Have you been censored on MacRumors?

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by nostaws, Sep 6, 2012.


Have you been censored by MacRumors?

  1. Yes, they have deleted one of my posts.

    97 vote(s)
  2. No, I have never had a post deleted.

    43 vote(s)
  3. I don't know.

    18 vote(s)
  1. nostaws macrumors 6502


    Jan 14, 2006
    What is with MacRumors censoring/removing posts? I believe they have a right to do so (it is their own site). At the same time, I don't think it jibes with the ideals of MacRumors.

    I made a post containing no profanity, and made no personal attacks, but compared the front page worthiness of the article posted by Eric Slivka: "New Photos Show Details of Alleged 'iPad Mini' Rear Shell,"

    and the article by Jordan Golson: "Laurene Powell Jobs Spotted Next to Chelsea Clinton at Democratic National Convention."

    MacRumors deleted the comment.

    Have you been censored by MacRumors?
  2. killerrobot macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2007
    All the ****ing time

    Perhaps it was posted under the iphone forum instead of the site feedback forum such as this one.
  3. cyks macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY
    As a long time member here, I would have guessed that you'd know how to contact the mods directly to find out their reasoning instead of starting a thread which is certain to be wastelanded and possibly worse for you.

    If you have a problem or concerns: How to contact the moderators and administrators.
  4. xnickitynickx macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2012
    Orlando, FL
    Was it in the wrong section of the forum?
    Kinda like this one...

    Because that could be why. If you stick things in the right location, and stick to the forum rules, you should be fine.
  5. STiNG Operation macrumors 6502a

    STiNG Operation

    Aug 15, 2012
    The Zoo
    Yupp lol. Don't try to reason with the moderators by replying back...it's their site to edit as they please:p I don't mind it, this is a good info site and I don't troll people so I should be good....right? haha
  6. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Front-page worthiness is something you can debate in the site feedback if you wish. We delete those posts (and other posts) from the main news threads under "off-topic" grounds.

  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    I've been censored, I've been deleted, I've been warned, and I have had multiple time outs in the past.

    However, it has been quite a while since I have run afoul the moderators and hope it stays that way!
  8. aliensporebomb macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN, USA, Urth

    Sometimes I can post things a little too matter of factly without consideration of users feelings and I seem to recall a moderator emailing me nicely saying they removed a post so that I could post it again but reworded. That was fine.
  9. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    South Dakota, USA
    I had a post deleted once and I got a warning, however I did break a rule about correcting someone's spelling error so I was in the wrong. I'm actually glad they are willing to delete and warn instead of just suspending. The incident did make me re-read the rules about posting so in the end it was a good learning experience.
  10. GoreVidal macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2011
    Ah yes, I for one bow to our "moderating overlords"


    Gods forbid someone's feelings get hurt!
  11. einmusiker macrumors 68030


    Apr 26, 2010
    Location: Location:
    I think things have gotten better. In the past there seemed to be some mods that took things personally and reacted viscerally. These days the mods seem much more fair and not so reactive
  12. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Yes. Never felt it was undeserved. Usually for being off-topic. All-in-all I respect the moderator's assessments.
  13. Theclamshell macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009
  14. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Yes, but only because I broke a rule. Nothing major though and I don't think it had any malice in the moderation at all from the mod team. They do a fine job all around as far as I can tell.
  15. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Censorship ? Is this a joke ?

    You can't expect freedom of speech on a privately owned forum.
  16. srf4real macrumors 68040


    Jul 25, 2006
    paradise beach FL
    I've gotten away with a lot over the years. Rarely, I have crossed the line.. and been edited by our hard working moderators. Typically, when I have offended or strayed far enough for a mod to step in, I feel that a private message to said mod with explanation, apology, and "keep up the good work" far more effective and gratifying than starting a worthless thread about my lack of adherence to the forum rules.:cool:
  17. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Posts are not removed capriciously nor would the moderation team deem the actions as censorship as we are not looking to prohbit discussions but rather contain them within the boundaries of the rules and stated thread topics.

    Posts like +1, me too, lol are frequently removed. Meme posts such as "Jobs would not have allowed this" are also removed as they add nothing to the discussion and frequently derail them.

    Other posts that are off topic to the subject matter can be removed if they start derailing a thread and of course any post that violates the rules, such as a member insulting another member will be removed.

    In no case do we look to stop or alter discussions, and I can say that we do not take removing a member's post lightly, in fact when in doubt we err on the conservative side and leave it.

    If any member believes his post was removed without cause or wishes to dispute the action, then they should fill out the contact us form and the administrators will review the actions and respond.
  18. einmusiker macrumors 68030


    Apr 26, 2010
    Location: Location:
  19. turtle777 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2004
    Sure you can expect it. But you won't get it.

  20. nissan.gtp macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2007
  21. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Yep, and for not good reasons either, imo.
    Not a fan of a handful of the moderation to be honest.

    Pretty much sums it up right here. PMing them back is just useless and a waste of your time. A lot of them feel that they're always 100% right about everything. They'll tell you to report it by using the link at the bottom, but nothing will happen. At the end of the day, your post was already deleted.
    But I guess I have to deal with it if I want to use Macrumors.
    Live by the sword, die by the sword.
  22. teleromeo macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2006
    kidnapped by aliens
    A while ago someone was complaining about anoying flash add on several sites.
    My post was deleted after I told him how to remove these adds...
    I guess they want to keep this site free.
  23. ericrwalker macrumors 68030


    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, NY
    Heard that, actually there are only a couple that I am not a fan of, it was a few until recently one "retired".
  24. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    The only thing is that many of them feel infallible and whenever you try to bring something up, you pretty much get blocked out from giving your opinion.

    Sending a PM is useless because they refuse to believe that they might have mesed up.
    Clicking "report a problem" isn't going to reverse the problem
    Creating a public thread gets deleted (surprised that this one has not been, tbh)

    Just my opinion. Don't get offended. I understand that the mods/admins are doing what they think is best for the overall community. Just think that the system is a tad flawed though.

    That being said, I can live with it because the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to using this forum. Respect where respect is due. :p
  25. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    just recently I got a message deleted ... I posted in the "official new member Thread"; My bad. :eek: Not really censorship; more housekeeping.
    Not sure if there is any other case; not always read the crap I wrote before.

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