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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?

Post #1   6/6/12 6:04:16PM   

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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

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Post #2   6/6/12 6:06:54PM   

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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.

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Post #3   6/6/12 6:09:35PM   

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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

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Post #4   6/6/12 6:11:57PM   

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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.

Post #5   6/6/12 6:16:06PM   

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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

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Post #6   6/6/12 6:24:26PM   

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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.

Last edited 6/6/12 6:33PM server time by budgellism
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Post #7   6/6/12 6:25:43PM   

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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.



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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.

Post #9   6/6/12 7:07:36PM   

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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.

Post #10   6/6/12 7:09:58PM   

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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


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Post #11   6/6/12 7:14:44PM   

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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

Post #12   6/6/12 8:15:35PM   

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What happened to the PG?

Chael_Sonnen happened, that's what!

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Post #13   6/6/12 8:33:34PM   

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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.

Post #14   6/6/12 9:06:44PM   

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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?

Post #15   6/6/12 9:08:11PM   
 
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