I am making this post, because a previous thread on the topic was closed prematurely, and no real discussion had ever taken place. Please, do not lock this thread because you think you understand, show me you understand by engaging with me in discussion.  

 

I've been a mainstay member of this board for the past six or seven years, and I would have to say, this board is on a fast track to visit the "Make Believe Era" of  Weezer message boards. The new forum layout, for a time, helped breathe new life into the Weezer internet community, but it seems that the continuing questionable decisions made by moderators, is causing this place to dry out. The nucleus of this community is dying- the same community which has served as the rock by which this forum was reconstructed on.  

 

The current condition of moderation on these boards may be put in place to protect new users, but let us not forget that a handful of these new users will one day grow to become a new community of Weezer boardies- a new nucleus. With that in mind, the new community will begin to form their own inside jokes, their own relationships, and their own ideas on what is deemed appropriate. It is not appropriate to exercise an authoritarian rule over a community which will eventually generate its own identity. If this type of rule continues to exist, you will begin to notice a decline in growth and the eventual death of these forums. In order for growth to occur, free will must exist and it must be exercised to the fullest extent. 

 

In order to fix this problem, you must look at a little bit of history, which almost none of you were ever involved in.  The community which thrived(s) on these boards was able to develop thanks to a lack of concern shown by moderators. Threads were deleted where it was absolutely necessary, and the rules were simple and easy to follow. Threads which naturally moved off topic were not deleted or locked, but were able to exist and grow on their own without the hindrance of administrative abilities. These types of threads, if I remember correctly, are what formed the relationships which sustained this community. It was not the participation of Rivers, Karl, Pat, Scott, and Brian that kept this community alive, it was the community itself, acting by itself. 

 

What is going to happen when the current community leaves this forum and the replacement community is no longer able to act on its own? The community will cease to exist, because there will be no foundation among the members of the community. With no community to replace it, one of your most important sources for publicizing Weezer will no longer be economically viable. This would be bad for the band, who we have all loved at one point or another in our lives. 

 

There are three things we can do to fix this problem. First you must recognize that this board is not yours, this board is ours. Without us, this forum and website would not exist, the usefulness of this board solely rests with the existence of the community. Instead of selecting your own moderators, who do not exist within the current or future community, you must select moderators who exist within this community, and you must select moderators who understand how the current community functions. This will generate respect for moderation, and in turn will help things function more smoothly. Second, you must allow the community to develop threads on their own with disregard to how far off topic things get. This will allow character to develop within the community, and will allow the members of these forums to build relationships. Once relationships are formed, the future viability of this website will be secured. Thirdly, you need to eliminate the rule that we must respect the band, because in all honesty this band (not including Karl) is the bastard father of this community, and their recent appreciation for the community is almost sickening. Most importantly, do you expect everyone to enjoy everything a band with nine albums has to offer? Let us discuss what we don't like, regardless of how silly it looks or sounds.

 

Now, let's discuss.

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Also, the .com community is NOT the A6 community, and the two should be moderated separately.

i have only been around for 2 years (well just under 2 years) i get what you're saying about the relationships between the members. at first there was some banter, a few inside jokes that i didn't understand............but if you look at me on here now i think its safe to say i fit in and i have mates here. i think if you want to be part of the online community you have to join in with the jokes keep coming back frequently, and not to come here for pointless posting, getting popular members banned, or stirring up trouble.

also this "Also, the .com community is NOT the A6 community, and the two should be moderated separately."

(hope that makes some sort of sense, i am terribly hungover)  

I wholeheartedly agree with everything OiP has said. I, like Edgey, have only been on the boards for a few years, and initially when I started posting on the forums it was difficult to try to fit in with a community that was already so close; everyone knew everyone and they all had their own jokes and ways of talking to each other. However, I was received into the community and everyone was very friendly and I quickly felt like I fit right in. What this means from a moderation standpoint is that mods should be chosen who have been around a while and are familiar with the friendly banter/interactions of the members on this forum. There have been many times when a thread is locked, posts deleted, or members suspended based on something that was deemed by the mod as offensive or insulting to other members, when in actuality it wasn't. We are all friends here, and we tease each other in a friendly way that is then taken by mods as offensive.

There are some posts that definitely should be deleted because they go too far and truly are offensive, but those posts are few and far between.

Like OiP said, current members will only take this extreme moderation for so long before they all leave, and then this forum will basically cease to exist. If that's not what you want, please execute the changes necessary to keep members interested and able to interact with each other without being ridiculously over-censored.

I typed a long post about how I agree the boards will soon deteriorate to nothing and then...

Long story short: We've never had to live in fear that if we post our disagreement, we'll be banned. We've never had to worry about upsetting the under-aged users. We've never disliked the moderators.

 

In a nut shell, the amount of young ignorant comments both good and bad about Weezer make me ashamed to say I like the band. That plus people just posting replies such as "I totally agree!" "I love that song too!" or "I thought I was the only one who liked that!" is getting old.

 

OnlyinPinkerton's points should be addressed.

 

Signed truly,

G Foo Chombey
/signed yo
I agree with everything OiP said.
The guidelines are really not that hard to follow. Just don't swear, post explicit images, give away copywrited music, or be excruciatingly mean to the noobs. The moderation is fine on here. 
You didn't read my post, did you?

The dreWid said:
The guidelines are really not that hard to follow. Just don't swear, post explicit images, give away copywrited music, or be excruciatingly mean to the noobs. The moderation is fine on here. 
Nope, lol! ;D

OnlyinPinkerton said:
You didn't read my post, did you?

The dreWid said:
The guidelines are really not that hard to follow. Just don't swear, post explicit images, give away copywrited music, or be excruciatingly mean to the noobs. The moderation is fine on here. 
I read the title, though. My point is that the moderation is not that questionable. 

The dreWid said:
Nope, lol! ;D

OnlyinPinkerton said:
You didn't read my post, did you?

The dreWid said:
The guidelines are really not that hard to follow. Just don't swear, post explicit images, give away copywrited music, or be excruciatingly mean to the noobs. The moderation is fine on here. 
You truly are an idiot.

The dreWid said:
I read the title, though. My point is that the moderation is not that questionable. 

The dreWid said:
Nope, lol! ;D

OnlyinPinkerton said:
You didn't read my post, did you?

The dreWid said:
The guidelines are really not that hard to follow. Just don't swear, post explicit images, give away copywrited music, or be excruciatingly mean to the noobs. The moderation is fine on here. 

I'm not really sure what you guys are talking about in regards to this being moderated like the A6 community.  We have no real control or influence over A6, and that place is barely moderated at all anyway lol.  I really don't see any similarities there.

 

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