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infestructure
6/6/12 6:04:16PM
So what happened here?

It looks like there were far more members.
when I look back, a lot of people have been banned
http://www.mmaplayground.com/forums/topic27561-1.html
Is this normal? Did MMA get less popular? or Was there a vengeful mod?
Poor_Franklin
6/6/12 6:06:54PM
i've heard a little, but too new to know for sure.

I'd love for someone to give us a detailed account of the Playground's history
Budgellism
6/6/12 6:09:35PM
What was that guy that went crazy with the ban hammer? He's like a never ending joke on here. I forget his name though. Ive only been on the forums for a year and a bit so I don't know a lot about what happened with all that.
prophecy033
6/6/12 6:11:57PM

Posted by infestructure

So what happened here?

It looks like there were far more members.
when I look back, a lot of people have been banned
http://www.mmaplayground.com/forums/topic27561-1.html
Is this normal? Did MMA get less popular? or Was there a vengeful mod?

one word....DCRage
BlueSkiesBurn
6/6/12 6:16:06PM

Posted by Budgellism

What was that guy that went crazy with the ban hammer? He's like a never ending joke on here. I forget his name though. Ive only been on the forums for a year and a bit so I don't know a lot about what happened with all that.



DCRage was the ban happy mod. This is a rough topic because you have to be careful not to question a Mods judgement.

For the most part, anybody who has been banned on the Playground was done for good reason. There just got to be a period where the Playground was faced with doing a mass ban on a camp or seeing their forum board go the way of Sherdog.

I doubt you'll find a mod on here who won't tell you that some undeserving people probably got banned. Unfortunately, the problem was so bad that it warranted a total ban.

Some of those members have been allowed back and some haven't.
Budgellism
6/6/12 6:24:26PM

Posted by prophecy033


Posted by infestructure

So what happened here?

It looks like there were far more members.
when I look back, a lot of people have been banned
http://www.mmaplayground.com/forums/topic27561-1.html
Is this normal? Did MMA get less popular? or Was there a vengeful mod?

one word....DCRage



yup, thats it
Budgellism
6/6/12 6:25:43PM
As far as mods go, this site has never been better. I can't express that enough.

EDIT - Although I guess I can't really say that since I didn't run into any before I started posting...

Point is we have good mods right now that know what they're doing and give everyone a fair chance. Thats important in a time like this, when the Playground is preparing for big changes.
Adrenaline
6/6/12 6:33:48PM
Long story short:


A few years ago there was some turmoil on the PG between some members and a select number of mods, both sides were certainly guilty and the blame can't really be put on anyone in particular. There were bad posters who needed a ban to keep the PG an enjoyable place to be and then there were some quality posters who felt like they were getting punished for petty reasons. Some members (many involving a certain camp) retaliated and it was just a big stinking mess. Alot of people were banned and some just quit posting. Eventually cooler heads prevailed and things turned around. The admin has always been good, things just had to get hashed out. It's great now, a good balance of structure with a more laid back approach.



FastKnockout
6/6/12 7:07:36PM

Posted by Budgellism

As far as mods go, this site has never been better. I can't express that enough.

EDIT - Although I guess I can't really say that since I didn't run into any before I started posting...

Point is we have good mods right now that know what they're doing and give everyone a fair chance. Thats important in a time like this, when the Playground is preparing for big changes.



Very true. I was approached by one mod in particular who warned me about my attitude toward kingsmasher, and he was nothing but respectful about it. I love the mods here.
BossHog
6/6/12 7:09:58PM
I don't want to say too much, but I was on this site for a while before having to leave for certain reasons. Sucked, but I will say now that I'm back it seems to be less active but everyone is cool so its all good.
george112
6/6/12 7:14:44PM

Posted by BlueSkiesBurn


Posted by Budgellism

What was that guy that went crazy with the ban hammer? He's like a never ending joke on here. I forget his name though. Ive only been on the forums for a year and a bit so I don't know a lot about what happened with all that.



DCRage was the ban happy mod. This is a rough topic because you have to be careful not to question a Mods judgement.

