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1. A guy can never answer a question without either 1) it going seriously off topic, 2) being made fun of or laughed at for a stupid idea or question.
2. Moderators control too much of what is said based on their sponsers. If you use a sponser product, and you don't like, and try to talk about it. That thread and/or post is deleted, and 9 times out of 10 you are banned from the site. It is horrible. You can not also talk about another forum site without it being deleted.
Part of me says to be selective by only letting certain members in a site, respond, or view things.
Perhaps have it where new members can only view a new member area. After lets say 50 to 100 posts, their posts are evaulated, and if they are deamed professional, then they are let into other posting areas. Perhaps even have a membership fee for posting on a forum, like $25 to $50 annually. That wards off a lot of bad apples perhaps
Now here on Gopher, I have never seen a topic go bad or people made fun of. Which I love that. To me it seems like the only people that post here are professionals either asking for help, or trying to help someone else.
Yes, I have seen it many times of where large user base boards have gone horrible.
Usually what happens is that new guys, or younger guys come onto the boards. The older more experienced guys, are annoyed with the new guys, and cut them down or don't help them. Also sometimes the young guys come on, and are not professional at all.