Joined on Date: 04-24-2001 One place I joined because one the guys at the forum we had been freq’ing before, had become douchebag centeral. For awhile it ok people were ok with each other and not stepping on people’s toes but after awhile it started getting touchy then rude and then outright horrendous and after that? I was removed, the one dubbed Misty left, Squall still has access but also abandoned the place as well. Since then the board has fallen to ruin. Just the admins and thier hosted forum pack are the only ones there active, the other 900+ are more or less spam/porn spiders and bots that invaded the board.
Then lets see, there was Battle-Forums which isn’t a bad place in itself. Just didn’t get along with the newly appointed admin, and I was dropped as a friend by someone I thought I could trust w/o too much concern. There are also other issues involved I don;t wish to bring up, but ultimately I left of my own accord and had the account closed/banned by the admin. Which in itself is fine we’ve quarreled over the yrs and such but somehow we seem to be tolorant with each other to the point its almost polite nowdays. Then again we’ve also gotten older too. But there were people there that just rubbed me the wrong way.
Then there is Clan bob which was a community that spawned from the ashes of that which was part of The Top 100 Web Comics Site back in 1999. Since then there has been “3” incarnations of the clanbob community. Each one also getting worse and worse with each passing. However this particular community doesn’t stagnate like the psx, however it does rather have a habit for trolling on a semi constant basis. I just got extremely tired of it, to such a point that I removed my email and other certain info updated it knowing that said account would be forced into deactivation till a admin or moderator would have to activate it by hand to even allow it access to the board again. Haven’t realy been by there much since, although lurking form time to time has happened.
My LJ you ask? I gave it up as well. seeing peoples problems were just getting me down to a degree that I just didn;t want to post or reply anymore. That and there were a few people that are just so hard headed and can’t take a hint when it’s pasted on a trout and slapped at the nap of thier neck. But don’t get me wrong! I love forums, so much I have my own, such as it is. Decided to have my own because at least that way I can control what is posted and what is not. Kill and bann spambots dead and keep the twinks, dinks, twerps, and jerks out and off. I even caught one person I consdered quite distasteful on my forum because someone had given him thier login info to try to cause some trolling grief. Lucky for me I knew what thier IP was and who thier provider was as well.
I also like the gaming communities, like Beyond Unreal and Epic Forums. At least there people are respectful of each other, helpful to one and other especially when someone has quite a problem with modding or maybe a techincal issue with hardware as well. One can actually be greeted and feel welcome and be able to log in w/o the feel of dread and wonder how much of your selfworth is going to get shredded to hell and back. People actually care about what you do to a degree and like talking with you at length. Well enough of the jabbering and such, I need to get back to work and finish off a few things before lunch.