dharmagoat wrote:When it comes to the appropriateness of subject matter, I believe that the best form of moderation for a site like this is one that follows the consensus of its members. This means that it is the responsibility of each member to maintain the integrity and Buddhist identity of this forum by pointing out when they believe discussions cease to adequately represent the essence of what the Buddha taught. No action need be taken, as long as it remains clear what is considered by most to be authentic Buddhism and what is not.
Nobody knows what that consensus is.
If they did, would that make it OK to insist others shared that belief?
What the Buddha taught and what comprises the 'authentic' 'essence' of it also varies according to your chosen school of Buddhism.
Of course, report what seems to breach ToS but reporting someone because they do not share your view is daft.
As I stated, you do not know what the consensus view is, so your argument is baseless in that respect. You have the right to complain, of course, but you are basing it on not knowing what the wider membership thinks, then seeking to claim your view as right and the view of others wrong- again without evidence. (Logically, Mods, you must now rid the forum of Bonpo and Dzogchen as someone may think they are not 'authentic Buddhism' and therefore banned from discussion, or that they are authentic and anyone disagreeing should be banned. )
Right, now we're in the mood, out goes the Dalai Lama - don't recall any record of Shakyamuni naming him as a chosen leader, nor his spirit oracle and the weirdness of Chod, not to mention all these 'terma' thingies, walking in circles and making offering to spirits to create rain - damned shameless shamans the lot of em! LOL
If you have a problem with the forum reflecting the popularity of beliefs you do not share, then I repeat - the answer lies in your hands. Create threads and interesting discussions and if they prove popular the nature of the forum shifts in your direction. If the consensus agree, your threads will be certain to be hugely popular.
Simple - job done.
This is a large and active forum and has room for all.