jimji - 5:51 am on Nov 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
I can see I have no choice but to be more specific, otherwise you folks won't understand the situation.
This is definitely a company forum. It is the support forum for their product line, which is anti-virus and such software.
That we now know there are secret moderators and no specific guidelines for community members to follow and it seems no guidelines for the secret moderator groups, by their own words, no guidelines for the secret moderators you see that leaving that forum also means leaving that software and changing to another software supplier of a similar product.
Seven years is essentially thrown down the tubes because these people want to act arbitrarily and play 19th century U.S. western style sheriff with all that mentality of if we don't like your message we run you out of town.
I see the situation as a community of over a quarter of a million people with a secret police and a law that can change day-by-day at the whim of any of these secret police.
It may seem harsh to call them secret police, but that is a community of human beings and those secret folks , I have recently learned, have the power to issue warnings that have the full weight of administrative authority behind it and the warnings are not even shown as warnings.
These secret moderators are also allowed to pass judgement upon what a poster's ideas are and then pass judgement on the reaction to those secret moderator's stated opinions.
If one secret moderator doesn't like the reaction of the poster, the community member, other secret police come in and help out the first secret moderator and then another comes in and they simply gang up on the community member and I suppose it might be they are trying to get the community member to snap and then they can serve penalties upon the target of their scorn.
You probably think I am exaggerating here, but I am absolutely not. Right out there on the forum one of the secret moderators informed me he would have me banned for being arrogant, if he had it his way. Now that is about as clear a statement as one can receive. Being banned for being arrogant. In my 13 or 14 plus years of participating on news boards and then forums I have never, ever heard of such a thing.
What's even more amazing is these secret moderators actually informed me three or four times I could start my own topic on privacy protection and data protection and then they went and slapped a penalty on me with these words:
Activist post style and causing disruption
I'm causing disruption in my own thread. As if somebody is forced to post in my thread. And "activist post style" is a whole new category of penalty for me. And that was after the three or four times they gave the okay to start an "activist style" topic.
This company is based in an EU area.
I'm looking at the preview and it looks like some sort of sick rant, but it is right out there for everyone to see, on that company's forum.
Seven years ago I thought the world of this company, but yesterday they snatched my rose-tinted glasses off my face and ground them underfoot. I was actually feeling ill at what was happening.