For the most part, anybody who has been banned on the Playground was done for good reason. There just got to be a period where the Playground was faced with doing a mass ban on a camp or seeing their forum board go the way of Sherdog.

I doubt you'll find a mod on here who won't tell you that some undeserving people probably got banned. Unfortunately, the problem was so bad that it warranted a total ban.

Some of those members have been allowed back and some haven't.



I was banned for a month . Totally didn't deserve it. After that I lost a lot of loyalty to this site. Stopped posting and really didn't care about picks and what not. That lasted for about 2 years.

I've since forgiven and am happily proud to be a Playground OG


pmoney
6/6/12 8:15:35PM
I had some issues when I first started posting. My boundary pushing wasn't received all that well within the community, and with good cause. DCRage was still posting, but he wasn't a mod anymore so I didn't PM him about site issues ;-) Anyhow, I was never banned or suspended, although I think it got pretty close. I was probably on strike two, figuratively speaking.

Anyhow, all the mods have been great, imo. In fact, I think I was propped by a moderator before they deleted one of my offensive posts

Thanks for the long leash guys
Chael_Sonnen
6/6/12 8:33:34PM
What happened to the PG?

Chael_Sonnen happened, that's what!
Wallass
6/6/12 9:06:44PM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen

What happened to the PG?

Chael_Sonnen happened, that's what!




Chael's right and easily my favorite person on the playground for stuff like this. Sorry bro can't prop you or I would.
sparky
6/6/12 9:08:11PM

Posted by FastKnockout


Posted by Budgellism

As far as mods go, this site has never been better. I can't express that enough.

EDIT - Although I guess I can't really say that since I didn't run into any before I started posting...

Point is we have good mods right now that know what they're doing and give everyone a fair chance. Thats important in a time like this, when the Playground is preparing for big changes.



Very true. I was approached by one mod in particular who warned me about my attitude toward kingsmasher, and he was nothing but respectful about it. I love the mods here.



What ever happened to Kingsmasher I found his posts to be quite hilarious?
prophecy033
6/6/12 9:19:17PM

Posted by sparky


Posted by FastKnockout


Posted by Budgellism

As far as mods go, this site has never been better. I can't express that enough.

EDIT - Although I guess I can't really say that since I didn't run into any before I started posting...

Point is we have good mods right now that know what they're doing and give everyone a fair chance. Thats important in a time like this, when the Playground is preparing for big changes.



Very true. I was approached by one mod in particular who warned me about my attitude toward kingsmasher, and he was nothing but respectful about it. I love the mods here.



What ever happened to Kingsmasher I found his posts to be quite hilarious?

You mean teh kingsmasher?
TeamDEY
6/6/12 9:44:36PM
I think there is something wrong honestly. I love this site I always have loved this site, but there used to be a lot more people I feel. I'll be honest I have got on this site since like 2008. When I first joined, I got my friends to join because of the fantasy. Then we started posting all of the time. I then made 2 accounts not knowing you could only have one, to do better for fantasy. As the playground found out that I had two accounts, I was banned immediately and so was my friend who was also on the site. I really feel (IMO) that some of the bans are a little much. I understand that this site is professional but look what has happened. No one hardly even plays the fantasy anymore (like before), and posting is becoming a problem. I feel like in most cases you should be able to put what ever you feel. I do however think the mods on this site punish the users a little to harsh. I mean I have been with this site for years (since my high school days) even though it says i just joined over a year ago, and this is an amazing site but I feel it should be growing. Only having 2000 members play fantasy for the last event was ridiculous, there should be much more. NO DISRESPECT WHAT SO EVER, but again in my opinion I feel that sometimes the mods can be to aggressive when it comes to giving warnings, punishments, and bans. Again I am not bad mouthing this site, I check it at least 5 times a day, I am only giving my opinion. I think this site could be much more popular, unless it is trying to be more exclusive. Either way I love this site and will continue to be on it and post everyday!
TeamDEY
6/6/12 9:46:05PM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen

What happened to the PG?

Chael_Sonnen happened, that's what!



