...Yeah. I've always respected you and you've done yourself no harm with this post. It's nice to have your views on the matter like this, and nice to know you do care about making the moderating feel more organic and less... dictatorial. But at least from the outside, I do get the feeling not every mod shares that mentality.
I don't remember the moderations being any less or more lenient when I joined and in the time I've been here, but I don't recall reading as many complaints back in the day. Maybe that's because they were stricter, I suppose, but I don't feel that was the case. No, what I get the feeling is happening, and your comments on the subject kinda back it up, is that moderations now seem to be a lot more objective, meaning you go head on into obvious offences (as you put it yourself, "fanboy" or "troll"), but at the same time it feels like certain users sometimes get away with visibly bad behavior because they can be ambiguous enough about it that it doesn't demand instant action when looking strictly at the rules. That was the case with quickrick, for example: kind of an undeniably toxic person, who continued to be toxic for a very long period before finally getting banned. I feel he wouldn't have lasted anywhere near as long in previous eras, and maybe that's because they were stricter, but I think it's moreso because of how he twisted the rules to his benefit just enough for him to be able to troll, and that trolling inevitably will bait in 'victims' into striking back with more direct offences and thus, getting banned for it.
Whatever the feeling is among the mod team, it's clear that that's created fear of them among regular users. I remember a few months ago when I started questioning pwerlvlamy in a discussion and several people immediately came to me privately warning me that I could get banned for that, despite agreeing with me. In this very post you talk about how I sort of contradict myself a few times, well... I wouldn't fully admit it, but deep down it's because I'm afraid of criticizing the mod team. In the end, I kinda know I'm not getting in trouble for saying that, partly because of this reputation I think I've earned of being a 'good user', but the fear is there and it can't exist for no reason.
Well I hate to tell you but this is not 2010 this is not PlayStation 3 this is not the Xbox 360 Wars and from what I can tell it was a foregone conclusion about PlayStation 4 so there's nothing to debate I guess you could say.
I started turning away in 2013 I believe but I date back to 2008, really this gen there's nothing to talk about, it was done after the PlayStation 4 announcement I guess you can say everybody knew what was coming.
In short there's no console war, and there never will be again, I think that's part of the issue, I'm sure all the old heads just come here to check the numbers aside from trollstoppable (Rolstoppable), also known is the greatest troll to ever live, and no one made threads better than him.
Besides agreeing on Rol being the greatest troll to ever live, I'm not sure you're right on this. Many people have used this argument here, of console wars being a thing of the past, but I joined very much at a time when the 8th generation was already done and dusted hardware-wise, and it was still far, far more active than it is now. If anything, the release of the Switch should have made the place more lively again, but it's arguably only gotten more stale since.