"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."- Isaac Asimov
If that is true in the real world then in forums we can say that "Repression of rationality is the first refuge of the incompetent."
One could compile a list of grievances in which the use of authority (when incompetent) is demonstrated either through influence or through actual action. First let us distinguish between the notion that authority and force themselves are bad. This is not the case for a few reasons.
1. Authority is often necessary for when the inevitable arrival of one who disregards rationality and descends into mere debauchery must be dealt with.
2. As the nature of the situation often requires force must be used by said authority to deal with said belligerent individual or group.
Here is the general problem of incompetent authority which must be dealt with in a plurality of forums.
Authority is not bound by rationality. If i speak reason authority can nevertheless use their appeal for manipulation. Let me spell out a few common deviances.
1. The use of reason is not considered the ultimatum in an issue/conversation when regarded by authority. An authority may claim that an argument or a conversation leads to a disruption of the peace of the forum. ("Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - Benjamin Franklin)To anarchy within the forum, and towards a less cohesive place of communication. Herein lies the fallacy. Reason itself or rather the application of reason itself cannot lead to an entropy of order. This is true because when reason is applied then the reason should be accepted and not contested by "feelings".
Yes here is the second tactic implemented by incompetent authority.
2. The authoritative figure "feels" that the use of reason has nefarious intentions or is not spoken with a certain objective that he approves of. This is of course a fallacy. What an arrogant audacious coward. To think that the feelings or derived observation of an authoritative figures trumps reason? I cannot think of such a damning attitude. Your authority grants you the ability to act on your incompetence.
Now let us speak of the passive observers or the other non-authoritative members of a forum. The incompetence of authority is again shown in its entirety here. It is a common tactic for members of a forum or let us delegate a more common term to the populace let us refer to them as the majority, to speak in favor of the object or individual towards which the rationality is being used. You see often times the majority have no care for reason. They care for a member of the forum more than they do for freedom of expression. If they perceive that a member is being shown to be irrational then they appeal to the authority to reprimand the user of rationality. The authority in his incompetence obliges as he does the bidding of the majority. I am sure the name Pontius Pilate is familiar. Yes this is one of the seminal examples of where the bidding of the majority superimposes reason.
You often hear authority or the majority say something along the lines of "If one person complains it is a fluke, if 2 people complain it is a problem". This is perhaps one of the most dangerous notions i have heard by those who object to the inherent superiority of reason. No! If 1 or if 5 billion complain about the user of reason that should hold no bearing on the analysis and validity of his reasoning.
"Sanity is not statistical"- George Orwell
Anarchy is a necessity given the fickle nature of those with authority. Take for example that this simple post will surely ignite a fire within those who are in positions of authority simply because their "feelings" got hurt. I even went out of my way not to include specific examples because i know that the authority who hold dominion over this forum is not the paragon of rationality. This was a cowardly act on my part and yet I reserve my expression in order to prevent my death no matter how unjust it may be.
Lastly i will leave you guys with this question. Who will guard the guardians?