Remember there are no bad guys or malicious actors here though Al-Kafir. Everyone is trying to do the right thing, even when we disagree. It's just the usual broken organisational structure and conflicting perspectives.
From the mods pov they are the community and they have been here since the start, volunteering tirelessly and developing their own sense of ownership for the forum. All quite understandable.
From the perspective of anyone who butts heads with them they are a clique of quite moderate and like-minded folks in a sea of radical, passionate, political people - from demanarchist to anarcho-marxists and anarcho-capitalist. Many of us are pretty keen on the 'an archos', 'without rulers' bit though .
There's been no accountability (frab is quite new), so members who differ in opinion have felt sidelined and weighed down by the like-minded consensus of mods. As Al-Kafir says, you face a brick wall. They'll listen, but you won't change their minds and you have no avenue to find community consensus because they dump stuff in unseen sections like meta or off-topic rather than have full blown rows full of aggressive stuff hogging the front page.
All the mods are really good guys. I respect all of them. I do differ in opinion on matters of politics and community to most of them though. And it is frustrating, so I can see why so many have been banned for getting aggressive when they felt powerless and ganged up on.
Maybe in name, but really that isn't the case in practice when it comes to governance.
Anyway, it's all moot now isn't it. Alpha 3 and MD are just around the corner and Harmen has been working hard to build the infrastructure that will free us from this conflict. Then we can all just be equals and equally empowered, we can have as much swearing or arguing as we want, choose whose style of moderation suits us and add their edit lists, and we will all have better relationships with each other as a consequence (imo).
It's just the same in here as out there. A whole load of people with different priorities and different ideas trying to do what's right. The problem is not the people or the range of opinion, the problem is finding ways to manage things without dominion and the inevitable harm caused by any centralisation of power. That's a pretty tough ask of this forum given the setup and technology we're using, with part-time volunteer mods. It'll be inevitable on decorum though. /bringiton I love me some drama and a good row