Changes With Commenting Policy at Niche Gamer

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Brandon, Oct 26, 2017.

  1. Brandon

    Brandon Big Papa Overlord Staff Member

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    Hey everyone - this is Brandon, the founder and Editor-in-Chief at Niche Gamer. I'm not sure if you saw the post I made on our social media a few days ago but we're rolling back our previously instituted commenting rules and restrictions. We made a mistake, and I wanted to formally apologize to you all.

    Niche Gamer is a site and community that I started with the hope of mimicking the old days of the internet, where anything goes.

    Some people don't like that, but ultimately I really don't care. I just want you guys to have fun and to have a community where you don't have to fear saying the wrong thing or for deliberately saying the wrong thing. I really don't care, I'm not your parent and I'm just happy you guys keep checking out our website.

    So, beginning now: we're adopting our original "hands off" community policy on both the site and our forums.

    You don't have to worry about being banned for the wrong words. Yes, this means we usually only step in with regards to piracy or death threats/actual threats. Otherwise we really don't care. We you. We also unbanned Smug, and a few other users that were notorious in our community.

    I wanted to make a disclaimer that piracy that piracy is still off limits (no direct links, talking about it is OK - see our full TOS here), and we still have the ability to ban someone that is being a gigantic super turd but again - I really don't care and it would take a monumental amount of annoyance to get that far. Pornography is also off limits, but we're exploring options for you to post that stuff.

    Expect a new Patreon update at the beginning of next month where we address this again, talk up changes with staff, the new direction of the site, and the new features you should be expecting, finally. Seriously, thank you guys for continuing your support of the site - even if it's just visiting it every day to check out new stuff.

    The more you support us, the more fun stuff we can do for you and the more we can give back to the community we've built together. If you haven't backed us on Patreon - check us out! It's optional but anything helps us immensely. We also accept one-time donations via our PayPal. Again, thank you guys - we're nothing without you.
     
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2017
  2. Gorse

    Gorse SHIT HOUND

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    I'll come back when you publicly apologize to me by name on your personal Twitter account (@brandonorselli) and the main NicheGamer account retweets it. None of this "all-lowercase passive-aggressive no punctuation jokey-joke" nonsense, either, something genuine that I'll be screencapping and archiving. Until then, you're still a cuck, and I'll advise others to stay far, far away from here.

    I saw that tweet you made after my infamous "you're a cuck" post, by the way. I must have really struck a nerve, because not only did you make a passive-aggressive tweet about it, you deleted the post and banned my account afterwards. This is the admin you're dealing with, here, folks! (I've screencapped this post, too, in case you were thinking about deleting it.)

    Also:
    Classy!
     
  3. Brandon

    Brandon Big Papa Overlord Staff Member

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    What's your twitter? I'm beyond this now and TBH don't even really remember why I would be mad about it in the first place. It was a bad decision regarding the community that I built and I want to revert it back.
     
  4. Gorse

    Gorse SHIT HOUND

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    Don't have one. Simply using my forum name will be satisfactory.
     
  5. Brandon

    Brandon Big Papa Overlord Staff Member

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    Well @Gorse consider this an apology - we made a mistake in changing our commenting policy, banning people, and for me overreacting to people trying to just troll me. I was never happy with the decision as it was never my idea and it went against the core of what made the website so fun to me. I hope you and anyone else that left because of the decision gives us another chance.

    Also posting it to my Twitter
     
  6. Gorse

    Gorse SHIT HOUND

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    Ah-Ah-Ah! Do this in a tweet, as I instructed. You're going to let all your followers know that you're apologizing to me.
     
  7. Brandon

    Brandon Big Papa Overlord Staff Member

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    Here ya go:

    Niche Gamer on Twitter
     
  8. Gorse

    Gorse SHIT HOUND

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    HA! You're OK, Brandon. We're cool.
     
  9. Brandon

    Brandon Big Papa Overlord Staff Member

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    Yeah TBH I don't even really remember being mad. Looking back I'm mad at myself that I made the decision to go along with policies I didn't agree with.
     
  10. Battlechili

    Battlechili Senior Member

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    I'm impressed
    Brandon, you've been really cool of late. Why the change of heart?

    EDIT:
    Smug posted this on Kro's forum
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    Smug is still banned
     
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  11. Brandon

    Brandon Big Papa Overlord Staff Member

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    I didn't know that's smug. is it a new acc or handle? disqus is fucking weird when it comes to this sort of thing. I might need his exact handle/username.

    Also FWIW I was never happy with the policy and my goal was always to make the site like the old days of the internet. Policies that I wasn't happy with were enacted and I realized it was a bad decision... also staff changed up a bit so that will be touched upon in the upcoming patreon update, but only to an extent.
     
  12. Battlechili

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  13. Brandon

    Brandon Big Papa Overlord Staff Member

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    Hm, apparently we had multiple IPs from him blocked. A former staff member really didn't like him. TBH I really never cared, I just want the site to be fun and the community to have unregulated fun. He should be good to go now. This sort of thing will never happen again - seriously.
     
  14. 3rdStrike_Ebi

    3rdStrike_Ebi Senior Member

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    I'm honestly glad I held out for NG through this shit. I knew I never agreed with the policy changes, but you stuck to your word and reverted it back to how it was. That's far more than what any other site would do. (*cough*DualShockers*cough*).