I'm just going to come right out and say it. If you feel the need to continually say that we are like a fascist regime, or if you feel the need to say something like...
macgeek417 wrote:Stupid crap like this is why I pretty much never visit here anymore
... then maybe our loss of you as a member of the community isn't so significant as you personally might think it is.
Seriously, we've got plenty of people posting youtube videos of stuff nobody cares about, talking about how they can't buy anything, or just complaining about being unable to have nice software (abandoned, old or otherwise) just handed to them, that having one fewer is a little bit of a refreshing thing to notice.
That having been said, I would hate to make anyone who legitimately adds to the discussion, or at least doesn't detract from it, feel unwelcome.
The truth is that cycles like these where one single thing becomes incredibly annoying to the mods/admins, and then a rule gets made and enforced, and there's this big communitywide discussion about it, happens all the time. I remember back on the Snitz board, back when LCGuy and I were in the running for most posts, and I was still kind of a n00b myself, in life and on the forum, and I was incredibly unhappy when the postcount displays were turned off. For whatever ridiculous reason, I absolutely loved knowing how many posts the guy above me had, and how awesome I was in terms of 68k Macs because I had more posts.
That was a very different time for me in a lot of ways, and though I sometimes don't think it, I've been told I've grown up a bit since then, which is reassuring to say the least.
All of that having been said, honestly, if you care about the 68k Macs, and the other people around, then just deal with it. So far the feedback seems to be "make these changes less sudden" -- because it's inevitable that they'll happen. This statement exemplifies the problem as I think everyone sees it.
Anonymous Freak wrote:Although it would have been appreciated had the prodding been both more obvious, and more polite.
If I've interpreted that correctly -- it's definitely something we can work on. I'm not going to claim that as an administrator of the forum, anything I or the other mods/admins does it perfectly, but as it has been said, one of the rules definitely is that mod/administrator decisions are final. So there's no use really crying over this spilt milk. Nobody has really provided any compelling reason to turn the quote button back on, especially since everybody already learned new ways to do the same thing nearly just as efficiently, as it was predicted would happen.
As far as editing things in a text editor as Trash80 mentioned -- I do the same thing. I often open up a sidenote in OneNote or just notepad and tap out what it is I want to say, add the bbcode, then use the preview function very liberally.
Formatting, signatures, avatars, quoting, inline images, and a whole host of other things that we have here on phpBB that we didn't have (or had limited versions of) on Snitz can make it more fun, interesting, and easier for everyone to do everything. But if abused, I have no problems with all of these things being disabled. It's not like the core functionality of the forum, which is to discuss things using text, would change or be affected unless somebody made the immature decision to leave a community because of an administrative action.
Hope this helps, and hope not to have stepped on any feet.