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Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:00 AM

I'm not going to ban anyone posting in here provided you act civil.

Let's try to avoid flame wars, but I'm going to ask an honest question.

What can moderators be doing better? Is there something that annoys you about how things happen, or is there something you would like to see happen?

delete the BBS

I'm noticing that some users aren't enjoying the BBS, or worse leaving, and that's not best thing to see.

I actually just cleared several bans and sent apologies out solely because I made a mistake, and should have sent a warning to the users instead of banning them, and I want your guys opinion.

If you make a shitty post, I'll delete it, but realistically, let's chat and talk about how we can make the BBS a solid fun place again. It's cool if you don't see anything wrong with the BBS, and it's better if you can help me figure out what the users think.

I don't plan on banning people posting honest thoughtful opinions here, but I can't say promise that from other moderators, but at that point, that'd be a total chode thing to do.

So 4 cereal, here's the simple question

What can be improved on the BBS?

DISCLAIMER - Your opinion may be ignored if you're stupid.


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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:01 AM

Allow more things to slide. The reason the forums are so popular is because the mods generally aren't tight-asses. If you keep it that way, or even take it a little further, the forums would boom with members.

I'm not saying let everything go however.
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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:02 AM

I think mods need to have a quicker reaction time. I saw a spam thread, and it wasn't deleted for about a-half-an-hour.


At 6/4/09 01:01 AM, nightyillusion wrote:

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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:03 AM

At 5/31/09 11:02 AM, 7901 wrote: I think mods need to have a quicker reaction time. I saw a spam thread, and it wasn't deleted for about a-half-an-hour.

Do you remember what time it was? Alot of the time you can ding us via IM/PM, and if there's enough of an issue, we can look at users that are on during that time and see if a new moderator is needed from a different time zone.


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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:04 AM

Stop banning regulars who post entertaining things that are for laughs; basically if you see ANY joke worth a lick done by ANYONE don't lock the thread and ban the user.

Lighten up on the definition of "spam thread."

Only ban people that are giving other people a hard time; like the try hard hardasses or the people who make genuine spam. Hold off on banning trolls; let them have their fun then ban them. There will be more laughs that way.

All I could think of right now.

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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:05 AM

There was a time when these roblox threads were everywhere and I posted in one of them. Well, I got a 2 days ban but I thought a warning could suffice. Mods may have been too tight on their bansticks.


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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:06 AM

Just to clarify my first post. I think the BBS is fine as of now, it has its little flaws, but no forum is ever perfect. I think it's cool how the mods aren't kiss asses who are afraid to post stupid things or swear. Just keep doing what you're doing now. I'd go in to detail about what I think about each mod, but I don't think it would be appropriate for this topic, so I'll just leave it at what I said first.

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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:07 AM

I have no problem with the BBS atm, but just some of the mods are a little harsh when it comes to banning. Spam threads I kinda get, but something people post in thread never knowing it's a spam thread. The BBS is just not as fun as it used to, but what do I know.

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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:07 AM

the moderators here suck, because they all have a sense of "I'm better than you" over the regular users. This is fine if you actually contributed to the site, but you don't. Seriously, people like poozy annoy the fuck out of me, not that I don't deserve banning for spam but when they post bullshit reasons or sarcastic comments implying they're better than us normal users and they contribute fuck all to the site.


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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:07 AM

Well the only thing I can think of at the moment is the spam thread thing. It gets annoying because sometimes you don't even know if it's a spam thread and you get banned for it. But I guess maybe I shouldn't be stupid


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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:08 AM

Mods not overlooking the rules themselves just because they have mod status.

I mean, if they ban for a certain thing shouldn't they then aim not to do that same thing themselves?

Using terms which are banned on the BBS for example and 'spamming' topics with short one liners which I know I myself have been banned for in the point but I see mods doing it all the time.

Isn't the best way to stop this kind of behavior from the average BBS poster to make sure the mods aren't breaking rules themselves?

Also a line on the rules has been bothering me;

"If you're not here to have fun, go elsewhere."

A lot of the fun is killed by the mods themselves. Just because a topic is stupid doesn't mean it's not fun. I believe a lot of the mods will lock a topic simply because they personally themselves don't like what it's about, not because of their mod status.

I don't know. Just seems like it's going downhill a bit lately, and I never thought I'd say that.


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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:12 AM

I'm hoping people take this seriously, so we can solve some shit.

I think there needs to be a set of regulated rules, that ALL mods follow.
It seems the more relaxed are willing to let certain comments and threads slide, condition being its nothing to over the top or excentric, which is good.
Others however seem to pick and choose, sticking harshly to the rules, and even sliding past them, to suit their own personal opinions. This i feel is what alot of people are tired of.

