To clarify, as described below. I have seen various mods in the past few weeks describe TL as toxic. I have also seen various accounts of very undesirable behaviour that goes on in there. However, I personally have not seen any transcript, as I'm not privy to the TL, so am not deciding myself that it is toxic, merely quoting others.
The Teachers' Lounge is the chatroom for mods across the network. Whilst mods are generally meant to be "exception handlers" and "janitors" they are in practice more than that. They are the community builders and leaders. Users look up to mods and they are generally well liked in their communities even if mods and users don't always agree.
That leads me to the question: Is the TL toxic, and if so, why? If these users are "the best of the best" then how can a chatroom dedicated solely to them be so toxic? I've heard it being said a lot in the past few weeks by lots of mods. Even as much as mods have quit TL and some have considered it. Apparently there has been bullying going on in there and worse.
It seems to me that if this behaviour was going on in any normal chatroom suspensions would be issued and eventually the room would be frozen.
So why is this happening in a chatroom for the mods, the users responsible for keeping that sort of stuff out of the network?