Tabonga 1,885 Member · Posted December 13, 2019 Share Posted December 13, 2019 (edited) Actually not but I am (or is that was?) Natty Bumppo. For those of you not into the arcane history of shenanigans at NA this is going to be boring.... First I will answer some general questions that came up in the banning thread. 1.) I am 67 and got into console gaming in early 1992 when I was 39. (At one point I stated I had started in 1985 - but I was conflating when we bought our first house and when Mrs. Tellurian's friend brought over an SNES on an overnight visit - she also came for an overnight when we bought the house. I was into complex (for the era) war board games as early as the third grade though. 2) Never been on instagram so that wasn't me. 3) Wasn't me grabbing topics off Reddit (I only recently went on reddit - can't say as I impressed with the format at alt) - that is not to say that something I posted may have shown up there also at some point in time. 4) I addressed this when it came up but I will go over it again in more detail - my favorite genre is SRPGs - something that all of the nintendo formats were astoundingly lacking in. While I had played virtually all of the SNES rpgs quite frankly it was long ago even then that I had played them - and after awhile they pretty much all merged into one so other than saying x was good etc. I didn't have much to say. And NA was extremely schizophrenic to a varying degree about talking about old topics - if you posted a new topic about something that had been talked about already you get flambeed for not using the minimilistic search system - if you posted into an old enough (I never did figure out what the cutoff age was -that seemed to vary also) thread you would be keel hauled for resurrecting dead topics. Often by the same people. Go figure...... While I have a pretty substantial (not as big as some others ) collection that is pretty deep in quality I have never been into parading it about. I didn't acquire it for that reason and to be honest with you since I bought virtually all of it the day (for example I got all 4 of the Dragon Force discs and 6 of the 7 Sega Lunar Silver Star discs in regular games stores at used game prices) I have never really viewed my collection in terms of its value. Frankly I am more proud of the maps I made for Warsong, Brigandine, Dark Wizard and my piece de resistance of the world map for Golden Axe Warrior. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Forward to my departure. As an underlayment I will state up front that I feel the treatment I was accorded was likely more the result of the fact that I have firm opinions on some things and I am a fairly skilled informal debater than the rather petty (IMHO) stuff slung at me. Plus there always seems to be someone on every forum who thinks they can count coup on the old geezer and make him look like a befuddled fool. Not so much - while I don't win all debates I more than hold my own even in the ones I don't win. As a result I tend to get dragged into all sorts of weird things - I even got into one where I was criticized for having my house paid off - that one has always baffled me since it allowed me to retire comfortably early (which has had rewards well beyond economics) and to put off collecting social security until I am 70 (which in my case is really really important since I am in a select group that gets a 16% effective increase in benefits per year that I wait rather the nominal 8% base figure that most recipients get. That whole episode still has me baffled. It wasn't really one person that pushed to to decamp - at least publicy - I suspect there was an Alex (ala Clockwork Orange) leadsting some microcephletic droogs working behind the scenes. And there was one incident that pretty much made me decide to decamp. I don't remember which occurred first but I was directly attacked with a thread using a variation of the old ploy of "I come to bury Ceasar not to praise him" - but surprise I had read Shakespeare too. I responded with an ignoring the question (which is actually a logical fallacy - but this was obviously not a debate) strategy which not only avoids a confrontation (at least started by me) but would have shunted the whole thing off until a mod/admin showed up and shut the thing down. A mod did show up - and lo I (along with the unfortunate Gloves) was chastized while the thread was allowed to remain with nary a word said to/about the poster (IIRC). As a former administrator of a large forum I have to say I considered this very poor judgement - perhaps driven by animus. About the same time all of the threads I had posted (maybe 6, 7 or 8 - I don't remember the exact number) that were remotely active were all derailed by separate people. All within a day or so. Hmmm - I may have been born at night but I wasn't born yesterday - kinda hard to say coincidence on this one. Alex and his droogs at work. Then a mod comes along and apologizes to some of the perpetrators that while he looked he could not find how I had been breaking any rules. Not saying to them for example that I wasn't breaking any rules so back off. Another case of really really poor modding - but this one was clearly operating with animus. I suspect I would have banned if I had actually been breaking any rules. The straw that broke the camels back was what occurred in the last thread I posted (IIRC) - it was an RIP thread and that was attempted to be derailed, No common decency there - it was the equivalent of pissing on the deceased's grave asfarasI was/am concerned. No mod reaction of any sort on that one IIRC. Translation - it is open season on someone. At that point I decided to leave since the deck was pretty clearly stacked and I wasn't going to be allowed to post anything undisturbed (if an RIP thread was not safe what would have been) - and I had more pressing issues in any event from some fairly intense upcoming follow up procedures resulting from my third heart attack a year earlier. Just didn't need the BS in my life. I didn't leave a departing thread since I really am not into that sort of thing and didn't want to cause a ruckus in an already problematic place. Anyway there are 8 million stories in The Naked City and that was mine. Anyone has any questions feel free to ask. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Anyone wants to revisit old grievances feel free. (In the spirit of the season think Festivus peeps!) Edited December 13, 2019 by Wandering Tellurian 1 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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