Also a little spontanious, but its builds moral ( sounding like a fighting force now ), i feel its good if mods participate in the forums a little more, not just to tell people what they have done wrong, but to have a laugh and good conversation.
Some mods do, and i admire this, but some only get involved to flame someone,ban them or lock their thread.

These are some ideas, hope some improvements can be made.


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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:13 AM

At 5/31/09 11:07 AM, thelittleemo wrote: Well the only thing I can think of at the moment is the spam thread thing. It gets annoying because sometimes you don't even know if it's a spam thread and you get banned for it. But I guess maybe I shouldn't be stupid

I actually haven't noticed this for about a year. :o

But I do agree, this has happened to me a few times in the past, and when it did happen it was pretty lame. Stupid destroy function.. :(

Other than a few past incidents I'm a pretty happy lurker.


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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:15 AM

At 5/31/09 11:08 AM, Gagsy wrote: Mods not overlooking the rules themselves just because they have mod status.

I also agree with Gagsy on this. I too have seen a few mod go above and beyond their modship and break a few rules, such as one-liners and 'spam' topics, and why? Because they can't be banned by other mods, only admins.

I mean, if they ban for a certain thing shouldn't they then aim not to do that same thing themselves?

Just like the saying goes: Two wrongs don't make a right. If the rules states, for example, Don't post a thread with just a picture and yet a mod does it, it's telling the users that it's OK, seeing as how they can do it. Not right at all.

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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:17 AM

Having about 40-50 mods, each with their own MO, is irritating. What one mod will take as a joke/find funny and let slide, could easily be deleted and land you with a ban whan a different mod comes on a few minutes later. The mods need to stop adding their own pet hates to their no-go lists. Please re-write and standardise the BBS rules and make sure all the mods stick to them.

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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:17 AM

dude, you dont want to try posting in microsoft's propaganda forums if you think NG mods are strict.
those people actually deleted my post because I didnt find it fair they dont release XNA in Europe
if you swear on mochiads forums, al your foul language is removed by mods

so dont bitch about NG mods being too strict

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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:20 AM

There are some rules that mods have made by posting threads on the general forums and posting in their news posts. Those rules are not in the rules page linked to from the sticky at the top of the forum. A lot of new users get banned for breaking those rules even though they aren't in the rules page. For instance, clone posting is against the rules but it is not mentioned in the rules.

If those rules could all be put into the rules page that would help the forum a lot.

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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:20 AM

I think everything's all right, except that "No posting in a spam thread" rule. How can we tell if it's a spam thread when threads like Dickneck's get by? Or the kid with the gay haircut?


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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:21 AM

At 5/31/09 11:08 AM, Gagsy wrote: Mods not overlooking the rules themselves just because they have mod status.

Yeah, double standards are quite apparent at times.


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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:21 AM

personally i see terrible 3 word posts that have nothing to do with the thread.. some people just say OMG EPIC FAIL. or something else retarded like using some sort of meme... or they just insult the OP.

Its kinda hard to have a real conversation when there is a bunch of 12 year olds posting retarded shit and then every other retard follows suit and the thread gets derailed...i wouldnt say ban but please delete their posts .. its fucking annoying when something fun or interesting comes along and there are about 5 pages of pure shit to wade through just to read other users actual thought out posts.

Personally i just think there should be an 18 and over forum.. i know that would be a real bitch on you mods especially with little kids creating alts just so they can abuse it. but who knows maybe its possible.

But now onto complaining about the mods. i really dont have many complaints. But when i post something along the lines of something like why i cant join the blue man group because im not at least 5'9'' and fucking malachy comes along and locks it saying it should be in my blog.. Seriously wtf .. ok lets just talk about cock jokes and wierd news.. tell malachy to lighten up on that cause i stopped making interesting topics because of it.

So whenever i want to talk about something like that i usually end up going to the audio forum lounge.. The AFL is awesome but its the slowest thread and not many people post in it.. in general i have the ability to talk about it with more people..

So how about you you guys. (malachy) wait and see if the thread goes anywhere before you just step in and say .. whoops sorry we arent talking about this cause i said so and it should be in your blog.. Kinda totalitarian dont you think?

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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:22 AM

At 5/31/09 11:20 AM, Headshot777 wrote: I think everything's all right, except that "No posting in a spam thread" rule. How can we tell if it's a spam thread when threads like Dickneck's get by? Or the kid with the gay haircut?

I agree. there are obvious spam threads that happen, but then there are those you just can't tell. And then there are some that just turn into spam threads randomly because of some dudes random post.


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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:22 AM

At 5/31/09 11:00 AM, Jonas wrote: What can moderators be doing better?

Hmmm, honestly, I'm relatively happy with the moderating team. It's a lot more modest than it used to be, seems to be more just.

