therealbountybob, on Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:06 AM, said:
I did write to the moderator but I wanted to make my thoughts public…
I love my atari and this forum and have done my best to support it and help out atari users where I can. I have moderated the 8-bit High Score Club for a couple of years. I have no personal connection to the people concerned here. I have not read all the posts and am not fully aware of all the comments and history but these are based on what I have seen over my time here…
Certain topic/thread types e.g. “a vs b” or “which is better…” are obviously going to be contentious. In others, especially of a technical nature (which seems to be where the issues arise), a change of tone can usually be detected and people can choose to back off. On this forum as in life there will be people who “push your buttons” in which case simply do not respond to their comments, this would prevent escalation.
If anyone makes an offensive remark then do not respond – report it to a forum moderator. Even advise a moderator if you think the topic should be closed before it gets to this stage and begin a new one.
It seems to me that people hold over general grudges from previous topics and these continue, I also feel that some amount of goading of certain individuals takes place.
An official warning (clearly explaining why a remark is unacceptable) could be issued to anyone making offensive remarks. Then a suspension and/or a system of three strikes and you are out could be employed. If a person has genuinely caused offense then they could be give opportuninty to apologise.
In addition people should remember that some users are from different cultures and have different language skills, heck it’s sometimes easy to misinterpret the tone from either side of the Atlantic.
Atariksi has been very helpful to myself (and others) on many occasions with programming queries and such. He kindly donated a hardware prize for this season’s High Score Club. He has offered to supply hard to come by atari hardware and spares to others on this forum on several occassions and also his company produce products supporting the atari.
I share a computer with another atariage user and at times we post accidentally under each others names. If you are someone who posts many times a day (in many forums) and leaves their computer on you will post under the main logon, when the 2nd user then logs on to posts in the high score club etc this is then left on and used instead as it’s a pain to keep logging on and off and having to return to the forum/topic.
Atariksi and divya16 have been regular players (in several high score clubs) and have been polite and helpful throughout. Without regular players like these there is a strong possibility that these clubs may fold.
I can assure people that from their performances in the high score club they are two different people and should be considered as individuals.
I appreciate that for a moderator it may seem like loss of face to change a decision and they have much better things to do than deal with disputes, but I hope that my comments will be considered and these people can be given a second chance.
It saddens me to see Atari people removed from these great forums. If you broadly agree with my sentiments of an apology/suspension/warning/3 Strikes system then please click the + next to this post.
This is a bunch of driveling crap.. If I want to offend someone, its my right to do so.. And that person should take it up with ME not the forum moderator..
If I repeatedly piss off EVERYONE, at every possible opportunity, like Atarski/Divya16 did (They really ARE the same person) then I deserve to be banned. I don't want him back, and niether does anyone else on this forum who's worth keeping.. If you want to go hang out with him, do it on another forum.. He's on PLENTY of them..
Albert runs this forum, and his decision to Ban Atarski was not one that was made lightly. This is after MONTHS of people complaining about his abuse of the forum, worthless waste of space with his off-topic and often meaningless posts, and MANY MANY people complaining about his use of dual accounts.
If you don't like it, then that's just tuff-sh!t for you.. This place is not going to become a steaming pile of socialist crap resembling what the liberal human garbage is trying to do to this country..
Be a man.. Stand up for your actions, and accept the consequences of them. And if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!