I have seen the ugly side of the community run system as of late and I implore anyone whom has the ability to do so to consider restricting control by high ranking members; at least in some way mitigate the mob like mentality that can come from a few high ranking members banding together and playing the wild west with posts.
I am not going to point anyone out its not my intention however it pains me to see a system that can allow childish actions.
I will give an example, I had my post put on hold as it was "too broad", this seems ridiculous to me and I will tell you why, that kind of statement is completely subject to someone opinion its not absolute 3+1 is absolute the only answer can be 4. When "moderators" and high ranking member's can use a term like too broad. It just facilitates the regular member's banding together and throwing holds everywhere according to their definition of too broad.
I heard the counter argument that it's community based and the community decides this however is just about never the case, there is the few that hang around together in the chats on the boards, that run around placing post on hold together, group down voting, spamming there counter argument in the comments. Then hundreds of other members whom have not reached a high rank or just don't have the time or care.
The simple fact is my post was put on hold by the same 8-10 members rejects for re-opening by the same 8-10 member's and inevitably after the didn't like my request down voted by the same 8-10 members.
There is a very ugly side to the system we use, people even if they feel they are doing the correct thing will abuse the system sometimes. I feel this can be minimized by taking certain powers away from moderators and higher ranking members.
At the end of the day I can walk away and use some other forums or the like its not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things. However thousands of user will suffer due to these little what I like to call mobs of users.
I kinda expect to get down voted but its my 2 cents and I can at least say I tried :)