It's late at night, but the hell with it, I'll try to formulate a short response to this.
>Which made me question if this site regards itself as anything but a big shitposting circlejerk. If i really wanted to have just that, there is plenty of other sites who offer the same opportunity in better quality. I thought we were having Nazi ponies.
I'm sorry, what? Were you even around for the initial merger?
Well, allow me to jog your memory: https://archive.4plebs.org/mlpol/
The original /mlpol/ was almost nothing but shitposting. It had way, way more degenerate threads than we do now. And yet, throughout all of that, the initial community still thrived, despite all the odds, and survived despite it's eventual deletion.
Sure, it's different now than it was then, but that fun-loving, shitpost-appreciating core portion of it's DNA hasn't gone anywhere. If you think it's some recent phenomenon that's somehow killing the site, you clearly haven't been paying attention.
>MLPOL.NET as a site never had the traffic its predecessor had.
And? I'd prefer a small but high quality userbase, over a large and poor quality one, any day of the week.
The tone here has always been relaxed, going at a slow cruise, and - at least for me, personally - I quite like it like that.
Pushing for more aggressive growth is precisely what caused the shitshow that is nu-4/pol/ to begin with. Slow and steady wins the race.
>One of my biggest problems with MLPOL is the lack of transparacy of the Mod Staff.
Something we can agree on, although I'm not sure what constitutes 'transparency' to you.
>As a moderator (You) are here to WORK, not to have fun. That is secondary to the quality of the service you have chosen to provide on your own volition. Good Lord, what is happening in there?
What's happening here, is them liking what they do.
The mods at 4chan, and the ones on multiple 8chan boards? They hate
what they do. And their hatred bleeds into their work, and is taken out on their userbases.
Look, I'll admit that I've sucked up to the staff a few times, thanks in no small part to them being far and away the better of the three sites, but chastising them for liking what they do, and actively participating with the people they work for, is one of the most asinine and counter-productive things I've read in a while.
>My ideal incarnation of MLPOL was always something in the likes of 8pol
The very last
thing /mlpol/ should resemble is anything borrowing from 8chan's culture.
I don't know if it's because of a culture of vengefulness against 4chan, or just the cut of their userbase's jib, but I have noticed that, with very few exceptions, 8channers always take themselves far too goddamn seriously. Don't think I haven't noticed that tenor, suffused throughout your entire post, and that of the rest of your posts across this site.
I've been on the Internet for a long time, long enough to know that the instant you take yourself seriously, the instant you get it into your head that you can somehow change shit, outside of pure, pseudorandom memetic chance, is the instant you enter a kind of online and spiritual death spiral. Every single time, without exception.
For someone who follows good old Jimbo, I'm surprised you haven't already figured that out.
But most of all, the main fulcrum upon which your post hinges, seems to be that of a strong desire for control
:>With that said, what actually makes a "good" MLPOL Moderator? I like to think a political officer that ensures that the site users operate within the ideological borders the community has set up themselves.>I value a board under authoritarian rule that goes out of its way to employ political censorship, intimidation or assassination of character against it's adversaries if the circumstances make this necessary.
And really, I only have this to say in response:"So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."
--Matthew 7:12"Those who play with the devil's toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword."