If you follow the TD section of FN on a regular basis you probably saw the massive breakdown of the entire TD section today. The open section was flooded with protest TD's, guys leaving, guys allowed back, and everyone trying to voice their frustrations and opinions while the mods tried their best to clean up everything.
As a result of today, three of the more active and respected TDers left or were kicked from the website.
rstowe, BobbyOrrsBastid, and Dyhard, as well as other active members.
A movement was made for guys to leave for a different site, which will remain nameless in this blog. A site that I signed up for today myself.
Now, unlike some other people I thought a blog would be a better avenue to air out my frustrations with what has happened to the Throwdown section of the site. I will also state that I have no intentions on ending my account here. I have spent a good amount of time here building a reputation and accumulating a large number of TD's and have enjoyed my time here for the most part. I have never been accused of cheating, tried to be respectful to those I admire here, and hopefully entertained some people during my time.
But there are certainly some trends that irk me. And over the past few months the TD section has really declined, culminating into the fiasco this weekend and today.
I will first address the non-argument TD's. This problem is clearly in the hands of the mods. Why a non-argument TD is permitted on the site is beyond me, it seems like a clear failure in the design process and it is very frustrating for the users. I do understand that overhauling the entire system is probably out of the question, but why are these allowed to clog of the boards for hours? Some aren't even sports related.
And even more frustrating are the non-argument TD's from years ago being bumped back onto the active board. This weekend there were only three actual active TD's and the rest were these place fillers that have no purpose being there. I have to imagine several people reported them, so why are they still there? Delete them please. I realize there are not enough eyes to maintain the site 24/7, but a better job has to be done to help get rid of these.
Out of the mods control is another major problem with the site. Duping, FMing, etc. Bottom line, the blatant cheating that occurs in almost every TD on this site. I myself put a ton of time and effort into these, I don't FM people my TD's very often, and not to massive amounts of people like some on the site. Yet, in the past few months I have had a few TD's, some in tourneys, ruined by these tactics.
Whether some like to hear it or not, the mods really can't do anything about this. From my understanding of the situation, they can't track the IP adresses of the users, and they can't stop people from sending FM's to others. So what exactly can they do about it?
I find cheating to be the biggest problem with the site, as do others, so this is the real problem that needs to be solved. And if the mods don't have the capacity to do so, than it is up to us as FN members to fix the problem.
I think I may have such a solution.
In most of the TD's that duping occurs, the score is pretty close. At most seperated by just a few votes. So what if there was a panel of respected users who could help even the score? A group of members who could look at a TD and make a ruling as to whether cheating is really occuring. Almost like an arbitrator of sorts.
Basically, if you feel that you are being cheated out of a TD, you submit the throwdown to the panel, they look at it, and if they feel cheating is occuring they can lend their votes to you. There has been more than one occasion where I got an FM from someone crying foul during a TD, this is pretty much the same concept except less biased and out in the open.
So I am proposing we make a group called the FN Arbitrators, or something like that. In the group you can post links to TD's you feel have been altered by cheating. The panel can see your TD, each make a ruling on it, and cast votes accordlingly.
Is my idea out there? Yeah, but I'm just trying to right the ship. This site is fun when it is working correctly and if the mods can't or won't control it, we need to do it ourselves. This is just the foundation for my idea, and I would like to hear some feedback from you guys too. Maybe this could help solve some problems.