So I had a bit of a rant in the match thread before but I don't want to make that thread about the inadequate moderation, and there is more going on here than just GingerFurball being banned.
During the World Cup, it was felt by some, self included, that the moderation was, consciously or otherwise, biased towards India or Indian posters. You'll probably remember buffoongate, perhaps topped by the sheer ludicrousness of a poster being infracted for saying, "Tendy is a buffoon," but it's okay because we were told by the mods that that was for 'trolling' and NOTHING to do with it being a slight on Tendulkar. And you know what? The mods who told us that, they really did believe it. Or at least some of them did.
Fast forward six months and it's pretty damning. This site wants to crack the Asian market (fair enough) and in doing so, it WILL bend to the whims of some people from that market. And this isn't an attack on those people, we have some great posters from the subcontinent, or of subcontinent origin. But there's no doubt in my mind that there are double standards at play.
Don't believe me? Tell me this. How many times have you seen Stuart Broad called 'Ladyboy' or other such nicknames? And consequently, how many times have you seen the mods step in to stop this? I can't remember any - and rightly so.
Now go ask centurymaker if he's been asked to stop using the term 'chokedulkar' lately. Now you might think it's ridiculous to call Tendulkar a choke artist, but last time I checked this was a cricket forum and he's certainly entitled to an opinion - and we can all ridicule him for it. But if he wants to call a player by a joke nickname, so what? AND HE SUPPORTS INDIA!!
Jesus, I remember during the 2009 Ashes, laughing all the way to Headingley about the nicknames Burgey had posted for each of our players in the match thread that morning. Maybe he should have actually been banned for not liking these players though?
Which conveniently links me to my next point. I made a drunk thread about this a few weeks back which was quickly shut down.
Burgey was infracted for the following comment:
Now I understand that cultural sensitivity is important, and in a way I've asked for it myself in the past. But the way you react to your players being called **** isn't a cultural thing, it's just being a think-skinned little girl, really.
And I'm at pains to express here that it is certainly not every poster who supports India who reacts unfavourably, nor is it most. And I blame the moderation policy for this anyway.
Now let's move on to GingerFurball's ban, because I think some of the posts that he was given his 20 infraction points highlight my point further. In the interest of fairness, I will quote the lot.
They didn't! Spark moderates the match threads very well, handled the situation well, and we all moved on. Makes a mockery of things really.
Nonetheless, we'll let them have it.
Now look, whether you think those posts cross the line or not, if GingerFurball is detrimental to forum atmosphere, then I can name you a nice list of people who cause far more. Hey, point me to a thread where it was Furball V about 20 people and they were all tearing their hair out. Same goes for me, Burgey, and anyone else they want to throw the forum atmosphere tag at. I'm not going to call anyone out directly. But I'd say someone who constantly comes and digs up all posts from a situation that died down two days earlier is probably worse. I'd say someone who constantly actually trolls, while being a multi of at least two other current posters, in addition to at least one that is no longer banned but hasn't been posted with since the ban ended, is obviously far more detrimental to forum atmosphere. But let's say these hypothetical examples supported India? That wouldn't be why they aren't treated with this stick would it?
You know what, I've only hit the tip of the iceberg here. If you just lock this I will laugh, heartily.
Some of you will no doubt remember last time I made a thread called 'What's Going On?' in Site Discussion and that Furball was one of the subjects of my ire, for some of his actions as a moderator. Before anyone tries to prove I'm a hypocrite for that, it isn't even remotely relevant.
And what I've tried to do differently here is not call people out, and by the same token I've not really named any mods, at least not to directly criticise. I would like to point out, though, that there has been one moderator who has reached out to discuss things with me on messenger, and I've just not managed to get online at the same time as him, and another one who is often open to discuss my grievances in a constructive manner. Unfortunately, as a collective, the communication is poor and usually results in a circular response of 'we're not overturning it because we think it's right because we said it's right and therefore it's right'
Thanks for reading / tl;dr