I've been noticing a pretty annoying trend lately in the forums. Mods are locking threads simply because they don't like what the thread is about. Threads that don't break any of the forum rules, and frankly, exist on pretty much every internet forum that exists.
In this case, I am indeed talking about the dreaded "Girl Advice" thread, and specifically the modTons of these threads are created, but they are also some of the most viewed and participated threads on the forum. Obviously there is a call for, and interest in, them since they pop up so frequently and people respond so often. Gamers and internet-dwellers are a timid breed, and they often don't have the confidence or experience around the opposite sex that our more socially-inclined brethren have, so they seek advice from people they don't know for impartiality and anonymity reasons, or from people they know (to a limited degree) and trust. I've never really made a Girl Advice thread, per se (not that I can recall anyway), but I do think they serve a purpose, and I do like participating in them, because, hey, I'm a blowhard that likes giving people advice--even when it concerns relationships. I think it's annoying that they are getting shut down because "Sweep doesn't like them", in any case.
First off, they don't break the site rules, as you can see here:
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Secondly, these are the forums of the Giant Bomb Community. Not Sweep's personal forums. I don't care whether or not he likes them, he doesn't really have the right to shut them down. If Giant Bomb creates a new forum rule that says "no relationship threads" then so be it, but as of now, this rule doesn't exist.
Post by Sweep (5,265 posts) See mini bioLevel 25 / 1868 ACH / 25485 P
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My only advice to you my friend is to fake your own death.
This dude knows how it works.
I hate girl advice threads. Hate hate hate. They aren't against the site rules. They are against my rules. The only reason this get's a pass is because it's about videogames and is therefore relevant to my interests.
Still, the only logical conclusion here is that you should fake your own death.
Thirdly, he's a dick about it when he does shut these threads down.
Post by Sweep (5,272 posts) See mini bioLevel 25 / 1868 ACH / 25485 P
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Maybe there should be a relationship advice subforum?
Over my dead body.
Relationship advice threads are the bane of the internet, Giant Bomb especially. This is a videogame website. Nobody cares that you can't get laid.
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In that last one, he's directly insulting the OP, which I believe is in violation of site rules. Just like you think "nobody cares that you can't get laid", Sweep, nobody cares what threads you do or don't like. This isn't your forum.
I don't really care much about relationship threads, really. I do think threads about personal lives foster a sense of belonging and community on the internet, which is the point of a forum, and especially an Off-Topic forum. In fact, some funny memes have started from these threads, some people actually give good and meaningful advice, and a number of relationships (not just mine) started on these forums. If the users decide to use the forums for this, I think it's their right and their decision. Not Sweep's. And it's the principal of the thing. The job of a mod is to enforce the site rules. Not to have the site and its users be what they want them to be and do what they want them to do.
I've never been one to be like "fuck the Mods" or a conspiracy-theorist or any of that bullshit. I just think he's breaking the site's rules and doing shit he shouldn't be, so I'm calling it out. I have no problem with Sweep at all, I just think this situation needs to be addressed. Despite how you may or may not feel about relationship threads, what are your thoughts on this?