I love them because they give an interesting insight into the frum community that doesn't really exist anywhere else. I always love to find out what other people think about various subjects, especially from people who might disagree with me on various matters -- and the Coffeeroom provides that to me very well.
However, there are things about it that I hate and sometimes downright depress me. I'm not going to start providing a laundry list of the things I don't like -- most of them aren't really relevant here. However, one of the things that sometimes baffles and frustrates me to no end is the moderation policy.
The Coffeeroom's policy is that all messages must be approved by a moderator before appearing. Personally, I think that's the wrong way to run a messageboard -- but so be it. However, the items that they choose to suppress are sometimes mind-baffling.
Take the recent Thanksgiving thread. After a back and forth, one poster brings up Rabbi
Rabbi Michael Broyde authored a comprehensive analysis of the issue. He cites both sides of the debate, and essentially concludes that there is upon whom to rely in allowing a celebration of the holiday.
Another poster, instead of trying to show where Rabbi
Professor Broyde surely makes some interesting academic observations on the matter. But for halachic conclusions, we rely on Rabbonim.
My response to the second poster is that instead of going for the ad hominem attack, why not simply address Rabbi
Apparently, suggesting that a poster is using an ad hominem attack is verbotten in the CR, since the moderator actually removed that portion of my sentence. In a later post, I even gave the poster a link to Rabbi
So, apparently, according to at least one of the moderators, attacking a Rabbi is okay, but asking him to actually back up his words with rational arguments is forbidden. Issuing an ad hominem attack is okay, but pointing it out is forbidden.