As such when two comment that a post is “awful” (implying the poster is way out of bounds) and drops the F bomb that influences the way the rest of the board sees the post.
Well, it’s within their right to call a comment dumb. But you seem not to like it simply because it was by moderators. And you’re upset that the word fuck was used? GMAFB. It is hilarious that someone is accusing others of being sensitive when one is complaining about a curse word on 11W.
This is indirect modding, (what I called overmodding earlier).
Other commenters reply to comments as well and often call the comment into question. Are they also indirectly modding? If so, then I guess we were overmodding. But that’s a pretty lame complaint, as it happens many times every day on the site and nobody raises a big stink about it, or attempts to tie it into some cultural issue about stifling free speech. Sometimes people just say dumb things and you move along. Occasionally you take some downvotes. Big deal.
Further they implied the poster was outside cultural norms...
Why do you get to dictate their reaction?
Instead, the MODs circled the wagons to defend their superior moral standing.
Two of the 11 moderators responded to the post, and I downvoted the original joke and then responded to your reactions. I didn’t even respond to the original comment as I thought that it was already covered. This isn’t some MOD conspiracy. I do agree with Hove and KBonay, but maybe it’s because I’m trying to beat fucking cancer at the moment. But you imply that I’m overreacting because as I didn’t just scroll on by the original joke, that I downvoted it. I think that you’re overreaching. You started complaining about two comments and some downvotes for what people thought was a dumb comment. #LightenUpFrancis indeed.
But the subsequent comments from the MODs of the site clearly indicated this type of comment is unacceptable.
If the comment was unacceptable, then it would have been deleted. Stating that a comment is dumb is not some MOD signal for people to come gang up on someone. In fact, MODs typically catch downvotes anytime we speak up. Go though this thread and see whether people are blindly following the lead of the moderators that have commented.