This is not aimed at any one particular person. I am going to address many people’s criticism of my heavy handedness when it comes to deleting comments on all of the sites. If you haven’t read the Terms and Conditions (specific ones at the top right of each site), you should really take a look. I have laid out several reasons why comments get deleted. Some of these include:

  • Accusations of stealing ideas
  • Accusations of vote manipulation
  • Advertising
  • Baiting
  • Bullying
  • “First”
  • Flaming
  • “Gold” selling
  • Harassment (including age, country of origin, gender identification, marital status, physical or mental disabilities, political, religious, sexual orientation, skin color, etc.)
  • Hurtful
  • Offensive jokes
  • Profanity (there is a filter on the comments and these will be deleted by the system)
  • Racist
  • Sexual innuendos
  • Sharing inappropriate images
  • Spamming
  • Temper tantrums
  • Threats
  • Trolling
  • Whining

The biggest reason I delete so many comments is I am protecting the creators of the character submissions. I don’t believe anyone has to go in and praise someone’s post insincerely, but I will not tolerate negative comments on a post for the sake of being a jerk. The person who submitted that post usually took a lot of time and effort into creating their character and I will not let them think the MMO Fashion sites are a place where they are going to be beat up.

Constructive criticism (making suggestions to better their character) are fine. Criticism for the sake of criticizing is not.

Accusations of vote manipulation are not tolerated. All that does is put the creator on the defensive when 999 times out of 1000 they haven’t done anything wrong. If you know for a fact that vote manipulation (changing IP addresses to vote multiple times) is going on, send me a message (with proof) and I will look into it. Posting their link on other websites or asking guild members to up vote their post is not vote manipulation. That’s just using their contacts wisely.

Disqus allows me to set up a profanity filter and I have done so. Any comment with a swear word from a very long list gets automatically deleted by the system. No exceptions. This is because there are kids viewing these sites. I realize that at least one game is for mature audiences only, but the profanity filter stays.

There is also a filter on links. All comments with a link in them are automatically set aside for me to review. This is to stop gold and other spammers. I rarely let advertising links to other sites through. If you have a link that you think would add value to a post (like a video on how to obtain a certain item), use the contact form and talk to me about it or I most likely will delete it.

If you don’t like how I moderate comments on the Fashion sites, I’m sorry but it’s not going to change. My first priority is for the sites to be a safe place where people can show off their creations without being attacked. My second priority is to stop spam and extraneous info that doesn’t add value to the site. You getting to say whatever nasty or hurtful thing that springs to mind is not.

Please realize that since I am usually moderating through email on my phone, I occasionally delete comments that don’t deserve to be deleted. Instead of getting in a huff, contact me about it and I will discuss it with you. I do make mistakes and am more than willing to correct them.

Exile