You’re very welcome, of course.
Very interesting. I have long been in favor of doing away with the current jury system in the US and replacing it with some sort of professional jury system. I agree that the technical nature of much of the evidence and the complexity of legal arguments and the judges’ instructions make American juries less than competent for the task entrusted to them. Moreover, the idea of “a jury of your peers” seems not to be practiced (how often is a doctor given a jury of his peers in a malpractice case?).
Yes. But I believe that the Moderators could well act as the “professional” juries that I advocate back in the US.
I agree that the discussion regarding allegedly objectional posts is fun. But I still think the Moderators should act as the jury. Perhaps as a compromise to your suggestion, we, the regular posters, could act as the prosecution and defense and argue to the Moderators/jury?
Again I agree that this would all be fun. However, if the vote is to be democratic and among all registered posters and Moderators, there is potential for conflict and division among everyone. Imagine if after passionate debate a poster is banned by a single vote. That would, I think, create division and raise the likelihood of future conflict.
What if all posters do not vote, for whatever reason (such as those I identified)? The problem with this, IMO, not the idea so much as the practical implementation. I think it is much easier for the Moderators, whom I assume are more in tune than regular posters to the happenings of this board, to discuss and vote on the issue of banning than it is to get a fair and comprehensive vote from the regular posters.
Yeah, I almost forgot
Then what would the Moderators do, if the responsibility of acting as moderators is given to us regular posters? Would they simply be enforcers? If yes, then there is no need to have moderators, I think.
What do you think of my suggestion that we posters act as prosecutors and defense counsel, while the Moderators play the role of the jury, with respect to posters facing a ban? I think that would achieve your goals of ensuring “just” decisions and defusing ill feelings, bolstering community solidarity, and be best in keeping with the spirit of Segue and its founders’ highest aspirations.