Kiskaanak wrote:Dumb Ideologies wrote:I have never routinely participated in the ritualized e-peen swords battle of debate. So I will not presume to talk about the quality of debate. That is not my domain. I am but an occasional dabbler.
The community threads took a big hit with the F7 divide when anything social/chatty in General was stomped out. Now, that error has been substantially rectified. The influx of former F7ers to these forums is a good thing from my perspective; in the heyday of F7 I was an occasional participant there and many posters who I appreciate have come across that way. I think that the ever-stricter PG-13 stance is choking out a lot of discussions that would have been allowed to pass previously, and that is something I think impacts upon a lot of people's enjoyment of the forum since so many threads get shut down early. The biggest disappointment for me though has been the declining appreciation for satire. The amount of times I have seen something genuinely funny and then seen dozens of posters responding with "ZOMG TROLL" and the subsequent arrival of a rapid mod-lock is something I regard as a profoundly negative development. Satire threads were one of the things I really enjoyed when I first joined NSG, and to see their demise has been rather disheartening.
I can't say anything about F7 but I totally agree about the satire. It seems to be the case that people are honestly too fucking stupid to get even the most blatantly honest satire. Thus, it is shut down because...you have to be able to reach your audience and if hitting them over the head with it doesn't work, then your satire apparently 'fails'.
Satire died with Hammerrubs departure. (I think that was the guys name) Also one of the high points of the forum when he posted that note on here andpeople helped to track him down and make sure he was okay. Do hope he's gotten better.