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Discussion in 'Forum Suggestions, Announcements, & Feedback' started by happygobrokey, Nov 9, 2007.

    Nov 9, 2007
  1. happygobrokey

    happygobrokey Dormant account

    Occupation:
    student of life
    Location:
    canada
    Ugly Monster section: when a thread becomes a rant/argument, the offensing posts are normally chucked to wild cards as "rant from (thread)". maybe there should be a deeper dungeon yet, the ugly monster section, where rants/fallout can be shunted. perhaps a penalty like a yellow card or 24hr ban for anyone whose posts get moved there, to help keep these things in check and let the person(s) have a time out to check themselves.

    plus you could make a wicked login page up for when someone's been dumped into the penalty box, "it's come to our attention that you're an ugly monster! (insert big ugly monster graphic) :quote(offending_post)quote: we'll welcome you back with a more pleasant attitude at hh:mm dd/mo when your account will be reinstated"

    More Mods: can we get another moderator? a second ref checking in on the action would help nip things in the bud. i don't know who would do it, but someone in north america (and/or asia/australia) could probably service different times of day than simmo in uk. if i wasn't back working, i'd volunteer my services, since in my free time i usually stop in frequently.

    hope this helps. i think the UM section would be a good and funny idea. cross our fingers that no one's going to be misbehavin' but the weekend is coming up. :thumbsup:
     
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  2. Nov 9, 2007
  3. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

    Occupation:
    Senior Partner, InfoPowa News Service
    Location:
    Earth
    IMO we already have enough distractions from the real purpose of this forum, which I believe is to exchange information, views and news primarily about online gambling.
     
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  4. Nov 9, 2007
  5. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

    Occupation:
    Homemaker
    Location:
    Bierland
    The thing with rants is that members should have the self-control to not let "rants" happen. And honestly, this has only happened a handful of times where I had to move a portion of a thread to the Wild Cards section - which is now closed by the way. In my opinion, there is no need to open a new forum just for people to go ape-shit and say things that they would eventually regret.

    As for a new moderator, funny you should mention that. We have a new moderator starting December first who will be focused on the complaints section. This is the area that needs work. Player issues should be a priority here - not appeasing people who misbehave.

    Jetset is right, everyone needs to focus on the purpose of this forum: exchanging gambling information.
     
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  6. Nov 9, 2007
  7. happygobrokey

    happygobrokey Dormant account

    Occupation:
    student of life
    Location:
    canada
    ten-four. :thumbsup:
     
  8. Nov 9, 2007
  9. BingoT

    BingoT Nurses love to give shots webmeister

    Occupation:
    Nursing & Run Bus Trips
    Location:
    Hartford,Ct
    This is all well and good but I bet the members of this forum would like to come and just relax and have some fun along the way also.
    In everyone's way of life.
    Everyone needs an out.
     
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  10. Nov 9, 2007
  11. GGW Laurie

    GGW Laurie Dormant account webmeister

    Occupation:
    Self Employed
    Location:
    In the Beautiful South !!
    i agree on both sides of the issue but i do think that alot of the forum members imo enjoy the wild card section, i try to post things that i feel need to be brought to the attention of the other members, ie womans issues, defective toys, and some that may just be off the wall subjects.[/B]there are alot of members who do not or can not gamble but want to be involved in one way or the other until this mess is resolved with the u.s ban on online gaming.[/B[B]]i belong to no other forums just casinomeister and i have made so many good friends through this site so with that i would like to thank you bryan. i hope that you will reconsider in the future re- opening w/c for those who do enjoy it as well as the other sections................................laurie:)
     
  12. Nov 9, 2007
  13. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

    Occupation:
    Homemaker
    Location:
    Bierland
    Hi Lauriejim,

    I understand where you are coming from, but even though some US members are not active in online gambling, there are a number of sections that should appeal to them. There is the Casino Industry section, Land Based Casinos section, and there's a Webmaster Corner that could be used more often.

    Don't forget poker - poker doesn't have to be online. There is plenty of room for poker tips etc. in the poker section.
     
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  14. Nov 9, 2007
  15. babs7262

    babs7262 Banned User

    Occupation:
    On Disability,p/t online slots reviewer
    Location:
    PA
    Id like to one point

    With Wild Card

    Let put it in an analogy type form:

    You go to a Landbased Casino, you gamble for a bit but are losing. You dont want to go back to your hotel room because you still want to be around the atmosphere. There is shopping stores, restaurants, clubs, bars and even movie theaters.

    That is Wild Cards Brayn: It's the stores and restaurants no? We have a joke section (that could be the night club) You see what I mean? People who are confrontational will make problems in any thread, taking away WC wont make things "go away" they will just move the problems elsewhere

    I think the last couple of days since it went back up has been wonderful. Bingo and I got to connect with stuff, Bally used the Advice corner and we announced winners for the contest.

