Now originally I was going to start a topic in General Discussion on the forums to let people know about this, but recent circumstances have made me a bit hesitant...
Back in the day I used to see all these people being banned and think 'that'll never be me'. Yes, some of the bans were perhaps silly and overly harsh, but you could always see what the perpetrator had done wrong. In the past couple of months it changed slightly- the bans got more ridiculous but I could still see them coming. Even my own ban a few weeks ago was predictable in a sense- the incident could definitely be seen as a lapse in judgement in my part; not because I did anything wrong but because I should have known better- I know what the Gurus are like. Now though it's different.
In the past I thought I was safe- I thought as long as I didn't do anything stupid then I couldn't be banned- but how do I know that for sure now? I'm afraid to post anything- anything at all- because it might get me perma'd, and while that wouldn't be the worst thing in the world I resent the Gurus having that much control over me.
And so I find myself not only going on the forums less but just being a creeper instead of an active poster, and the sad thing is it's not even me who's going to suffer from this. I see people on the forums sometimes just looking for answers, and I know I can help them but I'm stuck. I want to reply- I want to tell them I know how to fix their issues with custom content or glitchy babies, but I'm fearful.
Some people may be thinking 'well what's the point in not being banned if you're not going to post?', but I guess that's because, to a lot of people, the forums are the main enticement of the TS3 site. They get banned and they go running back, but I couldn't do that. The thing that matters to me- the reason I continue to be a member of the community is because I'm proud of my standing and my studio. If I got banned and went back I'd be starting from zero again, and it just wouldn't be worth it.
Oh I'm having a ramble again aren't I? I guess what I'm trying to say is... this sucks. We shouldn't be afraid to post normal, helpful things on the forums for fear of undue repercussions.
It's a fucking joke.
*sigh* To be honest I might chill the fuck out and post it on the forums later- we'll see how friendly things are looking I guess.