Phalenx5 wrote:Hi I'm new here. I'm not going to reveal my username on ATS unless I am specifically asked to do so by a mod or an admin because for privacy reasons.
Phalenx5 wrote:I want to talk about the modding practices here. Sometimes I think the mods just moderate messages they disagree with.
Phalenx5 wrote:Other than that I ignore the disinfo posted on the site. I'm getting tired of this 2012 crap, this reptillian crap, and this Obama antichrist crap. I think other people can relate to this. I like ATS for its specialized forums. But I just wish they'd do away with the crap and I'd wish they would have better mods.
Access Denied wrote:I agree... the problem though as Ray pointed out is it's the crap that pays the bills. Regular members are trained (conditioned) to embrace ignorance… and then picked to be mods based on a demonstrated ability to do so over time.
P.S. I moved this to a new thread.
Access Denied wrote:In my experience the current staff lacks the maturity and the management lacks the discipline to evolve beyond mediocrity and rise above the absurdity…
AgitatedBrain wrote:Hello everyone. I've been lurking for awhile and had registered sometime last month, but I was having problems logging in. Anway, now that I'm able to long in I can speak my piece about the ats mods (btw, I won't be revealing what my username was over there)
I know first hand that one mod is crooked. The infamous MirthfulMe obviously had some kind of issue with me from day one. And seemed to try and test me to see if I'd ever smart off to him in hopes of him banning me. However, I don't think I'm the only one he had an issue with, due to the fact that damn near everybody around there knows that guy is a total prick. IMO, he'll get banned himself one day when enough people get fed up with his BS.
I had gotten a post ban notice for a foul comment I had mode in the joke forum. The post ban notice came from a mod beside mirth. Then an hour later I got ANOTHER damn post ban notice for the same offense from (you guessed it) mirth. I had filed a complaint saying how giving me another damn notice was a little bit of an overkill, and how several other members always talk about him being a bully. It seemed to me that he was rubbing it in by giving me another post ban notice. He knows good and damn well that another post ban notice was not necessary.
Anyway, it's very very fishy to me that I got banned the day after I filed a complaint. But oh well.
Other than him though, I've never had an issue with any of the mods.
edit to add that I just now realized it wasn't last month that I had resgitered lol. that's irrelevant but I just wanted to correct it.
Access Denied wrote:
...Anyway, I have a theory having read a number of different people’s stories about being banned at ATS. One thing in common seems to stand out to me in most of these accounts… the feeling of being blind-sided by what doesn’t seem to you (and by “you” I don’t mean anyone in particular) to be a particularly “bad” offense… or least not one that others don’t seem to get away with.
I suspect (as SO has indicated here) this may be because unbeknownst to you, other users are complaining to the staff about something (who knows what) they don’t like about you, perhaps to mods they’ve befriended or these “offended” users are considered “valued” members for whatever reason by certain staff/management. Then over time maybe the mods start to get “tired” of dealing with it (mediating conflict as they should be) and all it takes is one complaint about the system or certain staff and wham… out comes the ban hammer...
Jack'sDead wrote:There was one member over there that I had some serious problems with, and I happen to believe that he was in fact a compensated disinformation agent who targeted me specifically, but a few others as well along with me. He was banned several times for serious infractions and unethical behavior. He also came back several times under different names, but I was able to spot him through certain details and use of language. In fact, he was banned for creating new accounts after he had already been banned. But he is still posting over there as far as I know, with the full knowledge of ATS staff. In short, I think it goes a level deeper than them getting tired of doing their job moderating disputes. I think they are biasd toward certain agendas, but try to cover up that fact under a blanket of plauseable deniability.
I feel sympathy towards you. I have often felt like I was the target of some users who have come into my topics and made the most irrelevant post in my topic because they thought that what I was saying was silly. I don't think these members are disinformation agents as you say but rather they are members that don't understand what ATS is meant for. ATS is meant for a place to deny ignorance. I've ran into a few idiots who didn't deny ignorance and I got a post-ban for a few days and it was around that time that I joined this forum. I got a post-ban because I called someone who believed that Obama's birth certificate was a fake a "moron". I think that it was unfair... I think the person that didn't deny ignorance should have gotten the post-ban. But, anyhow, I was almost banned and a few mods have told me that because of my behavior that they might have to ban me if I persisted with my behavior and they would have severed my relationship with the website. I almost got banned because I was arguing with some people who weren't successfully denying ignorance and they were being ignorant and not checking the sources they were using... and they were trolling the boards. I still wonder why they weren't handed all these punishments. I've tried alerting their posts and I've sent complaints about them to the complaints forums and the moderators have told me that these complaints are nonsensical. I didn't get banned... but I can see based on the situation that I was what the mods would have done with you and they probably banned you unfairly for a silly post which you meant with no harm, much like, I did with my idiot comment towards the user that believed that Obama's birth certificate was fake.
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