Let me say this upfront because otherwise people will think I'm being negative: thank you guys for being you.
We're not perfect and we do have our share of trolls (even if they're more cute and cuddly than anything). However, there is a general air of lessened stress when browsing and viewing. It isn't perfect and tempers do flare sometimes but it's generally a better place to hang out. GameFAQs is nothing short of trolls and generally isn't worth going unless you're actually looking for an FAQ. BG isn't too bad most of the time but during the debates game points become lost and it turns into a mini-soap opera half the time.
I bring this up because I recently had to forward information to the FBI for death threats on my own simply because the admin of the site did nothing. In fact he not only did nothing he threatened to remove my account if I continued to bother him.
Let that soak in a minute.
People were confused about FFXIV's registration process and post after post after post of telling them "You can't register now/the SE store isn't account management/read and do what the email says/if you're confused stop reading forums and contact your retailer". Someone came in and blasted me for being an inconsiderate ***hole and not bothering to answer questions and stating, quite publically how I should be beaten and that he'd like to do other things -- on a public forum. Quote him and reply "If you actually bothered to read, you'd see it's written already what you can and can't do.", he complains about my "trolling" and it immediately earns me a ban, yet someone threatening actual violence gets nothing. He follows that up with well over a dozen long PMs declaring what he'd like to do to me for being *** as well as being <insert dramatic, overused pointless profanity> and at least one death threat on a PM. From the sounds of most of the posts it sounded more like a stalker than anything else.
I forward all this information to an email to the website's admin. His response was posted above. So I ended up having to go beyond that and figure out how to submit information to the FBI (because from what I understand they actually take death threats seriously even if it's potentially only a hyped up teenager).
Contrast this with Kaolian.
He isn't perfect (a few topics I think he was too forceful on) but when someone continued to harass me in PMs over a year ago he did something about it. For that, he's earned my respect for the fact that a person was being harassed, he could see the proof, and he took action. When someone like Poubelle creates several accounts and continually acts out he forwards the information to his ISP provider.
So yeah, thanks ZAM staff. The community isn't perfect (none ever is), but the overall atmosphere's a lot more pleasant than people give it credit for.
I appreciate it (and the fact that I know I wouldn't have to deal with things like above myself if it were to occur).