Robert Gentel wrote:
Graffiti tags like that suck. (Some other graffiti tags are amusing, I admit, but I've seen Robert say that he'd rather that nobody used graffiti tags at all, that actual content tags are much more useful).
They really do suck, they are inconsiderate to the whole community and not just to the target of one's affections. In order to have their graffiti have less impact on the community we've planned the following.
1) Tags are going to me made public. This will reduce the cowardly, anonymous insults posted through tags.
2) We are going to devalue the algorithmic weight of tags that are not semantically relevant to the topic.
3) We may block the persistent graffiti taggers manually (not ban, but block from having their tags be seen by anyone else).
That isn't coming soon but when it does I expect graffiti tagging to drop by over 90% going forward and almost as significantly retroactively.
Thanks, RG that puts my mind at ease.
With that, also please allow us to delete our own threads and also delete posts in our threads that are just trolling. For instance when someone simply comes in and calls me an idiot (which has happened many times) without a single word regarding the actual content of the thread, I want to be able to delete it. Then I can email the poster and say be nice or you words will be removed... A2K is not "moderating" these threads one bit. I have requested to have one of my own threads taken down and a2k simply leaves it up and ignores my request. Though a2k REMOVED an entire thread that linked people to my music and artwork. Why? Ask a2k...
I don't want my readers subjected to such hate. It breaks the continuity of thought and progress.
I know moderating our own threads will be a challenge. For instance sometimes someone starts a reply with, you are an idiot, then they say something pertinent to the topic at hand.
Well, If they get enough threads deleted due to hurling superlatives before they get to the topic then they will learn to leave out future superlatives or... they can always start their own thread and hurl whatever and debate in their own space. If people care to read that then fine.
In this way you know who your enemies are yet you retain a "space" on a2k unimpeded by hit and run insults that have no basis in the actual conversation.
I have been hurt most here by this trolling and unfair moderation tactics. I have withstood these hateful attacks for many years since abuzz. When it is not me it is some other poor individual and it hurts me even more to think they are suffering under such hate and public ridicule.
I have problems with this forum that go way back. I tend to think that this forum would be much more diverse had these attacks been dealt with long ago.
More diversity means more knowledge. I blame Setana and Dys for driving off other posters one by one. I have first hand watched them MANY TIMES do it. Not, "welcome to a2k" but "******* so and so, idiot etc... Should they really be proud of their one liner insults as they racked up thousands of hateful posts? DRIVING OFF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ONE BY ONE... People I would like to have known.. It is always the same tactic. Insult them, break their train of thought, drive them away like a pack of well, err, dogs...
I tend to think the people they drove off we might all by this time have found some sort of social integration and unity. BUT NO, not with people like Set and Dys simply driving them off back into the shadows.
I can forgive but I can't forget. This hate has been so callused and uncaring that I have lost trust in the system and many of its players.
Anonymous attacks make you suspect everyone. As it stands a2k is a loveless place thanks to people lik Set and Dys and their unbridled, unchecked and anonymous attacks.
The only person who would leave such a hateful tag like drugfucked idiot is Setana... Odd how he is strangely missing from this discussion so far... Yes cowardly... he would not dare to say that to my face.
Believe me I have a slew of extremely hurtful choice tags for Set too... I am too noble a soul to stoop to such a level at this time. But don't push me, that is why these attacks have gone anonymous because Set knows my wrath and that I am not a pushover.
Set you are not going to drive me off and I will be here to see that you treat people with respect or face the same scrutiny you subject others to!~ Fair is fair huh? I will not leave my tags anonymously either, I will post them and stand by them with honesty and pride. Pride that I paved the way for others to express their opinions without fear of undue public disgrace, hype and flagrant intimidation. Is this what the FCC intended was to build a forum that divided people with suspicion and hate?
I liken this forum often to a bunch of juvenile kids who never grew up and are still leaving tacks on the teachers chair.
GROW UP and stop sucking the life out of people like vampires and ruthless blood hounds. Start loving people and improving the standards or get out of the business!