Originally Posted by patteeu
On a site where abuse is an acceptable, every day occurrence for the membership (and where mod abuse is also a part of the culture, btw) yes I do.
And fear of retribution is always present even without a rule to justify it because we've had plenty of examples of mods here getting their feathers ruffled by particular posters and then letting it bias their decisions. The rule just makes it easier for mods to take revenge without having to deal with the accusations of bias and butthurt.
And as for "other sites", that's what I meant when I said that this place continues to drift toward being just like all the other message boards on the Internet. I don't consider that a positive even if some of those sites are "successful".
Honestly, I think mods here have a lot less influence on the culture than most other sites regardless. ChiefsPlanet's success over the years has come from having a core group of really diverse, really solid posters. We've got experts here in just about everything there is to talk about, and a lot of people (Hootie included to an extent) that just plain make the place fun to visit. Unless there was a HUGE shift in philosophy, the overall feel of the place isn't going to change.
So, while you're probably right that there's been a shifting mentality lately, I don't know that it really makes much of a difference.