This one's for Failheap Challenge readers only, specifically for those who enjoy the War and Politics threads. The rest of you can move on to the next post.
I've expressed my disdain for FHC moderators several times in the past -- they're the main reason I rarely post there any more. Problems aside, I was a big fan of the old Scrapheap Challenge. It had a very rough-and-ready player-driven justice system that mirrored EVE itself. Maybe it was an illusion but it felt self-policing, which is probably in the end why it collapsed so hard. But it was while it was active -- and still remains -- the best forums for EVE Online players. It was just fun to read.
The EVE-O forums are too formal and heavily moderated to be much fun; in addition, the YAF backbone of the forums makes keeping up with threads a horror (I don't know how Malcanis does it). kugutsumen generally has an enormous propaganda to noise to signal ratio and is not really a welcoming environment if you haven't been playing EVE since 2004 or so. The TMC forums are excellent if you're a loyal TMC reader; less so if you are not. And FHC is insular to the point of being inbred, and probably has a higher number of non-EVE players than EVE players. It's also as I've mentioned wildly over-moderated.
As a result, I'm still looking for the ideal EVE forums. I lurk on all four of the ones above but rarely post. Every once in a while, I'll throw a battle report on FHC and these are well-received, or I'll clarify a point of discussion regarding EVE features in my role as a CSM member. But that's usually the limit of my contribution to the current generation of EVE fora.
But that brings me back to FHC War and Politics. The threads there are mainly intended for battle reports but from time to time devolve into back and forth sniping over whose alliance is "better". The SHC moderators were smart enough to let this tendency burn out naturally and be self-policing. If you were a bad poster, you were quickly recognized as such and dismissed. Sometimes the FHC moderators stay out of it. But sometimes instead, FHC moderators feel the need to inject themselves into the discussion as policemen. In no thread is this more common than the War and Politics thread for Syndicate, easily the most crazed W&P thread in the W&P section. Posting in this thread gets so "bad" -- in their opinion -- that the FHC moderators feel the need to shut it down and start a new one every few months.
When the new thread starts, it's traditional for someone to either list the cast of characters or draw a map of the region for newer players to understand who the participants are. I've done it a time or two myself. When a new Syndicate thread was started today, I decided to amuse myself by doing a new, quite tongue-in-cheek list, teasing each of the residents in Syndicate that I know about.
The post was infracted "for stirring the pot" and nearly immediately deleted by an FHC moderator.
So, since I have someplace to post other than FHC, here's the infracted post in its entirety. And tempting as it is not to, I will keep to my acceptance of anonymous comments for this post. For instance, I won't be deleting comments written by FHC moderators so you can't read 'em. ;-)
Judge it for yourself: snarky fun, or mean-spirited pot-stirring?
I-RED. Aka I-BLOB. Dwellers in the East. Caretakers of the Syndicate Moon Empire(tm). Have more Guardians than most people have DPS ships. As if there wasn't enough risk aversity in Syndicate, now bat-phones TISHU from the Elsewhere they've moved to.
TISHU. Lives Elsewhere. We've established that Elsewhere is 7.875 light-years away. But have blued up with I-BLOB because while they ain't the dread overlords Syndicate needs, they're the ones we deserve. With the merger of UA, they're more or less completely Australian but still somehow are led by a guy who goes to bed at 0400.
AGONY. Not sure where they're actually living, but it doesn't matter because they camp the K5 pipe as if their ass were welded to it. Very occasionally drag all-noob frig roams through Syndicate like it was still 2009.
SOUND. They moved into 0LTQ a few weeks ago and Rote had an outstanding "hi how are ya" T1 cruiser brawl with them. Then they went silent. Are they still living in the area? Or did they go back to someplace that has good PvP?
BNI. Barleguet. But they road-trip into Syndicate. To our eternal shame, Syndicate's most common and most successful roamers. They prefer rail Thoraxes, Talwars, and men who aren't afraid to cry. Someday soon will be joining the Goon army.
FIGL. If there are more than five of them in your system, they're probably in bombers. But they very occasionally remember that there are also things called "cruisers", though they can't afford more than T1. If they lose a Rapier, the whole alliance has to belt rat until they can replace it.
GROON. Living proof that you can be too irrelevant even for Syndicate. They were looking really threatening there for about a six month stretch. Then Ivy must have given 'em a bag of weed or something because these days I see Will Clark in space more often.
STUGH. Aka Rote Kapelle. TXW. P.much like Ed in EdTV, 30 years old and still working in the video store, recommending Burt Reynolds movies to people. Occasionally gets motivated enough to let a second corp into their alliance.
Did I miss anyone?