God I hate making posts like this. I write this just imagining the new members who wander to the lounge and read this, judging our forum by it.
For those of you who don't know what's going on, last night some people decided it'd be amusing to go crazy on the forum, disregarding all the forum rules and attacking another member. For those of you who weren't here last night, nothing happened at all.
First let me address Delmarco:
-First of all, the staff of a forum can only protect you for so long. I've PM'd users to get parts of their signature removed, I've IM'd people to tell them to leave you alone, I've deleted countless posts and locked countless threads..... however you put me in a hard place delmarco. You're wearing a shirt saying "I HEART JEWS" into Nazi Germany. If the entire forum is against you, I'd suggest chilling out and stepping back, not leading them on further. As a moderator of another forum, I'm not very impressed by your ability to diffuse and handle situations.
-You have contributed some positive threads to this forum, however if you wish to deal with only e36, and now handle the general conversation, then hang out in only the e36 forum. This is the internet, people are harsh. When you enter a free-for-all type lounge, you have to come in with tough skin or you'll be eaten alive.
-When you leave, do not post a thread saying "You guys are too mean, I'm leaving." as that will get you no positive responses. If you make the decision to leave, so be it, but do not start threads for attention. What did you hope to gain by starting that thread? There's no good outcome.... it was a stupid idea. If you can’t handle people talking bad about you over the internet, then leave, but don’t make a big deal about it when you do… not because I don’t want threads like that to explode, but mostly because I personally don’t want to have to clean up all your shit. I don’t care if you stay or leave, but don’t make my job harder.
-You have to admit, that Delmarco food picture was fucking hilarious.
Now, to everyone else involved in this fiasco:
-First of all, I told everyone to stop with this whole thing. I’d be very curious to hear what your reason is, when you clearly went directly against what I said…. even when most of you were talked to on a personal level.
-The bumping thread thing pissed me off. If you have an issue with a member or something and are attacking them, that is one thing, however when you bump threads it fucks up the lounge and I take that personally. That is not an offense against an individual, but rather the community, which is the very life of what I’ve been working so hard to build. So yes, I take that personally. And you know what that reminds me of? Those spammers that hit our forum a long time ago. They went through the lounge digging up old threads to bump, just to create chaos and destroy the community. The spammer did it in a malicious intent, and while yours might not have been, the outcome and result was identical. Can you imagine someone new browsing to the lounge and seeing EVERY thread bumped from months ago with complete chaos throughout? If it was me, I’d personally leave right then to go find a more mature forum… a forum without idiots roaming wild. We have everything else on this forum, the server, the technology, etc… but the one thing I’m working hard on improving is the recruitment of new members. This really fucking helps me, thanks.
-The fact that I said no more of this and it was done anyway hits me wrong as well. There will be no bannings this time, but mark my words. Next time I say to stop doing something and I personally warn you, you do it. If you disregard my warning, you will be banned without question, no matter how you are. We can’t have stuff like this hurt the community.
When were first started up, we were priding ourselves on how strong the community was. I hope we can move beyond this as a community, never allowing it to happen again. I hope our community can recollect itself and soon be worthy of bragging about again.