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Good Day,
I wanted to take a moment to post my observations of this site, from the perspective of a Moderator...

First off, let me give a bit of background;
I joined DIYMA back in 2014. At that time, I had done a number of my own car stereos... but none of them were particularly 'high caliber'.
I spent a few months lurking the forums, and soaking in as much information as I could. Things like: 'DSP' and 'Active Systems' were new to me.
I had a lot of learning to do... and boy did I learn a lot from this site. Still do.

Fast-Forward to 2020;
I think we can all agree that this has been a wild year. Covid has impacted us in ways we couldn't imagine.
I mention this, because the thing that has been a constant for me, the thing that has kept me grounded, has been this community on DIYMA.

I have put a fair bit into this site over the past 6 years, and I genuinely care about its operation and existence.
With that in mind; I feel it's an honor and a duty to seve this community in a Moderator role.

I wanted to share a few things I've noticed from a Moderator's perspective, as I know we tend to gripe when things change or don't go as planned:
  1. This site gets a LOT of Spam. This is Spam that you guys never even see. DIYMA has recently put in pretty good filters to block Spam, but the odd one still gets through. But I'm not kidding when I say; I clean-up and delete piles of Spam, every single day.
  2. People try to post a lot of nudes. This gets automatically blocked and deleted by the site... but it's shocking how often people try to post porn in their threads. Some folks would be amused by this... and some would definitely not. Keep this in mind, when you think you may want to include a 'racey pic' in your post.
  3. Lots of people use a VPN, and have multiple accounts on this site. For the most part; this gets ignored / left alone, as long as the person is behaving themselves. But why would you feel the need to create multiple accounts?
  4. I would say that the majority of folks that have been banned from this site, come back within a week under a new user name. Same rules as above. For the most part, as long as they behave themselves, it get left alone and monitored.
  5. Repeat offenders (I won't name names, but most of us can think of one) are a bit more difficult to manage. There is nothing in a moderators power to completely block an IP address if the person is using a VPN (which logs-in under multiple different IP addresses). I have gone into one fellow's account (again, I won't name names), and put a block on 114 different IP addresses, which accounted for 11 different user names he had setup for himself. Since doing this, I haven't seen him return... but who knows. The bottom line is; if you behave yourself and contribute to this site in a positive manner, then we are fairly forgiving...
  6. For the most part; Moderators are just regular guys with daytime jobs (outside of this website). We serve because we care about the wellbeing of this community. We also count on your feedback, when something doesn't look right. In other words... we don't sit online 24/7 looking to fix issues. If you notice something that needs attention, then please send a PM to myself, or any of the Mods, so we can look into it. Villagers take care of their Village...
 

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I was wondering why all my porn was not showing up. Drats! Just kidding. Who the heck would want to post porn on a car audio site? I assume there are plenty of other sites out there where you can find this content (cough cough).

Thank you for lending insight into your day to day activities in supporting this site. Your contributions are appreciated.

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Kountz, there I said it.
Awesome. Appreciate you and your dedication to this affliction we call car audio.
 

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So what is the point of banning someone then if they can just come back a week later under a different name? Maybe banning shouldn't be the solution? IDK. Just thinking and typing. Make them pay a stupidity fine or something....lol.
 

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So what is the point of banning someone then if they can just come back a week later under a different name? Maybe banning shouldn't be the solution? IDK. Just thinking and typing. Make them pay a stupidity fine or something....lol.
Agreed, bring back public whippings!

I moderate Perth-WRX dot com and have similar frustrations as jimmydee. Only problem is, I haven't had a Subie since 2010. Mind you, haven't had any big end bearing or head gasket problems either haha

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Lots of people use a VPN, and have multiple accounts on this site. For the most part; this gets ignored / left alone, as long as the person is behaving themselves. But why would you feel the need to create multiple accounts?
This is a little concerning. I have often felt (in PM's) that it sounds like I am talking to another person that I have been talking to elsewhere...
Regardless...an interesting read mate, kudos for your work.
I would like to just ask one question...in my build log there is one picture (a pic of me holding a speaker bracket...) that has been flagged as '18plus only'. Firstly...there is nothing rude in the photo so I am a little intrigued. Secondly though...how does the 'auto-censor' flag something as '18plus only'?
This is a car audio site - not YouTube - if something is a little 'rough' then it should be deleted...I don't know what 18+ achieves...?
Props for your work anyway.
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Two questions.

