I'm pretty sure it's better to have mod close instead of at each other's throats, causing all sorts of issues about.
I don't know what to say honestly, but I'm not sure how much I can say considering I don't do much aside from Oekaki board moderation.
Though, I'm relatively close with most of the staff and all I can really suggest is don't be afraid to speak up, we're rather open-minded about these issues, more so than I have seen on other forums which are even more active than here.
I am not 100% sure how to handle the issue since I do not know what is going on exactly, but those are my two cents.
Things were growing tense in one of the Fountain of Dreams threads, partly as a result of a moderator's behavior. He made comments that some found offensive and/or arrogant/unwelcoming. I was personally frustrated by it. I didn't want, on this forum, to deal with the hostility Kirby fans have against games or spin-offs that don't match their idea of a "true" Kirby game, and I didn't like being lumped in with a group of people whose reasons for enjoying something could be summed up (inaccurately) by one person alone. I figured it would be easier if I blocked that user so that I didn't
have to read those comments--only to find out I couldn't, because he was a moderator.
That's what happened from my end, essentially. I was frustrated that some of the moderators were making this place unwelcoming for people who disagreed with them about certain facets of the franchise, and that there was nothing those people could do to make the experience of posting here easier for them, because they couldn't block a mod. Which rose another issue: the fact that mods
were making this place unwelcoming. That's where the "too close" issue comes into play, since humor was part of the problem. Not everyone on this forum has the same sense of humor; but if some of the most active moderators are all close and share that sense of humor, it's going to be hard for them to objectively tell when that humor causes an issue for other forum members. That aside, if a visible portion of the moderators are all co-signing each other's in-jokes and opinions, it's going to look like a formidable clique to users who aren't buddy-buddy with them. Speaking for myself, based on the opinions and "jokes" thrown around in that thread, I felt highly uncomfortable posting in a forum supposedly open to all Kirby fans, but really only open for people who had certain opinions of the franchise. I've had some correspondence over PM that told me that wasn't true, but I can't deny that that's still the impression some people would get.
In light of the discussions I've had since my initial complaint, I'd say my request is this: please be aware that not everyone on this forum is in on the joke, and don't expect them to be. Nobody has to like every aspect of the franchise, but blithely claiming which games do and don't count as "real" Kirby games and accrediting attributes to an entire group of fans without considering that that group may be far more diverse than you imply, is rude coming from any user--but it's just plain bad for the site and the community coming from a moderator. It goes a long way in destroying the trust users should have for the administrative staff. How can one be sure that attitude isn't sanctioned by everyone? Who can a user turn to if they feel insulted by a staff member? And can they speak their minds in that case, or do they have to keep quiet in fear of being reprimanded?