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New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by retrofuturist » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:04 am

Greetings all,

I'm pleased to announce that Sam Vara has accepted a global moderator position here at Dhamma Wheel.

Sam Vara is our first totally brand new moderator since SDC joined the team in August 2015, so please make him welcome and don't give him too much grief while he finds his feet. ;)

Please join me in welcoming Sam Vara to the role.

Metta,
Paul. :)
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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by DNS » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:17 am

Welcome!

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by No_Mind » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:31 am

Welcome Sam

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by bodom » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:41 am

Welcome aboard!

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice.

Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing.

Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this-just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle.

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by SarathW » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:49 am

Welcome Sam!
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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:49 am

Congratulations!

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by Kim OHara » Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:21 am

Welcome, Sam Vara, and thanks for taking on the role.

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by Saengnapha » Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:09 am

Retro,

I think all moderators should use their real names and use their photo as their avatar. This makes their moderation more personal and familiar to the posters. What do others think about this issue?

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by retrofuturist » Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:18 am

Greetings Saengnapha ,
Saengnapha wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:09 am
I think all moderators should use their real names and use their photo as their avatar. This makes their moderation more personal and familiar to the posters. What do others think about this issue?
I used my real name myself once for maybe a year or so to remind a couple of members that I was actually human, despite their ongoing attempts to demonize me, and have used my photo intermittently along the way. DNS has also used his real name for the majority of the time he has been at this forum, and has always (to the best of my recollection) appeared in his avatar.

Having done both, I don't think it's at all necessary, and I think the relative degree of anonymity is potentially of value to people who risk being discriminated against in some capacity because of their religious affiliation. I don't mind people knowing I'm Buddhist, but I'd rather future employers not have that information readily available to them either. Unfortunately we live in a society where disgruntled people can easily dox others, and when you moderate a forum, it's inevitable that some recalcitrants will become disgruntled with you, so it's appropriate to allow people to apply whatever level of safeguards they think are necessary. For example, I can speak more freely here than I can on Facebook because of the degree of anonymity, and we want people to be able to say what they want to say here (so long as it's ToS compliant).

In short, people shouldn't be punished for volunteering. Similarly, we don't have any requirements on monastics that they do this either, as we've had experience with a forum that did do that, and we found that it was unfair to be putting extra requirements on monastics... frankly, we should be appreciative that they're here at all... and ditto with our volunteers.

Metta,
Paul. :)
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"It is natural that one who knows and sees things as they really are is disenchanted and dispassionate." (AN 10.2)

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by Subharo » Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:49 am

Welcome Sam Vara. :smile:
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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by SarathW » Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:36 am

Saengnapha wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:09 am
Retro,

I think all moderators should use their real names and use their photo as their avatar. This makes their moderation more personal and familiar to the posters. What do others think about this issue?
You better get used to the real world.
We are in an age that we have to deal with robots!
Just joking.

Just concentrate why we are here for.
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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by Saengnapha » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:47 am

retrofuturist wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:18 am
Greetings Saengnapha ,
Saengnapha wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:09 am
I think all moderators should use their real names and use their photo as their avatar. This makes their moderation more personal and familiar to the posters. What do others think about this issue?
I used my real name myself once for maybe a year or so to remind a couple of members that I was actually human, despite their ongoing attempts to demonize me, and have used my photo intermittently along the way. DNS has also used his real name for the majority of the time he has been at this forum, and has always (to the best of my recollection) appeared in his avatar.

Having done both, I don't think it's at all necessary, and I think the relative degree of anonymity is potentially of value to people who risk being discriminated against in some capacity because of their religious affiliation. I don't mind people knowing I'm Buddhist, but I'd rather future employers not have that information readily available to them either. Unfortunately we live in a society where disgruntled people can easily dox others, and when you moderate a forum, it's inevitable that some recalcitrants will become disgruntled with you, so it's appropriate to allow people to apply whatever level of safeguards they think are necessary. For example, I can speak more freely here than I can on Facebook because of the degree of anonymity, and we want people to be able to say what they want to say here (so long as it's ToS compliant).

In short, people shouldn't be punished for volunteering. Similarly, we don't have any requirements on monastics that they do this either, as we've had experience with a forum that did do that, and we found that it was unfair to be putting extra requirements on monastics... frankly, we should be appreciative that they're here at all... and ditto with our volunteers.

Metta,
Paul. :)
Paul, I can't argue with anything you've said and I know there will be varying opinions about this, but I did wanted to mention it. I like the idea of putting our money where our photo is. Hiding in any form when you moderate a site like this is not very Buddhist to me. Personal fears still rule and too much is made out of anonymity. I can appreciate it, just sayin'.

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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by Dinsdale » Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:09 am

Welcome Sam! :thumbsup:
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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by Subharo » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:51 am

Saengnapha wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:47 am
Hiding in any form when you moderate a site like this is not very Buddhist to me. Personal fears still rule and too much is made out of anonymity. I can appreciate it, just sayin'.
A tricky issue.

For those who hide their identity :spy: , it gives them easy cover to mouth off in various extremist ways, which is unpleasant to the more middle-way participants on this fine forum.

For those who reveal their identity, they will probably gain more credibility within the community of being a "real" person (if they behave and abide by the Forum's totally reasonable Terms Of Service). :hug:

But then they will probably face all the modern annoyances and risks of having one's personal privacy taken advantage of (in pretty much any and all ways possible) by unscrupulous corporations who love to profit from selling any such personal information to third parties. :computerproblem:

For some reason (that I can't quite put my finger on), I post here as myself, not using an avatar. Maybe nobody would believe that my comments are actually those of a Buddhist monk otherwise.
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Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:15 pm

Please accept my sincere commiserations. :stirthepot:
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