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12-20-2017 at 02:26 AM
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Tribunals, Ads, Editorial, and The Rise of the Heavy Hand...

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Regarding Ad questions and Editorial:

As some of you may have noticed, the header and footer of the site have been updated. For a brief moment they were displaying ads, but that has been disabled.

You may need to clear your browser's cache in order for these changes to display properly for you.

The new header/footer on the site is in preparation for the new editorial news system that TG will be bringing online in the next few days.

TG will have a complete editorial staff that will be focused on news/achievements/events relating to competitive video game playing, and will carry a distinct voice and perspective on the subject.

The editorial experience of TG will be economically supported in part by on site ad placement.
The submission and adjudicative experience of TG will not have on site ad placement.

We are excited about the upcoming addition of editorial and we look forward to the increased TG presence it will build.

Regarding the Tribunal function and site moderation:

The level of ongoing toxicity that seems to continue to permeate the community has not settled down to acceptable levels despite TG allowing a 3 year time period for it to naturally do so.

Therefore, Twin Galaxies administration has decided that it is now time to retire the member tribunal function and replace it with direct and heavy administrative moderation.

While the Tribunal system has been successful in many regards, the slow nature of its ability to apply moderation control allows for too much pollutive noise to exist on the site for too long a period before things escalate high enough for it to perform its function - and this has resulted in an unacceptable amount of negative initial experiences for new members coming into the environment.

So effective immediately, Twin Galaxies has moved to an admin-only moderation modality.

Furthermore, admin has been instructed to utilize a heavy hand in its application of warnings, thread/comment deletions, suspensions and bans - all of which are purely at the discretion of admin's judgement.

Admin is under no obligation to issue a warning of any kind before taking action. Again, this is all at admin's discretion.

The overall goal is to ensure a safe and family friendly environment for all Twin Galaxies members to participate securely within. We are going to strongly discourage toxic behavior and reward more positive interaction.

We are aware that some members may disappointed with these policy and site changes, however after much thought and discussion we feel strongly that this is the right management direction for Twin Galaxies as it continues to grow.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.
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  1. bensweeneyonbass's Avatar
    I dig it. Thanks for being clear about everything. Part of me is happy to have heavier moderation. The other part of me doesn’t care lol so it’s all good.
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  2. spectre's Avatar
    Glad to hear there's something being done to the toxicity of this place. It's been too much for me in the past few months so I've just stopped participating in discussions, posting on my wall and basically steered clear of this site and I know other members have too.

    Looking forward to things being civil again.
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  3. EVN's Avatar
    Good riddance to the drama.
  4. Fly's Avatar
    This guy approves!
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  5. Yhpskabible's Avatar
    As a new member of Twin Galaxies I am thrilled to see this. Especially after the drama thread that I had the displeasure of being a part of. I'm glad it was rebooted as well. I'm also impressed with the warning you gave. It's clear and fair for people with negative behavior to understand. Get with the program.
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  6. Nightshade's Avatar
    The toxicity and drama are gone now. I can now go back to interacting with the community and setting world records again.
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  7. jjt_defender's Avatar
    Twin Galaxy Owner Jace Hall Questions Hopefully you will be Kind enough to Answer these Questions for Twin Galaxy Members Thank You & God Bless You

    1. Who are the Editorial Staff Members Names so Twin Galaxy Members Know?
    2. Who are the Twin Galaxy Staff Administration who will be Making these Judgments Their Names so Twin Galaxy Members know?
    3. How is it economically supported in part by on site ad placement Please Explain to Twin Galaxy Members?

    4.What do you & TG Staff Consider Pollutive Noise? Examples so Twin Galaxy Members Can Understand it Better?
    5. What do you & TG Staff Consider Toxic Behavior please Give Examples so Twin Galaxy Members Can Understand it Better?? It Differentiates from Person to Person. That is a Vague Description?

    Furthermore, admin has been instructed to utilize a heavy hand in its application of warnings, thread/comment deletions, suspensions and bans - all of which are purely at the discretion of admin's judgement.

    6. Please Explain in Detail to Twin Galaxy Members all These Suspensions & Ban's The Length that a Twin Galaxy Member Who Violated the Rules of Conduct on the Forums?

    7. Are Twin Galaxy Members who Contributed the Most Money to Twin Galaxy will be Exempted from this? A Lot Twin Galaxy Members would like to know


    Admin is under no obligation to issue a warning of any kind before taking action. Again, this is all at admin's discretion.

    #1 Are you Going Tell Them What the Infraction or Ruler that was Violated or do it Blindly? Twin Galaxy Members would like to know?

    What your Saying Jace Hall your Not going Tell the Twin Galaxy Member What Rule or Infraction was being Broken Just do the Communist way No Notification or Trial

    What About the American Way of Justice?

    A Twin Galaxy Administration Staff may have Personal Grudge against a Twin Galaxy Member which has nothing with any Infraction being Violated which would not be Right or Just & not in God's Eyes
    Updated 12-20-2017 at 05:54 AM by jjt_defender
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    There is nothing else to say! This is what I was asking for yesterday. I asked and I received! Christmas came early!
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  9. R3TROSTARR76's Avatar
    i am a new member,here and have records on other sites but im so happy to hear this,and sincerely hope that this will put an end to this drama,and i can happily move on to do world records here and be an active part of this..
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  10. CWK's Avatar
    Over to the dispute forums...still will be plenty of drama there
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  11. Yhpskabible's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jjt_defender
    Twin Galaxy Owner Jace Hall Questions Hopefully you ill Kind enough to Answer these Questions for Twin Galaxy Members Thank You & God Bless You

    1. Who are the Editorial Staff Members Names so Twin Galaxy Members Know?
    2. Who are the Twin Galaxy Staff Administration who will be Making these Judgments Their Names so Twin Galaxy Members know?
    3. How is it economically supported in part by on site ad placement Please Explain to Twin Galaxy Members?

