Game over, man! Game over!
Usually, I don‘t publicise PMs, unless they‘re sent from scammers or other assorted scum. But since this might me of interest to those of you concerned about the level of moderation to be expected from the new and improved™ gog-forum, here‘s a message I just received from Fables.
Unfortunately, I am unable to comply with Fables‘ request for deletion, due to the simple fact that this shitty-ass forum doesn‘t even have a delete button. Maybe if we make this a group effort and (TRIGGER WARNING! CIS-normative language!) you fellas downvote my post into oblivion and hit the report button, it will go away all by itself. Regretfully, the message Fables sent me failed to clarify whether my post was marked for extermination because dtgreene explicitly asked for it (if that‘s the case, maybe she could have just asked me directly, instead of needlessly getting the janitor involved) or if this is just a preemptive strike in case anyone gets offended. I'm a gentleman and I always try assume the best in people, so my guess is that the latter is the case.
There is a silver lining, though. I will indeed refrain from posting similar stuff in the future. Come to think of it, I think I‘ll be refraining from posting stuff here altogether in the future.
Congratulations, Fables, you just ran off a forum member who got along fine with just about everyone. And you did it in order to appease a fringe group that has way too fucking much free time on their hands and gets offended for a hobby. These people systematically suck the fun out of everything, and that was the main thing I came here for: to have fun. Engage, meet some interesting people, maybe even learn a thing or two. Being constantly lectured by stuck-up, self-important assholes, however, is not my idea of fun.
So, adios, amigos! It was a privilege to be posting among you... like, literally! That's what it says in the forum rules! Enjoy your safe space, everyone! The only winning move is not to play.
First of all, the thing about moderation is that you're never gonna agree with every single decision the mods make, but at the same time not get too worked up at them for doing their job.
Even if post deletion isn't an option, editing it and replacing it with a few dashes is kinda the same thing, isn't it?
So uh, reading over this post, I notice a couple of things:
- You publically pride yourself on being a gentleman, then pepper your post with rather childish language like "shitty this", "fucking that", "assholes all of them". No, the language didn't offend me, I was just amused at the irony.
- You accuse others of being too easily offended, but a polite private request by a mod to remove a post (rather than said mod immediately deleting the thing herself, which the average moderator probably would have done) offends you so much that you storm off the forum in a huff.
- You accuse others of needing a safe space for their opinions and being easily triggered, but the moment a mod privately tells you one of your posts is out of line and asks you to be more mindful of the rules in the future, you don't just shrug it off and move on, but you feel threatened to the point where you immediately up and quit.
No offense, but I see a lot of preaching and very little practicing here.