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  1. Baxie is offline I am the passenger....
    Location: Denmark
    Posts: 349

    #1

    Default This disgusts me

    I was reading this on the official forums (I was bored) and I have to say, that this is the most fascistic piece of censorship I ever saw on a website that is supposed to be: "a fun and safe environment for all forum members".

    These bits are new or updated I believe as I can't remember them from when I signed on.

    Quote Originally Posted by Atari Boards
    Spamming and Trolling
    This includes:

    Excessively communicating the same phrase, similar phrases, pure gibberish or same concept
    Creating threads for the sole purpose of causing unrest on the forums
    Causing disturbances in forum threads, such as picking fights, making off topic posts that ruin the thread, insulting other posters
    Making non-constructive posts
    Abusing the Reported Post feature by sending false alarms or nonsensical messages
    Posting messages intended solely to annoy/offend other users
    Provoking fans of a particular system or game
    Making misleading topic titles
    Asking obviously useless questions

    If a forum member is found to have been spamming or trolling, he/she will:

    Be given a temporary or permanent ban from the Atari forums, depending upon severity

    Creating Duplicate Threads
    This includes:

    Creating threads about existing topics
    Creating a separate thread about an existing topic for further discussion in more than one forum

    If a forum member is found to have been creating duplicate threads, he/she will:

    Be given a temporary ban from the Atari forums, depending upon severity

    Advertising
    This includes advertisement of:

    Any non-beneficial, non-Atari related businesses, organizations, or websites either in posts or signatures. Links to personal websites/blogs/fan sites may be permitted subject to permission obtained from a forum moderator. Links to charity appeals or good causes are permitted.

    If a forum member is found to have been advertising, he/she will:

    Be given a temporary or permanent ban from the Atari forums, depending upon severity

    Discussing Disciplinary Actions
    This includes:

    Creating posts or threads to discuss disciplinary actions taken against a forum member, including private messages and email correspondence between a forum member and a forum moderator or Atari employee
    Posting email communication exchanged with Atari employees
    Creating posts or threads to discuss disciplinary actions taken against a forum member or account on the forums

    If a forum member participates in such actions, he/she will:

    Be given a temporary or permanent ban from the Atari forums, depending upon severity

    Circumventing a Suspension/Ban
    This includes:

    Posting on another account
    Having someone post on your behalf

    If a forum member participates in such actions, he/she will:

    Be permanently banned from posting on the Atari forums

    Insubordination
    This includes:

    Not listening to the ruling of a Moderator or Administrator.

    Disregarding what they ask/invite/request you to do is against the rules and will result in a temporary or permanent ban

    What bugs me, is that as a reporter, I feel strongly that freedom of speech is paramount. Any sort of system, be it governmental or commercial, that sets rules as strict as these inhibits the nature of discussion and debate and ends up showing a skewed and false picture of that regime.

    The Spamming/Trolling rule, while sounding like a fair deal, basically states: No badmouthing Atari, no matter what we do. And when we do decide to enforce these facist rules, don't you dare discuss it.

    The creating duplicate threads-rule will exclude roughly 90% of all the people who come to hear news concerning the car-packs.

    And then the remaining 10% will be excluded for pointing it out.

    I am continually becoming more and more disgusted and shocked with the way Atari conducts their business.





    3rd TDU Central Competition #1


  2. Diablo is offline I'm Delicious!
     
    Location: Scotland, UK
    Posts: 20,460

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    Default Re: This disgusts me

    Reading over that I actually don't see much, if anything wrong with it, it says non-constructive posts are not permitted and that is fair game, I actually encourage members to help improve the game by asking them to post their thoughts and opinions in a constructive manner.

    What the above is talking about is what you haven't seen happening, these include a constant barrage of "F Atari", "F Eden", "Atari sucks", "Atari is Sh.." etc. Also the small group of people who berate new members about a question that can easily be answered and then their cronies jump in and join in just so that they can up their post counts, it's annoying and stops the real posts getting through or members getting the help they need when they have to sift through countless crap on the board.

    You can be critical, you can post your upset and disappointment in a courteous and non-threatening manner. If you overstep that then clearly it's time for action to be taken. Saying:

    'I am very disappointed and angry at the way that Atari/Eden has conducted themselves in delivering the supposed promised content over the last few months as well as the way the have blatantly failed to address the views of their customers when asked for or even acknowledged them in the first place ! This has put me off the Atari and Eden brand and I will not be likely to purchase either companies products in the future because of this debacle.'.

    Rather than:

    'F U Atari, You guys Suck the big one, you promised blah blah blah and then you don't say SFA about anything, you can [insert harsh insult here - not literally ] and kiss my ass for I will never buy anything from you F rs again !'

    Honestly am I the only one who sees something like the above is needed to keep a board running smoothly and as a community? What part of the above upsets you so much you think it's fascist? Also please bare in mind the Search function is a very valuable tool, those who post an obvious question like "Where is the secret island?" should know that this question has been asked before and should try a search first. In fact starting your post with 'I searched for this but couldn't find it...' goes a long way.

    Have you checked the rules of this board?
    I'm a bit mental.

  3. Street Ryder is offline Speed Demon
    Location: Ireland
    Posts: 776

    #3

    Default Re: This disgusts me

    I have and i would also say you need some rules to keep control of your site and keep members happy at all costs, if not then your digging youself a very big hole that you cannot get out of

  4. Nipper is offline \/ The REAL TDUCk \/
     
    Location: Bongland
    Posts: 2,003

    #4

    Default Re: This disgusts me

    atari does suck the big one though LOL
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  5. Diablo is offline I'm Delicious!
     
    Location: Scotland, UK
    Posts: 20,460

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    Default Re: This disgusts me

    Quote Originally Posted by nipper »
    atari does suck the big one though LOL
    No comment.
    I'm a bit mental.


 

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