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    Merb Moderation

    I do appreciate the effort the moderators do on this board. Don't get me wrong, they're performing a job that not many people would want, and i do appreciate the amount of time they volunteer to this board.

    However:

    -Is it just me, or is there way too much moderation being done on this board? I look at its sister board (TERB), and the moderators appear to keep an extremely low profile on a board whose traffic & membership dwards this one (MERB).

    -Why so many active moderators? You have situations where a thread is moderated by as much as 3 different moderators at the same time.

    -As long as the conversations remain civil, i have no problems with certain exchanges being made in threads dedicated to reviews. I think this is only normal considering so many reviews are bogus (i wasn't born yesterday), which has only helped in pollute the purpose of this board: an honest, legit escort review board. Indeed, shills are being spotted & dealt with, but so many get away with it, and the person(s) raising red flags to questionable reviews/posts are the ones now getting attacked for being suspicious.

    -To conclude, i just feel that moderators should not be present in nearly every threads. It's almost like this place is a prison & their the prison guards patrolling the area & monitoring the prison population.

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    try to navigate terb and you'll realize what a mess it is. They have like 9 threads on every single girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john9075 View Post
    try to navigate terb and you'll realize what a mess it is. They have like 9 threads on every single girl.
    True. Maybe we could lend them a couple of our mods to assist them with the clean up?

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    No comment as I do not want a suspension,lol Yes, the intimidation factor has limited my comments/reviews.

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    Totally agree, Doc. My biggest problem with the moderation here is that a couple of them, and they know who they are, speak only in threats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rumpleforeskiin View Post
    Totally agree, Doc. My biggest problem with the moderation here is that a couple of them, and they know who they are, speak only in threats.
    Watch it or you will very quickly be told if you don't like it here you can go elsewhere and post Now seriously what i find is honest discussions at times are cut off much to quickly. If people are staying respectful they should be allowed to disagree and if things are not getting out of hand there is no need in my opinion to have to cut it off and clean things up when there is nothing to really clean up. In many other boards that i am on mods for the most part stay in the background and only step in if things get out of hand, respectful discussions should be allowed. This is an escort review board not a board where we are discussing serious life issues such as cancer and so on, boards like this should be fun to participate on but some of the fun is taken out of them if they are over moderated.

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    I tend to agree with the people who've responded so far.

    I'd also like to add that in my estimation, over-moderation might tend to make things worse & bring out the bad side of some people.

    And indeed, i have also witnessed overreactions & unecessary threatening behaviour (just out of nowhere) on the part of some of the moderators.

    While i do realize that moderators are people & also likely have their bad days, a few seem to forget that their job is to moderate, and not instigate or act like bullies.

    Again, i say this respectfully.

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    Hello Doc,

    If you look at a lot of large message boards, the moderators stand for a lot less shit than we do here. On most boards, challenging moderator decisions or ignoring warnings results in a suspension or permanent ban with no notice. Most boards do not have a thread detailing suspensions and bans, they simply ban people with no fanfare or notice. They remove posts and threads at will with no notice to members. Here on MERB we do our best to be transparent in everything we do and to keep members informed on our decisions and actions. This sometimes gives the impression that we are over moderating while the opposite is true. On other boards, moderators rarely post on the board to explain their actions, they simply take action without warning or notice.

    If that is the members' wish, we will gladly moderate MERB according to the method used on other boards, including TERB and PERB. It would be much less work for us as we would no longer have to maintain the suspended members thread or post warnings in threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff jones View Post
    Watch it or you will very quickly be told if you don't like it here you can go elsewhere and post.
    That reads like a direct quote, Jeff. For the most part, I have no problem with the moderation here, but a couple of the guys could stand to be a little softer (for lack of a better word) and a little slower to threaten. It seems to me that the moderation is often conducted by threat and threat alone and that, to me, is not only provocative, but unproductive.
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    Mod 8,

    I agree with part of what you say but not all. Yes you do have a thread and explain why people get suspended and for the most part the mods here do a decent job but i have been on all kinds of internet message boards, sports boards for example and people are not suspended at a whim and many times the posters go at it a bit and just because other boards like terb do what you say it doesn't make it right. That's to easy a way out of an honest and fair discussion started by Doc.

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    Rumpleforeskiin,

    If people would actually pay attention when a moderator posts a warning instead of ignoring them on a regular basis, you would find that we are much easier to deal with and in a much better mood. When we post warnings it seems that members take them as suggestions and do not bother abiding by them. When a warning is posted it is not done so to have members challenge it and get into a discussion over it. Warnings are meant to be followed. Members ignore them at their own risk and have no one to blame but themselves when a suspension follows for arguing over, or ignoring one. And yes, we tend to get pissed off when this happens on a regular basis and sometimes it shows in our posts. We are human and our patience does have limits.

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    Totally agree. Sometimes they kill a good discussion, one or two in particular really seem like they have nothing better to do than troll all day. Seriously is the same quote under a message that big of a deal? I remember i posted about some place called OHhh paris, which by the way did not come up on any search. Or course the mod instantly closed the thread and wrote "oooohhh do a search" only to realize it wasn't on the search. I agree that stuff never happens on terb. It's fine to let people talk. Best example being that 20 page thread on some asian escort that was demanding ID for clients on terb, that would have been closed after 1 page if it happened here. And if we don't like it, its not like there is any other adequate montreal board. Some of the moderators are fine though, can never remember since you all numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod 8 View Post
    If people would actually pay attention when a moderator posts a warning instead of ignoring them on a regular basis, you would find that we are much easier to deal with and in a much better mood.
    Yes, but what I'm objecting to is when the Mod intervention starts with a threat rather than a warning. Notice that my comment was only directed at a couple of your colleagues. You, Sir, are not among those targeted. I don't know how closely you guys follow each other's work, but there are a couple who are way too heavy handed.
    The mounties always get their man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koyaanisqatsi View Post
    WARNING TO ALL MEMBERS !!

    In only 3 months I have been on this board, I have already been banned 3 times, for simply having an opinion. Something is going on that we don't know about. I am very much hesitant to post on THIS board.

    I NOW FEAR FOR MY LIFE
    Now they may break your knee or an arm but come on man don't get carried away they are not going to kill you

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    Maybe there would be less problems if people took the time to do something very simple: READ THE RULES, They can be found here:
    https://merb.cc/vbulletin/announcement.php?f=5

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