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Erpy: Looks like they're listening after all. I suppose the hint to those who were complaining is: "have a little faith and a little patience. We hear you.".
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Breja: I'm pretty sure without the complaining it would not have happened. Still, I'm very happy to see that one way or the other, it did happen. Finally the forum is no longer being used to spread misinformation and propaganda. Finally it can be again the good place it once was.
I tried really hard to fight the urge to comment on this, but I can't let this go. If you think that it takes perpetual complaining for a thread to be locked, you're very much mistaken. It takes a single report to look into things and to take them seriously. It would be very much appreciated if everyone stopped jumping to conclusions and spreading their own opinions dressed as "this is what GOG staff think" if something that they think should be done isn't done within a day or two or a few. To put this simply - if I don't act immediately, it does NOT mean I don't care or take things seriously enough. And as of now, I'm quitting always trying to justify my decisions to you. I did so out of respect for transparency, but if anything it came back to bite me.
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227: Mmm. Hopefully this recent thread closure doesn't come back to bite everyone. Between the GG thread that was getting increasingly political and the infowars one that was very obviously political, it'd be easy for those of a certain political inclination to start feeling a little targeted, even if that's not actually the case. Not sure the potential positives of this are enough to balance out the potential negatives, but I suppose it'll at least be interesting to see how things play out.
The way I see it, the positives are always worth it. As long as it's done as fairly as possible.
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tinyE: Well someone at GOG just reminded me, we were never told rep abuse was going to stop. This is true.
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Breja: So the point still stands- why did they make a rule about it at all then? Remove the rule, replace it with "rep is meaningless, we can't do anything about the abuse, just ignore it please". There. Done. Solved.
We've been through this a million times and it's frankly quite mind-boggling to me that you still have the energy to complain about it over and over again. I for one am glad that the rep abuse rule is there because if nothing else at least it gives us grounds to ban people who abuse it on. It's not ideal that the system is a bit cumbersome in terms of looking for the culprits, but it is possible and I did warn a few people based on the investigation into it that I ran. If I find them guilty of the same thing when I do it again, they will be banned. And that's the last thing I'll say in regards to this matter.
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fables22: I for one am glad that the rep abuse rule is there because if nothing else at least it gives us grounds to ban people who abuse it on.
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Breja: I had no idea you were doing that. I must have missed you saying so. I know it seems like I'm here all the time, but sometimes things slip past me ;) If that's the case, then I apologise. It seemed to me the rule is entirely dead, hence my remarks.
I'm looking into it, but the current solution I have is not extremely effective. It's better than nothing, though, I think.
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Bookwyrm627: News flash! Decent people more likely to follow rules! More at eleven!
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tinyE: And another thing! I'm probably going to get banned for using "fuck" right there, meanwhile ciomalau's forum title for the past two weeks has been "I'M FU*K-STUCK!.. :'( HEEEELP!"

and he hasn't even been warned. :P

And I had to edit it that because the forum won't even let me post letter for letter, word for word, what his actual title is. :P

So I'm going to get the boot and the ones left in here are going to be the ones the fucking rules were put in place to protect this place from.
Funny that you're saying he's not been warned... since he's actually been banned three times in the past three weeks and is on a week's ban as we speak.
Post edited March 29, 2017 by fables22
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thomq: Er, um… Is this the start of a new trend? I thought you declared members wouldn't be marked as as having been banned... but now you're calling them out in your posts…

That is a different approach, though it seems like the same result to me…

EDIT: Though, I guess I should have probably PM'ed this instead of making it a talking point in this thread…
Just seems a bit unfair to not say anything when people are clearly trying their best to stay on top of who's banned and when. And in all honesty, it angers me when I get "and he's still here saying the same stuff" if it's not true. That's all there is to it.
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thomq: The french GOG forum also posted the "Règles du forum" (Code of Conduct) on 2017 March 10, the same day as they were posted in this english forum. There are only three posts. Total. Including the announcement.

The second post is from a member providing a correction for the invalid link in the first post. The third is the OP thanking the member for the correction.

On this side of the forum, we've had over 500 posts in this thread, though it seems twenty of those have disappeared. Prior to that there's the Forum moderation: Rules, threads, all that jazz also with over 500 posts. Over 1000 total.

