Modus.Ponens wrote: Sanghamitta wrote:
Modus.Ponens wrote:I'm sorry to break the party here but I think it's a bad move. Cooran was a moderator at e-sangha and I remember those days where I had to tip-toe around her in order not to get censured for everything I said. She was a very bad moderator. She is a good contributor here and not fit to be a moderator given her past. Having said this, I hope that the policy of freedom in this forum continues despite this.
I have just come across this. And after a brief debate with myself concerning whether it would be better to let sleeping dogs lie, I have decided that it should not go unremarked on.
Cooran was one of the very best moderators on E Sangha because of her insistence on replies being attributable to the Pali Canon whenever views purporting to be those of the Buddha were floated.
Or whenever there was a request for the authoritative view.
More strength to her elbow !
I do not wish to discuss this. I said what I felt I had to say and that's it. My hope in writing that critique is that this forum doesn't become like the Theravada section of E-Sangha. I have a good amount of confidence in the older staff, in that the forum will remain a place of freedom from censorship.
I loved the Theravada forum on E-Sangha. I especially liked the fact that even though Namdrol chimed in often, he only expressed his opinion and would note that it was not consistent with Theravada view. He didn't push things and gave people a safe haven even though he disagreed with their understanding sometimes. I believe the 'Theravadin' mods there did a great job as well.
That is in the past though. This is a different forum and a different time. I think Chris (Cooran) had hard work at E-Sangha keeping the loopies out of the Theravada forum and trying to keep it a safe haven for people that actually revered and respected the texts. She played the role well, not as an authoratarian but as a public servant-- a servant to those who wanted the Theravada Forum to be what it was described at in it's Forum description. Let's not forget that people in positions of "governance" are really public servants. They serve to make sure (in places like Dhamma Wheel) that the Free-for-all is
free for all, and that the Abhidhamma forum, for instance, is a place where people won't chime in with uneccessary criticism of Abhidhamma and so on. It is easy to look from the outside in and make judgements, but far more difficult to put yourself in the shoes of someone else and see if they are really doing the right thing, keeping in mind the specific and objective role they have to undertake. Anyway, let's not all be so serious anyhow.
Again, that is then and this is now. Let's not judge Cooran before she even has a chance to act. What happened to being in the moment?!