I am not in a position to know the exact reasons for the suspension, but I have my own speculation.
For those who knows me long enough (either via forum or competitions), you will know that I normally take the side of the students and try to fight for them.
But for this issue (of misusing the forum), I am in total agreement with the moderators, mentors and senior members.
I am not going to sugar-coat my post. And for all that you know, I might be suspended after this rant as well.
To all the new VRC students and forum members - take what happened to that two self-styled heroes as a lesson learnt.
- This is an OFFICIAL VEX forum.
So stop using this as your personal playground. If you want to have your own ways, then go and set up your own discord server. Your discord, your rules. But over at the official forum, you abide by the rules set by the moderators and you need to display and encourage the values and ethos of VEX.
Be respectful to everyone in the forum - and this includes all the memes making fun of others. If you are having fun at the expense of someone else, then it is wrong and it is a form of disrespect. And of course this will include all the meaningless one-liner jibes / replies / posts.
And as i said, if you find that your values and your worldview does not agree with VEX (and the official forum), then please go somewhere else.
eg. making fun of someone that was contributing and making meaningful posts? trying to discourage sharing on the forum? Making half-truth or ill-informed accusations / posts?
Some of the old-timers and mentors over here (eg. @jpearman , @technik3k , etc) constantly give out good suggestions and technical posts, but you don’t see them making the forum as their playground.
I would strongly suggest that all the new members learn from them on how to contribute in the right manner.
- Real contribution is measured by the quality and content of the posts.
You don’t need to reply or make a statement to every posts in the forum.
I am really sick and tired of seeing some inexperience VRC/VEX members dishing out the wrong “advice” or suggestions.
And when someone else try to re-direct the OP to the correct directions, some of you ganged up and crowd out the real good advice.
Posting memes or meaningless one-liners, chalking up the number of likes are not real contributions.
And please, refrain from making unnecessary comments or wrong advice if you are not sure of the issue(s) at hand.
- We don’t welcome prima donna attitude (ok… i admit, this is not written in the forum rules).
But for your own developmental sack, stop thinking that you have attained nirvana or enlightenment just because you have successfully built your 1st working robot or won an award in some regional competitions.
There is a big big world out there.
Even for myself, I still learnt something new every year that i visited EC3 (and if you don’t know where is this place - get yourself acquainted with the amazing mentor, Jason Neagle, he runs the robotics lab over there).
The real greats or legends are usually humble and never stop learning.
So stop trying to style yourself as some forum superheroes or worse, a rebel without a cause.
And by the way, this will also include all the attention-seekers as well.
Ok… I am done with my rant.
And now I awaits for my forum’s fate in the hands of the moderators. lol…