Hello everyone. My name's Great Big Tree, and I'm an rather unsavoury chap, what-ho old bean?.
I'm the guy that goes out of his way to call to task an authority figure that I feel is acting inappropriately. I've done so plenty of times. I also don't feel that one-off quips are that worthy of Moderating, to the point that I'd gained a custom title decrying my sins as a spammer, with the quip, "Whatever, I post what I want."
[Which I miss, by the way, because it's true, and it vaguely warns people that I don't pull punches. Saves a couple of posts with me explaining the nature of my comments as being direct, which seems to confuse the Brits.
I do agree that anything copyright related needs to be addressed, because there are legal ramifications and I hate the idea of media piracy, in any form. I work hard for my money, and so do games designers. "Hard" being entirely relative. They still deserve to get paid, at a minimum, for their work.
I agree that most non-legal stuff could probably be let slide, especially in light of the low turnout this site experiences. I don't feel it would drag the quality below acceptable levels of sterility, but that's me.
Which brings me to my point. This sandbox is the property of Purple Raine, and agents that he has chosen. If a person doesn't like it, they can leave. Or build their own sandbox. Or play in someone else's sandbox. Or go beslubber themselves. See? I like to be direct.
It could be put up in black and white that the people in charge don't care much
what other people think. It might save some chafing from people that feel their opinions are valid and should be listened to, like me. If it just said in black and white, "If you don't like it, too bad." then threads like this wouldn't be needed. There's an implied
democracy that doesn't exist. That's where the chafing comes in. It's presented in a way that implies what you think about how the site is run matters, and it doesn't.
If a person can learn to live with that, they might stick around and rack up about 2.5 k posts, though they might come dangerously close to losing their option to return by getting banned. Truthfully, the "Black Mark" system is bullamphetamine parrot. You could get the boot whenever the powers that be feel like it. That whole implied democracy thing, fair process, etc. Otherwise people might take off before they get to 100 posts, like, oh, 95% of the registered users.
If you can deal with it, great. If not, you know how to browse to sites where free-wheeling hippie types run the show.
Smile. I'm being mildly humorous in a stark, black-and-white kind of way.