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Old 08-09-2005, 03:33 PM   #1
Amidala from Chop Shop
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re·cuse ( P ) Pronunciation Key (ri-kyooz)
tr.v. re·cused, re·cus·ing, re·cus·es
To disqualify or seek to disqualify from participation in a decision on grounds such as prejudice or personal involvement.

[Middle English recusen, from Old French recuser, from Latin recsre : re-, re- + causa, cause.]

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Main Entry: re·cuse
Pronunciation: ri-'kyüz
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Forms: re·cused; re·cus·ing
Etymology: Anglo-French recuser to refuse, from Middle French, from Latin recusare, from re- back + causari to give a reason, from causa cause, reason
1 : to challenge or object to (as a judge) as having prejudice or a conflict of interest
2 : to disqualify (as oneself or another judge or official) for a proceeding by a judicial act because of prejudice or conflict of interest <an order recusing the district attorney from any proceeding may be appealed by the district attorney or the Attorney General —California Penal Code> —re·cuse·ment noun

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law, © 1996 Merriam-Webster, Inc.


v 1: disqualify oneself (as a judge, for example) in a particular case 2: challenge or except to a judge as being incompetent or interested, in canon and civil law
I think it would be a good idea as a general rule that if a moderator of any type has a high level of personal involvement with the subject being discussed in a thread they should then recuse themselves from behaving as a moderator in that particular thread. Otherwise, the conflict of interest is obvious and might lead them to behave differently then they would otherwise. There are always other moderators, super moderators, and administrators available if necessary. It's just impossible for any human being to remain fair and objective in that situation.

I think that this is a good universal principle in general for all forums and moderators, and it isn't directed at any particular individual.

Just my two cents.

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