That's douchebag move in my opinion. If that is a problem have a section of the forum set aside where members can be assholes and talk shi+ to each other without being worried about being banned.
That is what private messages are for. Flame threads can be funny but they eat up bandwidth having a thread go 10+ pages of ranting and *****ing between two members. It can get pretty rowdy before Micah steps in but when it gets crude or too juvenile it's got to get shut down or else he would spend all his time reading the thread to make sure it does not get too out of control. Keep in mind although funny the biggest wave thread had a thinly veiled death threat in it. I'm sure it was just big talk from somebody behind a computer but still if something did happen to push it further and some body was killed the site host can be held liable (I write commercial insurance for a living) and this is why many carriers do not insure web sites that have forums or interactive blogs. Sorry for the diversion there. I agree fights on here can get funny as long as it is under control.
Carter makes the sound point for thread closure. Micah has to shut certain threads down; this isn't FB or any of the wild west forums that devolve into shpeckle & spew. The big wave thread was close to going vitriolic nuke. Koki ended it on the note that it should have ended on, and Micah shut 'er down on that note. Props to both.
Let's not forget Micah doesn't do all, if any, of the moderating. Matt used to and now it's someone who does not post here, or that was the explanation after the big hoopla when Matt stepped down as Moderator.... or something like that.
Anyway, I'm pretty sure they give plenty of warnings before banning someone.
I think they're pretty much spot-on. If you want a never-ending chitt talking personal attack fest, go to the SURFER forum.
I understand and appreciate the different views, but my point is this. If there was a section of the forum like there is for everything else (nonsurf, travel, classified, etc) just for **** talking and jibba jabba then by all means moderate the bejesus outta the other sections. I understand there is a time and place for everything, but there isn't a time or place here for talkin stupid ****. Until that time comes and the section gets created I will stand by what I said whether it be Micah, Matt, or Jim Bob Hatfield moderating.
A thinly veiled death threat? Really? I'm glad I don't take this forum nearly as serious as 83.47% of the people up here.
It's not a decision by committee. It's his board, he can do what he wants for that simple reason. Call it....a benevolent dictatorship....
Some people may have issues with that. I'd just say, go on over to FB & do ya thang there.
To date, Micah's displayed pretty good judgment on when to shut it down. And you know how he attained this ability? The school of hard knocks. This site was a spew zoo last year. It's a lot more intelligent now, with some pretty cool posts by some cool heads who been there, done that. No complaints at all. One man's humble opinion.
humble? You implied that I was an idiot thinking that Micah had a swellinfo forum committee to make new sections in the forum and that I somehow don't understand anyone can do anything they want with anything that's theirs. You're right in the fact there are some cool heads here and I appreciate them just as much as I appreciate the absolutely ridiculous things. Hell i'm sure I've been involved on both sides. And that sir, is this man's humble opinion