Originally Posted by MKANET
Yeah, it sounds like they are worry about being able to afford their monthly Internet bill. Im sure if it is at all feasible to do, they will offer a subscription service instead of just shutting down. Im hoping they can arrange a smooth transition though to a paid service without downtime.
It looks like they need to replace their forum moderators though. I think that their forum can definitely benefit from having moderators with a bit more class. Some of you who have been here long enough to remember when I was the Moderator over here (HTPC AVS Forum) back in 2001-2002
. One of the most important rules a moderator needs to follow is NOT to provoke the forum members. Nothing good can come out of that. Also, disagreements between problematic users and moderators should be handled privately; not for everyone to see. Having said that, I can look passed their forum moderators when/if I need to pay a monthly subscription fee.
Unlike some, I am not of the opinion that the customer is always right (in most cases they are not), but there are ways to deal with people without alienating. You can't please everyone, but if you don't sink to the level of the lowest common denominator then nobody can speak ill of you. The responses in that TVDB thread may appear warranted by some people depending on what side of the fence they are on, but to the outsiders looking in, it definitely does not look good for the mods. Not only are they instigating many of the exchanges involving foul language and a complete lack of manners, but they are all banding together to put down anyone who is inclined to disagree. It undoes all that hard work they do. I can look past the undesirables and weigh up the good vs the bad, but most people don't have the time or inclination and will base their views on first impressions - be it first hand or otherwise.
AVS has changed over the years and whilst it is still the premiere resource for all things home theatre related, it was quite something else a while back. We had a lot of participation from industry experts. It was just unfortunate that there were a lot of people who could not see past their own egos and drove many of these valued contributors away. In this instance, I'd have supported a heavier handed level of moderation.
This is getting a bit off topic, but I do wonder should theTVDB shut down, would another contender come around to fill in the gap.