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18-11-2011, 10:40 AM #1
Terribly Moderated Forums / Your Worst Forum Experiences
What is the most poorly moderated forums you've came across? What's the worst experience you've had of forum moderation?
I think this'll be a useful way of warning people away from "issue" forums.
The thing that's sparked this thread off is a run in with the MMORPG.com forum moderators. For those of you that don't know, MMORPG.com is the biggest MMO review / forum site on the 'net, essentially. It is, quite literally, massively online. :p I ended up starting up the Steam group etc, before getting tired of being the lone moderator of the group and so handed it off to someone else and left.
MMORPG.com's forum moderators are unpaid volunteers, usually promoted from forum members with good post counts and records. They're usually placed in charge of the forum they most posted on (meaning fans of games get to moderate those same forums), leading to some heavy bias towards certain viewpoints / users.
Just yesterday, I posted an effective summary of the current EA controversy. Within a few moments, people were there posting the usual EA / Bioware fanboy bullstuff that you see on these forums. I was able to effectively ignore it until someone basically said that I and RPS were liars. This user regularly posts stuff that would get anyone else permanently banned from the forums, and only his veterancy and (I assume) friendship with moderators keeps him from getting banned.
I told him to read the articles instead of posting his ignorant opinion. This post was deleted and I got an instant warning for "trolling" (which isn't at all true, since it'd be flaming, but whatever). On the next page he posted, essentially, exactly the same thing, except now he was being pedantic and saying that you couldn't get banned from the BioWare forums for saying e-peen. He'd obviously gave the articles a cursory glance and then chose to post his usual bullshit.
I replied along the lines of, "Wow, well done on completely ignoring the point and still posting. I'm genuinely impressed with you" and got instantly banned.
The thing with the MMORPG.com forums isn't that they've got terrible moderation that I'd expect of a teeny tiny forum with hair trigger bans over moderator's opinions. It's the fact they've got that terrible moderation and applied it to a massive forum. This site where thousands of people post per day has some of the worst moderation I've ever seen, and it never fails to amaze me the site is still alive despite this.
What about you all? Do you have stories of nepotism and naughtiness? Moderators banning you for being grammatically incorrect? Did you use a ~ and someone instantly called you a weeaboo and got banned for it? Come on, I know you ALL have these stories.
18-11-2011, 11:07 AM #2
First of all, I replied already but the forums spazzed and it was deleted.
Secondly, this doesnt belong here, should be in offtopic or rps forum discussion thing.
Thirdly, I take things like this with a grain of salt, especially coming from you, R-F, as you were tempbanned only a couple of months ago for good reason. You cant let go of something, and generally reply in a headstrong and silly manner in case someone doesnt want to see your point of view.
Fourthly, my "warning" experience was at REDuser.net, a digital cinema camera brand user site, where I sparked a flame war because in my post to offer my services as a Digital Imaging Technician (look it up), I asked if anyone had bad experiences like one I heard of. Apparently it wasnt long enough ago, and the people that were "accused" of the things that the story said (wasnt really accusatory) started flaming against some company, which then the supporters of replied, anyhow it was ugly, I had it deleted because I dont care for flame wars against anyone.
18-11-2011, 11:14 AM #3
18-11-2011, 11:52 AM #4
Some of those commenters have apparently never heard of consumer laws because they flat out say "if you sign a virtual contract, you must abide by it." Utter rubbish of course. But more frightening is the general acceptance that there are Syndicate style gaming companies amongst us who have the power of a government.
I've been pretty lucky on forums. There's been the odd ban for repeating 'gay' (we were having a discussion on sexuality) and the moderator decided the word itself was taboo rather than the context it was used in.
18-11-2011, 11:52 AM #5
18-11-2011, 01:02 PM #6
Also, I didnt check out the thread because your question was if we had experiences like the one you described, not if they are really stupid or not. I just wanted to point out my feeling towards the topic as I thought it was relevant.
18-11-2011, 01:06 PM #7
20-11-2011, 04:55 PM #8
...*sniff*...and I could care less about GB! *runs off crying*
18-11-2011, 12:01 PM #9
All of the forums that I've been banned from are terribly and overzealously moderated. It's the impulse to power, I guess.
20-11-2011, 04:56 PM #10
The Steam forums are an absolute nightmare. I also find RPGCodex to be so, to a slightly lesser degree.
Edit - I suppose I should clarify. The Steam forums shit status should be obvious to any who has visited, RPGCodex's not least because of moderators openly bragging about pirating games that they then slag off. Classy, that.
Last edited by Fumarole; 20-11-2011 at 05:03 PM.
20-11-2011, 05:03 PM #11
20-11-2011, 05:16 PM #12
Although, now that I think about it more, I believe it was a writer for the site in the specific case I am thinking of, as it was in an RSS feed that I read about the brazen piracy, not a forum moderator as I said. Although my experiences in the forums were largely as described by Unaco. "As above, so below" as the saying goes.
20-11-2011, 05:45 PM #13
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20-11-2011, 05:51 PM #14
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20-11-2011, 06:08 PM #15
20-11-2011, 06:15 PM #16
So you can say "Jew" or "Fag". So what? It's baby-talk to equate that with free speech. Free speech isn't about "I can express what words I like". Free speech is about "I can express what IDEAS I like".
The type of speech you're defending is a sham of freedom. It promotes intolerance of ideas behind a claim of being tolerant of words. What the words are promoting moreover, is an even further intolerance of other ideas.
"Free speech is an important part of the culture". You really believe that?
20-11-2011, 07:32 PM #17
What people fail to see are the VERY well discussed topics that abound there. While they are few and far between (and you would have to actually search for them), people just look at one or 2 threads inhabited by spammers and people using derogatory remarks and think that is all we do.
20-11-2011, 08:09 PM #18
Another disgruntled Codexer here.
That being said, keep out of General Discussion, which is populated by trolls, alts and drama queens. That one subforum is pretty much responsible for 90% of the bad rep for the Codex. It's like judging all of 4chan by /b/ and /v/.
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20-11-2011, 08:14 PM #19
20-11-2011, 08:53 PM #20
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Gone through hundreds of accounts on them sites before I gave up going to them. You get banned from Steam for even mentioning the world Piracy, you cannot even discuss it and how to prevent it. mmorpg.com you get banned if someone reports you for not liking your post, I recently mentioned how SWTOR will be such a massive failure because it doesn't feel like an MMO and got banned. Gamespot you just get banned for not making your content PG.......