Hi folks, as you're no doubt aware by now, this forum has been subjected to prolonged abuse and trolling by what could only be described as one or more people without anything better to be doing with themselves. They have posted here and on other forums, or have directly PMd posters to try and get some of the existing forum mods removed and mods of their choosing installed in their place. Obviously this "campaign" is pretty futile because we simply do not appoint mods like that, nor will we ever. New mods are chosen as a result of their prolonged positive contribution to, and interest in a particular forum. Throwing tantrums and demanding that you get to choose new mods will only end one way, with a siteban.
To date we have been banning these accounts and deleting their posts and PMs, but some may not have seen either and it's probably only right that at this stage everyone gets to see the sort of crap that the mods, CMods and admins have had to put up with. I don't have an exact figure, but at this stage the number of accounts that have been signed up with the sole intention of disrupting the site is well into the hundreds. I've added some comments of my own where appropriate, but to give you an indication of the sort of crap that they have been spouting they initially claimed to be representing the NBRU. A quick e-mail from the Boards office to the NBRU confirmed that a) this was most definitely not the case; and b) the union were very unhappy about their name being used in this way. Since Niamh posted this fact the posts and PMs have quietly dropped the NBRU claim, no doubt hoping that nobody would notice their lie had been so easily uncovered. So with that in mind you can be pretty sure that the rest of their claims are lies too. Anyway, as mentioned, here's one of the latest examples from this evening:
FIGHTING FOR FAIR MODERATION - 31ST AUGUST BULLETIN
Following last weeks post by Niamh that showed boards were running scared (from what, we're waiting with bated breath to find out), this week we have been able to spread our message to an ever larger growing community of Boards.ie. We have sent approx 140 private messages in the last few days, most of which we believed are undetected after succesfully using many long dormant accounts in addition to our new accounts which we set up daily. (Tbh, so what? All it serves to do is annoy decent posters who are having their PMs spammed with this nonsense, which is why we delete any PMs these guys send. But if they believe that it's some great victory then sure we'll let them have it - no skin off our noses). We have had a positive response to well over 50% of the messages that we have sent in the last few days and the pressure continues to be ramped up. (We can see the number of PMs sent and received by each account - although not the content so rest assured your PMs will always be private. Let's just say that the PMs received by these guys' accounts don't come anywhere close to supporting their claim. I know, I was shocked too.)
We believe that we are now up to 20% of the userbase in Commuting and Transport are now supporting our campaign (providing actual evidence of their claims doesn't seem to be a strong point) and we now have support of many of the most well known posters in the forum, including (posters names removed because we have no idea whether their names are being used with their knowledge). Many of these posters are working hard behind the scenes (from the evidence, or lack thereof to date they must be waaaay behind the scenes tbh) in relation to ensuring that our aim of achieving fair moderation is met sooner rather than later and yesterday we posted off an official letter with the signature of 45 members to BOards.ie Management ahead of our meeting early next week. (I know this will come as a great shock to you all, but there is no meeting. Don't know about any letter, that's not necessarily something that admins would be privy to, but it's also probably a figment of somebody's imagination.)
WHO ARE THE MODS ON COMMUTING AND TRANSPORT AND THEIR VESTED INTERESTS?
Unkel, Monument, Tricky D, Buffybot, Beasty, Zaph and Boards management as a whole have links with right wing politics whilst BK and Devnull are involved in the operation and licensing of private bus services. (Now obviously I can only speak for myself here, so what I will say about this particular claim is - hahahahahaha. I think the closest I've ever gotten to being involved with politics was trying to encourage as many people as possible to vote yes in the marriage equality referendum. I'd be pretty confident that if I were to make a guess about the other guys they'd say something similar.)
WE HAVE STRONG SUPPORT FROM THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS:
(Again I've removed a bunch of names of posters who may not even be aware that they're being dragged into this nonsense.)
In addition, there are many more members who do not wish to be named who also support ouf cause. (Ah yes, the multitudes who'd prefer not to be named because it's a lot more convenient when you're not providing any evidence to back up your claims.)
LETS FINISH THE JOB
Continue to pressure the mods and admins via posts and PM and create posts questioning the lack of neutrality and to stop the Pro Greenway and Pro Private Bus Agenda. (There is no agenda, people have always been free to post whatever they like on the forum from whichever side of any given debate they support, as long as it doesn't breach either the forum or site rules. These guys are trying to convince people that they are being banned for what they're posting when in fact they're being banned for how they're posting. But sure why let the truth get in the way of a good persecution complex?)
This is your chance to change society for the better if you ever wanted to do something about this corrupt country now is your chance.
Yours in Solidarity.
CIE Workers Group.
So it seems that for the moment they have it in for a couple of the mods in particular. As everyone is aware, mods are volunteers and freely give their spare time to helping the site run smoothly. For a bunch of nobodies claiming to be representatives of a group, most of whom they're claiming to represent are probably completely unaware of the fact, to target unpaid volunteers is grossly unfair. In fact it's not unfair, it's pathetic. If they were so genuinely concerned that the forum is so biased against them they're perfectly free to go start another forum elsewhere that suits their needs better. Instead that they choose to hide behind user names like "Beasty Dog Rapist" and "BK Rapist. Devnull Paedo." and post a continuous stream of lies and nonsense probably says all about them that you need to know.
To those who have reported posts and PMs and have helped us keep the forum as free as possible from this nonsense, thank you from the mods and admins. And to everyone we apologise that you have to be subjected to this rubbish and we hope that it isn't spoiling your enjoyment of the forum too much.