I guess our big problem is that from the beginning, the staff has always been part of the forum. We acted and expected to be treated as "one of the guys". It not only blurred our judgment a bit, but it made it harder for the community to treat us seriously...
I don't really think it's anything we can fix at this point.
Well, the forum has always been full of rude members if you ask me. As I said, it was just so much better when we were only arguing and insulting each other over silly things like whether or not Geno was going to be in Brawl.
But VGD is far from alone on that aspect. Rudeness runs rampant through a ton of forums. =/
But as I've always said about the forum is the mods can be a bit rude themselves. It may be that they don't pick up on the rudeness themselves because of that.
And I don't get on AIM because I don't. My computer fails hard and crashes with AIM... I don't know that I even have it on the computer anymore.
I have noticed people being kind of rude more lately. The mods have really laxed, I'm kind of disappointed in them. We need new ones, but we've already scrapped the bottom of the barrel enough...
I'm not gonna give up on it, though. As long as there's at least a few people that still visit, there's an audience to work with. I still like to cling to my dream of owning a big gaming news network. =/
Unfortunately not. All I ever have to look forward to is Zirconium stuff, and maybe troll a thread here or there. I got to looking at the Chat Lounge threads from back in early '08 and man, that place was rockin'.
I really hope we can get people to come back once we've prettied the place up. Or even just get new people. Something's gotta give.