Well if ever there was something that I feel strongly enough about to warrant reviving this blog it’s the shambolic way the BF forums are handled and moderated.
On Friday night (three days ago) I was catching up on the days events in the Footy forum and all hell was breaking loose. A couple of forumites had previously decided to set up an alternative site (http://www.elitebetting.proboards.com) to provide tips and info as a result of being ‘hounded off’ the Footy forum (so I understand from reading through a myriad of posts).
Then it turns out that the guys who set the site up get accused of all sorts of chicanery after the site unexpectedly gets taken down. More threads are created and amongst them a thread was started that suggested that I was one of the people who had paid money to be a part of the site that was no longer available. For the record I have never even spoken directly, either electronically or otherwise, to the site’s creators about the site nor have I parted with any money to become involved on a membership basis.
Anyway, moving on, the creator of the thread associating me with elitebetting is one of a handful of forumites with whom I regularly exchange insults and general pisstakery and it’s all done in fun and in the spirit of having a laugh when things are quiet (or so I thought).
The thread finally died a death around 4.30AM. My gf had just arrived home from work so I made my excuses and departed the thread. The following morning (Saturday) I had to re login to BF as a Windows update had forced a restart of my pc. I opened up a Forum window and discovered my account had been ‘suspended or banned’. A quick check of Outlook revealed an email from firstname.lastname@example.org informing me of a ban following a comment that I made on the thread the night before. Wording of the email suggests it is a lifer ban.
You’re probably wondering (if you actually find this post) what heinous words were deemed so offensive to warrant a straight red. Here’s the post (but I warn you not to let your children or pets see this in case they end up in shock or some other such unfortunate state)…
Poster (actually the thread starter): “I’m off to the gym”
Me: “Heading to the gym ? Is that some kind of euphemism for I’m off for a bit of batty boy back door action down Bondi beach ?”
…there, I told you it was bad.
Now, at the time of writing this I’m still waiting to see if the ban was as a result of direct forum moderation or someone reporting the post. I would like to think it was the former but given the time of day (night) I strongly suspect the latter. Several threads have appeared since news of the ban got out, one being created by the poster who the comment above was aimed at where he states that he was the one responsible. I sincerely hope that’s not the case, I really do, as that would change things dramatically for that poster going forward. He goes on to say that it was a revenge job for another very prolific poster who was banned a couple of weeks ago. Again I’ll go on record here and state categorically that I had nothing to do with his removal. In fact i was one of the first to voice my disgust at his being reported and ultimately banned.
You might wonder why I’ve gone to all the trouble to create this post. It’s a mixture of things really…boredom, because I can, but mostly because of the shambles that TSE Global have made of the forums. Because they can’t be arsed to actively police the forums they rely heavily on the Report feature that gives the babies backstabbers and sensitive types the power to have anyone and everyone removed from the forum just because they deem a certain post (or poster) to be in contravention of forum T&C’s.
I could easily pick 50 forumites in the space of an hour and report them for contravening T&C’s but I’m not that small. As a result of the way the forum is governed we now have posters creating accounts with bogus details purely for posting purposes to circumvent a previous, and in some cases, unwarranted ban. Some are creating several identities a day, and in one case recently several per hour! This is what it’s come to. The mods are run ragged chasing the serial account creators all over the fora…it’s laughable.
Then you have the issue of double standards. What’s OK for one guy to post is unacceptable for another. There’s also the case where previously banned posters come back with a new name and everyone knows who they used to be yet the mods do nothing UNLESS someone reports them. There are those on the forums who are clearly not there to make the forums a nicer place and they should be weeded out and removed but as things stand a new username is only a few minutes typing away. I’m sure this will be addressed in future releases of the code that governs how users are created, what IP address they come from, what other accounts may be tied to one person etc etc but for now chaos reigns.
I’m really torn right now between rising above all this and just moving on or simply going against all I’ve said before and becoming a snake in the grass and targeting certain posters looking for something that clearly contravenes TSE’s terms and conditions. Why not? it appears to very fashionable right now and as I said earlier it would be a piece of piss to do. Time will tell. A lot hinges on what TSE say if they ever get off their lazy arses and reply to my email.
For now I’ll content myself with just reading as opposed to actually posting though that may change. For all the grassers out there and all the ones out to cause an upset your cards are well and truly marked. Have a great day.