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MMCJawa wrote:wraithstrike wrote:True, but I see that abused as well on other forums (example: posting something really offensive but then including a smily at the end, as if that excuses the previously written comment).
I really do wish we had emoticons here.<---serious comment.
I know we can do the :) and :( among others, but many people dont know what all of them mean.
It would make it easier to for people to note when they are being angry, just joking, and so on.
That is fine. When someone says something like "You are a moron", and put a smiley face at the end the the mods just ban you for a few days.
After enough bans, they just get perma-banned.
That is a self correcting problem.
If I ever decide to host a public forum like this my terms of service will include that all moderation action and communication with customer service will be made public.
I honestly think this is some of the problem (especially when the moderation action hits someone who is both liked and disliked by a number of people). It's easy when the company won't talk about things - for a poster to claim anything they want. Just as it's easy for the company to say 'oh yeah we got this we do all this' - which requires a truckload of trust.
The existence of this thread and amount of attention shown to the topic I think should be a red flag that the trust factor was harmed. The 'behind the scenes' way of doing things does put Paizo between a rock and a hard place here - even more reason to be very careful to not let personal feelings influence things IMO.