Since SMWC deems it appropriate to have a thread dedicated to bashing me/other SM64 hackers/Origami64 with many exaggerated and false claims, I thought I'd create something of a similar nature - minus the inaccuracies and exaggeration. Anyhow, a list of reasons not to use SMWC if you are intending to hack SM64, hopefully this helps people realize It's time to move on:
. Major contributors such as myself, Kaze, MrGreenThunder, Tarek are banned and/or ostracized from the community for what began as very petty, unwarranted reasons. None of us would have bothered to damage our relations with SMWC to this extent, had SMWC provided an organized and non-hostile platform for discussion of SM64 hacking.
. Moderation is awful - in the short duration that Cpuhacka101 and I were moderating the SM64 forum, we decided to clean up dozens of completely pointless help threads which provided no meaningful information. We were berated and scolded like children on the staff forum for our decision, and ultimately all the threads were restored. History repeated itself with the next moderator, Shygoo, who attempted to delete about 10 duplicate threads and worthless posts which were all later restored.
. Their staff and users are constantly berating members of the SM64 community with an ongoing prejudice that we're all morons, then gets pissy when anyone lashes back at them about it. Before I finally gave them an excuse to shit talk me (albeit a very irrational and intolerant one), they were already doing it anyway - hence my total loss of respect for most of their staff and members, along with all the other reasons piled up.
. They believe they are entitled to keep all of your content and hard work even if you revoke their permission to host it. Various people such as myself, MrGreenThunder, Tarek and Shygoo have attempted to remove our posts and/or submissions from the site only to be told we can't do that and have them restored.
. There is absolutely no room for diversity of opinion on this site. If you stand against the narrative, even with ultimately the same goal in mind - which is to achieve what's best for everyone - prepare to be ostracized, personally insulted, lied about, and banned. I was permanently banned from their chat room for simply joining and answering a political question somebody had asked me upon entering. There are plenty of communities which invite open political discussions without the preemption of becoming extremely hostile and personally insulting, Origami64 being one such site. SMWC, not so much. I attempted to reason with them for a couple of days following my unwarranted ban, but I was still met with more personal insults and poor moderation policy, so I'm not pulling punches anymore.
. It's a big liberal circlejerk of hate and violence, I don't see any other ROM hacking forums where it's considered normal and acceptable to speak this way.
Below this point I've included the somewhat less-objective points.
. The site layout is ugly, the forum software is extremely obsolete (you can't even recover a lost password) and full of security holes, and the site owner is constantly plastering strange pony fan art everywhere. We get it, you're a 30 year old virgin, I don't need to be reminded every day while I'm browsing SM64 hacks. We all have our hobbies, but you don't see me shoving skeleton memes in your face on every page of Origami64, I don't know any other serious site owner who does this.
. Their community is supporting a known pedophile who will remain un-named (though I honestly doubt he's the only one - glances at site owner
). A member of Origami64 had a clash with said individual, and guess who the SMWC community supported? That's right, not the 15-year-old Origami64 user, but the mentally disturbed pedophile.
If anyone wishes to contribute to this list, be my guest. By now, I know that a large portion of the SM64 community has some sort of SMWC horror story to tell.
I'd also like to further address the common criticisms about myself and other O64 users being racist, misogynistic, transphobic etc.
Our staff team already consists of two non-Caucasian individuals, despite our forum's relatively small size, and we also have a large number of regular members belonging to various minority groups. In fact, I believe our non-Caucasian ratio is unusually high in comparison to other ROM hacking forums, some of whom I know for a fact are against the BLM group's actions, as I personally am (another of these people being transsexual for that matter).
This criticism tends to stem from the belief that, by disagreeing with their means of achieving happiness for everyone (no, not just white cis-hets), we are somehow horrible and hateful toward minority groups. This is simply unture, and things that I/other people have said are often misquoted and exaggerated to portray us as some kind of Nazis.
I personally have worked as a volunteer teacher for refugees, am currently doing more volunteer/charity work, and next year starting my new job as a teacher + IT support - just to name a few of the reasons I don't really fit the bill as a hateful individual.
This is not to suggest that all users agree on the political matters we discuss - the point is that people who disagree and we debate with are not berated and/or banned for their beliefs, we're able to freely discuss these subjects without resorting to name-calling and such - a number of our members are certainly more liberal than others. It should also be noted that not every single liberal agrees with the actions of groups like BLM, just as every conservative doesn't necessarily disagree.