But on the other hand I have assembled so many wrong warnings and bans by now that I have to say something about it.
Here is my collection of what I think are the worst mod decisions against me:
1) 2 day ban: Incorrect use of the term "Trolling"
My first ban was because of this post in a Football World Cup game Live Report thread (screenshot):
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What the heck? How would "Incorrect use of the term "Trolling"" even be a reason for a warning? But a ban? No way. I haven't even had a single warning back then so it wasn't an upgraded warning either. On top of that I think I was using the term "trolling" quite correctly there, considering that Vuvuzelas actually are partially meant to distract the opposing teams by annoying them. Easily the worst mod decision I ever faced.
2) Warning: still not a good OP
My most recent warning. What am I supposed to add into an OP? A link to the Wikipedia "hurricane"or a link to cnn.com for Hurricane coverage? Make my own long OP that in the end is 100 times worse and less complete than any random news site coverage anyway?
There is nothing controversial about a hurricane, the topic is all crystal clear without any information from the OP. It is simply THERE and people want to talk about it so the thread needs no elaborate OP. It is a big fat hurricane that is on every TV screen and news site in the whole western world. Here are a few examples of threads that work beautifully with similarly small OPs because the topic is similarly clear (three of them made by mods btw).
3) 2-day-ban: asking for a free restream
I was an absolute SC2 noobie trying to get into the game and there was a PPV only MLG going on (MLG Spring). There was also a link in the TL side window redirecting to the MLG site WITHOUT the note "PPV". I knew that I had seen parts of an MLG live before without paying so when I couldn't get the stream to work on their site I was not sure if it was a PPV this time or if I was just too dumb to find the right button on their page.
So I asked. The conversation in the LR report thread went like this (quotes):
"So there is no free stream?"
"You been living under a rock?"
"So is there a free stream or not?"
"Thre're some free streams"
"Ah cool, can u post link?"
Sure enough I got a ban for "asking for a free restream". Fucking bullshit, I was so angry. I never asked for an illegal free restream, at that time I had no fucking idea that there even were any illegal restreams going on in Esports. I came from BW, everything was free there and it was a common practice to ask for working streams in the LR threads. Had anyone said a simple "no" I would have just left. The guy telling me there are free streams obviously didn't even get a warning for luring me into this.
4) 2-day-ban: Funny pics thread is not a place for arguing about forums.
I posted a selfmade long pic in the random pics thread that made fun of the Destiny gook-calling drama and the overreaction of the SC2 community defending and attacking him. A small part of the joke was that this would have been handled differently by the BW community but mostly it was making fun of the excessive drama. Now I obviously cannot repost that picture but it was pretty funny and I can post the PMs that I got for it.
"Nice post in pics thread i chuckled. It was sad too tho =_="
"whoah did you just make that pic in funny pic thread? It's awesome "
Note that I didn't get a single critical PM for the pic except the ban notification.
5) Warning: No picture = warn, you could of just PM'd him?
As you might know a frequent pattern in the random pics thread is this: Someone posts a picture that makes people want to respond ("where is that pic from?"; "I think that pic is inappropiate"; "super funny pic bro, thx for posting"). Now you can either send a PM and get ignored or post in the thread to get your answer and get warned. Or, brilliantly, ask the question anyway and attach a butt old unfunny pic from 2002 to it (that annoys everyone) to get your answer and no warning.
I don't think I am unfair when I call this a shitty system. So I had the idea to make a thread in which we can discuss the pics. The advantages are that people who just want to see funny pics with discussions are forever freed from that plague, that these annoying "1 old pic + question" posts will disappear and that we can actually discuss pics that are worth discussing. I advertised the thread ONCE in the random pics thread by responding to a "long opinion + 1 pic post", without attaching a picture because that was the whole point of the thread to begin with.
The thread went very well, 3 questions were resolved in 8 posts and 1 post simply said that the thread is a good idea. Sure enough it got immediately closed because "fuck you we hate good ideas" and I got warned for not attaching a picture of a cat asking "can i has cheezburger?" to my advertisement post.
6) Warning: don't be a jerk.
My post about Anna Prosser's Miss USA candidature was this: "Hmm... I have never heard of her or seen her before (not into SC2), but that picture in the OP is certainly not going to get a vote for a miss election out of me. She looks not attractive."
Now this might be considered being a jerk because she actually is pretty (I know that now) but I wasn't lying. She actually looked just mediocre on that pic and this was the first I saw of her. If you haven't seen the pic you might not believe me but trust me, she looked not like a person you would elect even for a Miss Oklahoma Cheese Contest. I have no idea how that happened but her picture for that contest was the single worst looking of her I have ever seen. By miles.
The pic on the Miss USA page got replaced with a better one quickly btw.