Closing down the shoutbox

Discussion in 'Site Discussions & Suggestions' started by Xarsah16, Sep 15, 2013.

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  1. Xarsah16
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    Xarsah16 GBATemp's Official Village Dingus/Idiot

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    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.
     
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  2. Gahars

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    http://gbatemp.net/threads/the-shoutbox.354677/

     
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  3. Ryukouki

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    The thing is, there was a lot of rulebreaking going on in that box, and for me, anyway, it was only a matter of time until it did get shut down. Lately there has been a splurge of NSFW worthy material, warez links, and other miscellaneous things that just shouldn't have been here in the first place.
     
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  4. Nathan Drake

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    Well, this explains why I refreshed and the Shoutbox was no longer there. But really, banning the suspect users from it would be jolly. Being someone who has casually hopped in and had some decent conversations, and even just using it to joke around with other users, it definitely has its uses. Also, please don't say, "well, just use IRC." I've used IRC a lot in the past, and frankly, I think it's a pain in the ass. I can't get past how dated IRC feels, and I'd rather not have to mess around with it. I'm sure other users feel the same way, at least in relation to the fact that IRC, no matter how easy you make it to use, simply isn't as convenient as the Shoutbox for many.
     
  5. Seratonin

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    It's meh, I think the shout box was unnecessary. If it was an IRC then it could easily be monitored. If they keep the shout box then it's just going to create drama. A couple people ruining it can lead to many other people ruining it. In my opinion, history repeats itself.
     
  6. DinohScene

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    Been a shoutbox resident since I ever got 100 posts.
    Me first friend I met on temp is Skelletonike and we met via the Shoutbox.
    It's indeed kinda un moderated which lead to a lot of rulebreaking.

    Shame to see it down but in the end it's p1ngs decision yes.
     
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    Here? Right here? What about, say... over there?
    I'll miss you guys... :sad: TO THE IRC!
     
  8. Xarsah16
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    Xarsah16 GBATemp's Official Village Dingus/Idiot

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    Did you read the first part of my initial post, Gahars? I believe that addressed what you just quoted. Instead of forcibly being told to shut up, since on a forum what we do is talk, I would like my voice to be heard, and I would like to question. I do believe I have the right to question.

    I understand that P1ng took it upon himself to disable it, but I still feel like it was an abuse of power when there are other actions that could have been taken.
     
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  9. Lilith Valentine

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    Am I missing something? Because I can see the shoutbox just fine o.o
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  10. Gahars

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    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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  11. Isaac

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    Here? Right here? What about, say... over there?
    Wait... Wat?
     
  12. ShadowSoldier

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    I was one of the people who posted questionable material. Of course I got warned for it through a pm saying that me and someone posts softcore porn, which I didn't, but then I posted the wrong picture one time and got a warning, and then I stopped. But warez links? When was that happening?

    But to be honest, the shoutbox was turning into a shitbox. A lot of members weren't getting along. Some didn't know how or when to shut up. But imo, and that's all it is, AN OPINION, it got shut down for the wrong reason. Some people should be forced to take a break from it because they've acted like they owned the shoutbox. And some of the members (and staff) would go in there and disrespect the members.
    I agree with you on that one.
     
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  13. Xarsah16
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    I'm still not seeing it... hmm..

    Gahars
    Please read.
     
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    I think it was earlier, actually. Didn't somebody post links leading to a popular warez site or something like that? And it really did turn into a shitbox, and caused all sorts of unnecessary drama. It really was just a matter of time.
     
  15. ShadowSoldier

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    Do you mean earlier today?

    Also, let's be honest, it's only a matter of time before this thread gets closed.
     
  16. Gahars

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    Okay.

     
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  17. Ryukouki

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    Yep. Some things there really is no good way to discuss it, either. Since when did staff have to allow discussion for things? I actually see the rationale in there being certain issues that just can't be discussed.

    TL;DR here: Users were taking advantage of shoutbox nature and started acting like they owned it and broke rules.
     
  18. ComeTurismO

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    I'm agreeing with you, Xarsah. You're a good woman. I don't wish to offend p1ngpong, and he is a major person to the forum, but I think that other supervisors, or even Costello should have been discussed to about this. But, if the warez and all that unlawful or unforumful stuff were happening, I suppose that certain members could have been warned. I used to be a daily shoutboxer but now I got busy with high school, and don't temp that much now like I used to, and some points I didn't get a long with other members. There was too much hate I suppose and drama happening causing p1ng to close it, but if he thinks it was a good decision, that's good. But I wonder what Costello has to say.
    Again, I'm not attempting to be against p1ng, no intentions.
     
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  19. ShadowSoldier

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    Which is the problem.
     
  20. Isaac

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    Here? Right here? What about, say... over there?
    Currently in high school, was in shoutbox daily, now moved to IRC. Your argument is invalid.
     
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