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Re: Is it time to start screening profiles........

Post by TheSpeedOfSex » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:53 am

Shinobi wrote:Or just ignore/report the threads that is what I do

There does seem to be rather a lot of arguments and posts on Pointless threads here.. Look at that Postage increase thread or some of the comments towards Retro JC and Speedloittia!! The spam threads in particular people claimed to hate but can't stay away - such as a porn thread with naked woman, is the most commented Off Topic thread!!!

Same as these "what is the best Game with Jesus in it"? or "What is the best biro to use"? Or the thread by SpeedofSex/ (that brought a new meaning to dropping the soap) about getting a damn good rogering in Jail, several pages long!!! Everybody thinking it was the unmentionable one helped

I don't read these Spam threads/Sales threads from people with one posts/Music threads/Or tell us about your Largest turds threads!! It not worth my time...

Maybe somebody should make a new account called 'John Wayne Gacy' and start a thread about best serial killers... It would be the most popular and commented thread of the lot!!! Here's a picture of Gacy to join the dots :wink:
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Well, the forum did say off topic. What I didn't know was that these forums have a rule against forming opinions. Once I start having an opinion on anything, I'm being labelled as some s**t stirrer or extremist. Even with my ID, I'm perceived as some edgy person who's testing the limitations of what I can or can't do on here.

But I guess that's just a conflict of cultures. I don't try to be polite. I am incredibly insensitive like most real aussies are. And yes, we perceive the British to be a bunch of pompous PC'ers who run from the sight of goths, punks and tattooed men.

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Re: Is it time to start screening profiles........

Post by Antiriad2097 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:56 am

TheSpeedOfSex wrote:we perceive the British to be a bunch of pompous PC'ers who run from the sight of goths, punks and tattooed men.
I think you'll find that's the English ;)
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Re: Is it time to start screening profiles........

Post by TheSpeedOfSex » Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:02 am

Antiriad2097 wrote:
TheSpeedOfSex wrote:we perceive the British to be a bunch of pompous PC'ers who run from the sight of goths, punks and tattooed men.
I think you'll find that's the English ;)
Haha... You serious there's a difference? Enlighten me please.

EDIT: nvm. Googled it.
You're British (Normally I would say "you're a Brit") if you come from England, Scotand, Wales, N.Ireland.
English if you are from England. Right?
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Re: Is it time to start screening profiles........

Post by aztecca » Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:07 am

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TheSpeedOfSex wrote:we perceive the British to be a bunch of pompous PC'ers who run from the sight of goths, punks and tattooed men.
I think you'll find that's the Scotish ;)
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Re: Is it time to start screening profiles........

Post by FatTrucker » Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:40 am

Don't know what's going on this week, maybe its all that Christmas cheer and folks are having one too many sherries but its getting very combative around here at the mo.
For the record, Off Topic is for Off Topic subjects, so long as it doesn't breach the AUP then its where you post anything that doesn't fit in the other boards.
While I understand not every post or subject will be to everyone's taste, and not everyone has the same sense of humour, there has to be a bit of give and take. Its OK to have a bit of silliness, as long as its not deliberately or specifically offensive, then it makes everything feel a bit less sanitised. Far better than having a forum thats over moderated with every subject being monitored and censored on the off chance it might offend someone or be seen as tasteless.

I would have no interest in being a member of the thought Police and wouldn't mod under those circumstances, if anyone has issues or is offended by a particular thread or particular users posts then bring it to our attention and it will be looked at and if action needs to be taken it will be. Thats what we're here for (well that and spam).

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Re: Is it time to start screening profiles........

Post by the_hawk » Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:46 am

TheSpeedOfSex wrote:
Antiriad2097 wrote:
TheSpeedOfSex wrote:we perceive the British to be a bunch of pompous PC'ers who run from the sight of goths, punks and tattooed men.
I think you'll find that's the English ;)
Haha... You serious there's a difference? Enlighten me please.
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Re: Is it time to start screening profiles........

Post by RMLF » Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:52 am

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sscott wrote:So has C=Style left, he's dissapeared from Live all of a sudden?
I noticed that too... there was a bit of a handbags at dawn moment on the "What are you currently playing?" thread.... where he said he was taking a break from the forum.. I guess that means everything that goes along with it too :(
To be fair, C-Style made some valid points, which then turned into a trolling contest, because it wasn't in line the perceived board paradigm.
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Re: Is it time to start screening profiles........

