You're right. It is (partly) your fault. If I was so actively inclined I could find enough posts to show that you are a part of what is wrong on the forum as well. My take on you: Sanctimony and crassness are your weapons; perservering misunderstanding your defense. The sanctimony makes the rest unpalatable to me.
I've been trying to keep my mouth shut about this because I tend to get a bit emotional when the subject of the downfall of this forum comes up. I pre-date everyone in this thread so far save Fok, J, Matt, Manton, and RJ. Don't let the join date fool you, this isn't my first iteration, and not by banning either. I've been here through my own personal death, destruction, resurrection, homelessness, poverty, disease, despair, shame, and just about every other shitty thing that can happen to someone. One of the constants throughout all that has been this forum. Most of you don't know that, or anything about me mostly because I keep my business to myself and have seen what sharing too much publicly here gets you, but this place has been the only place I hang out on the internet for quite some time. I've met some amazing people through this site, and been able to experience things that I never imagined I'd see, all through the help and kindness of the people I've met through here. Its really been incredible for me. Having said that, this place is a pale shadow of what it once was, and it really makes me sad, and quite angry. It started long before the commodization of the forum through Huddler and the infinite ad attack. Long before the entire front page of MC was clogged up with 9 out of 10 threads belonging to someone selling something and the forum's main goal became quantity and not quality. Long before every inbred jackoff with internet access seemingly found this place, signed up, and started posting up whatever piece of shit outfit he was wearing while simultaneously becoming a nuisance to every other good poster on the board. The rot's been seeping in for some time now and its almost at the point where everything needs to be replaced because no one was paying attention and now its too far gone to be repaired.
Short of blowing up this place and starting from scratch (which becomes a more interesting idea to me as each day passes on here), its got to start from the top down. Since J abdicated his duties, Fok's turned into The Man, and Matt left, the ship been lacking someone who can step in and quiet down the inmates. The lack of moderation on here has really been pathetic. Its more than someone just reading reported posts, flagging spam, and banning people. Someone's got to step in and tell people to shut the fuck up. With consequences. The fact that you've empowered people to do it and did not even explain to them what in the hell they could do should be evidence enough that maybe, just maybe, you've fucked up and dropped the ball. And while picking the most respected members of the forum might sound like a good idea in theory, picking the starting squad from Pleasantville isn't really going to leave anyone quaking in their boots. Manton's the only one who I suspect will have the requisite chutzpah to be able to tamp things down BEFORE posts start needing to be deleted. Once you've hit that point you've already lost whatever momentum you were building in the thread and then you're just going to have all the jackoffs here wondering about why all their posts were deleted and "no one ever told me there was an issue". If anyone needs a reference, just take a look at the WAYWRN thread and see how things have been left to fester. That's actually what prompted me to post - these fucking lemmings are in there talking about this newb's teeth and just taking a piss out of the kid for no other reason than he posted a picture of himself smiling. Its a fucking disgrace. And I don't want to hear any shit from you mods about "well, we didn't know" or "no one told us". People have been bitching about this shit for weeks. And not just MC. SW&D, CE, DT they've all got posters who are doing nothing but shitting up the forum and making things miserable for everyone else. All the braying and gnashing of teeth over the "things that are good/bad" threads could have been killed several times over if someone with some authority would have just said "next person who posts about their bowel movement, or a fucking snack cake, is getting 2 weeks timeout." Did that happen? Obviously not. How someone like Arthur PE ended up at 700+ posts before someone decided to step up to the plate and knock him out of the park is a complete fucking mystery. Also, this special flower idea is ridiculous. This forum needs WAY less special flower treatment and WAY more of people being told to just stand up, step away from the keyboard, and shut the fuck up. And leave DT alone. You people who don't like it need to just take your shit and get out of there. Frankly, its one of the only redeeming areas on the forum left. The reason its gotten so shitty lately is because the good posters don't want to have to deal with the jackoff's who currently make up 60-70% of the posters in there. Again, lack of moderation. CE's the same way. But CE's ALWAYS been that way. The problem now is that the degenerates are being allowed to bleed into other parts of the forum, most prominently, DT. You really don't see too much of this shit in Fine Living and Social Life. I suspect its because those forums are just generally boring by themselves and these people see no benefit in stirring up the shit in there.