Preface: I’m not deeply active on this site, but respect this site, like its content, contribute to it when I can but honestly I am more active on other Stack Exchange sites and have been for a while. In general, I know how the overall philosophy works and I understand how each individual Stack Exchange has it’s own culture. But that said, I was not ready for this accusatory/non-constructive comment coming for a
The subject says it all. I was just bluntly accused of trying to “force advertise” another Stack Exchange site by a moderator when commenting to a user baffled by question interactions on their questions on this site. What is this nonsense about? The context is this question:
The question is focused on the new Star Wars film and has little activity past comments and a down vote. I saw this—along with other questions from this user and stated plainly and honestly:
Reading this I cannot speak of the down-votes, but it seems to me that deeper motivations for things in the new Star Wars films might be better suited for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Stack Exchange site. So you might have a good question, but this site—no disrespect since I like it—is not the strongest audience for this unique film/situation. There are already tons of Force Awakens posts there so maybe flag a moderator to migrate?
I posted that in honesty and good faith because while I understand there is overlap between the “Movies and TV” site on other sites, sometimes things might fit better elsewhere. The immediate response I got was from moderator Ankit Sharma who just bluntly stated:
you don't make a sense at all. KIndly don't force advertise SFF here.
What? My comment does not make sense? And I am “force advertising” or whatever that means? You mean I am not allowed to let other users on this specific Stack Exchange site know that (gasp) another Stack Exchange site exists that might be better suited for their question. What kind of nonsense is this?
The reality is there are 36 active Force Awakens questions on the Science Fiction and Fantasy site and—you know what—if these questions are dead as a doornail here for this user, perhaps another Stack Exchange site might be better. Did I flag it to be closed or call for moderator attention? Nope. I’m simply assuming good faith on the original poster and just posted my two cents as an innocuous comment; nothing more and nothing less.
Then a supposed “moderator” comes along and—without any explanation or respect for my comment—tells me I don’t make sense and I’m somehow “force advertising” (!?!) the existence of other sites on Stack Exchange on a Stack Exchange site?
So is my question is one word: Really? Do moderators on this “Movies and TV” site really aggressively smack down simple constructive comments like this as part of their duties? Did I truly do anything wrong with my comment, because I doubt I did but I am open to hearing from anyone saying that—you know what—“force advertising” or simply posting constructive comments is somehow “non-sensical.”
P.S.: I am not very active on this site so I only—when I went to post this question—saw this “Topic Challenge: Star Wars” post. I realize it’s a casual competition—and mainly focused on the main Star Wars tag—but perhaps the fact there is a competition here is inspiring excess posts and making moderators a bit blind to their own behavior in moderation?
UPDATE: Preface, I typically do inline edits by adjusting old content to fit new. In this case I want to add more details without doing something like that. The moderator I am mentioning specifically has posted an answer below and there are parts that are so utterly tone-deaf/bizarre I believe it should be addressed here. And here is one of them:
It doesn't answered asker's question but diverted the topic to Star Wars question might be better suited for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Stack Exchange site because they have more question.
What the heck is this? I did not post an answer, but I posted a comment. Had I posted what I posted as an answer, then yes… Absolutely… Please post a comment smacking me down and down vote and even vote to close that answer. But I did not post it as an answer. I posted it AS A COMMENT and now this moderator pops up to moderate me how? I am somehow not allowed to post comments that mention other sites or attempt to provide a rationale towards a question being down voted?
And after visiting stevvve's profile, he also seems to have a SFF account too and he might know whats allowed there too. So its always asker's opinion to pick the site he can ask his question on till its on topic on that site.
This is one of the most bizarre self-justifications I have ever read. Yes, I fully know it is in the “asker's opinion to pick the site he can ask his question” and at no point did I flag the question to be moved elsewhere or forced the point. All I did was do what I believe comments are for: I made a comment and added my thoughts. Had I posted that comment as an answer then you have a right to smack that down. I did not. But it gets better:
Else you might want to comment same on all the anime & manga related question on SFF too with similar comment and too anime related question in here too, as we have dedicated site for that subject too.
Utter straw man nonsense. Does this moderator even know how the Stack Exchange sites work? I did not make one simple comment as a first step towards some bizarre larger “crusade” against misplaced content. All I did was make a casual comment and observation and posted it in a casual comment.
In general this moderator seems to be looking at any comment being made as some sort of thoughtcrime or venial sin and the mere mention of the existence of another Stack Exchange site as something that should not happen. And in my humble opinion, that seems utterly bizarre behavior for a moderator to engage in.