Can you ever be serious.
TeamDEY
6/6/12 9:48:37PM

Posted by TeamDEY


Posted by Chael_Sonnen

What happened to the PG?

Chael_Sonnen happened, that's what!



Can you ever be serious?... Remember Chael Tap Out or Die trying

BuffaloDave
6/6/12 9:53:45PM

Posted by prophecy033


Posted by sparky


Posted by FastKnockout


Posted by Budgellism

As far as mods go, this site has never been better. I can't express that enough.

EDIT - Although I guess I can't really say that since I didn't run into any before I started posting...

Point is we have good mods right now that know what they're doing and give everyone a fair chance. Thats important in a time like this, when the Playground is preparing for big changes.



Very true. I was approached by one mod in particular who warned me about my attitude toward kingsmasher, and he was nothing but respectful about it. I love the mods here.



What ever happened to Kingsmasher I found his posts to be quite hilarious?

You mean teh kingsmasher?



Beat me to it with the teh, that dude would write a pretty much good grammar post, put always have his teh's in it. Kinda like Prozac and his "Ufc".

Just don't say KS' name anymore, 3 times and he'll appear!!!!!!
kopower
6/6/12 10:14:45PM
I feel this site is much better than it was before. Yeah, the mass bannings definitely hurt the site, but some of them needed to happen. It's a more laid back atmosphere now. However, I do miss some of the old posters, and rivalries between fight camps
hotrodttt
6/6/12 10:23:49PM
It's a free mma site, what more could you ask for. Cool people, good vibes, and a chance to win some good prizes. Anybody who leaves mmapg has something wrong with them
crushedbacon
6/6/12 10:34:01PM
Ya its a different site, compared to a few years back, for sure. But with that said, the moderators do a tremendous job weeding out the Trolls and accounts that bring down the quality of the posts. That's what's great about The PG, witty, intelligent posts. I miss the early years when the topics discussed had a wider range, and ya like KO mentioned the rivalries. DCRage did think he was running North Korea there for a few months, power move after power move... These threads below are erased from history now...but I remember those couple days.... The Ban Hammer was a droppin...

11/5/08 Post #12 on topic: "The gestapo strike again"

11/5/08 Post #17 on topic: "America's 44th President- Barack Obama"

11/4/08 Post #24 on topic: "Uh Oh."

Gogoplatapus
6/6/12 10:54:26PM
DC Rage is why I'm Gogoplatapus.
crushedbacon
6/6/12 11:16:35PM

Posted by Gogoplatapus

DC Rage is why I'm Gogoplatapus. [/QUOTE

Well what were you doing jumping to conclusions so quickly? I remember the negotiations didn't go so well...

From: DCRage
To: crushedbacon
Subject: Re: Score News

Message:
Tell him he still can login to his account and negotiate his way out of the ban. I am willing to drop it if he's willing to listen and understand that he jumped to conclusions too fast. Had he just PM'd me (and I didn't have a chance to PM him) and done so in a polite manner without making a flame thread he would've gotten off with nothing. It's his choice.
11/18/08 6:47 PM



infestructure
6/6/12 11:19:13PM


Very true. I was approached by one mod in particular who warned me about my attitude toward kingsmasher, and he was nothing but respectful about it. I love the mods here.


Ok thanks for the heads up, I hoped this topic wouldn't get quashed, its good to know history - good or bad.
When I first started here I got home from watching the fights and I was drunk, and angry at Cheick Kongo. I said some shit I shouldn't have and was politely told by a mod not to do it again. Fair call.
Must suck to have built up a nice rep and get perma-banned though. Happened to me at MMAJunkie. A mod there gave me an instant perma-ban for saying a gif of John Dodson celebrating after a win should have a banana shopped into his hand, saying it was racist. He looks like a monkey!
How is that racist?
Here is much better. Cheers for making me feel welcome guys
scoozna
6/6/12 11:53:11PM
DCRage hit me with a ban for 6 months - i think i started a thread about Gina Carano pretty much for the sole purpose of drooling over her picture. The ban made me stop posting for a while and let my Premium membership drop.

