June 9th, 2012, 04:13 PM
I read most of the thread you started. What I found most interesting is that after the first two pages, the thread got back onto the equivalent lens and format nonsense. It only seemed as if one or two individuals actually wanted to discuss your point of the original thread. I think you hit the nail on the head. Freedom of speech does not apply to private forums. However, dpreivew does so little in moderation that people can get away with just about anything on that forum. There are even those who use that as an excuse to be rude and ugly. I personally believe moderation and common sense are necessary. I think some folks probably need to have a little thicker skin, but at the same time, I think people should be as polite as they can when trying to get their points accross.
About a week ago another member posted about being polite. Another member believed it was his duty to be overly harsh. I posted that most people have the capability to be polite, courteous, and nice about getting their point across. I was then presented with an argument of freedom of speech. I decided not to persue the argument further because I felt that there was no way to reach that individual.
I believe you expressed my thoughts regarding freedom of speech and private forums more eloquently than I ever could.
June 9th, 2012, 05:17 PM
A year and a half ago, when I decided to pick up photography after a 20 year hiatus, I found DP Review and was astounded by the hostility. It reminded me of THE VW VORTEX forum, with it's trolls and total disregard for the inexperienced. After about two weeks of searching I stumbled upon mu-43 and have yet to go back to DPR except when a link was on the previous and related to something of interest( but didn't log on or comment), or once in awhile for a review. It just isn't worth my time, if something truly pertinent comes up there, I just assume I'll eventually see a link, or I live in the world of ignorance is bliss. I don't think I've suffered not being there and after reading Ray's post, I'm sure I've made the right decision.
June 9th, 2012, 07:11 PM
I have so little leisure time, that I try to extract pleasure from every moment. I'd like to spend more time shooting, and the internet is an evil, evil distraction But life is too short to waste even 1/250 of a second at DPR. It represents everything I hate in a photography site. Nothing but gear talk with excessive measurebation, GAS fuellers like reviews and studio comparisons, it's a place populated with nothing but trolls and spectators! Anything else written on there is done so by folks working for the electronics companies - directly or on commission - yes, protagonists and apologists BOTH!. Why would any self-respecting and self-conscious human being who genuinely enjoys photography bother over there....HONESTLY?
If our forum here even begins to approximate DPR then I'm out - and I hope our projected growth spurt doesn't aid or abet this. Then the only place left will be RFF....or to start a splinter site of our own of course. Maximum membership 500 by invite only!
June 9th, 2012, 07:28 PM
Not for me. I banned myself. Took a while to figure out out to circumvent the software from preventing a Moderator from deadlocking their own account.
Originally Posted by stillshunter
June 9th, 2012, 07:35 PM
June 9th, 2012, 08:14 PM
Originally Posted by Ray
Anyone who has owned or moderated a forum has struggled with these issues. I don't think anyone would argue that freedom of expression isn't a good thing, and despite having been threatened anonymously by a forum member using a pseudonym, I believe in people's rights to post anonymously. Few would argue, though, that complete freedom of expression (hate speech, personal insults, etc) make for a good forum. When I suggested that repetitive arguments should be addressed by moderation at DPReview, I was labeled as "thought police".
Originally Posted by Isoterica
I think it's important to have clear rules that can be moderated consistently by more than one moderator, but there's always going to be room for interpretation. You can say "No politics", and there will always be someone who disagrees about a statement being political. You can say "no personal attacks", and people won't always agree about their statement being an attack. My suggestion about repetitive arguments was viewed as a personal attack by the guy who does the most repetitive arguing, despite the fact that I acknowledged that I too had done too much repetitive arguing.
DPReview has a pretty decent set of rules, but they hardly ever moderate, and when they do, they are very inconsistent. A little bit of moderation would do a lot for those forums.
June 9th, 2012, 08:39 PM
Wise words. Thanks Amin.
I moderate DPR by my absence.
June 10th, 2012, 12:05 AM
I stopped even occasionally lurking on DPReview's forums some time ago. It's been years since I've actually posted there. The site is an excellent database and research tool. The tests are quite informative - the standard of the industry, even. But the forums are largely a waste. I suspect that, as long as they remain largely unmoderated, they will remain that way.
I believe it's a case of a few people ruining it for everyone. And, because everyone's anonymous, things are not always what they seem. In one case few ago, there was one particular poster who was a fanboy to one of the major DSLR brands in the worst possible way. There was simply no talking to him and he could be quite abusive. He knew everything. Another poster spent some quality time finding out who the fanboy was... and it turned out he was 15 years old and didn't even own a DSLR.
Maybe I'm just getting old but at this point in my life I have no tolerance for wasting my time any longer. If posters don't want to be helpful or engage in useful, informative discussion, then there's no need for me to spend any time on a given forum. There's enough unpleasantness in the world and when I'm on the Internet, I seek reliable information or the comradery of people who share some of my interests.
So... having said all that, I spend most of my Internet forum time on mu-43, Serious Compacts and Pentax Forums (which can get a bit unpleasant at times but nowhere near the level of the DPReview forums). I also respond to entries on the Online Photographer and Visual Science Lab blogs.
Last edited by Biro; June 10th, 2012 at 12:10 AM.
Panasonic G5 and GX1; Lumix 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6, Lumix 45-150mm f/4-5.6, Lumix 100-300mm f/4-5.6, Lumix 14mm f/2.5, Lumix 20mm f/1.7
Olympus E-PM2; Zuiko 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6, 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R, Zuiko 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6, Zuiko 40-150 f/4.0-5.6 R, Zuiko 15mm body-cap lens, Zuiko 17mm f/1.8, Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Pentax Q; 01 prime, 02 and 06 zooms
June 10th, 2012, 12:41 AM
I only read DPReview forums for the occasional bit of useful information I can find about using cameras, or new cameras. I like the Ricoh forum, as do many others, and I also like the Sigma forum. The Canon compacts forum isn't too bad, but the Fuji and Fuji X100/SLR forum is a veritable wasteland of idiocy. You could barely say anything negative about the cameras without someone telling you that 'it's not for you, you're an idiot'. Hm.
If DPReview is going to improve, it needs keen-eyed moderators with surgical ruthlessness and an iron fist mentality. They need to be able to ban offending posters at the drop of a hat and delete entire threads. It would also help if they made public announcements of bans, and include specific reasons for the ban. And if they worked to encourage productive posting through praise and more input, that would be good as well. But DPReview seriously needs someone who will take out the trash, and that means serial bullies.
June 10th, 2012, 03:40 AM
I visit DPR for gear info, camera comparisons etc. I have looked in on the forums occasionally, but a) I don't like the layout and b) I've actually never found anything useful there. As far as I could see, its always been full of trolls and self-styled experts, and really, does not have much to offer. I visit here, pentaxforums, plus a few aussie forums (not necessarily photography related). I think, Ray, you're just seeing it for what it is. I can't be bothered with it. Too much rubbish and attitude.
Gear: Mostly the Fuji X100, Ricoh GRD III and Olympus XZ-1
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