I don't think a G&T mod has been online once today. I don't know why, throughout the day I saw 200+ people on the "who is online" list the times I checked.
You have people using the forums in an attempt rip off Best Buy and probably commit fraud or whatever :http://www.penny-arcade.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=208663
People are being shitbags just to be shitbags. One example (of many) was the recent "stealing avatars" shit that has been going on.http://www.penny-arcade.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=21968904#21968904
Is one example of people's complaints with it
Oh yes, and let us not forget people blatantly talking about pirating current generation software :
and blatant piracy of current gen stuffhttp://www.penny-arcade.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=21967751#21967751http://www.penny-arcade.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=21963556#21963556
This used to work fairly straightforward, I would PM a mod, they show up and restore order, and things would be fine again. Recently it became PM a mod, and then if they felt like bothering with it, they would just show up and give a slap on the wrist and then run off. Now we don't even have
mods online in G&T anymore, so PMing a mod becomes impossible.
The forums now seem to be full of jerkoffs assholes, and douchebags. People who's entire purpose seems to be as obnoxious as humanly possible. The forums have gone from a fun diversion to annoying GameFAQs retardation. The forums used to be an awesome tool for finding people to play games with, and discuss games, but nowadays it's just jerkism across all fronts.
There was some discussion on these various issues somewhere in the middle of that 100 something page chat thread, and if someone feels like digging up links to some of it, by all means ago ahead.
Yeah this is a poorly written and poorly worded post, however, hopefully someone more articulate will be able to express what I'm trying to say better than me.
Maikero brought up the fact that there isn't actually a "plan" in this whole rant, which is part of the reason for making a post : What can we, as the forum community, do to improve our forum? We have a few of the more respected forum users threatening to leave due to the state the forum has fallen into.
When the forum works, it works well. The rounds of Dawn of War, Civilization 4, et cetera organized through the forum have been a blast. There are a shitload of games that I would have never really known about / bought if it weren't for this forum, like the awesomness that is Disgaea. Hell, we've even organized local meetups at arcades and hung out together. It is my goal with making this post to inspire someone to come up with a plan that we can fix things to make it useful again.
and SE++, we don't care what you think about this post. It's not for you