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Old 28 Oct 2008, 02:40
Automaton Automaton is offline
 
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How do you manage the cry babies in your forum?

Every time I make a change. Anything at all, they act like it is the end of the fricking world.
Anything I do, is met with resistnace, and complaints from many of the more senior members.
They post polls about the changes I have made and feel like they should get a vote on how the place is run. Funny thing is, the ones that complain the loudest are the ones that never contributed a dime, or made a donation, yet they feel like I owe it to them to cater to thier demands..
Gets so old..
Part of the probel is that I bought the site from someone else that did nothing with it. I have trippled traffic and added tons of new features that many people asked for.
Upgraded the server, provided new skins, new home page and made everything tons better.
Yet constantly I get these babies that cry about every little thing..

Do you guys have to deal with this crap? I can't be the only one?!!?
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Old 28 Oct 2008, 02:49
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i bought more than 30 master sites in the last 3 years, with a total of 2M members, and i can tell you the same as you did... the "Whinners" never contribute to the life of the whole, they whine for their own nostril...

actually, what you could do is beat them on their own game... start polls before you implement a feature... as you can see who voted, you can also see if THEY vote and what is their contribution to the mood of the site. Another feature would be to give votation level only to the ones who contribute to the life of the site, by postcounts or donations etc...

Something i always do on major sites, even if they are not from me: master features are activated only to members who are "attractive" on the site... people who post interesting stuff, and people who are inviting interesting people...

otherways you can ban them.. lol
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Old 28 Oct 2008, 02:55
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Originally Posted by nexialys View Post
i bought more than 30 master sites in the last 3 years, with a total of 2M members, and i can tell you the same as you did... the "Whinners" never contribute to the life of the whole, they whine for their own nostril...

actually, what you could do is beat them on their own game... start polls before you implement a feature... as you can see who voted, you can also see if THEY vote and what is their contribution to the mood of the site. Another feature would be to give votation level only to the ones who contribute to the life of the site, by postcounts or donations etc...

Something i always do on major sites, even if they are not from me: master features are activated only to members who are "attractive" on the site... people who post interesting stuff, and people who are inviting interesting people...

otherways you can ban them.. lol
Master features?
Like increased PM storage, and such?
What all do you do for your interesting and attractive members that regular dorks don't get?
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Old 28 Oct 2008, 03:34
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PM storage is not a feature, if someone need more than 50 PMs, you just tell him to clean the stuff...

Arcade, Blog, Groups, FlashChat, etc...

and to be attractive, you need to be unique... specific target of members, specific topics, having a better global browsing experience... the end-user side of things is important. it's the same as why you choose to go to Shopping Mall #1 instead of the #2...
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Old 28 Oct 2008, 07:30
Rapscallion Rapscallion is offline
 
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Never really had them, though I haven't had to change much. Mind you, the members pretty much know that if they don't like it, they can pay for their own site where they can do what they want. Told a few publicly, and everyone took note.

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Old 28 Oct 2008, 13:08
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well at the forum i used to be a hired thug... err super moderator at the whiners pretty much took over

When i started my own the whiners rights were the first thing to go
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Old 28 Oct 2008, 18:08
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We cry-baby back?
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Old 28 Oct 2008, 19:36
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Cry Babies are a nightmare for forums, normally they like to moan, just about everything, sometimes it makes yoiu wonder just why they joined your forum in the first place.

I tend to stop them short in their track before they tend to do too much damage, other members get fed up and may simply not log in for fear of getting drawn into any arguements.

I listen to what they say and if their right then i help them resolve their problem, if they just moan for the sake of moaning then thats where i find the miserable hack a godsend

However i must admit i've not used that in anger as yet, But did you know theres a new kid in town when it comes to crybabies, in your admin CP, under user banning options, Tachy Goes to Coventry....

This option allows you to effectively add a user or users to every member's 'Ignore List'. However, users in this list can still see their own posts and threads... So i'm looking forward to using this.

Now, where can i find some cry babies
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Old 28 Oct 2008, 22:37
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Originally Posted by UKBusinessLive View Post
Cry Babies are a nightmare for forums, normally they like to moan, just about everything, sometimes it makes yoiu wonder just why they joined your forum in the first place.

I tend to stop them short in their track before they tend to do too much damage, other members get fed up and may simply not log in for fear of getting drawn into any arguements.

I listen to what they say and if their right then i help them resolve their problem, if they just moan for the sake of moaning then thats where i find the miserable hack a godsend

However i must admit i've not used that in anger as yet, But did you know theres a new kid in town when it comes to crybabies, in your admin CP, under user banning options, Tachy Goes to Coventry....

This option allows you to effectively add a user or users to every member's 'Ignore List'. However, users in this list can still see their own posts and threads... So i'm looking forward to using this.

Now, where can i find some cry babies
I used to use the miserable hack, but it only conflicted with another mod. Also, I never thought of the Tachy Goes to Coventry, but thats amazing. I IP ban and used the proxy conversion so they can't use a proxy to get back on.
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Old 29 Oct 2008, 09:28
Rapscallion Rapscallion is offline
 
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Originally Posted by UKBusinessLive View Post
However i must admit i've not used that in anger as yet, But did you know theres a new kid in town when it comes to crybabies, in your admin CP, under user banning options, Tachy Goes to Coventry....
I've got two members who still post, not realising they've been on Tachy for somewhere between six and nine months. Both were banned and sneaked back in under another name. Best was when one posted a thread about how they felt really lonely, desperate for some attention. Fun for all the mods!

Rapscallion
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Old 29 Oct 2008, 16:36
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We had one person like the OP's. No matter what I did, he would complain about it.

For example I installed Cyb's Donate Link mod and he complained for two days because the link in the navbar was green.

We eventually ended up banning him because he finally crossed the line.
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Old 29 Oct 2008, 19:43
UKBusinessLive UKBusinessLive is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Rapscallion View Post
I've got two members who still post, not realising they've been on Tachy for somewhere between six and nine months. Both were banned and sneaked back in under another name. Best was when one posted a thread about how they felt really lonely, desperate for some attention. Fun for all the mods!

Rapscallion
Nice one
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Old 30 Oct 2008, 00:08
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Originally Posted by Rapscallion View Post
I've got two members who still post, not realising they've been on Tachy for somewhere between six and nine months. Both were banned and sneaked back in under another name. Best was when one posted a thread about how they felt really lonely, desperate for some attention. Fun for all the mods!

Rapscallion
That is absolutely amazing. Very great story. I hope/don't hope to do that.
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Old 30 Oct 2008, 10:03
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I point and laugh. If they're whining constantly about everything, then they're politely told that if they don't like it they know where the log out button is. Luckily my sites don't generate a lot of whiners, and when one appears they're usually dealt with by my members before I even hit the site LOL
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Old 01 Nov 2008, 23:16
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It depends really on what they're whining about..

Sometimes I just tell them to grow up, or if they're really anoying to the community, then I use my ...



Ban hammer.
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