Re:Has the TAOS forum been massively effected by post legislation?
How do you control it though?
Someone signs up, bigs up one lab, slates another. Or just bigs up one lab. Or just slates another.
75% of the time that might be a genuine experience. What about the rest of the time? What about people from labs who sign up to promote their own things, slate off other labs with rumours? How do you discern that? Then those that sign up to basically be selling their gear?
Logistically it is a nightmare to keep it fair and even. In fact I would argue impossible. You never know someone's intentions - experience or alterior motive. Even seasoned members have been dragged into promoting certain brands in the past, for whatever reasons more than just their own experinence.
You can look in from the outside, and say why can't MT just let discussion go, but you quite frankly (and no offence) will never understand the nightmare it is to do that on such a bit board with a huge member base and where if some posts get made how influential that can be, and with the size of the board how many people that can speak to. Its a nightmare for mods, a nightmare for owners/admins. And consequently the MEMBERS are affected as they would not know what to believe.
Furthermore then you get the conspiracy theorists around. An MT mod does his or her job, removes certain posts, often the case is they have it on good information someone/certain people posting HAVE alterior motives, and suddenly you get a load of members crying out that MT or mods favour a certain lab because of their moderation of certain posts. So suddenly you have serious allegations and accusations about MT being involved with something illegal which it has not ever been and will never be. Then mods get stick for it, those mods that are doing their job and not getting paid for let alone much appreciated half the time from members, and its all a nightmare.
Its never as black and white and as simple as you may see it and many people disagree with the approach that has been taken on MT but 90%+ of those people don't actually fully understand the reasons behind it, and probably never will because they don't have to experience it on the level the board owners and mods experience it on.
So that is basically why and really would be great if people could just get on with it as TBH theres not realy much to discuss on it!