Dear Mr. Carlini,
1 Log into the game, look at the articles. Maybe look at the lack of new players on the forum. I don't need to go out and do a survey for something that is right in everyone's (except apparently yours) faces
2 Other possibilities? The statement we are talking about is that people are not using the forums because of the stupid political situation we have in this eCountry.
3 Yes - That is the needed evidence which you require I presume, as I said, you just need to log in to see it. There was an attempt in the first of jamesw's double term but that went south and changed from encouraging the "other side" to give it a go to a campaign of "flower the forums" - That is an answer to NE/UKPP, as for TUP, demoting Keers Talon and Dan, ie TUP, probably had something to do with that.
4 I honestly couldn't care less. I quit any sort of stupid party politics this game has to offer after I saw Lily clutch to power as hard as she could in ESO. People are always fairer to their friends and harder on people they don't like, that is evident everywhere.
5 When you joined you were encouraged to join the forums. You were told, by at least a handful of people, that the forums would be useful and help you progress in the game. The only barrier at that point was the bother of logging into the forums. When I started, everyone told me the same. As far as I am aware, and I read pretty much all of the ingame media, no one was actively discouraging it in articles. Now, if you join NE or UKPP for the off you are not going to join the forums at all, end of. If you join ESO you might and then you will probably discuss butterflies and fairy's in the discussion threads, TUP probably depends on the PP. I think UKRP push for it for their other games on their private sections. I pushed for Legion members to join a while back just so we could have another area to plan and try to keep members active in the Legion section. Sadly I wouldn't do that anymore. If they venture anywhere other than the Legion subsection they are likely to see flaming and put them off the game. If they put an idea out there they are likely to be flamed themselves for their "newbish-ness". These forums are quite simply no longer friendly and politics is the reason why.
6 I don't actually know how long you have had your modship. I just know you didn't used to be a Mod and you didn't used to post like this. Just looks like you are trying to act all professional because you are a Mod instead of just sitting down and having a conversation.
1: What do these apparent articles contain that so obviously set out that the reason there are few relative people using the forum is because of how they're moderated? All I'm asking is how that conclusion is reached and so far nobody has actually been able to answer the question.
2: No it's not, I want to know why people think that the the problem of people not using the forums is outrightly because of how they're moderated - or rather that they're moderated too harshly.
3: Well then that's obviously a further problem, and one where any issues with how things are dealt with should be taken up with Kumnaa. The rest just seems a bit silly to be taken this seriously, to be quite honest, and it's not exactly a decent way to go about trying to improve things. The demoting of "TUP" I assume wasn't anything to do with actually how moderation is done, though? Surely they're seperate issues.
4: Well, I'm not going to make a case that says otherwise, but I was under the impression there's a lot of neutrality in moderation (having experienced both ends of it). From my own experience within the first week I banned a BBHer. There is, howeverly, clearly a problem somewhere with the communication between both moderators (in their enforcement) and communication between moderators and forum users. The amount of drama that can occur just from infractions is quite absurd, and in situations where something should be reviewed or even changed it's gone about in completely the wrong way. For instance, a user being banned and they think that the infraction that triggered it was unfair. Rather than rant on IRC, swear a lot and complain about the moderation, the steps instead should be to talk to the moderators, admins or Kumnaa (depending on what level you feel it was unfairly given). This is and always has been a bit of a problem.
5: That all seems a complete shame, then - especially considering how easy it would actually be for everyone to drop their grudges and go about trying to solve problems in a proper way. By the impact individuals have over their respective parties any individual actions and disputes have obvious effects on the community as a whole, and since a lot of the posted content of the forum isn't about party politics (and a decent amount isn't about in-game politics itself) this is obviously just a really terrible situation to be in. I would have thought that if anywhere, the forums are the place to leave your drama and quarrels at the door and just communicate with people you share an interest in the game with.
6: I've been formatting posts like this before I became a mod, it became a challenge from Bob after a day or so of a lot of BBH trying to keep it up. As far as I'm aware I'm the only one who still does it with every post, but it actually has its merits as a way of posting.