To me, ResetEra, as a whole, feels way less fun than the old place. Now, what exactly am I talking about? I'm not talking about too much political threads or depression threads, even if it seems there are an endless barrage of these a day. I'm a political guy, I'm a black dude, we live in the Trump Age, so obviously I like to engage in political discussions and serve shit to racist and fascists. But, what I'm talking about is outside all of that, I'm talking about the fun aspect of browsing and participating on this forum.
Its like a fancy private school, but the private school is full of people on scholarships, so the Disciplinary Deans are on that zero tolerance policy, and the students are like but thats not how the real world works and you know it, and the deans are like we know but don't care as long as you are here, you have to do things this way or you lose your scholarship
This is why I said nothing is allowed to evolve. Those threads didn't evolve into craziness, they were already there from the get go. Gaf had a shit ton of amazing threads that started off as something completely different but slowly evolved into legendary status, those threads on ERA would've gotten locked as soon as the crazy shit happened. ERA likes to cut loose like someone having 2 beers instead of one. Like someone going to bed at 9:30 PM instead of 9:00 PM on a work night. Like someone saying they're kinky because one time they watched a porn with pink fluffy handcuffs.
Could not agree more. If we had a "$30 Italian dinner" thread it would be locked before the second page. Moderation is far too serious. It's a vidya forum with many long time members let us breathe a little.
Nothing will touch the creativity and energy of early GAF. For what it is worth, resetera is a whole lot more easy going place than late GAF.
There is absolutely no way you evolve from what this forum currently is into a place that people come to have a laugh. The Etcetera forum is practically a shitty news aggregator.
I have to agree with the OP. So many times I've seen threads locked with a moderator note saying, "Can we not..." like it's some huge affront to our moral standing having something with no real merit other than humor.
A couple of days ago i went into the old forum and they were talking mad shit about how ERA was banning people left and right for the whole CDPR Tweet and it just made me think about wth goes on in here sometimes. Maybe its just me, but it does seem this forum has some ridiculous levels of moderation that get in the way of its potential.
This place is about a billion times less interesting and fun than GAF was. OP hit on a lot of points. The moderation around here is doing the site a disservice imo. Can’t help but think people would leave if a viable alternative came up. Oh, and the name is still stupid hahaha.
These geniuses just discovered how much the extreme PC culture affects discourse.
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