Saturday, August 30, 2008
I just love when forum mods use their positions to empower themselves and speak in trite commands. "Carry on" is one nauseating command. Or: "Posts deleted. Get back on topic and stay there."
The mods at forums remind me of dog trainers. They could apply for jobs at obedience schools where dogs are trained with reinforcement and corrections. "Proper training opens up the lines of communication between you and your pet. It also establishes the natural role of dominant owner and subordinate – not submissive – pet. Dogs are communal animals that historically lived in packs with a clear social hierarchy. Without establishing yourself as the leader of the pack, your dog may not take you or your commands seriously, which only leads to power struggles and headaches. Obedience training will make life more enjoyable for both you and your dog. Fido will feel more confident without the frustration and confusion of misunderstanding his owner. You will have a well-behaved dog that sits to greet you and comes when called. Whether you have a new puppy or are having problems with your adult dog, obedience training is the perfect solution. And contrary to popular belief, with enough patience, you can teach an old dog new tricks!"
And like excellent dog owners who follow the guidelines of the school, mods can reach entelechy!