I have been harassed on this site for two days now. It all started with trolls attacking Jason Wells and me going to his defense. Then because I am female, I was picked as a main target for the attack of the trolls. I was told every sexually offensive thing imaginable, I was called ugly and used every possible swear word on me.
The posts were there for hours. Pages of warnings have been issued. By me and others. Nothing happened. The trolls continued to post. I have received two bogus warnings - and now I cannot warn any more. There is no "Warn" link. No admin was around to overrule my warnings.
I have sent four help requests. No response. I posted on the Feedback forum. No response - except for the trolls, who found me, posted more sexually offensive material, and threatened to gang-rape me.
And here comes the kicker. Finally Golf Guy shows up and responds on the thread - and leaves the sexually offensive material there. So finally I got my response - CBS supports this. They are involved. They want the trolls. They don't want me.
Well, I won't be able to post a blog tomorrow, because I received two more bogus warnings, and no admin will overrule them, so I better get this off my chest today.
CBS, you are an enabler of online harrassment. You are a troll heaven. You have an entire system in place to enable trolling. You don't let us block offensive users. You don't have a profanity filter. (Standard features on every site). And why? I am told, because it would take away from the experience. I was puzzled by that, but now it is clear. It is the trolling experience we don't want to take away.
Regulars are leaving in droves. The College Basketball Board, once a safe heaven of friendly discussion about basketball and witty banter, is in shambles, idiotic threads and idiotic posters rule. We have attempted today to discuss who should be the new #1 in college basketball, and we had an enjoyable experience until the troll showed up and we all had to leave.
CBS, if that is what you want, only trolls on your site - you got it. Congratulations .
The most maddening about this? It is incredibly easy to solve. Give us an ignore list, and put in a profanity filter.
Do away with the idiotic warning system , it just encourages trolling, it is not proactive, it is reactive and it just causes a lot of frustration for users and a lot of admin work for CBS.
I have run my own community site and our admin issues related to harassment went from about 200 e-mails per week to 2 after I have implemented an ignore list and a profanity filter. You are wasting your own money and are providing a frustrating user experience.
Some of this is criminal. Cyber stalking is not only disgusting but there are laws against it. Even if it isn't, it is grossly negligent on CBS's part to leave us exposed to this kind of utter filth when the solutions are mind-numbingly simple and tried and true.
CBS, get your act together and clean up the filth. The decent people are leaving in droves. You only got trolls left.