 am
I like the idea of putting our money where our photo is.
On the other hand, it's possible to argue in favor of anonymity on account that it can make easier a more liberal approach to the Dhamma and for taking more responsibility for one's own practice, without the usual threats of authoritarianism, social hierarchy, and other means of socio-psychological influence.

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by binocular » Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:04 pm

retrofuturist wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:04 am
I'm pleased to announce that Sam Vara has accepted a global moderator position here at Dhamma Wheel.
I think this will be really interesting for me. Years back, I was on friendly terms with a very nice Buddhist on a Buddhist forum. But then he became a moderator there, and I broke off all contact with him, because there was this new power differential between him and me, and I couldn't handle it.
So this now will be a big learning experience for me.

Sorry to be so self-absorbed, but I thought it would be a good idea to let this be known, as a kind of precaution, so that things won't get so sour this time as they did back then.

:popcorn:

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by SDC » Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:07 pm

binocular wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:04 pm
retrofuturist wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:04 am
I'm pleased to announce that Sam Vara has accepted a global moderator position here at Dhamma Wheel.
I think this will be really interesting for me. Years back, I was on friendly terms with a very nice Buddhist on a Buddhist forum. But then he became a moderator there, and I broke off all contact with him, because there was this new power differential between him and me, and I couldn't handle it.
So this now will be a big learning experience for me.

Sorry to be so self-absorbed, but I thought it would be a good idea to let this be known, as a kind of precaution, so that things won't get so sour this time as they did back then.

:popcorn:
What if we make you a mod one day? You might have to split in half!!

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by Meezer77 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:13 pm

binocular wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:04 pm
retrofuturist wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:04 am
I'm pleased to announce that Sam Vara has accepted a global moderator position here at Dhamma Wheel.
I think this will be really interesting for me. Years back, I was on friendly terms with a very nice Buddhist on a Buddhist forum. But then he became a moderator there, and I broke off all contact with him, because there was this new power differential between him and me, and I couldn't handle it.
So this now will be a big learning experience for me.

Sorry to be so self-absorbed, but I thought it would be a good idea to let this be known, as a kind of precaution, so that things won't get so sour this time as they did back then.

:popcorn:

He's becoming a mod, not your boss. Can't see how it should affect your friendship.

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by Nicolas » Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:14 pm

Congratulations, Sam Vara! A great addition to the team! My memory is telling me that I've always appreciated your level-headedness.

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by dharmacorps » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:00 pm

Congrats Sam! :) Much respect for your bravery!

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by Modus.Ponens » Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:29 pm

Congratulations! Good luck with everything.

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by No_Mind » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:28 am

Meezer77 wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:13 pm

He's becoming a mod, not your boss. Can't see how it should affect your friendship.
Many friendships are broken when power equation changes. Not to imply that will happen with Sam becoming mod

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_ ... experiment



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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by binocular » Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:34 pm

Meezer77 wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:13 pm
He's becoming a mod, not your boss. Can't see how it should affect your friendship.
On a forum, a moderator is a kind of boss.

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by Pseudobabble » Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:00 pm

Heyyyy, got them cool green letters now
"Does Master Gotama have any position at all?"

"A 'position,' Vaccha, is something that a Tathagata has done away with. What a Tathagata sees is this: 'Such is form, such its origination, such its disappearance; such is feeling, such its origination, such its disappearance; such is perception...such are fabrications...such is consciousness, such its origination, such its disappearance.'" - Aggi-Vacchagotta Sutta


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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by Meezer77 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:44 pm

binocular wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:34 pm
Meezer77 wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:13 pm
He's becoming a mod, not your boss. Can't see how it should affect your friendship.
On a forum, a moderator is a kind of boss.
As long as the TOS aren't broken I can't see there being a problem. I've made it this far so they don't seem too strict or unreasonable. But then it is early days....

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by Meezer77 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:57 pm

Besides, he's a big pussycat, I'm sure he'll let you off with plenty

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by Stiphan » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:40 pm

Well done, Sam!
Call me Stephen, please. May you be well and happy. :heart:

Know right from wrong — and their consequences — and act accordingly, always doing your very best.

The Path begins with the acknowledgement of Truth; it ends in Freedom; and in between is a huge amount of Effort.
Meanwhile, care about others.

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by WindSong » Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:22 am

I know I'm late on this, but I still want to wish you happiness and prosperity.

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by Sam Vara » Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:40 am

WindSong wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:22 am
I know I'm late on this, but I still want to wish you happiness and prosperity.
Many thanks - much appreciated!

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by rightviewftw » Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:45 am

Should establish an internation Buddhist Moderator day with dedication of merit to the team.

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by Sam Vara » Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:49 pm

rightviewftw wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:45 am
Should establish an internation Buddhist Moderator day with dedication of merit to the team.
"Who honours the Terms of Service, honours us; who honours us, honours the Terms of Service".

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by rightviewftw » Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:54 pm

Sam Vara wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:49 pm
rightviewftw wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:45 am
Should establish an internation Buddhist Moderator day with dedication of merit to the team.
"Who honours the Terms of Service, honours us; who honours us, honours the Terms of Service".
Perhaps it should be recited as Patimokkha even tho i don't think it is quite up to par and apparently contradictory in meaning.

I did not suggest it as a gesture of honouring the moderators per se.. not saying you aren't worthy of honours but it was more in connection to
Please accept my sincere commiserations.
The stuff you have to deal with is just incredible imho.

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by rightviewftw » Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:36 am

meh delete the post, i dont even and sorry, gldd
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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by Sam Vara » Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:39 am

rightviewftw wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:36 am
Sam Vara wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:49 pm
rightviewftw wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:45 am
Should establish an internation Buddhist Moderator day with dedication of merit to the team.
"Who honours the Terms of Service, honours us; who honours us, honours the Terms of Service".
It is quite interesting that you expect to be honoured for having a green name. Some mods don't even seem to know the difference between an Arahant and a Sotapanna...
The path of the humourist is indeed a hard one, beset with difficulties on every side... :toilet:

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