YoYoGames.com Forums Unmoderateable
January 20, 2010
So when I came across this topic on an issue regarding race I wasn’t all that surprised. What I was disappointed to see though was that the moderators have had to resort to “virtually locking” posts as their moderation tools are broken.
An upgrade to the YoYo Games website over a month ago had the side effect of essentially preventing these volunteers keep the forum under control.
For starters the button used to alert a moderator to an offending post does not work. It looks like it works but moderators are unable to view the reported topics. So, as I had done a few days previously, I resorted to the option of PMing a link to the offending topic to someone with the powers to remove it. It wasn’t removed although I am lead to believe that the ‘delete a post’ button is one of the few moderation tools that continues to work.
A recent post by former moderator NAL in response to a topic questioning the ‘virtual locking’ system revealed some of the limitations that moderators face: “[topic] titles can’t be changed, and they can’t be locked, stickied, unstickied, unlocked or moved”. A senior moderator at the forums told GameMaker Blog that they have been asking YoYo Games to fix the tools for “some time now” but have not yet received a satisfactory response.
As regular readers may know I am not the biggest fan of the YoYoGames forums, although I have probably been making more posts there than at the GMC over the past week or so, but I find it incredible that a forum populated mainly by minors has so few working controls in place.