I private messaged West about this, since I got his personal attention, but I wanted to know the thoughts from everyone else, because the views of others should always be heard.
What I have a problem with is this. These are discussion forums regarding Akuma, right. Where does it say that the discussion forums have to be only about strategy or only about improving one’s game?
From what I see, there are about 3 different types of posters on these forums.
The elite, top-level players.
The middle of the line players.
And of course, the new guys, who are beginners.
Now, what one set of players thinks is important, the others will not. The elite players are concerned about frame data, links, and a good example would be advanced ways to combo into Akuma’s Ultra 2. Something let’s say a beginner player should not even think about worrying with. But do these forums get locked…never!
A middle of the line player is concerned with ways to land Ultra 1, or learning how to focus cancel after a SRK to safely use it, and not get punished. Something an advanced player already knows, and a beginner player, again, should not worry about. Do these threads get locked, maybe 50% of the time.
And a beginner worries about how to learn Akuma’s BnB combos, or ways to use anti-airs effectively, something elite players already know, and thus, end up locking the thread.
My point being, what isn’t important to one player, might be to someone else, so why delete, ban, give infraction(s), or flame someone for whatever they post?
Again, these are NOT elitist forums, even though some wish they were. These are DISCUSSION forums, and thus, discussing what anyone thinks is important should be allowed.
If I want to talk about why Edma booted me out, or why I think Akuma has a large penis, well then let me talk about that, because I think that is important. If player X doesn’t want to search how to perform a basic combo, let him post and make a thread. WHO CARES??
The only people that care, are those elitists that think these forums are for themselves, a select few, or people within their SF clique. This should not be this way, or will it ever be this way, because new people pop up all the time, and these pointless and cluttering threads will NEVER STOP. You are fighting a battle you won’t win. You can give mod powers to 100 people for these forums only, and I guarantee these threads will continue to arise, so why fight it?
And yes, I know the response will be that pointless threads are cluttering or polluting these forums, but when has that ever NOT been the case. I have searched these forums, and pointless/garbage threads were there since day one, and will be here 5 years from now.
If anything is that important that someone makes a thread or a post about, IT WILL BE STICKIED!!! If it is not important, then eventually, over time, the thread will get pushed off the front page, into page 2, then 3 then 15, and lost until someone searching for that exact thread.
So again, let people post whatever they want. If it important to them, and they take time out to make a post, well then let it be. If it’s something EVERYONE needs to read, guess what, I think West is smart enough (I use smart loosely), to make it a sticky, and if not, don’t worry, the thread will die out eventually if it really was that pointless and stupid.
So let these forums be what they are meant to be, which are forums to discuss whatever a person thinks is important. If someone is too lazy to search, and asks a simply questions, again, WHO CARES?!?! Simply answer if you want to take the time out, make a mature response, or ignore it. It doesn’t, or it should, hurt you one bit if someone makes a stupid post or one that doesn’t pertain to you! Not everything revolves around you.