So I had an idea that might be hard to implement: is there some way to make sure that new mod-created-threads in TSM, and in particular policy announcements, get run by at least one other mod before being posted? Maybe stick thread-starting posts in the moderation queue? A few reasons: 1: Mod announcements carry a lot of weight and when carrying that much weight, wording can be pretty key, much less temper. There's a reason that spokespeople exist, and it's not just to lie to reporters. Let someone who isn't tearing their hair out write the message. Even the best of intentions can be phrased badly. 2: Watching the new mods get taken by surprise was not reassuring. I fully understand that this is an open-border dictatorship and that new policies can come down from on high at any time without any warning, but that doesn't mean that I find it impressive that parts of the administration keep contradicting one another and having to apologize for other parts of the administration. 3: Who knows, maybe one of the other mods has an idea and the issue can be solved without causing panic in the streets. This will of course cause delays in the posting of policy announcements, possibly of up to a day, and a lot can happen in a day. For instance, one of the mods can offend, terrorize, and possibly lose the trust of over half the forum in day. Sure, this was the result of a frayed temper and a lack of spoons. But given the power underlying every word that a mod makes in the forum where policy is discussed and announced, I don't see why at least thread-starting posts shouldn't be in a moderation queue. The OOP might not have been a meltdown in the clinical sense, but in terms of potential damage? As has been pointed out, bad non-mod behavior can also lead to bad things happening pretty quickly, but from what I can determine, we got to this point because seebs and jesse haven't had any better ideas and didn't want to put bad ideas into play until absolutely necessary. My suggestion won't really help with current situation and in the future won't really help with the inaction-followed-by-desperation issue, except to encourage that bad ideas get aired to the other mods on a shorter timeframe and especially before being made public; I would hope that the other mods would have the ability to say "that's a bad idea, what's the problem that makes you think it's necessary?" before it comes to the point where the bad idea is the only idea. I can understand why this wasn't implemented before, but it's not as if seebs and jesse are the only ones who can put things through the moderation queue anymore, and I think Snitch, Xaviux and Beldaran have proven to be pretty good at talking to the people. If implementing this requires that all posts made in this forum have to be moderation-queued, then this probably won't work. But if the mods can force themselves to talk to each other before making anything that looks like an Official Pronouncement, I think at least TSM would work a lot more smoothly.