Hyrist, there are plenty of other forums that work just fine with the fact that you can post anything you want, and those forums are FREE. If people posting stupid things gets out of hand in the new forum, they can simply flag THAT person's game account to have less posts, or even ban them permanently. Punishing everyone for the actions of a few is one of the most idiotic things I can think of.
Apples and oranges, and a giant red herring at that.
Those forums work fine for their individual contexts, and their posts.
FFXIV Beta forums have PROVEN to be out of control, you can't argue that, even if you don't agree with the methods.
As far as punishing the whole for the sins of a few, that would be implying that the number who were among the guilty party was a sire few. It was not, it was extensive, repetitive, and distributed among many people.
I'm sorry, but no matter how many times you feel compelled to restate your option on this, I'm not going to agree to it. We dun goofed in the way we conducted ourselves on the Beta boards. Even if we were perfect in this, there are other, compelling reasons why people should have to log in, and commit their characters in order to have refrence in a source that should be, essentially, a hub for feedback.
You want a FFXIV community center, use the Lodestone. We do not need yet another
Bioware Social Network/ League of Legends forums / Virtually any Blizzard Boards in existence/ and most especially not another FFXIV Beta boards.
I'm fine with accepting/rejecting self-expressions here, it fits in line quite perfectly with predictions I made about what would happen to these boards, once Square Enix started lockdowns. (note, not a happy prediction but one of many accurate ones I've made of SE to date.) When I go to FFXIV boards, I want to be speaking with players who a dedicated enough not to be dejected by all the hurtles. It keeps the peanut gallery commentary down.
What will keep these
boards civil? The fact that there's some level of self-moderation as well as attentive Admins such as Wint and SovJon- which you can't expect out of a company such as Square Enix - as their positions are more muddied than the underpaid, mostly volunteer positions our admins have. Zam itself is also much smaller and not an officiator of anything.
You can't do that sort of personal attentiveness in a company like that - I would like it, but the level of attentiveness needed isn't a justifiable paid position for the sheer volume differences you'd get from FFXIV boards (or any official MMO boards) and a site like Zam. That's not even considering how much scruitny a company could get for the misdeeds of a staff member.
So the workload needs to be reduced somewhat so your in-house staff can moderate as a secondary or tertiary task.
Now, if ZAM made a game, and had boards about said game here, you'd be sure there would be some forum changes to handle all the feedback.
The Official Boards isn't the only boards with this sort of wall either. Something Awful has a pay wall. NeoGaf requires you to sign up with a paid email account. FFXI boards require your character to have logged in
within the last 30 days, regardless if you've an open subscription (I think FFXIV boards still have that restriction, mind you.) in order to post. And while scorned for it on the outside, those on the inside of the community are generally a whole lot happier for it.
If you don't like it, that's up to you. It's entirely your prerogative. But don't compare an official site to that of a fan site, the level of pressure is an entirely different beast altogether.