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Originally posted by spacedoubt
How much bandwidth is wasted with animated Avatars, and long descriptions of self?
Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
I see very few people siding with your little campaign here.
Let's turn down the drama volume and move on to real issues, your moment of fame is over.
No... however... 1) Many of our staff are experienced at running digital communities. In particular, I've been doing it since 1987. You'll notice that the majority of muck-raking complaints are disgruntled new members who are unable to simply follow our rules. These rules are, for the most part, tried-and-true guidelines for common discussion board manners and courtesies, not iron-fisted decrees. 2) You (meaning the complainers) are not footing the bill for this very large, very diverse, very active, and feature-rich online digital community. Your free involvement here is not a "right" but a privilege offered you to provided you simply follow clearly stated rules you agreed to follow when you first joined. 3) Board staff are 100% volunteers who end up loosing the enjoyment of being an every-day member, and instead need to deal with trouble makers and trolls who derive their lonely fun from disrupting a community of people who come to learn. While they receive minor perks (upload space, email), there is no payment for their duties yet most are still here every day doing their part to keep things running smoothly. 4) AboveTopSecret.com is one of the Internet's most active and populated web-based digital communities. By necessity, we need to act quickly and decisively to maintain polite decorum and usability in our forums. Our massive growth corresponds directly with our efforts at building a solid and dedicated moderator staff. While a handful of complainers may wish for days of lax moderation for their trolling tendencies, the majority of our members are thanking our efforts by spending more and more time with us. So... when we see complaints form people who have a history of giving us more work to do... we tend to have little patience for it.
Originally posted by spacedoubt Is it wrong, on this kind of BB, to discuss policies and their effect on free flow of ideas? I think it's appropriate! Maybe there's a conspiracy!
Originally posted by spacedoubt
Is it wrong, on this kind of BB, to discuss
policies and their effect on free flow of ideas?
IMO, more people agreeing drives it home a bit harder. Doesn't it? One voice is easier to ignore. You can't possibly tell me that's not true?
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Originally posted by Seekerof
However, please be aware that intense personal insults are still forbidden. .
Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
No, it doesn't make that single voice easier to not ignore. I think most of us are really getting tired of these threads dissing the mods. It seems as soon as one is closed, another one or two pop up.
Satyr, tell us, please, what would make you feel satisfied? What would your solution be?
A member of the forum staff has sent you a warning regarding your activity on the thread titled, Why is there a word filter?. Your have been warned 1 times.
(I was warned for profanity in a thread about the word filter. Why? I'm not sure, since there is a word filter.)
A member of the forum staff has sent you a warning regarding your activity on the thread titled, Howdy. You have been warned 2 times.
(Honestly, I don't even remember what this one was about, but I saved it because I thought it was unreasonable.)
A member of the forum staff, Banshee, has noticed your one-line or less post in the thread, U.S. Army problems in Iraq?
A member of the forum staff, Banshee, has noticed your use of excessive quoting in the thread, Today America stands United in Shame.
See above... www.abovetopsecret.com... And... www.abovetopsecret.com... Especially this part: "Lastly, and most important, this is a privately owned discussion board community. The administration and senior moderator staff reserve the right to take action against any member who is deemed to be devoted purely to disruption. This action may include complete banning of your username and IP address." You've received a lot of warnings, and by now should be very familiar with what causes a warning. When members get repeat warnings... we are forced to consider alternate means to convince you that our rules are for the proper smooth running of the entire community, not the irritation of a few. [Edited on 11-5-2004 by SkepticOverlord]
Originally posted by Satyr Too many anal technicalities....
Originally posted by Satyr
...3) If you don't like rule #1, then keep your mouth shut, or you may be banned.
No one is forcing you to put up with such horrible conditions.
Originally posted by Satyr 3) If you don't like rule #1, then keep your mouth shut, or you may be banned.