There's a long and storied history of people being unhappy with NerfHaven. That's fine. It's the internet.
This thread exists because the moderation staff (me in particular) wanted to clarify some existing misconceptions, and misunderstandings, about NerfHaven's moderation policies as well as ask users for honest feedback about what they like and don't like. Feel free to be totally honest; this is a "safe space," in the sense that no opinions* will cause you to be banned. We did change a guy's name to Mr. Hands after he had a pretty tasteless reference to the Holocaust as his username, so feel free to use that as the baseline badness to create change.
*You can still be punished if you break the other rules, e.g. post legibility, in case you wanted a blank check to post garbage.
First, here are some things that have come up in discussions in the past.
What's the deal with NerfHaven?
NerfHaven is an old website that acts as an interactive library. Forums have an excellent archive system and because pretty much everything is written in plain text it's easily archived by Google, alongside time and date information. It's broken down into subcategories to make finding information easier, alongside pinned threads with, generally, the most important and relevant stuff for that area.
No other service offers this combination of convenience. Facebook is horrible at data archiving; it's impossible to find anything from a month ago because there's no real search system or content maintenance. YouTube is okay but YouTube is super one-way in terms of information, and I'm sure everyone has tried to find a specific piece of information (like I wanted to see a BoomCo Burst Wave being fired) but no video has exactly that piece of information, or that information is buried in a twenty minute video of some other garbage.
Reddit is okay but it's still a terrible to navigate mess and its content-promotion puts uneven weight on opinions. A forum is nice and linear and everyone's post has equal importance: that is, the content that it has.
This is why I've been using NH for almost thirteen years. It can be difficult to maintain high standards for content but it's worth it, I think.
What's the deal with warnings?
Okay. Warnings are just between you, the poster, and us, the moderation staff. It's only feedback from us. It's not a personal thing and it's not us punishing you. If you're posting useful information, we will bend over backwards to make it better, including going in and fixing formatting problems (e.g. malformed image links) ourselves. To reiterate, no one but you and us can see what we said to you about your post, and the goal isn't to be snarky or smug, it's to help you make the information you provide better.
Put in a different way, you could post a write-up that did some new or interesting or clever thing with a blaster, and post it in the wrong subsection with malformed image links and bad grammar and whatever else. We would send you a warning just as a friendly reminder that we want posts to be legible and whatever and we would fix what we could, like the pictures. We want that information to be here and for your creative ideas to be seen.
What's the deal with necros?
This forum is pretty old and houses a lot of content. You might have noticed that people have been warned in the past for posting in an old thread. What not a lot of people realize is that there are two types of necro.
- Content-less necro:
If you post in an old thread to just say "cool gun dude!" or "here's a photo of my gun it's the same!" or something that doesn't have any information in it, that's probably not a very helpful post. For one, there's already a thread if you want to show off pictures of your cool new blaster, and the guy making it probably already knew it was a cool blaster when he posted it six years ago. It's not a big deal but it adds clutter where there doesn't need to be any.
- Content-ful necro:
If you post in an old thread with a question about a technique, or a suggestion for a different part, or an update to the project itself, then that's contributing and there's nothing wrong with it. You can post in a ten year old thread if you're sharing legitimate information. When I wrote up a couplered bow arm conversion, some dude posted in the thread three months later with super helpful information. He wasn't punished for that. He wouldn't have been punished for that if it was three years instead of three months.
The rule of thumb I give people for necros is: "If I make this post, would a person reading this thread actually care? Would they learn something from my post?" If the answer to either is yes, then that's a quality post and you should feel proud for having done it.
I'm sure I'll think of a few other things to add in here, but in the meantime, have fun trashing the website. User suggestions will be taken into consideration (to what extent remains to be seen).