I’m trying hard not to kiss ass here, but it’s hard. After visiting many other community available on the internet, I find myself appreciating the SDMB more and more. When I first joined, I didn’t think it was such a big deal. I thought it’d be like any other message board out there. But now that I’ve been here for almost a year, I really don’t want to post anywhere else. I occasionally visit other message boards (mostly of message boards of bands that I love) and those boards just make me want to rip my eyes out and wish I never discovered the joy of message boards.
I love the way the SDMB handles bannings. And it’s not just the admin when it comes to banning, but the people who wonder why so and so was banned. On another board I’ve been to recently, someone popular was banned for breaking the rules. Of course, with most message board bannings, there’s bound to be a “Why was so and so banned?” That situation was no different, but instead of saying things like “I don’t think it called for a banning because…” they would say something such as “Well, so what if he broke the rules? We liked him! Let him back!” Agh. I wanted to rip my hair out.
Why don’t people understand that freedom of speech doesn’t apply to a private message board?! WHY?!?! Once you click on the “I agree” after the oh so looooong terms and agreement, you’re agreeing to following their rules! Yeah, it’s THEIR rules, so either follow them or shut the fuck up because private message boards don’t have “freedom of speech!”
I am so proud of the people here who help the “newbies” out. If they post in the wrong forum, or just do something that needs pointing out, we don’t hesitate to give them a head’s up. Did you know that on some boards, there are actually people who say things like “Stupid newbie! DIE NOW!” That brings me to another point actually, I love that “no death threats onto other members” simply because death threats are jerkish and I hate jerks.
Just because a mod is trying to keep things in line, it doesn’t mean they’re being nazi control freaks! On the same note, mods who don’t do their job sucks! I know it’s hard work, but if you’re a prickish mod, no one is going to listen to you. Worse, they’re going to follow suit and then everyone is just going to run around being pricks. And although the precaution taken against being viewed as junior modding (I’m not a moderator…, Not trying to junior mod here…, etc) gets annoying sometimes, but I’m glad we’re clear on the fact that members aren’t moderators. Do you guys have any idea how many message boards where the moderators actually promote junior modding? It’s annoying to no end!
Thanks, SDMB, for not making my brain rot.