i posted this from my "life raft" just this morning,.. make of it what you will:
the problem with vgchartz moderations is they are focused more on trying to create a culture then they are on trying to have consistent moderation rules. their goal above and beyond anything else is to cultivate a culture of constructive, intelligent conversation. the problem in their execution of that ideal is they view any negative statement as a fanboy statement even if well supported with actual facts. ..and moderation that moderates any thread/user that comes to a negative conclusion that might hurt someone's feelings completely kills any constructive, intelligent conversation.
the moderation is so uneven it's always hard to tell what will/won't get moderated if you are posting something even slightly negative in nature. then individual users are moderated inconsistently too,.. i personaly can post some really shitty things and get away with it because i have a reputation of sarcasm but if some lesser known individual posted some of the same crap i posted they'd be banned immediately. which then creates conflict because everyone now views any moderation as biased and unfair which then feeds back into people not wanting to post.
but in short: you cannot force people to be "positive, people respecting one another, people sharing their shared love for games BECAUSE of that love for games" and attempts to try and force that are counter-productive. forums are a place for various view points to be expressed, shared, and yes arguged. conflict is inevitable and frankly part of what entices people to forums. don't fight that,.. learn the difference between good and bad conflict. then moderate with a consistent set of rules that doesn't confuse the fuck out of the users. what is/isn't acceptable is waaay too dependant on who said it and who read it.
in the mean time,.. i don't much care to post here anymore. the moderation is inconsistent and the certain users have learned how to exploit the modderation team either to shit post or to bait post. ..and that isn't fun to read or participate in.
anyways,.. i'm heading back to the site i enjoy posting on now..