So, I’m bringing this because in the time that I have been on the devforum I’ve seen this happen varyingly. Also I wasn’t sure how to name the topic without sounding bias in anyway. I have also asked this before in a previous topic here and got no answer as expected.
Just a reminder that isn’t not aimed at anyone in particular. For the sake of this post all evidence and examples are entirely made up (using the same scenarios) as I don’t want to “name shame” or point fingers at anyone at all.
I like the community and all. But one thing that concerns me is how bias the community is. What I mean by this? “I mean that you’re an exception to rules depending on your rank/status”. We know that rules apply to anyone, regardless. Well this is not true.
Let’s say that we have two different “people” who have broken a rule.
In the below example we’ll use this rule.
Do not spam
Every reply must be meaningful, contributive, and on-topic. Do not re-post what others have already said, do not post memes or single-word posts such as “First!” or “bump”, and put effort into your posts. Use the Like button instead of replying “Thanks!” or other generic sentences. Do not circumvent any character limit requirements with clutter text. When replying to multiple posts, reply to all of them within one post instead of making an individual post for each response. Do not bump topics and do not post duplicate topics either.
People: Top contributor, member
Topic - How to make a anti-lag? (Made that up) – Topic is going to get taken down as it doesn’t follow the guidelines.
Top contributor says:
Consequences/outcomes – Example1
Member: Message gets flagged, moderated and feedback from staff team is given (once again this just shows bias the community is. They flag a member who breaks the rule but doesn’t do for the other)
Consequences/outcomes – Example2
I’m not sure if staff moderate unless flagged but correct me if I’m wrong.
Member: This time the message doesn’t not get flagged. Staff unlists and removes the topic. Thus they’ve seen the message whilst doing that. They moderate the message and give feedback.
You can see in both examples, that this sort of behaviour regardless of breaking rules is shaped by the forum hierarchy, and biases towards a particular one. Rules are rules. They apply to anyone regardless and this is what I find quite disgusting.
You might say a community is always going to be bias, that’s understandable but not in the case of explicit rules. I’m not fired up about this or anything but I just don’t like the behaviour. If you have reasons why this should be removed, please tell me. Thanks for reading this and have a wonderful day! I’m sorry if this a downer post.
Once again, this is not aimed at anyone. I appreciate the work that staff, Topic contributors, PA and others put in wholeheartedly I’m sorry if this comes of as insensitive or offends anyone in any way.