1. Do you feel like this site has died quite a bit due to the outflux of members going to CAJ because of the drama with Skizer and the overall site design changes?

2. Is there any way for this site to get "see users started threads" back. The option has disappeared since the change and now i can't even see a list of the threads i've started.
 

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So what is the point of banning someone then if they can just come back a week later under a different name? Maybe banning shouldn't be the solution? IDK. Just thinking and typing. Make them pay a stupidity fine or something....lol.
Shadow banning, like Reddit can do, might be more effective. The bad actor can post all they want, but no one else can actually see the posts. The bad actor just eventually thinks no one is responding, unless they login with a different account to check.
 

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Two questions.

1. Do you feel like this site has died quite a bit due to the outflux of members going to CAJ because of the drama with Skizer and the overall site design changes?

2. Is there any way for this site to get "see users started threads" back. The option has disappeared since the change and now i can't even see a list of the threads i've started.
A number of interesting comments; none more interesting than this one. As an answer to number 2: I can see what threads I've started...? 'Discussions Created' I think it is called...could be wrong. However number 1 is interesting...what drama with Skizer?

No answers forthcoming from moderation on any of these queries though. CAJ sounds interesting...because it really feels like a number of the build logs I have been following have just stopped mid build...

Lots of people use a VPN, and have multiple accounts on this site. For the most part; this gets ignored / left alone, as long as the person is behaving themselves. But why would you feel the need to create multiple accounts?
That sentence was not written by a lawyer...
 

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So what is the point of banning someone then if they can just come back a week later under a different name? Maybe banning shouldn't be the solution? IDK. Just thinking and typing. Make them pay a stupidity fine or something....lol.
Fortunately, we rarely see this happen. As a matter of fact, I can only think of 2 people in the past year that have acted this way. Both of them seem to have eventually got the point... The bottom line is that:
  1. We could probably all agree there is a bit of entertainment value to their drama (I mean, we're still talking about it today).
  2. You can't stop stupid. It's just out there. We all have a bit of it (some more than others).
Do you feel like this site has died quite a bit due to the outflux of members going to CAJ because of the drama with Skizer and the overall site design changes?
I am also a member of CAJ, and I believe both sites offer something unique... with that said; I do notice that the majority of members also seem to have accounts on both sites, and also tend to double-post (the exact same thing) on both sites.

Is there any way for this site to get "see users started threads" back. The option has disappeared since the change and now i can't even see a list of the threads i've started.
This is still available. If you click on the Users Profile, and then click on: Discussions Created, you can see this.
 

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Agree about the double posts between the 2 sites. I have an account there myself but rarely post anything. Normally what you see on one you see on the other. There is way more content and activity here compared to CAJ too. I prefer to post here!
 

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Sorry but discussions created only shows my posts on anyone's thread. Not my specifically started threads. I can screenshot if you'd like
 

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...I live my life on a VPN. Always.

I'm sorry?
No problem with that. Admin would not discourage internet safety measures!

Where the issue arises is when members purposely hide behind VPN’s so they can act poorly. Multiple accounts would be an example of that. There are any number of egregious acts that people could pull off by using multiple accounts...
 

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Sorry but discussions created only shows my posts on anyone's thread. Not my specifically started threads. I can screenshot if you'd like
Yeah you are right. It is under the subheading ‘Discussions’...there are four subheadings in a row and ‘Discussions’ is the third one.
 

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...I live my life on a VPN. Always.

I'm sorry?
I'll be watching you...

Just kidding. There is no issue with VPN. Lots of people use it, and there are good reasons why.
The issue (as stated above) is that people use it to open multiple accounts... and there is rarely a good reason for that.
 

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I believe I need to report this comment for... umm... Sexual Harassment?

lol.
 

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Consider it reported...
 

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Two questions.

1. Do you feel like this site has died quite a bit due to the outflux of members going to CAJ because of the drama with Skizer and the overall site design changes?

2. Is there any way for this site to get "see users started threads" back. The option has disappeared since the change and now i can't even see a list of the threads i've started.
Regarding #1.) Most folks on CAJ visit and contribute to DIYMA on a regular basis. Myself included.

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