woensdag 31 december 2014
The seeming demise of the Egyptsearch forum--an insider's account of how everything suddenly went downhill
The old Egyptsearch forum (ESF, henceforth) has been going through several turbulent changes the past couple of weeks. Forget the earlier dysfunctionalities that plagued this forum; these new problems could prove to be much more destructive, even irreversible.
This new, unprecedented turn of events followed on the heels of a surprising public service announcement made by a veteran poster slash moderator, named Ausar. After posting for a decade under the self-professed identity of a native Upper Egyptian, he admitted that he wasn't who he had maintained he was, all along. Allegedly, he did it to add credibility to his view that the ancient Egyptians were Africans.
For those of you looking to somehow turn this into an inherently "Afrocentric" deception to resort to, for whatever it's worth: Ausar is not African (American), but Euro-American (as are most others who have historically tried to use this appeal to authority fallacy on ESF).
Following this admission, some suggested that he pass on his moderator account to someone with more commitment to offer. To those unfamiliar with the workings of the Egyptsearch forum, the notion of swapping pre-existing mod account credentials (complete with the former account owner's name and posting history) to a regular poster will seem like a very messy and roundabout way of appointing a new moderator, and I agree.
But with the owner of ESF abandoning his own site and regularly spitting in the face of the very people who are generating his traffic, and thus, ad-based income (the owner comes by unannounced every once in a while to silently delete threads), the aforementioned mod transition is just an example of the many desperate predicaments they've found themselves in, refusing to let go of something that's perpetually slapping them in the face.
Enter 8-9-2014, the day that the current moderator, who goes by the names of alTakruri, Tukuler and Ardo, was given the login credentials in a semi-nepotistic, undemocratic fashion (a forebode of what would later typify this illegitimate moderator's oppressive moderation regime). While it would be unfair to say that other members weren't asked to come forward and voice their willingness (I was specifically asked, but I declined), the end decision to suddenly appoint alTakruri and a second member, wasn't determined by way of votes or any other agreeable way.
The fact that this second member was absent during this whole time (and thus, one would think, unable to express willingness to volunteer), betrayes that conversations were being held behind the scenes, which were obviously more influential in Ausar's end decision than Ausar's outward show of deliberating in the open.
Fast forward to the day of this writing: it's now more than 2.5 months ago--plenty of time assess the effects his moderation regime of alienating everyone by throwing his bantam weight around and abusing a moderating account he wasn't authorized to use in ths first place (which I can only assume is illegal), is having on the forum he presides over.
The forum has become a shell of its former self, which says a lot, considering the already crappy state things were in before. You'd have to be extremely obtuse to force a forum deeper into the abyss with a mod than without one. During his short stint as a moderator, he has steered ESF to new lows that would have been unimaginable a couple of weeks ago.
ESF is now submerged in malware, Google has removed most ESF links from its search results, the few lurkers not initially repulsed by ESF, who have become members, seem to be walking away from the forum due to the current mod's regime, which seems entirely indistinguishable from Sammy's regime.
Even veteran posters seem reluctant to post in the subforum he moderates, where both the lingering threat and effects of his arbitrary and vindictive moderation are tangible. You can see him try to appear reasonable after his childish rants, but the fact is, those who have seen his true face, including instances when he went on murder and mutilation filled rants, have been disillusioned with him and his fake modesty for a long time.