Originally Posted by Guinea54
I feel I was perhaps entitled to an email back that said, "No sorry, Only members with 500, 1,500, or paid subscribers only" Even though I bother to make videos and put myself out there, act like a jerk to make people laugh etc, I don't feel entitled to anything on this site. I know most people here don't even like the whole youtube thing anyway. I simply suggested that reviewers on youtube who have a good rapport in the community would make good candidates for swap/buy/sell transactions. That is my opinion. In my quest to use the trade forum, I couldn't find the rules anywhere, every time I looked for info the links were broken etc. I emailed the Admins multiple times requesting information and introducing myself and what I had to offer. That didn't work either. What got me angry was the fact that instead of any kind of response to my inquiries, I found them very responsive and very quick to send out violations, bans, infractions and nasty comments. See what I am saying ? Its not about the rules, or about me being special. It is the POINT that they are too busy to answer you back, but at the same time, they are perfectly capable of sending you a nasty message and a ban very quickly over shit that is in my eyes trivial. I have tried so many times to make my point clear. You can disagree with the POINT, but that is not what you and many others are doing. You are pulling your own points out of your ass and completely disregarding my message completely. I am saying apples and people keep saying oranges. Agree or disagree with what I AM SAYING.
THE POINT- I think it is more productive for admins to focus their priorities first on helping members and answering emails and questions or other services than it is to put their priority on sending out infractions and nasty comments over rules that are ambiguous at best.
Formula for thought-
Statement- 4 honest, sincere emails asking questions and introducing myself humbly into the community
Action-.. Ignored, Time interval -10 months.
statement- " has anyone ever heard of this fragrance, I would like to learn more about it, It is something I would want to swap, but im not allowed on the damn swap forum"
Action- immediate response, rude email, Infraction and ban. Time interval- Immediately.
I guess you did feel entitled to a response to your emails.
(joking.. sort of. There's always some truth in jest, no?
Guinea, the thing you have to be aware of is that a lot of people try to squeeze seemingly random comments about swapping or selling into a thread about something else in hopes that someone will PM them to arrange the swap or sale, thus sidestepping the rules for the marketplace. When us veterans see people make references to swapping or selling and see those references inserted into an otherwise on-topic post, a red flag goes up. We've just seen people try that stunt far too many times. I'm not
saying that was your intention, but honestly, in this case, it doesn't matter as it's not a matter of intent. The reason they responded swiftly is because you were reported. It's like.. in a perfect world police officers would stop to shake the hand of a boy scout who helps an old lady across the street. They'd take the time to answer any and all questions about the law. But, they don't. They'd direct you to a court or lawyer to discuss the law. They drive right past that kid helping the old lady. In a perfect world.. yes, in a perfect world they would. But as it is, they respond - and at least around here, rather quickly - to calls regarding the law being broken. When a transgression is reported, the lights go on and they're there to investigate.
Now, I do agree that some protocols should be changed when dealing with a moderator. Perhaps there could be a way to involve a second or third moderator when a situation escalates, to help prevent it from getting personal. I'd like to see a standardized protocol
for this, not just some hodge-podge arrangement. It is not cool when you feel you have been unfairly accused or are being treated too harshly, and have no recourse but to "sit down and shut up." We really do need to figure something out in regards to handling these kinds of situations, because this thread clearly shows that it is not only you who has had very negative interactions with the moderators in scenarios such as these.