Entrecard Forums Censoring Again

I really do like Entrecard.  I really do.  However, some of the missteps that have occurred over are just crazy.  One of the ongoing missteps is their moderators on their forums.  This was an issue a while back before.  New forums popped up due to the censorship that a lot of the members were feeling on the Entrecard forums.  Seriously, that was how bad it got.

Now, I thought that was over and done with.  We were told that wouldn’t happen anymore and blah blah blah.  Well, I learned firsthand myself how much crap that was (I’m a little irritated . . . can you tell?)  Now, I have moderated before (I was moderator at the Izea forums over a year, so I know what a pain it can be.  However, we were never ever ever allowed to delete anything unless it was spam.)  Now, the thread in question is this one: http://entrecard.com/forums/7/15804/#p=21.  Now, they posted a question and people started responding. I happened to be one of them. And my response got deleted since he (the moderator who started the question) didn’t like the answer. He also removed the reference to another forum called Firestorm.   I’m sorry, you can’t ask a question on a public forum and then start deleting the answers you don’t like. Sorry, that is crap. The part that I especially love is that other forums are listed there. His reasoning? Firestorm and Forum Finder (which is the one I listed) are too close to what Entrecard’s forum does (huh?).  I wouldn’t be half as ticked if he didn’t leave other forums up there that do the same darn thing.  I don’t understand the double standard.  I am not one to kiss ass which is probably why my comment is gone (I’ve left two more comments questioning why — we’ll see how long those last).

Now, I don’t own either forum that got taken off the list.  I get no benefit for writing this post, besides releasing some of my anger.  I just am sick and tired of Entrecard’s double standard when it comes to their forums.  Obviously, the only way to get your posts to say is to kiss up or keep your opinions to yourself (which I would think is counterproductive on a forum).

Let me know your thoughts.

Comments

  1. I agree… I don't post on the EC forum often, but no one even responded to me. But if you delete one, then you need to delete all. Forums are a legitimate way of "marketing" our blogs…. so why delete? Anyway…. I love ForumFinder. It is friendly and helpful. More so than anything I have seen on ECforum…. JMO

  2. I agree with you 100%. I quit posting over there for a long time because you never knew who you were pissing off and if they would delete you or completely kick you out. What really irritated me was the double standard that they allowed some forums to be listed but not all.

    Thanks for the comment!

  3. I've been involved in a lot of boards, and therefore a lot of board politics, but I just couldn't stomach the EC forum AT ALL. I don't even read because it's just too frustrating.

  4. A. Caleb Hartley :

    I haven't experienced this, and I am actaully surprised that it would be happeningn on Entrecard, a place to market and support blogs. Since blogs are all about people's opinions, it's pretty damn funny that the board would censor opinions.

    Having said that – it doesn't particularly surprise me, since human nature is to suppress anything we don't like or don't agree with. Power, corrupts, right? I will also say that I don't really use the EC forums much, and now that I've read this, I will certainly not use them.

    Sorry for your frustration…

    Namaste,

    A. Caleb Hartley

  5. I've bowed out of most forums, especially EC. I just drop now!

  6. They don't seem to be able to moderate to a fair set of guidelines–that is all that is needed. Then people know what they are meant to do, and can just opt out if it is to restrictive. As it is things just 'vanish'.

  7. I never use the EC forums apart from advertising space on my blog. I refused to used them when they banned the Firestorm category. My apologies for not dropping on this blog today as it was down this morning. Got your others though!

  8. Roger Hamilton :

    I just read the forums. I don't post there.

  9. With censorship and deleting people's opinions/posts – I don't think a forum like this still deserves a name "forum"…

  10. I didn't even know they had forums! In my experience though, no matter what the message board… there is always some kind of drama or censorship at some point. It's just a part of the whole experience.

  11. The aim of that thread was to help the people in the Marketing forum to find quality sites for marketing their blogs. I'm truly sorry if you do not believe it was run well and I take full responsibility for that. In the interest of fairness, the entire thread has been removed, and I will not post any further discussions to try and help improve the marketing forum again.

    If anyone has any constructive suggestions for how to improve the forums instead of declaring them a waste of time, speak up and we will consider them. Mistakes are made and we don't always get it right, but complaining without actually offering any suggestions to improve things doesn't benefit anyone.

  12. For the past year, all I have been getting from the EC forums is FRUSTRATION, so I requested that they delete my account on this last round, because I don't believe for one second that the mention of one forum over another, was an oversight by the moderators. There are other ways to drive traffic, other ways that don't involve the aggrivation and frustration that has become so much a part of the EC forums.

  13. @Jennifer I agree. I sometimes head over there just for punishment. LOL

  14. @A. Caleb, I really do like Entrecard, but this has happened before on there. It could be so great if they would just keep a better handle of what is going on.

  15. @corrin As long as you drop on me, its all good. LOL

  16. @vein Exactly!

  17. @mark No problem. Let me know if you have any more issues. My host did an upgrade, so everything should be working okay.

    And same here re: Firestorm incident. I just check in every so often and this is what happens. LOL

  18. @daria I agree. The best part is that you have no idea how much has been deleted because its just gone. I only knew because i left a comment.

  19. @Laurie There always is drama. But it is irritating when you leave a (nonspam) comment, and its deleted. And this isn't the first time this has happened there.

  20. @Ben My main beef was that you asked for our opinion. I gave it. Then you deleted it. You also left at least 4 other forums URLs up.

    A great marketing tool is other forums. I get tons of visits from forums, because I belong to several. If you didn't want forums listed, you should have said that.

    I was here for the whole Firestorm mess. This is exactly what started that to begin with. I guess my advice is that unless the post is spam, don't delete it. I've never been on a forum (and I've mod'ed several) that has allowed posts that were not spam to be deleted and Entrecard seems to be regularly doing it.

    Just my 2 cents.

  21. Omigod! How did I get here? Oh never mind…I figured it out. lol

    You have a beautiful banner Lisa! I joined Entrecard too, posted the thing here for awhile but I receive most of my traffic directly from Google or Twitter. And since reading complaints from others about Entrecard (double standards), I simply stopped using it.

    Thanks also for your kind comment in my blog! Take care!

  22. Entrecard will be going the way of Blogrush if they aren't careful.

  23. Lots of Entrecard members have moved onto Twitter. You can find me at twitter/stanhayes

    The Entrecard forums were overmoderated by mods and ignored by the owner.

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