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ESO official forums thread sinking and damage control

hg2012hg2012 CardiffMember Posts: 69

There seems to be quite a bit of controversial moderation going on over on the ESO forums, it appears to me they are trying to eliminate any form of criticism off their boards, with countless constructive threads sunk in order to take the heat off themselves.

They are also going through removing posts criticising this approach:



ZOS_JuhoJ 10:04AM
Greetings. We are contacting you to let you know that the following comment from the thread titled "Thread sinking" has been removed.

Starting to sound like North Korea Online rather than Zenimax Online..Do we all have to get the same haircut as Paul Sage and bow to the glorious developers?

This was removed because it is in violation of The Elder Scrolls Online Forum Code of Conduct.
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With damage control like that maybe a sign things aren't going too well?

Comments

  • rygar218rygar218 altamonte springs, FLMember Posts: 332 Uncommon
    Lol you're kidding right? I mean they should of removed that post it was nothing more than a troll post.
  • cinoscinos LondonMember Posts: 963
    You really think a post like that shouldn't have been removed?
  • azzamasinazzamasin Butler, OHMember Posts: 3,090 Uncommon
    While I think the game is god awful and is one of the worst MMO's released in the last 8 years your post deserved to be removed. 

    Sandbox means open world, non-linear gaming PERIOD!

    Subscription Gaming, especially MMO gaming is a Cash grab bigger then the most P2W cash shop!

    Bring Back Exploration and lengthy progression times. RPG's have always been about the Journey not the destination!!!

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  • rpmcmurphyrpmcmurphy DublinMember Posts: 1,668 Rare
    Op has cured the world's population problem. Say what you think with no thought for the repercussions, genius!
  • MaelwyddMaelwydd CrawleyMember Posts: 1,123

    Just leave the game.

    Best poke in the eye any developer can get that their game is failing and keeps you happy too.

    I think heavy moderation is great as it shows exactly what the forum and game it is associated with are like.

  • RylahRylah Tribal VillageMember Posts: 193 Uncommon
    Originally posted by Maelwydd
    I think heavy moderation is great as it shows exactly what the forum and game it is associated with are like.

    Indeed. As if there were no third party forums and other platforms where this kind of censoring gets ridiculed. In most games the official forums are a pain to read anyways, because too much moderation makes them shallow, bland and very uninformative.

  • SpottyGekkoSpottyGekko JohannesburgMember Posts: 5,744 Epic
    Originally posted by cinos
    You really think a post like that shouldn't have been removed?

    If I was that mod the person posting that comment would have gotten a week in the "cooler" to reconsider their approach to forum interactions...

  • SiugSiug Member Posts: 1,212 Uncommon
    Yup, that was a troll post and obviously removed. So what was the problem, OP?
  • hg2012hg2012 CardiffMember Posts: 69
    Originally posted by Maelwydd
    Just leave the game. Best poke in the eye any developer can get that their game is failing and keeps you happy too. I think heavy moderation is great as it shows exactly what the forum and game it is associated with are like.

     

    Who said I was unhappy with the game? I'm unhappy with the moderation practices and the fact that hot topics that are either asking for certain game changes or might be slightly critical but good constructive discussions are getting sunk in favour for overly positive threads. It's like they are not interested in feedback and are just using the forum as a PR tool, unless you got the rose tinted glasses on and are singing hymns for ZOS your threads probably going to end up on the sink list.

    http://forums.elderscrollsonline.com/discussion/111327/thread-sinking

    http://forums.elderscrollsonline.com/discussion/108624/sinking-threads-that-are-deemed-negative

    http://forums.elderscrollsonline.com/discussion/90372/a-new-way-of-burying-unwanted-threads-without-deleting-them

     

    I suggest you read them, because this is exactly the issue I'm talking about, and while I admit my sense of humour might of been a little not for everyone's liking people have said worse and not been acted on so swiftly.

     

     

     

  • CrusadesCrusades Columbus, OHMember Posts: 480
    It's nothing new for Web administration to filter comments in favor of the hand that feeds them.
  • BeelzebobbieBeelzebobbie MalmöMember Posts: 430 Uncommon
    Dude, it's a trollpost.
  • AeonbladesAeonblades Home, GAMember Posts: 2,083
    I wish they banned you from the forums too. You deserve far worse than what you got, I wish they would actually ban people in game that post trash like this on the forums.

    Currently Playing: ESO and FFXIV
    Have played: You name it
    If you mention rose tinted glasses, you better be referring to Mitch Hedberg.

  • DakeruDakeru Member Posts: 2,461 Rare

    Hmm comparing a gaming company with a dictator and murderer.

     

    Yeah how dare them to remove the post - SO UNFAIR!!!

  • ScotScot UKMember Posts: 6,183 Uncommon

    Just had a look over hg2012 posts, nearly all negative slaps at ESO, like a previous guy said, it is a wonder you have not been banned on here.

     Of course they should ban you, you do that and then come on here to troll, your attitude is priceless.

     25 Agrees

    You received 25 Agrees. You're posting some good content. Great!

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    Now Doesn't That Make You Feel All Warm And Fuzzy? :P

  • LudwikLudwik Rochester, NYMember Posts: 407 Uncommon
    Guys, he knows.

    He's trolling you now and you're letting him.
  • DakeruDakeru Member Posts: 2,461 Rare
    Originally posted by Ludwik
    Guys, he knows.

    He's trolling you now and you're letting him.

    You are probably right but it's hard to differ with the amount of White Knights defending ESO.

    Not so easy anymore to differ hate/troll posts from people who actually believe what they say.

  • AeonbladesAeonblades Home, GAMember Posts: 2,083
    Originally posted by Dakeru
    Originally posted by Ludwik
    Guys, he knows.

    He's trolling you now and you're letting him.

    You are probably right but it's hard to differ with the amount of White Knights defending ESO.

    Pretty much. If you enjoy a game you are a white knight or a fanboy, if you hate it you are a troll and a hater. Welcome to mmorpg.com.

    Currently Playing: ESO and FFXIV
    Have played: You name it
    If you mention rose tinted glasses, you better be referring to Mitch Hedberg.

  • mayito7777mayito7777 Saint Cloud, FLMember Posts: 768 Uncommon

    OP that was a troll post, if you want to get banned, do it like I did in STO and that cost me a ban for life.

     

    My post was like this:

    "Hey devs you can go and klss your chinesse masters butt". Insta perma ban LOL I liked it.

    want 7 free days of playing? Try this

    http://www.swtor.com/r/ZptVnY

  • ArthasmArthasm LoznicaMember Posts: 780 Uncommon
    Trolling or not, their forums, they can do whatever they want, even beyond the "rules".
  • UhwopUhwop Wilm, DEMember Posts: 1,778 Uncommon

    You have to pay a sub to view their forums.  

    Something is wrong when you need to heavily moderate your subscriber only forums.  

  • AmanaAmana New York, NYModerator Posts: 3,912 Uncommon
    We generally discourage bringing matters of outside forum moderation or drama over from a game forum (though we decide case by case). However, there has been this related thread open for a few days that you could've added onto: http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/thread/414944/Why-is-ZM-deleting-my-TESO-sale-posts-on-the-forums.html

    To give feedback on moderation, contact mikeb@mmorpg.com

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