Being a member of GBAtemp and one user of the shoutbox, I feel as if my voice should be heard. Closing the announcement thread down for further replies- that is the reason why I made this thread. There was no chance at all to discuss this matter in a dignified, respectful way. I believe this is a pressing issue for this forum. I understand why it was shut down, but I personally feel as if it was an abuse of power to shut it down just like that completely with no warning. There are other users who like to use it, and I can name a handful of great, personable, people who don't abuse the shoutbox. Closing it down is ruining it for all of us. I've been told that it is a select few that were disregarding the rules. why not just ban them from the box? Wouldn't that make sense? To have a couple people ruin it completely for the rest of us- we shouldn't have to pay the price for their mistakes. My suggestion for this forum is to please bring back the shoutbox and ban the problematic users from it. If you need to make a new user group behind the scenes, please do. I used to run a couple forums, so I know how that works. It is certainly possible.