I really applaud Robin for addressing this issue, and addressing forum posts under this topic. If people that read this forum don’t see the need for change, then they need to step back and take a look at what is going. Topics are pulled of course for the sole purpose of creating controversy and drama.
Every forum you read is basically the same. It starts out fine, a trade of information, opinions, etc -Something constructive for everyone to use. Then, opinions creep in, which is OK, as long as those opinions are respected. The problem is that they are not. It becomes a game of posturing. Who’s right and who’s wrong, in a lot of cases. And it seems that those that are the loudest feel that’s how they will win. Shout down those that have a differing opinion.
For whatever reason, when I read threads here, such as the JPop and JJP threads, they usually start with a sincere attempt to bring information to the readers, or, to get information from someone more knowledgeable. The threads get hi-jacked, and turn into whatever friggin’ reality TV show you want to name. Rudeness, and in your face commentary seems to suck people in, and you really need to fight the urge to jump into the fray. It’s really easy to be a hard ass from behind a computer screen. Sure, go ahead, say what you want, how you want, and offend as many people as you want. It’s not so easy to do face to face, because, quite frankly, face to face, you’re likely going to look like an ass doing it, and you know it. (Most uncivil thing I've written, if you've had a reaction to it, then you know what I mean. It was done for effect).
I have read a few posts within this thread saying that behavior on this thread represents what pinball has been from an earlier beginning, that pinball has always been edgy, and adult oriented. We are talking about playing a game right? So, I do not know the average age demographic here, but I would say that it is a mostly adult male audience. I’m not so sure that the use of foul language, and posting of boob pictures and videos measures up to being adult about things. Seems more like what a 14 year old boy would do to make himself feel grown up. Look, I can swear, and, I have a copy of Playboy. Look at me.
If you feel the urge to post pictures of boobs here, step out from behind the anonymity of the computer screen, and think about how your grandmother, mother, wife and/or daughter would feel about that. Tell any one of them face to face, that you are posting pictures of naked women on a public forum, and see their reaction, knowing their son, grandson, husband or father felt the need to do that to express themselves. To each their own, but I’m just trying to make a point.
Some posters out there will probably feel that this move equates to censorship, and that something has been taken away from them, or is trying to be taken away from them, but really, I think it is just the site being steered towards civility. I don’t think that where it’s headed now is where it was ever intended to go.