We have decided to contact you as we view you to be an actual fan of Sony products and not one of the many users hell bent on destroying our community through repetitious anti PlayStation threads and repeated verbal abuse towards members looking for a more enjoyable experience. Several of us have already determined that it is time for an extensive yet official break from the PlayStation forums. Unfortunately.
Several things are just downright wrong with the current state of these forums and it's even more upsetting that the official Xbox forums, something known for years to be a childish cesspool and broken community, are more on top of things then they are here. Note however that we are indeed still PlayStation gamers and any reference towards Xbox is indeed just a reference.
We have seen actual users post real questions only to have their questions buried under troll bait threads. We have seen new members come to this community looking to connect with fellow gamers only to be assaulted by alt accounts only in it for the 'lols'. We have seen threads of praise be bashed, derailed and buried by 10+ "I hate PSNow" threads. We have seen [INFO] threads buried within hours, never to be seen again. Those doing the [INFO] threads are doing an extensive amount of work for these threads which are also incredibly time consuming. We have seen multiple user's good names dragged through the mud.
There seems to be two types of users on these forums. Those who have come to the community in hopes of finding an actual community and those who's sole intent is hidden behind personal grudges and an emotional desire to upset innocent people.
Please do not take this as us saying that 'nothing' is being done but rather, 'not enough'. There is no reason to have multiple threads on the same topic floating around on the first page of PSGeneral. This clearly constitutes Spam by the TOS and does nothing but block up space for the more positive threads. That is not to say that all complaints aren't real but the irony, likeness and timing of all these 'complaints' coming in is too coincidental to happen on a repeat basis. There is no reason to let the same users repeatedly use inflammatory comments, post troll bait, evade the language filter and bait 'Sony defenders' into slipping up and reporting them. We have had several helpful, Sony fans be banned for defending the product this site was built for. Several times have we seen certain users favored over others. Several times have we seen our posts deleted or missing without notification from moderation. Several times have we seen heavy handed bans... just not where you think they would be directed.
It is most upsetting to see this happen as it is doing nothing to actually help the product. We are forced to sit by the wayside and watch as our community is misrepresented and the products we love be destroyed. Even before tonight have there been users who just left rather then participate because of these exact reasons.
Please do not take this as us against moderation. Most of us already committed to this are close to some moderators and community managers. It's nothing against them directly but instead the current state of the forums and how it's been dealt with. This is no longer a community but rather, an arena.
I am not asking you to 'abandon ship'. I am just asking you to think about the situation more. If you would like to join us in our "vacation", you can join our temporary sanctuary here... cup.php?mode=register
...remember though, there are many that would like your involvement (or lack thereof) and no amount trolling can destroy a community if that community isn't there.
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