My purpose is to bring up specific examples of "what not to be" and convince the moderators that the examples are worth being punished for the better of the community.
Frequently repeat offenders breakdown general efforts of well-intent people and community leaders. Normally, rules and guidelines are there to protect people from being dragged down. While it wouldn't be efficient to be so iron-fisted in all rules, there are some that I think are worth being stricter on than currently. There are two rules constantly being broken that I think need to be adhered to more closely and deserve more punishment than currently given.
2. No spam, no flaming.That means no threads inciting flames or mindless chatter. Profanity is to be kept to a minimum: while permitted in context, excessive swearing will not be tolerated. Personal attacks - 'flames' - are strictly prohibited.
2.1 Don't post in an obnoxious manner.
This includes abusing the colour and size tags, spamming images or smilies all over the place, and generally creating an eyesore. The use of internet forum pictures specifically designed for posting in threads is prohibited; examples would be things like "WTF," "Thread Necromancy," or anything with kittens in it and a witty caption, like "Even Kittens can't save this thread" etc.
(full rules: viewtopic.php?f=22&t=15)
I mentioned repeat offenders that prevent progress in the community that frequently break the rules above. The offenders that I think are Sukinkot, Tiger1996, and Armacalic. While they have had their constructive moments, they've also frequently driven people away from worthwhile discussion and even participation in the forums. This directly undermines the values of a community-focused mod.
For the sake of being concise, I'll try to limit my thoughts on broader ideas but wouldn't have an issue going deeper if a reader thinks it is worth reading.
Sukin-kot often makes remarks that are condescending to players. While it's understandable that he suspects they are trolls and only insults when he thinks that person has non-honest motives in the forum, it is unbecoming to insult a troll especially when there is a chance that it is an honest person.
Stick wrote:This is why I never post to forums, because of dickheads like Sukin-kot, so I'm done here, I'll deal with it.
Clearly there is visible impact on the community on Sukin's actions. He is clearly banworthy but maybe it isn't necessary to ban if he changes his tone. Since being called out on his behavior, Sukin hasn't really really insulted others.
The last statement can't really be said about all my examples mentioned above, unfortunately. There are some repeat offenders that clearly have not changed and do not seem to have any inclination to.
Tiger1996 has repeatedly incited flames, insulted, and spread lies about people.
One softer offense he commits is his spamming. He often makes non-valuable and sarcastic emoticons, frequently brings up topics that have been recently been closed by a soft consensus, and makes complaints without first making complete assessments.
Butterkeks wrote:But try to activeley participate in a discussion. He will overtake it, spread his BS and insult you for wanting a balanced game. Everytime you post anything he will reply with the same BS he already wrote. Guess why the "inspiring for perfection" topic has 14 pages.
Also there are statements like
"I won't allow to nerf that"
"I won't let it happen"
"I will change it like that. So accept it."
Another more serious offense is the libel he spreads. One of the difficult troubles with forums is that there are limited windows into a person's personality and heart. It is especially difficult when channels like private messaging, steam, single-side game recordings can easily hide and cover up truths. Tiger has often given inaccurate portrayals of people. I trust that most people would take his words with a grain of salt, but that shouldn't be an excuse to allow such behavior.
He also frequently incites off-topic and value degrading discussions. It has happened so frequently and angered enough people that there have been multiple posts dedicated to complaining about his behavior. While the posts themselves are just as bad as the person, I bring them up just to show the extent of how tired people are of Tiger. This actually brings me to the next example of "who not to be" as it is a direct product of Tiger as a value-degrader.
Tiger has made many enemies, many of which who act in an extremely banworthy manner (as mentioned from the anti-tiger posts above), but none come close to Armacalic.
Armacalic has essentially made 90% of his posts to point out the flaws in Tiger's arguments and insult him as a person. Nearly none of Armacalic's posts have to do with the game except perhaps a satire of this mod's community. Maybe he is out to make a point, but it isn't really the best way. It drives discussions far away from the original intent and just incites more flames. It's hard to say if he is really just a product of Tiger or if he is normally this toxic. Either way, it doesn't help. If he isn't punished then at least remove the variable that could potentially be the cause for all his toxicity.
I may be presumptuous and overstepping my humility when I ask for moderators to hammer down on specific people, but I want to at least publicly and objectively show that the lack in any guidance from the moderators has created an environment that frequently hinders progress. I'm not asking for strict adherence to the guidelines, just consider having a heavier hand in driving the community.