I have noticed that there's still a big problem with attacks on sales insiders or people who put in the effort to give everyone a better idea about sales.
There have been multiple attempts to discredit Benji (a ResetEra user, might actually be the same guy who was BenVTrigger on VGC) in the current NPD thread and this is the only post that got moderated:
That's a moderation for flaming for no other reason than context being ignored despite awareness of the context being displayed here:
Not only does it look like the actions of the true offenders get condoned, they might get actively protected. Sure, it's okay to doubt someone, especially if said someone has made it repeatedly clear that he does not have insight for more than one retail chain. But there's a difference between reasonable doubt and denial of reality.
This has been an ongoing general problem on VGC, that people with a strong platform bias attack people who provide the community with information. The attacks are launched because the offenders in question don't like reality and that behavior is especially prevalent among PlayStation fans. Examples before the most recent incident:
1. The Amazon thread was under heavy fire because it showed Switch winning. The work of various people who kept the thread up to date was continuously attacked with the justification that Amazon predicted Switch to win one month (November 2017) when it didn't. Switch went on to win December 2017 and January 2018, but that didn't stop the attackers. Amazon did not have a perfect track record before Switch launched, so an occasional inaccuracy did in no way justify the relentless bashing. As far as I remember, nobody ever got moderated for it, despite it being so disheartening for the people who put in the work.
2. Likewise, the follow up to the Amazon thread (Amazon ultimately did see its value as a sales predictor reduced because of a dispute between Amazon and Sony) also came under fire despite being labeled as a work in progress. Same story here: Show Switch winning when it isn't on one occasion and apparently it's all rubbish. No moderations here either. Instead the people who called out the offenders were almost moderated.
3. Most notably, VGC was blessed for a very short time with someone who had access to NPD numbers:
That was for the July 2017 NPD thread when Switch won the month after the PS4 had won the two preceding months. The insider's credibility was called into question because he had Switch as the winner for the month. The mod team failed to make the proper judgment calls, so the insider decided to stop posting altogether. That brings us full circle to the observation that zorg1000 made.
The mod team has to pay more attention to context and take appropriate measures, because we've repeatedly had insiders and valuable members call it quits because heavily biased people didn't like it that reality didn't line up with their console preference, and because the mod team failed to address such issues in proper fashion. There shouldn't be preferential treatment given to the people who don't contribute in a positive fashion to this community, but it happens all too often. The mod team should know this community well enough to recognize which kind of people are starting the trouble and it can't be that the mod team prefers troublemakers over sales contributors on this forum.
A shame that ioi isn't around anymore, because he didn't hesitate to hand out week-long bans on a whim to people who attacked sales numbers and sales people. Back then people didn't form groups to attack good contributors, because it was abundantly clear what happened to troublemakers. But today it's possible for people to band together and then play the victim when they get called out. Something's not right when there is a higher risk of moderation for calling out bad behavior than committing bad behavior itself.