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 Post subject: Re: Lookin' good!
PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:19 pm 
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I second that!! So many of us are so grateful for your research, posts, and passion for Disney, and sharing that with us!


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 Post subject: Re: Lookin' good!
PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:30 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Lookin' good!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:55 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Lookin' good!
PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 7:33 pm 
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I don't know if this post belongs here, but since we are talking about discussion boards and what's positive about this place, there's something bugging me about what we see on the net today. Especially places like reddit. Everything is better than that horrible Reddit, which I hate with a passion. How did they become so big? Apparently the creators cheated somehow (can't find the article right here and now).

Most of all I hate it because of the downvote function, which is abused for all it's worth. It is originally meant to take care of trolls and haters, but instead anonymous users is abusing it just in spite, for unknown reasons, to get rid of competition or whatever. To be honest, I don't feel the need for neither a upvote or a downvote function, but the downvote is by far the worst. It also prevents new posts from ending up on the "hot" page and is restricted to the "new posts" page instead. Dividing it all into "new" and "hot" is another stupid idea I can't stand.

Almost as bad as the downvoting is the moderators playing god. I was permanently blocked from one of its forums less then an hour after I visited it for the first time because of a lying moderator who didn't even have the spine to tell me it was him instead of "a colleague". I know that even trolls and haters pretend to be innocent when blocked. "Why, I didn't do anything wrong", they say, even if they very well know what they did. But sometimes people really are innocent and the moderators are the ones who did something wrong. What I did was putting a lot of effort into a post, then seeing it get downvoted for no reason, and when another user, who even was a moderator, makes a stupid comment, I tell him or her that "I think I'll rather delete the whole thing", which I did. Then I got blocked. The reason? "Trolling, vote manipulation, delete & retreat." Me, who always take pride in being honest and follow the rules. I asked why, and was blocked from not being able to send private messages to moderators. A coward.

Another problem is that moderators who rules more than one board can ban someone from all its other boards, just because they can. Or for some other weird reason. I posted in one forum, and when I posted in another, I got blocked from the first one. Not because what I wrote, because it was a robot that sent me the message in the same instant I posted it. It was because of the forum. I posted a question about the president. A place called "The Donald" was the biggest forum, so I posted it there without bothering to read any of the already existing comments. Just as I would have posted it in a forum dedicated to Obama if he was still president, or Bush, or Clinton, and so on. But since Trump is president I was blocked, because many users in that forum apparently supported neo Nazis and was known to harass other users in other forums, something I have never done. So they needed to protect themselves against someone like me.

This wouldn't have been a problem if there were proper alternatives. But reddit is now so big that it's sadly the number one place you need to go to if you want to take part in some online discussion about some topic.

Last year I also found community.comicbookresources.com/forumdisplay, which was just the kind of place I was looking for. But I was new, and unfortunately ended up disagreeing with a couple of the veterans over something insignificant they made a big deal out of. The problem with that place is that you get rewarded the longer you have been a member. So you can become a moderator based on seniority, not competence or personal skills. Or get special treatment. After ignoring personal attacks for some time (one of them claimed to be a psychiatric nurse and started giving me insulting diagnosis), I did the mistake of letting myself getting provoked and snapped back, giving them a taste of their own medicine. Permanently blocked because someone decided to pull a fight with me, which I tried not to get involved with as long as I could. They of course were not blocked (checked on a computer at the library because I can't even visit the place due to the ban of IP-addresses). Sending emails to the moderators was useless as I got no replies back.

imdb was perfect the way it was, but had two problems; trolls and moderators who were absent or didn't do their job. Imdb, and this place, is what a discussion board in my opinion is supposed to look like. Not the mess we see on facebook, or twitter and other social media, and not on reddit.

(Disqus is not bad either, but is mostly used in the comments sections under articles all over the net, and is not really part of a discussion board the way I see it.)

So I appreciate old school boards like this as long as they exist. Where people know how to use a polite tone, don't harass each other, are allowed to disagree, no annoying voting systems, a design that is clean and easy to navigate in, and no moderators abusing their power. Having seen some old news reports about the internet on Youtube, that's what many believed internet would turn into when it was still new regarding boards and such; a place where likeminded people could find each other, share news and talk about topics that interested them. And that's how it was too, in the beginning. But once something becomes "common property" and everybody starts using it, it becomes the old wild west. Which is why I hope those boards that still works the way they were intended to will still be around for some time yet.


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 Post subject: Re: Lookin' good!
PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 11:05 pm 
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I have no part in forums/sites like reddit, but that place is clearly infested with bots. Downvoting sounds like a neat way to control a narrative, downvoting en masse particular posts to make that opinion seem to be the minority to give power to a fringe.

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 Post subject: Re: Lookin' good!
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Sooooooo, what happened yesterday


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