And for my part I regret using the phrase "being annoying". It was the closest I could get at the moment of writing to express "posts that you'd rather not want to have to read on NF, but which you quite can't delete either, as it would be a too dictatorial approach to things."
Hi, I thought to write to you about the posts you've reported and I've left to stand.
I know you got angry when I quoted the Café rules, but the point of it was simply to show I'm trying to stay objective to the point a human - a being by nature subjective - can. I don't want to start deleting posts or threads just because they're annoying to some, as long as they're within the rules.
If there's something I'd like to keep an eye on it's continously posting nothing but threads and posts aimed at mocking some country and annoying its inhabitants/supporters. This doesn't mean people can't take sides or drive their agendas. But somewhere there has to be a line.
There is one particular poster who keeps doing this and I have brought his name up, but was told he hasn't done enough wrong to warrant action. So I stay alert and if the chance comes, collect evidence.
As for what we mods "are and always have been", I can't speak for any other mods or what they have done or what their motives have been. I myself am simply trying to do a job I didn't want, find unsavory and simply accepted because I have the nice girl syndrome where you can't say no.
Well, for logical arguments, Thomas Sowell is a good place to start. He's got almost all of his syndicated column online, and it's easy to find. Going back from there, you can find lots of videos and lecture transcripts of Milton Friedman. These two are older, but the principles apply today.
If you're browsing YouTube, one of my favorites was Lee Doran, though he typically only posts videos talking about current news stories that aren't of interest to me recently. His videos countering some of the bullshit videos that made the rounds of Facebook a few years back are golden, though. Following that thread, you can eventually find videos by LearnLiberty, which are great, short, and concise.
You basically want to stay away from Bible thumpers and focus on raw economics. Economics is a science, and it's theories are supported by experimental data like any science. This information, and these facts, are your best tool. When I'm in a heated argument I can typically find that economic theory backs me up, and there isn't a great counter to facts.
No problem Ban. I can understand your frustration with that, and I know that there are still massive problems to be worked out. Just like this one though, they'll be dealt with in time. It's cool that you're doing such a good thing.