Osarion, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
Osarion, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
Pretty close on target here (only we don't just auto-lock like that). Most of you will have missed the "AH in OCT 28 PATCH!!" thread which was a not-so-cleverly disguised quitting thread. I'm tired of dealing with it. The locked thread in question was nothing more than another trolling.
People are free to discuss the game as much as they like. That guy, however, crossed the line.
So, in your opinion that a person who typically does not contribute to a community in a helpful way cannot accidentally contribute in a helpful way?
I hadn't seen his previous posts before I saw his locked thread and as an objective bystander that thread seemed to be a legitimate thread, especially after other posters had constructive things to say. It would seem to me that you have developed a bias against this user to the point that you would take a negative action against him(and any conversation he starts) even if the community embraces what he says.
Would you say my perception of this is accurate?
No response whatsoever
I'll take that as an admission of guilt.
Daimakaicho, Eater of Souls wrote:
Why was this
thread locked? It seems like there was a legitimate conversation happening in the thread.
Are the admins reactions to bad PR for this game becoming so knee-jerk that it's becoming difficult to discuss this game on your forums?
Precedent is a *****. It wasn't the topic...it was the intent. A lot of people here could probably have started a thread asking for peoples' opinions on whether or not they thought server merges were coming and it would have been fine. Once you expose yourself as a troll, however, the outcome is predictable. It's not about controlling bad press...it's about redirecting the negativity so that those of us who are trying to enjoy the game can discuss it without having our discussions swept off the front page by mountains of crybaby loser drivel.
I think you hit the nail on the head. Our admins are not malicious people, nor are they SE employees or fanboys that stifle every bit of bad press that surfaces. As I've said before, their goal is to keep these boards clean and civil, and trolls undermine civil and mature discussion. Admins are human like the rest of us, so I'm sure they get annoyed by people as well and may be more likely to lock down a certain person over another if that person has a history of trolling or inflammatory posts, but it's never done without reason.
Also, like people, Admins are not infallible. Admins from this site have historically intervened based on what a person says and not who says them. Though, in a few cases they have taken a persons consistent trolling over months as a reason to mute them, however, that is an action against a person in general not something specifically they said. This is a break from that pattern and to me it says "If your content disagrees with what I consider ok for this forum enough times, I'll smite you regardless of what you have to say". I think this is the wrong approach and if Osarion felt justified, a mute would be more applicable, since it gets rid of offending content without causing the collateral damage of stopping already engaged constructive conversation by other posters.
And lord knows this site doesn't need yet another admin that regards the user base with thinly veiled contempt.
Mute consistent trolls, don't just lock every thread they make regardless of content. It makes you look like a loose cannon.