    I dont think the site will benefit from losing WC, infact, you could lose valuable members that gamble and participate in Screenshots, Online Casinos etc....

    I dont know what happened between the time you put it back up until now, but something must of happened and Ive been reading the posts and there hasnt been any negative stuff in WC from then until now. Please trust me on this.You know me by now and know I have no bad intentions or motives.

    Have a good weekend Bryan...maybe take a break and do something fun with the family. Youve been on overtime and Im sure whoever is modding this weekend will take care of things well
     
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  16. Nov 9, 2007
  17. BingoT

    BingoT Nurses love to give shots webmeister

    Occupation:
    Nursing & Run Bus Trips
    Location:
    Hartford,Ct
    That is so true Babs.
    I also feel if you do put the Wild Card up again Bryan I say make stiff rules that if a War breaks out I say Ban the member forever.
    We don't want to ban our selfs from good things to share.And most of us are like family here.
    And we all know afew bad Apples can spoil the whole bunch.
    Thank You
     
  18. Nov 9, 2007
  19. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

    Occupation:
    Senior Partner, InfoPowa News Service
    Location:
    Earth
    Point taken, Tom - but I would suggest that in everything there needs to be moderation, and just lately Wild Cards seems to have overtaken the real objectives of Casinomeister.

    Good to hear that the PAB will have a dedicated moderator, Bryan - that should ease some of the load for you and generally improve this very important facet of your site.
     
  20. Nov 9, 2007
  21. lojo

    lojo Banned User - repetitive violations of <a href="ht

    Occupation:
    Tradesman
    Location:
    USA
    I'll miss it, I spend half my time in the romper-room :)

    The greatest value I see in it, for the sake of the forum, is that if there were heated debates occurring in the critical sections, posters could come in, kick off their shoes, have a laugh together to ease the tensions (knowing we're all on the 'same side' in the long run) pat each other on the back, roll up their sleeves and head back into the bullring.

    I'm not suggesting more adversarial stuff in the main fora; but there really are important issues that pop up almost daily... and everyone here has an opinion on them if your focus is online gambling - full on, open, honest, respectful debates will help those just lurking develop more informed opinions, will help each of us see the many facets of each issue - thus become more informed gamblers, and will make the community stronger as a whole. The stronger the community is; the more leverage Bryan will have when he deals with the issues.

    I'll miss the section. But for now lets roll up our sleeves, dig into some of the issues that this site is about, and I'm sure Bryan will provide us with some sort of distraction if we need it.
     
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  22. Nov 9, 2007
  23. 1819

    1819 Dormant account

    Occupation:
    retired athlete
    Location:
    ny,nj,fla
    normally i would agree with this 100%. i belong to several forums and it is nice to keep things on topic. all have a "wild card" or "post whore" section for just ranting about but most of the time things are forum specific. there are thousands of forums out there for just chatting. not my cup of tea, but they are there. the problem here is all of a sudden we americans literally have nothing to talk about when it comes to online gambling. the fact that we have made a few online friends here complicates things as we dont just want to drop of the board. online gambling and gambling in general is very interesting to me and i happen to love this forum. unfortunatly, i dont have much to contribute anymore as far as gambling goes. the wild card section was a nice place to pop in and say hello until "the land of the free" becomes "the land of the free" again.
     
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  24. Nov 9, 2007
  25. Mousey

    Mousey Ueber Meister Mouse CAG

    Occupation:
    Pencil Pusher
    Location:
    Up$hitCreek
    While I don't think I'll miss Wild Cards very much, I do miss not having a place to put things like this:
    Granted, it isn't gambling related, however I do think it is useful information for internet citizens. But maybe that's just me... :nod: and no one needs or wants tidbits anyway and everyone sees the same news I do.
     
  26. Nov 9, 2007
  27. Mousey

    Mousey Ueber Meister Mouse CAG

    Occupation:
    Pencil Pusher
    Location:
    Up$hitCreek
    Oops! How'd I get twins?? (I'd like to know just how many Mondays I'm going to be 'blessed' with this week? :rolleyes: )
     
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  28. Nov 9, 2007
  29. lojo

    lojo Banned User - repetitive violations of <a href="ht

    Occupation:
    Tradesman
    Location:
    USA
    You can say that again :)
     
  30. Nov 10, 2007
  31. happygobrokey

    happygobrokey Dormant account

    Occupation:
    student of life
    Location:
    canada
    i feel terrible guys.

    i hope my actions those few short months ago weren't the match to a fuse that has now rendered the WC rubble.