    4.What do you & TG Staff Consider Pollutive Noise? Examples so Twin Galaxy Members Can Understand it Better?
    5. What do you & TG Staff Consider Toxic Behavior please Give Examples so Twin Galaxy Members Can Understand it Better?? It Differentiates from Person to Person. That is Vague Description?

    Furthermore, admin has been instructed to utilize a heavy hand in its application of warnings, thread/comment deletions, suspensions and bans - all of which are purely at the discretion of admin's judgement.


    Admin is under no obligation to issue a warning of any kind before taking action. Again, this is all at admin's discretion.

    #1 Are you Going Tell Them What the Infraction or Ruler that was Violated or do it Blindly?

    What your Saying Jace Hall your Not going Tell the Twin Galaxy Member What Rule or Infraction was being Broken Just do the Communist way No Notification or Trial

    What About the American Way of Justice

    It could Be a Personal Reason against a Twin Galaxy Member which has nothing with any Infraction being Violated which would not be Right or Just.
    It's one thing to ask questions. It's another thing to suggestion and imply what you feel or think on someone or thing. The wisest thing to do is ask questions and allow for a response. From there you'll have the information to come to a conclusion. I believe your statements contradict some of the fair questions you asked.

    We're all adults here, some of your questions I believe are a bit disingenuous. The answers are pretty self evident in terms what is being explained by Twin Galaxies. Toxic and Pollutive noise is not a vague statement. One can simply look up the word to get a better understanding to the statement provided. It's about context and what you have done is try to change the context of what Jace Hall was providing with this announcement. It is underhanded to do stuff like that. It's pretty much trying shift public opinion of the site owner and his administration who are clearly doing the right thing by moderating the site from toxic behavior and pollutive noise. Here, let me use words that perhaps will give you better context to that statement. Twin Galaxies is simply moderating negative behavior such as verbal harassment (name calling) racial slurs, spamming post (repeating post to drown out threads aka pollutive noise). All of these things that are usually moderated in other community forums.

    I can't speak for Twin Galaxies and I don't pretend to but this is what I gathered from the initial post made by Jace Hall. He even gave a reason as to why it is being implemented. He gave a chance for the community to govern itself through moderation and apparently it did not work. Apparently it only got worst. That's the fault of the community. Now as the site owner and their administration, they are taking it into their hands to provide a safe and "positive" environment for members both old and new to the site for people like me. I don't see how that is unreasonable. I don't think they are looking to take away anyone's freedom of speech so bring political stances into this is completely unnecessary. There is a clear difference between constructive criticism (example: I disagree with your statement or point of view and here is why) vs. verbal abuse (example: You're a piece of $***, you liar, cheater, scumbag, scam artist, homo, etc.)

    As a new member, I'm 100% behind this "Heavy Hand" moderation and will do everything in my power to bring new people here if this is the moderation that Twin Galaxies will provide this community. I'll make it my personal mission.
  12. bensweeneyonbass's Avatar
    JJT was just asking for clarification on what he perceived to be a judgement call. Since Jace and TG are the ones making the call it's fair to ask where they draw the line on stuff like "toxic" behavior.
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  13. CWK's Avatar

    This is what browsing looks like on my iphone. Just horrible. Olny the bottom 3rd of the screen is useful.
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  14. bensweeneyonbass's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by CWK

    This is what browsing looks like on my iphone. Just horrible. Olny the bottom 3rd of the screen is useful.
    What browser are you using? I have been using Chrome on mobile for a long time now and mine doesn't have that large block at the top. It's a lot closer to how it looks on a desktop browser.
  15. CWK's Avatar
    Safari that came with my phone running ios 7.1.2
  16. Yhpskabible's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bensweeneyonbass
    JJT was just asking for clarification on what he perceived to be a judgement call. Since Jace and TG are the ones making the call it's fair to ask where they draw the line on stuff like "toxic" behavior.
    Constructive Criticism: Although I don't agree with his questions he has the right to ask them and that is fair. He's done nothing wrong in asking questions. In that regard, you are right bensweeneyoubass. It's his implied statements however that "creates" negative suggestions, negative narratives and negative implications to suggest that Jace Hall and Twin Galaxies is communist! Asking what happen to the American way of Justice is suggesting that Jace Hall and or Twin Galaxies no longer abide by them. Statements like that is what I have a problem with. Ask your questions but don't try to implicate people and things with your own personal point of view. Give people a chance to clarify if you don't understand.


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  17. bensweeneyonbass's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by CWK
    Safari that came with my phone running ios 7.1.2
    Yikes. iOS 11.something is out now. And Safari isn't bad - I don't prefer it but I just checked on my phone in Safari and it displays pretty similarly to Chrome.

    I'd suggest an iOS update. You're using a version that's over three years old.
  18. bensweeneyonbass's Avatar
    This is what I see using Chrome on a version of iOS 11

  19. CWK's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bensweeneyonbass
    This is what I see using Chrome on a version of iOS 11

    Unfortunately my phone is jailbroken so I don't want to update. IOS is just way to crippled and controlled. Know of a way to force into the desktop version of the site?
  20. bensweeneyonbass's Avatar
    Hit the "share" icon in the bottom center of the screen (the little box with the arrow coming out the top) and one of the other options is Request Desktop Site. If you do that enough it'll start doing it for you automatically. That's my experience.
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