My answer to Jeets' query in #574375:
First of all, note that before I became ME I was a general editor so whatever I have been doing I have done so with full responsibility right from the beginning itself, when I started my editorship in January 2009, way before you joined this site. You know me only since last 4 years & are not aware of my work prior to that. So what I am answering here relates to my work from the beginning and not just the 5 years as ME. The role of ME has just given me more responsibility, in the sense of heading the editorial team, keeping an eye on backlogs, guiding them, distributing work when anybody is on leave, etc. My general attitude towards members, in my view, has not changed merely because of the new role.
Coming to the answer to your query:
Straight from the heart - yes, I was and am partial, not to only one but to many members, but in a good way. Whenever a request comes in from members to restore posting permission, I will be partial and bat for them, debating heatedly with the section's editors & Webmasters to give them yet another chance, even if there have been more than one past violations.
I have also given enhanced points & cc to some members who are established good contributors when I felt that the editor did not give due justice to the quality of the content. So, yes, here too I have been partial in a good way.
I have singled out many new members when they started out their fledgling days here at ISC, praising their contributions in the open forum. Sadly, got the partiality barb thrown at me when I became ME, when in reality I was simply doing it, as I usually did, to encourage newbies. What's more, very unfortunately, a couple of these members got inflated heads & got carried away by the fact that no less than the ME was praising them, subsequently acting like they were the epitome of perfect contributors without whom ISC would not survive! After a couple of such occurrences, I have changed my method of appreciation, doing so via emails or through private messages as I felt praising a newbie in front of other members in the forum seems to have boomeranged very badly on me.
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