For the last month there have been a series of posts that have bordered on bullying. The moderators were on top and kept things cleaned up. There were warning bans and permanent bans.
Moderation is a thankless task, it takes time, and when posts have to be deleted it’s super annoying. It’s also a huge soul destroyer to need to wade through these posts thinking “what would possess people to think this, much less write this on a public forum”.
The forum is currently on full moderation. Which is even more work for the mods. My hope (yea, Foster, Hope is never a strategy) that we would be on moderation for some short period of time. The denied posts would drop to near zero, showing that roboteers could control themselves and stick to robotics over here on the forum.
But then I read this post, by someone that I though was pretty reasonable
This makes me sad, having people out to deliberately sink the VEX forum. I’d like to think that the mods will quickly decide to just issue a short ban to help clear out the backlog.
Not sure why anyone would want to abuse people you don’t know that have taken on a thankless task. Frankly there are 1000’s of other forums that juvenile behavior like this is allowed. Go there.
To be honest, VEX has other issues to solve, it’s a short step to just close the forum down.
Which brings me to Chief Delphi, the FIRST forum. Many VEX roboteers have ended up there. The number one rule in FIRST is gracious professionalism. That means that people are treated with respect and professional behavior at all times. That forum is manned by volunteers. They are also overwhelmed by the posts, many are being attributed to new VEX roboteers on CD.
I get the impression that VEX roboteers are wearing out their welcome. While there have been lots of great posts on how to move from being a VEX team to an FTC / FRC team, I’m getting signals that there is a wonderment on what is going on with us. Lots of post are anything but gracious or professional.
TL;DR - Cut it out. We have a good thing here. Act responsibly or you are going to be another reason of “and that’s why we can’t have nice things”.