I’m sure you speak from personal experience on this matter, so I shall try to see from the perspective of the moderators.
Even so, to guard my own welfare, I shouldn’t be too harsh on anyone for that matter, not even myself lol.
That being said, the Dhamma doesn’t bend for anyone.
I reap what I sow, the moderators reap what they sow.
So it’s not my concern what the moderators don’t do and do, only what I don’t do and do. No need for me to think on that matter any further to except to learn from it.
Who needs Subreddit Buddhism when you have SuttaCentral anyway? lol
Touche! I hadn’t thought of that distinction. Very good point.
I would go even further than this to say “even a slight undue bias against or for any sect without legitimate grounds for it” would be considered sectarianism - I think overcoming sectarianism is a gradual process and a lot harder than one would think. I don’t disagree with the moderators that I am sectarian to some degree - without some kind of accurate assessment of any and all sects (which I am no where close to having done yet) I think it would be quite difficult to become truly non-sectarian.
According to this definition of sectarianism, positing that all sects are equal when they are really not, positing all sects are 50% correct when they are really not, or basically any kind of judgment at all that misses the mark of a true and objective assessment of each sect as it is - would be sectarian to that degree.
Thus, my argument against the Buddhism Subreddit moderators wasn’t that I am not sectarian - I definitely am to some degree due to my sheer ignorance - but that their definition of what they consider sectarian is both false and contrary to the Dhamma-Vinaya.
This is what I was told by one moderator is the default position of the entire Buddhism Subreddit:
Positing the equality of the three traditions in this sub is the default position, because this is a mixed group. By definition it cannot be sectarian. Your inability to understand this is very troubling.
What I found troubling was that this position was made default for the entire Buddhism Subreddit, and any challenge to it, illegitimate or legitimate, is considered to be sectarian - and a legitimate ground for banning other users who don’t agree with this position.
My argument was and is that “positing the equality of the three traditions” itself is sectarian according to the Dhamma-Vinaya - it is unfairly biased against those traditions that are actually superior to some degree and unfairly biased for those traditions that are actually inferior to some degree.
Furthermore, those like myself, that try not to identify at all with any of the three traditions are not afforded any such protection for “their beliefs” since it doesn’t fall into any of those three “protected” sects.
For this reason, my counter-accusation towards the moderators was that they were unfairly biased in favor of “the three major sects of Buddhism” - none of which I adhere to - and discriminate against views that do not fall within those three sects - hence, their policy is sectarian because it is biased in favor of those three sects and well as the belief in their equality, without necessarily having legitimate grounds for establishing that as a rule that the entire Buddhism Subreddit must obey in order to remain in the Subreddit.
It is biased against views that rightly disagree with this “lazy” assessment (saying everything and everyone is “equal” requires little to no mental effort to carefully assess and evaluate the true value of something or someone - furthermore, I find this view more common in Mahayana sect - suggesting the moderator may have been biased in favor of Mahayana).
Remaining in the Buddhism Subreddit (or any forum for that matter) is not as important to me as trying to remain in accordance with the Dhamma-Vinaya as best as I can.
So I did not lie and make it seem like I agreed with something that I don’t. My point is that I shouldn’t have to - especially because the topic of the Buddhism Subreddit - is Buddhism! lol
Why do the rules of the Buddhism Subreddit go against the rules of the Dhamma-Vinaya?
The same way I simply do not think all three sects are equal, I don’t think all Buddhism moderators are equal either I think Reddit and Facebook group moderators would do well to learn from the SuttaCentral moderation team!
But I mean this seriously though - because while you are definitely right that it is difficult and thankless job - it is also an extremely important one in this day and age where most people get their information from online and online forums, its up to moderators to keep false misinformation from proliferating and make true information more accessible - not just in Buddhism but on all topics.
I think this goal is being met to a large degree here in the SuttaCentral community thanks to the SuttaCentral moderation team - and I think it would be unfair to treat such a team as equal to other moderation teams that simply do not fulfill their moderation responsibilities as well. (To be honest, I haven’t come across a better online community than SuttaCentral so far in my search - can’t yet conclude that it is definitively the best, but part of me suspects that there might not be a better online community. The “Noble Sangha” of online communities, if you will fittingly created by a member of the Sangha of course!)
Anyway, my intention was not be harsh, but just trying to be as fair and objective as I can be, and warn about a potential problem of the Buddhism Subreddit that could be adversely affecting a lot of online users who turn to reddit for advice about Buddhism.