I'm going to try harder to be more present as a moderator - although, admittedly, I rarely venture outside of articles and the politics forums. The biggest thing I would like non-moderators to understand is this: my first step is ALWAYS issuing a warning. It is not helpful to be publicly accused of "doing nothing" simply because the action was initially kept private. That isn't to say there aren't areas where we need to improve and be more proactive - of course there are. Objectivity is a myth and we all have our issues we're more sensitive to/active in combating. There's always improvements to be made and work to be done. But even as a mod, it is incredibly discouraging to be facing this "damned if I do, damned if I don't" vibe every time I try to "do my job", especially when so many users on here seem to consider themselves above reproach because they're part of the old guard. That said, again, I acknowledge that I signed up for this. If anyone ever has an issue they don't feel is being addressed, especially in the politics forums, I completely encourage you to message me.