You might know I’m not a particular fan of how the official subreddit is run. The main reason is the overall lack of separation from official sources, both in the moderation team and allowed content. We have started to jokingly refer to the official PWE subreddit when mentioning it around here. And quite frankly, it’s because it is. The subreddit and community moderators insist that the reddit is an independent source of information that coincidentally developed the same philosophy, and hence simply took over the PWE terms of service as part of their ruleset.
That’s all fine and well. I have not witnessed the early days of the subreddit, but I do trust those in charge that they transferred it from a pure hellhole to a helping place by enforcing stricter rules. The question however remains what type of conversation the subreddit is able to add on top of the official forum. With the same set of rules you’re almost always better off posting to arcgames because of its better range.
The team says they differ because they are a bit more relaxed in terms of the ToS, but my personal observation is that they instead got more and more restrictive over the last months and suppress more stuff than ever. Our domain has long been completely banned, even the links that contain useful information and do not even remotely touch on anything violating the ToS. The reasoning is that our site as a whole does not align with the ToS, so it’s a per site and not per link judgement. I assume they are probably banning google next, because you could potentially search something exploit related there. And facebook. And Reddit? And… well, I think you got it.
It’s a black and white way of thinking, applying the PWE ToS first and then judging any source’s usefulness. You could witness the latest sad example of this narrow-minded philosophy this week when the subreddit added two31’s Bonus Insignia Tool to their blacklist because it contains datamined mounts that are not yet in the game. If you’re not familiar with the tool: It lists all available Insignia Bonuses and the Mounts that meet the slot requirements. It’s tremendously helpful in picking your Mounts based on the bonuses you aim for.
Look, here’s the thing. Does it violate the ToS? Yes. Should you give it a pass because its usefulness far outweighs its harm? Absofuckinglutely! At least if you’re looking at it from a player’s perspective. If you’re acting like the official PWE subreddit though and want to protect the interest of your company, the ban makes tons of sense.
It’s especially irritating since team member Ironzerg likes to reiterate how he’s a “player first” despite his official roles. So was this a “player first” move or a “company first” one? Judge for yourself. Moderating can be a necessity, but over-moderating is a pain especially if you pretend to serve as a true alternative to official sources.
Two31 by the way quickly gave in and scratched the mounts in question so that the tool could be posted on the subreddit again. This is what I probably would have done as well. And why do you bow to a system that you disapprove? Because some folks indeed care for the players and want to get useful information as widely spread as possible.
Unlike the subreddit, which makes sure to enforce PWE’s interests first with the way they are acting.