When I joined the BBS in the summer of 2000, it was a new place. Offspring fans from all over the world who had just gotten internet access were beginning to join the forum. We carried long (if repetitive) discussions over favourite songs, albums, bands, movies etc... it was the beginning of a community. Over time, many people left but many more joined. The BBS was shut down and then re-opened, shut down again and again re-opened. Each time we came back and so a stable community has endured.
In 2005 after the spam has become incessant and troublesome, there was a popular vote to elect moderators. Initially I was afraid the vote would be rigged by few motivated people with a couple dozen of proxy accounts, but in retrospect it had worked out rather well. It was a good endorsement by the community because it represented our involvement in the BBS and I am happy to have been among the sixteen members voted in.
At first, we had no guideline of how and what are we supposed to moderate from the management, so we reached a group consensus between the moderators. We agreed to remove the spam and the really nasty stuff (i.e. tubgirl), and the rest we let-be because we wanted to preserve the kind of environment where we--as members and as a community--felt comfortable posting. Decisions pertaining to the forum were reached based on a moderators’ consensus but also reflected the will of the community at large. Together, we drafted a proposal before the administrator/management to enable a number of cool options that we thought would make the BBS a tad better, namely larger PM boxes, larger avatars, custom user-titles etc. Also together, we voted to ban a number of trolls that everybody wanted gone. Not including the spammers, you could count all the banned people on one hand in about three years of moderating activity.
More recently, the band or the management or whoever runs this place anyway, had wanted to make more changes (presumably for the new album) and so they approached Little_miss_1565 to draft the new board rules. Although the rules initially appeared reasonable, I think the application thereof has gradually become more strict and subjective. A forum that once was full of life in all its glory—emotions, opinions, arguments—was reduced to dull on-subject threads and politically-correct discussions. A forum that was once wonderful due to spontaneous and creative contributions made by very diverse members of the forum, is now under control by people who want to run the forum in a very specific way. A forum that was once chaotic and PUNK is no more.
If I write this now is because I am convinced that this community will never be what it was once. Although the decline in quality posting has been felt for at least a year or two now, the decision to remove 10 moderators basically marks the permanent transformation of this board. Personally, I think it’s a shame that all of us veteran posters were able to take advantage of this wonderful place for so many years but cannot pass-on an equally awesome community for younger members.