Spoonvonstup wrote:I definitely understand that it broke the rules. I also understand that, as a moderator, you must enforce the rules. Just wanted you to know that it seemed like a shame that the letter of the law rather than the spirit and intent was used for the ruling.
And if this breaks another rule, feel free to remove.
As your duly elected moderator I have to find a balance in fairness. Therefore I often bend the rules when I feel it is justified. Perhaps if the member was active on the forum and we "knew him/her" ...
The "spirit of the rule" is that it is considered a privilege to post a review in the TeaVendor guide of TeaChat.
It is also to prevent new members from coming in and posting either false testimonials (I have seen more than my share of false testimonials on TeaChat and on other public venues) or negative reviews.
We feel that this actually enhances the overall credibility of the reviews if the reviewers are well known on the forum versus a completely new person posting a seemingly truthful review that could be completely made up with an ax to grind ... or perhaps has some connection to the vendor and posts a lovely but completely false testimonial.
I also feel that we have a responsibility to not only members and readers, but also to the vendors as well! Therefore there are some protections built in.
On the other hand, a vendor cannot just rush in and post a rebuttal. There are guidelines for this as well.
Please note, I removed the member's review of this vendor as well as the vendor's rebuttal. Both members were contacted of this action.
I feel the rule is very fair and balanced in this regard, though no rule is perfect ... and I therefore welcome comments.
It is also a shame that the newer member did not read the guidelines that are posted at the top of the TeaVendor Guide. However, if the member wants the posts, I have saved them in an administrative area of TeaChat.
Thank you for your comments and have a great TeaDay,
Immoderate TeaDrinker who happens to Moderate