Obviously, the french forum has been given non-controversial rules. Or maybe less confusing? Or perhaps the english forum has been trolled by the GOG moderators? Twice?!
The rules on all the localized forums are a 100% exactly the same.
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micktiegs_8: seems someone was a little grumpy at my post #496... great way to censor people, GOG :p
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catpower1980: Is that a new GOG game we get to play before Cyberpunk 2077 release?

If so, I have another one called "where are posts #432 (me) and #435 (Tauto quoting me)"

Didn't get any moderator notification or ban (even if I deliberately broke the rules), so would be good to get official clarifications on who deleted them.
Here's your official clarification right there in the COC: We reserve the right to edit or delete any post that we feel breaks any of the rules stated within the hereby Forum Code of Conduct..
Post edited April 03, 2017 by fables22
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Emachine9643: I once heard if you sneak up on a blue and tickle them then your ban is lifted. Is there any truths to that, Fables?
Nope.
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Just a little heads up - I gather we seem to have a problem with people thinking "well the mod is not on here at the weekend so let's go crazy" and taking that attitude to posting on the forum. I can't possibly keep an eye on the forum 24/7, so for that reason only - if I see anyone taking advantage of this over the weekend and posting stuff they would have not gotten away with during the week, when I'm here, I won't hesitate to hand out week long bans on Monday. Consider this to be a pre-emptive warning for all such cases, with no further warnings being given to those who proceed to knowingly break the Code of Conduct over the weekend(s).

I find it frankly quite demotivating and even sad that we have people on the forum who think that they can throw abusive comments left and right as soon as I turn my back, so for that reason only I've decided to take this approach, and I really hope you will be co-operative. Thanks!
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fables22: Just a little heads up - I gather we seem to have a problem with people thinking "well the mod is not on here at the weekend so let's go crazy" and taking that attitude to posting on the forum. I can't possibly keep an eye on the forum 24/7, so for that reason only - if I see anyone taking advantage of this over the weekend and posting stuff they would have not gotten away with during the week, when I'm here, I won't hesitate to hand out week long bans on Monday. Consider this to be a pre-emptive warning for all such cases, with no further warnings being given to those who proceed to knowingly break the Code of Conduct over the weekend(s).

I find it frankly quite demotivating and even sad that we have people on the forum who think that they can throw abusive comments left and right as soon as I turn my back, so for that reason only I've decided to take this approach, and I really hope you will be co-operative. Thanks!
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Emachine9643: You are doing amazing work here and must apologize on behalf of some of the GoGers. It is a shame that people are taking advantage when your not looking.
Thanks!
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micktiegs_8: edit: this is me and my request falling on deaf ears:
https://www.gog.com/forum/general/good_luck_america/post988
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Bookwyrm627: Huh. That's a change in policy, then. Previous policy was OP could request and receive a thread closure.
It's funnily convenient how no one noticed that we had that conversation in November, literally hours after I joined in house. It's not a new policy - it was just that the person I asked about it at the time didn't happen to have the right information. I've closed numerous threads upon the OP's request since then.
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fables22: It's funnily convenient how no one noticed that we had that conversation in November, literally hours after I joined in house. It's not a new policy - it was just that the person I asked about it at the time didn't happen to have the right information. I've closed numerous threads upon the OP's request since then.
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Bookwyrm627: Mea culpa and fair enough. You're right that I didn't check the conversation date (nor cross check your join date).

I remembered a blue once saying "Oh hey, my bad about not closing the thread. I now know its SOP." but couldn't remember who and figured maybe that was maybe Ciris or something.
Not sure those are the exact words I used or the case you remember is the one involving me, but I did definitely say so quite a while back.
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budejovice: you have me jerkmuted fables?

the request was serious
I don't give out permabans on request. If you want to stay away from the forum, do so at your own capacity.
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fables22: I don't give out permabans on request. If you want to stay away from the forum, do so at your own capacity.
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Kleetus: Do you have different ban hammers for each type of ban?
Yes.
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Atlantico: There's absolutely no need for a General Discussion forum on gog.com *at all*. It used to work, now it doesn't.
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Breja: I enjoy having a place to talk about general game related stuff that doesn't apply to a single game and about totally unrelated stuff here (movies, comics whatever), thank you very much. And since the rules went into effect, while it was a bumpy process and surely we'll run into some difficulties in the future, things got way better, and I really don't have any major issues with the way things are now.
Thanks for saying that!