Post by the_hawk » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:27 am

WOW! I've just read through all that. :shock:

I've no idea what that was all about or where it came from, but it looks like C-Style was right to have a wee break from things & get some perspective.

The stuff he said about elitism & what Ralf said about egos in this thread I really haven't seen that much evidence of (& to be honest is making me a little paranoid about how seriously people take the stupid little throwaway comments I make!)

All this talk of the forum not being what it used to & perceived egos & imagined cliques will probably push a forum downhill faster than any troll with an agenda could ever dream of doing. :roll:
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Re: Is it time to start screening profiles........

Post by aztecca » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:35 am

the_hawk wrote:
The stuff he said about elitism & what Ralf said about egos in this thread I really haven't seen that much evidence of (& to be honest is making me a little paranoid about how seriously people take the stupid little throwaway comments I make!):
Spot on and exactly what i thought 90% of my posts are throwaway comments.Kinda feel know after reading the threads that i will have to re-read my posts half a dozen times before i post them incase anyone takes offence.And if that is the case not much point posting at all.
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Re: Is it time to start screening profiles........

Post by FatTrucker » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:52 am

Thing is, there have been some subtle changes to the general direction in the last year or so. Retrogaming is starting to broaden and evolve, old IP is being re-released on new platforms, games are being re-made, online services and friends lists are bringing back the old high score challenge and gaming with friends mentality, with platforms like the iPhone, XBLA, PSN and Wiiware there's a whole new wave of games being produced with old school values and mechanics. Consoles that many of us consider contemporary are already another generations retro machines, the mag is featuring new as well as old content. IMO this is all a good thing, there's never been so much choice or so many ways to play. This move toward the mainstream means the forum is less niche, new people are taking an interest, existing users are increasingly using modern hardware to get their retro fix and the content of the threads reflects that.

Having a read through, there's still a pretty firm traditional retro focus to most threads in the Retro oriented boards, but there's also a lot more discussion on new platforms, this is perhaps because more and more people are rediscovering their interest in actually playing retro games with the current gen machines.

TBH there's been a lot of discussion of cliques and groups and such for a long while now, but the fact the forum content and mag have evolved so much in the last year or two kind of points in the opposite direction, if anything the broadening of topics to include contemporary platforms and new retro inspired games can only serve to attract new members. Its OK that some people know one another, play games together, meet up, send each other gifts, do deals, have 'in' jokes and so on. Why people think that's a bad or exclusive thing I don't know, I don't really see how the forum would be any better for other users in its absence since its not hurting or offending anyone. Similarly I think the forum is in far more danger of becoming an insular, cliquey closed shop spiralling in ever decreasing circles if its strictly limited to 'retro' chat and 'retro' machines with anything else being banned. Certainly the boards would be a far more barren place nowadays after so many years of discussion on the subject.

What I would like to see an end to is the backhanded sniping in threads. A number of users seem prepared to make derogatory comments about other users directly and publicly in threads (regardless of wether the point is justified or not) without actually addressing it with them directly beforehand, thereby absolutely guaranteeing that user will see it and an argument will kick off.

Generally speaking if I have a specific problem with someone or something they've posted beyond wanting to venture a different opinion, I'll PM them and have a discussion rather than making a snap decision about their judgment, behaviour or personality and posting it for all to see online. Its akin to gossiping about someone rather than having a polite word personally beforehand. Its a bit craven TBH, I don't like it, and it never, ever leads to a positive outcome for either party, so what's the f**king point, beyond wanting to deliberately start a public row?.

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Its perfectly easy to disagree with someone without being offensive or personal in a reply, and if you don't want just anyone to venture an opinion about something you've posted, then don't post it on a public board, if you aren't interested in allowing people to have a different opinion to something you've posted, then don't post it on a public board, if you can't deal with honest criticism or opposing points of view without taking things personally then don't post on a public board.

Generally we're all adults here, the number of people I've seen over the last few months, exchanging unpleasantries and calling each other names is bizarre behaviour to say the least, and something I'm pretty sure no-one would indulge in in real life, as an adult as you would be aware it just makes you look silly to anyone within earshot.

Everyone has off days, might be a little drunk or otherwise just be having a bit of a stinker. Its to be expected and we all suffer from it at one time or another. Just lately for some reason though it seems to have been dialed up to 10. Maybe the moon is moving into a new phase or something.
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Re: Is it time to start screening profiles........

