I think the user base should be aware that one of the changes made to the moderation tools is now that reporting is no longer anonymous.
The ability to report behavior anonymously is a crucial element to being able to report in a secure and safe manner. I find it troubling now that moderation can now evaluate reports based upon who is making them.
Even more disturbing is that this change (as far as I can tell) isn't one that was made publicly aware. Stripping user's anonymity is something that should have been made very public.
Lastly, this is not just me chicken-little-ing here. Yes, I'm the one that has been reporting all of the debate votes. Guess what? Not disallowed by the CoC. Not prohibited behavior.
Yet, because of the stripping of anonymity, I now have a moderator breathing down my neck about it, telling me that "isn't ok."
Sorry, but that's the last straw. Moderation here sucks. There is no recourse to change it.
Moderators have lied to support moderation decisions. They have used personal biases to make moderation decisions. They have made threats of moderation when there has been no violation.
They refuse to consider alternatives or feedback.
They got appointed moderators while this site was new and there really wasn't anyone to object and now that they're the big fish in their little pond they've got control of the site.
1. This change needs to be rolled back and anonymity restored to reporting.
2. The moderation team needs to change. Either the current mods need to be replaced or supplemented with mods - equal in authority - that can provide diversity and alternative viewpoints rather than three mods just parroting blindly what the chief mod wants them to.