Topic: Once Upon A Newbie (or Our Forums here)
I had a experience just recently and it's left me to reflect on our forums here.
In readying myself for the Flash '90 podcast, I did as I did for the Sliders podcast. Searched for information. I did the same with Lois and Clark. Now for Sliders, I was already HERE and commenting quite a bit about my crush on Wade Wells/Sabrina Llyod as ireactions posted enticing picture after picture to drive me mad. With Lois and Clark I found the Zoomway forums and despite their being stuck in a certain mindset that caused some disagreement about things, they were generally just as welcoming as you all here.
That brings me to my search for Flash '90 info. I ended up finding a forum that had some people who had posted topics related to that show. They're were a few general comments and a few dedicated threads to the individual episodes. I thought, well this looks great! I shall join and let these guys know of new content coming concerning a show they seemed to be interested in. I posted! It didn't appear. I waited. Tried again in a few weeks. Nothing. I posted on their help forums. Nothing. Another month or so and I tried again to post. Nothing.
Finally today the moderator responded. I ad apparently broken a rule that like a computer software's EULA, I had not read. I was a newbie to their forum and I had dared to promote my own project. Thus my post was banned automatically.
Now truthfully I understand the rules they had set up. I hasn't read them because I assumed the experience there would be like the experience here and at Zoomway. I assumed that people would be happy with new content for old favorite shows! So I was smacked down. Ouch.
I reached out on Twitter to the owner of the site, someone that I heard guest star on that other Lois and Clark podcast that seemed to have stalled out at the end of season one. He was also on a documentary about Smallville as well apparently. Quite the Superman fan for sure. You can see my Twitter feed if you feel like reading the convo (@tom2pt0). Basically we had some back and forth and I did apologize for breaking the rules and not coming to him personally first. But... I didn't know him. I never thought about contacting the owner of a forum before posting before. It just kind of soured me on that forum. He did say he would fix things and I assume let my posts finally go through. That's great and all but still... what a way to be greeted.
The rules state that I needed to be a standing member of the community first before posting about my own projects. So just go and discuss things here and there first and then after some time I would be allowed to post. I suppose I understand that but I just feel like it's anti-newbie. I know it's supposed to cut down on hacker spam and people posting illegal download things and such but still. It was quite an off-putting thing to be told yeah you just spammed us with news of your podcast. Really took me by surprise.
Anyway, I guess I just wanted to say thanks for this forum as I've always felt accepted right away. Thanks!