Post by ToxieDogg » Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:08 am

To be honest, all the talk of 'elitism' on here doesn't half make me feel paranoid most of the time, especially when you get people saying 'I won't name any names, they know who they are' or 'it's obvious who they are' and then talking about 'cliques' of people who've been on this forum longer than others.

You see, I've been around here for years and haven't ever felt like this. I take a look at my own join date and post count and thing 'Are they referring to me?' and then I either end up walking on eggshells with said person or feeling hostile towards them depending on what was said, whereas before I'd have gotten along fine with them. I'd wager that some others may feel the same.

It can take a while for people to settle in properly on here, some longer than others, but there really isn't a 'clique' mentality going on, you just either get along with some people or you don't. :|
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Re: Is it time to start screening profiles........

Post by nakamura » Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:21 am

I agree Toxie. Not been on here as long as most, I only started posting really early this year but so many have been nice and welcoming here. Yes there are in-jokes and so on that I don't always get but that is part of a forum. I certainly do not see elitism, even from the most knowledgable of members.
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Re: Is it time to start screening profiles........

Post by Megamixer » Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:11 pm

ToxieDogg wrote:I take a look at my own join date and post count and thing 'Are they referring to me?' and then I either end up walking on eggshells with said person or feeling hostile towards them depending on what was said, whereas before I'd have gotten along fine with them. I'd wager that some others may feel the same.
I've had similar feelings recently (I know I can post some crap sometimes so I suppose it wouldn't be invalid) and have held back from replying to some threads just because I couldn't be bothered. I have no idea why I added my piece to that sudden argument in the 'What are you currently playing?' thread because it didn't help.

I think we just take this place too seriously sometimes. There are many great people on this forum and many generous people also but it turns into a bit of a bloodbath when established members start ripping into each other over trivial matters.
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Re: Is it time to start screening profiles........

Post by nakamura » Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:02 pm

Megamixer wrote: I have no idea why I added my piece to that sudden argument in the 'What are you currently playing?' thread because it didn't help.
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I think your comments were good and well put across. I don't think it would have made a difference as I think C-style was ready to blow. In retrospect I wish I hadn't commented myself but I thought his comments were a little harsh on the forum.
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Re: Is it time to start screening profiles........

Post by Shinobi » Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:28 pm

TheSpeedOfSex wrote:
Shinobi wrote:Or just ignore/report the threads that is what I do

There does seem to be rather a lot of arguments and posts on Pointless threads here.. Look at that Postage increase thread or some of the comments towards Retro JC and Speedloittia!! The spam threads in particular people claimed to hate but can't stay away - such as a porn thread with naked woman, is the most commented Off Topic thread!!!

Same as these "what is the best Game with Jesus in it"? or "What is the best biro to use"? Or the thread by SpeedofSex/ (that brought a new meaning to dropping the soap) about getting a damn good rogering in Jail, several pages long!!! Everybody thinking it was the unmentionable one helped

I don't read these Spam threads/Sales threads from people with one posts/Music threads/Or tell us about your Largest turds threads!! It not worth my time...

Maybe somebody should make a new account called 'John Wayne Gacy' and start a thread about best serial killers... It would be the most popular and commented thread of the lot!!! Here's a picture of Gacy to join the dots :wink:
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Well, the forum did say off topic. What I didn't know was that these forums have a rule against forming opinions. Once I start having an opinion on anything, I'm being labelled as some s**t stirrer or extremist. Even with my ID, I'm perceived as some edgy person who's testing the limitations of what I can or can't do on here.

But I guess that's just a conflict of cultures. I don't try to be polite. I am incredibly insensitive like most real aussies are. And yes, we perceive the British to be a bunch of pompous PC'ers who run from the sight of goths, punks and tattooed men.
I better explain there was somebody who used to Post here Called Krusty_Clown he based his online persona on a child murdering clown, your thread before it was deleted everbody thought you where Krusty..

Now it seems every new user who posts a more controversial opinion is the Clown, or any Female username is Jimbo pretending to be a woman again.. Seeing that Jimbo is posting at Nat91.. Hence the "Would you kill somebody for a million quid" and "What's better Tea or Coffee posts" to your thread...

The thing about John Wayne Gacy comment is when the connection was made to Krusty/Pennywise as there both child killing Clowns, it would be on about 500 posts.. The same as on the C+VG forums as soon as Krusty and Vengeance got banned everybody else stopped posting
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