@Salvatory, that sounds like a horrible and abusive idea. I might post a lot of things people don’t like to hear, (Very apparent from all the hidden messages to silence some of my posts, even the ones not breaking any rules in my eyes.), But I still have my own ideals, values, and discussion to try and help the game grow.
Just because you, or a Dev, or another player disliked what I had to say, just because I didn’t proof read it, cleaned it up, and let a robot dictate it, and instead let my anger and passion write it for me, my posts should all be ‘hidden’ away from the eyes of everyone else, just because they want the Forums to look nice?
Worse yet, from the sounds of it, it sounds like the system Youtube has, where the original post owner wouldn’t even notice or see that it happened, not knowing that no one can see their posts. That just makes it worse when they bring up multiple ideas, and no one responds to it.
With that kinda censoring, and it wouldn’t be hard to make a second account to check, they can easily break that info up to other people and get the game and devs seen in a very very bad light. Censoring is almost never a good thing, even if the post is rage and **** <— Star filled mess. Especially for a small game like this, cause that can very quickly get a lot of… Don’t know what to call SidAlpha and Jiminqusision. Gaming Youtube News Funnies? Either way, it can get the channels like them to tell their community not to support this game because the Devs are Censoring paying customer’s ideas, critiques, and suggestions. Even if those Censored at what some of the more… Stuck up people, find offensive.
^ That might work in a Music Community, and most others really, but not a Video Game community, where the people are meant to interact with Devs and Others of the community to help support the game.
Just because you don’t like someone, or like their posts, doesn’t invalidate the points they bring up.
I think it’s a bad idea, because no two opinions are alike. What you, the Devs, could see as derailing or off topic, others might not see that way.
If the title of a Topic, for example this one, is ‘Forum and Punishment’, Then lets take a post from this one… Hmm… These two posts.
Oh, and this one too:
All of these posts, one after the other, has nothing to do with main topic. Should they get deleted and removed? One of them was even by @Havok40k who is a Mod himself, so would the other two get deleted/removed/censored and his still be allowed to stay?
Because while Derailing a Thread, I can understand why people don’t like that, people CAN put it back on track. People CAN just scroll down and NOT read about the arguements people have. There is no magic force making you read about two people arguing over ideas and suggestions in a thread about a different topic.
At worse, I would say not ‘Delete’ or ‘Remove’ them, but force them into a different Topic at most, about what they are arguing about. THAT should be the ‘Worse’ that happens for Derailing a Thread. Because sometimes the posts derailing a thread, and those that get into arguments, DO bring up good points, suggestions, and ideas.
Just because some people don’t like anything that is dirty, doesn’t mean you should hide it all away just to make the Forums look nice, clean, and proper. After all, what would be the point of a Forums, if most of people there can’t even post without it getting deleted or removed? That people can’t give ideas or suggestions to a problem in a thread about the problem, and have it deleted and told to make their own thread and kicked out of the Discussions?
What if the Dev that posted about Forge Changes, just went through and deleted all the angry posts people had about that and pushed the feature through. To anyone that came in hours later, they wouldn’t see any hate, or debate, or anger over the feature at all, because they were silenced and removed. All in the name of keeping the Forums clean and peaceful. <— To me, that should NEVER happen, no matter how derailed or offencive a post is. Move it to a different thread so they can keep talking to each other if they have to, but don’t hide it in PMs where people can’t see it, nor remove/hide/delete it all together.
PS. I wonder how long before this post gets flagged and hidden?