But he went away and I came back and am enjoying the site a lot more with the newer more relaxed atmosphere. I too don't want it to get like Sherdog, but it's always a good idea to get more members.

Spread the word in the social-media spheres - there's a bunch of fantasy sites springing up, but MMAPG is better, no doubt about it.
Chael_Sonnen
6/7/12 12:09:39AM

Posted by kopower

I feel this site is much better than it was before. Yeah, the mass bannings definitely hurt the site, but some of them needed to happen. It's a more laid back atmosphere now. However, I do miss some of the old posters, and rivalries between fight camps



I'll start up a rivalry.....your fight camp ABSOLUTELY SUCKS!
KungFuMaster
6/7/12 12:39:43AM

Posted by infestructure



Very true. I was approached by one mod in particular who warned me about my attitude toward kingsmasher, and he was nothing but respectful about it. I love the mods here.


Ok thanks for the heads up, I hoped this topic wouldn't get quashed, its good to know history - good or bad.
When I first started here I got home from watching the fights and I was drunk, and angry at Cheick Kongo. I said some shit I shouldn't have and was politely told by a mod not to do it again. Fair call.
Must suck to have built up a nice rep and get perma-banned though. Happened to me at MMAJunkie. A mod there gave me an instant perma-ban for saying a gif of John Dodson celebrating after a win should have a banana shopped into his hand, saying it was racist. He looks like a monkey!
How is that racist?
Here is much better. Cheers for making me feel welcome guys



You will do well here. I have been reading your posts and you seem like a good guy to me.

I too was at Junkie. I posted there for a month. They never really embraced what I had to offer. They were even quite rude to me. I packed up and came here - only because I was referred by someone ( I forgot his name ).

I have said it already but this is worth saying it again. I love the Playground. Most of the members here are respectful. When I joined, the welcoming was good. The vibe felt great.

Budge, if you're reading this, (notice how I hid this emotional segment in a response to another member and only those who truly appreciate me will read it) you are the sole reason I stuck around long enough to discover the hidden gems in playground. You were there from the start of my playground account. There were times I thought you and I were the only ones posting. The best thing to happen to me as a playgrounder was to run into you. By associating with you and befriending you, I have also befriended your friends and the rest of ECP. I know you probably think you didn't do much but you certainly did enough for me to keep me around long enough.

I just want to say Thank You, Budge.

And to the few people whom I have gone to wars with - I never forget but I'm always ready to pretend it never happened with the exception of one individual whose name is not worthy of being spoken.

And to all my playground friends, you have made this place enjoyable and heart warming for me and I don't think I could ever leave this site and it is all because of the camaraderie I feel from you guys.

I want to give recognition to a few posters who helped me to stay.
In no particular order
Budge
Prophechy
Pmoney
Kpro
Pookie
Fastknockout
Poor_Franklin
Jjeans
Rabi
Adrenaline

You guys opened your arms to me when I first started here and you guys are the reasons I stayed. You cheered me on when no one else did. You prop-ed me when others laughed. You guys are a great bunch of dudes.
Aether
6/7/12 1:04:11AM

Posted by KungFuMaster


Posted by infestructure



Very true. I was approached by one mod in particular who warned me about my attitude toward kingsmasher, and he was nothing but respectful about it. I love the mods here.


Ok thanks for the heads up, I hoped this topic wouldn't get quashed, its good to know history - good or bad.
When I first started here I got home from watching the fights and I was drunk, and angry at Cheick Kongo. I said some shit I shouldn't have and was politely told by a mod not to do it again. Fair call.
Must suck to have built up a nice rep and get perma-banned though. Happened to me at MMAJunkie. A mod there gave me an instant perma-ban for saying a gif of John Dodson celebrating after a win should have a banana shopped into his hand, saying it was racist. He looks like a monkey!
How is that racist?
Here is much better. Cheers for making me feel welcome guys



And to the few people whom I have gone to wars with - I never forget but I'm always ready to pretend it never happened with the exception of one individual whose name is not worthy of being spoken.



That's me, for anyone who was wondering. lol.
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