    i agree that all this petty in-fighting has hurt the forum, but i also agree that many of us love the WC section and it's the main reason we frequent the forum.

    many of us don't need strictly gambling advice all the time because we play only rarely due to location, finances, etc. but we still love to hang out here!

    suggestion: i was thinking perhaps instead of a "free-for-all" catchall category, there could be some additional "directed" leisure fora, such as "TV" "movies" "music" "tech/gadgetry" "food/drink" "health" etc, so that we can still have discussions on appropriate non-gambling topics without leaving room for quarrelling/obscenity/uselessness.

    alternatively, someone could start a new board somewhere, where the meister crowd could visit and chat and shoot the poop.

    there are plenty of boards that we could visit to meet our non-gambling chatter needs, but we made friends here and prefer them to meeting a new group on some other forum. not to mention that the folks here are generally sharper than the average tool.

    i really feel that the WC helped this forum stick together and stay great more than it cleaved or disrupted the forum's integrity. having a place where folks could hang out on the site instead of logging out once they're up to date on the gambling knowledge they need was beneficial. having a place to chill when you can't be gambling, when you don't want to think about gambling, or to talk to people who can see it your way was nice.

    i hope some of that remains, because the people here are great folks. and we have "been there" whenever someone is down and out and can comfort them and share information and strategies, for both gambling- and non-gambling-related problems.

    basically, we don't want to lose the aspect of daily relations with fellow members that we've come to enjoy. being restricted to gambling and jokes makes it difficult to be posting actively all the time and keeping in touch with each other.

    i hope i'm not rambling. it's just sad that WC got axed, but i'm in favour of stricter guidelines wrt topics (directed fora) and/or post content (tougher posting rules), so long as we can have some access to "small talk" amongst ourselves.

    when i say "we", i don't presume to speak for the members. the use is just conventional, but i do feel that a few of the points i gave are shared by others as well. cheers,

    your pal, hGb :thumbsup:
     
  32. Nov 13, 2007
  33. tennis_balls

    tennis_balls Dormant account

    Occupation:
    fish n chips promoter
    Location:
    Albuquerque, NM
    :notworthy:notworthy ALL HAIL WHEAT CARDS!:notworthy:notworthy





    hey fun-police! GTFO!
     
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  34. Nov 13, 2007
  35. dominique

    dominique Dormant account

    Occupation:
    webmistress
    Location:
    The Boonies
    IMO the problem with a category such as wildcards is that it needs 24 hr moderation.

    People should not attack each other. There are always going to be opposing view points, but they need to be handled in an adult fashion. People need to be able to agree to disagree.

    There is something about message boards that makes people act out of character, they say things they would never say to a person's face. And there are trolls who love to go around stirring things up. Or, someone is just cranky that day and vents and ends up offending folks.

    When you have a set topic, this is less likely to happen. It is easier to keep personal disagreements in perspective when you are discussing a set of facts.

    When it's a "free for all" topic, unfortunately there are no real parameters for the conversation and it easily deteriorates into mud slinging.

    I personally enjoyed a large number of the posts in the wild card section, but I also found the ones that had people attacking each other pretty sad.

    We are a community here, and many of us have been posting for eons and enjoy chatting about all kinds of things. Bryan provided that opportunity for years and just lately it was abused and got out of hand.

    Perhaps a section that would be volunteer moderated 24 hrs by some of the old timers could be a solution? With clear cut rules, and mods would close the thread at the fist sign of deterioration?

    Then again, that may give raise to complaints and arguments about closed threads. :(

    Not an easy thing to figure out and I am glad I am not in Bryan's shoes for this one.... but I will certainly support his decision whatever it is. Wlid cards or not, Casinomeister is a board like no other and I am darn glad it's here.
     
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  36. Nov 13, 2007
  37. GGW Laurie

    GGW Laurie Dormant account webmeister

    Occupation:
    Self Employed
    Location:
    In the Beautiful South !!
    .............ive thought long and hard about this concerning the wild cards being closed and i feel with it gone i really dont have that much to contribute anymore as those across the pond and elsewhere that can gamble at ease. so with that being said i will just hang around and lurk as so many others are now doing. i feel there is alot more to life than a 24 hour gambling forum. when i joined and later started posting reg. i thought i was posting some things that would bring up some good debates or helpful items i might have ran across that maybe someone didnt see. babs advice corner was great, i had asked for advice and sought medical attention after lojo warned me that i could be at risk and he was right. i miss simmos music thread which by the way was very cool. casinomeister set itself above all other forums by having these extra sections for those who indeed just needed a break from the everyday life that does exist beyond gambling. this is just my 2 cents worth for whatever its worth..........................laurie
     
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