Is there something that annoys you about how things happen, or is there something you would like to see happen?

Deleted threads bother me, I'd like to see less of them, unless of course the thread is absolutely offensive or illegal.

I'm noticing that some users aren't enjoying the BBS, or worse leaving, and that's not best thing to see.

I think we should begin to see less of that, the BBS tends to peak in the summer, in terms of activity.

So 4 cereal, here's the simple question
What can be improved on the BBS?

I miss the zaniness. It feels a little watered down lately, but that's not the mods faults and it could just be that I've not been as active as I used to be. Hopefully, it should spring up again this Summer.


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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:22 AM

While I never really get banned, a lot of people seem to have troubles with mods. Maybe if the the mods let more things go, such as if a level 3 with a couple of posts makes a shitty thread, don't ban him, because that just deters them from the BBS/Newgrounds forever. Maybe just delete the thread, or lock the thread and post why you are and give them a tip or something.


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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:23 AM

At 5/31/09 11:20 AM, Headshot777 wrote: I think everything's all right, except that "No posting in a spam thread" rule. How can we tell if it's a spam thread when threads like Dickneck's get by? Or the kid with the gay haircut?

This is a good point.
I mean even if people +1 , if the thread is deleted, then they wont get the post.


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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:26 AM

At 5/31/09 11:22 AM, Armerad wrote: While I never really get banned, a lot of people seem to have troubles with mods. Maybe if the the mods let more things go, such as if a level 3 with a couple of posts makes a shitty thread, don't ban him, because that just deters them from the BBS/Newgrounds forever. Maybe just delete the thread, or lock the thread and post why you are and give them a tip or something.

A lot of the time when a level 3 posts a really stupid thread it is a regular using an alt.

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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:27 AM

anybody want a $1 bet on this being mod titillation material?


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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:27 AM

The backseat modding thing is the one that gets me. I have never heard of a more absurd reason to ban people.

Some people are passionate about helping. Yes, maybe to the point of then being annoying.
Go send them a PM, tell them to lay off...


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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:27 AM

At 5/31/09 11:17 AM, 1nt4rw3b5 wrote: Having about 40-50 mods, each with their own MO, is irritating. What one mod will take as a joke/find funny and let slide, could easily be deleted and land you with a ban whan a different mod comes on a few minutes later. The mods need to stop adding their own pet hates to their no-go lists. Please re-write and standardise the BBS rules and make sure all the mods stick to them.

Semi-related, the whole 'goes in your blog' bullshit. How many people actually look at blogs anyway? The topic gets a much better discussion if it's a thread. To be fair, Wade's 'oh snap' threads could easily be blogs. As could funkBRS's 'hate rants'.

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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:28 AM

At 5/31/09 11:08 AM, Gagsy wrote: Mods not overlooking the rules themselves just because they have mod status.

I mean, if they ban for a certain thing shouldn't they then aim not to do that same thing themselves?

Using terms which are banned on the BBS for example and 'spamming' topics with short one liners which I know I myself have been banned for in the point but I see mods doing it all the time.

Isn't the best way to stop this kind of behavior from the average BBS poster to make sure the mods aren't breaking rules themselves?

Also a line on the rules has been bothering me;

"If you're not here to have fun, go elsewhere."

A lot of the fun is killed by the mods themselves. Just because a topic is stupid doesn't mean it's not fun. I believe a lot of the mods will lock a topic simply because they personally themselves don't like what it's about, not because of their mod status.

I don't know. Just seems like it's going downhill a bit lately, and I never thought I'd say that.

This.

I always considered being a mod a JOB, not a PRIVILEGE. Mods are always breaking the rules themselves and abusing their power by banning undeserving people and deleting threads about subjects they don't like. Moderator means 'to regulate, restrain, moderate' which is something that doesn't happen here. I've seen mods that are eager to abuse their powers, and it becomes a 'badge' of sorts when their abusing is recognized.


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Response to Open Discussion- The Bbs May. 31st, 2009 @ 11:29 AM

At 5/31/09 11:17 AM, 1nt4rw3b5 wrote: Having about 40-50 mods, each with their own MO, is irritating. What one mod will take as a joke/find funny and let slide, could easily be deleted and land you with a ban whan a different mod comes on a few minutes later. The mods need to stop adding their own pet hates to their no-go lists. Please re-write and standardise the BBS rules and make sure all the mods stick to them.

Listen to this man, this is true, everyone has their own interpretation of the rules, so a funny joke, to one mod is spam to another, to many mod with their own agenda, and then when that mod takes everything funny as spam, he/she irritates the regulars, like ashfordpride, williwowza(Sp?) and they leave, clarify, and rewrite the rules so that the mods don't need to really interpret them, and go threw the mods work, and see if they so by the rules the way they will be clarified to.


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