...but maybe not in the way you're probably thinking.
Your friendly neighborhood moderators have noticed a disturbing trend lately with how some people are reacting to blogs showing up on the forums from new users who are enjoying the quest feature. Rudeness, posting GTFO or facepalm pictures, and outright name calling and flaming have been permeating throughout the site for the last few days since the feature was launched. Thousands upon thousands of people are having tons of fun with the quests right now, and some of those quests are having the awesome effect of introducing users to features of Giant Bomb that they were previously unaware of, or at least didn't care enough about to use. As we move forward and the site and it's user base grows, this is going to be good for everyone, but while the guys upstairs are busy slaving away over code and energy drinks, we as a community have a lot of work to do as well.
We all know that the blog posting interface could use some work, and ultimately that is what is causing the blog spam. In fact, I took the time to write up a quick tutorial because the UI is so unclear when it comes to attaching blogs to the forums. Unfortunately that takes development time to fix, so until the UI gets overhauled, we are all going to need to work together using the tools that are currently available to us.
Here's how you can help Giant Bomb be a better place when you see a spam blog:
- Don't fly off the handle and attack the poster. They probably don't even know they did anything "wrong", and most definitely didn't know there was a way to keep their blog off of the forums. So, no snide remarks, petty insults, lolcats, or any other negativity, please. It helps no one and in the end, that type of behavior does far more damage than a blog that got mistakenly posted to the forums. Such a negative response for a user on their first exposure to the forums is not good, it will not help the site grow, and it will not help the community grow in the positive direction that we all know it can.
- Instead of any of the above, do something good and flag the offending blog or post so that the moderation staff can find it. We're pretty on top of things, but help never hurts, and flagging is a surefire way to bring things to our attention quickly.
- If you really want to go the extra mile for the benefit of the site, after you flag the blog or PM the mods, direct the user to some helpful links such as the Site Rules & FAQs, my tutorial on the blog user interface, or any other new and relevant information that you think could help.
I'm sure you all know that old adage, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." We would love for you to help out your fellow Giant Bomb users, but if you're not going to take the time to do something positive, then don't say anything at all and simply move on. Users who are unable to restrain themselves and continue with the negativity will soon find themselves with some undesirable attention from the moderation team.
Remember, moderators don't like the spam any more than you do. In fact, we downright loathe it. However, regardless of how you may feel, don't let your emotions cloud your judgment. All of this really applies to everything on the forums and not just quest blog spam, but things are getting bad enough that I figured it was worth a reminder. Follow the golden rule of Giant Bomb and everything will work out for all of us - don't be a dick, dude.
***big thanks to Sweep for the bad ass Luchadeer image...do yourself a favor and follow him and check out his blog, it's always a good read and he's my favorite blogger on Giant Bomb. Thanks Sweep!***