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#1

Posted 02 April 2014 - 06:24 PM

If a topic is deemed unworthy, misplaced, disruptive, against the rules, or otherwise problematic, it will be moved or removed solely at the discretion of the moderation team. If a lock is required, we will try to leave a short explanation, though again this is at our discretion. Very often, these situations can be avoided with a little common sense.

 

Do not take it upon yourself to recreate the thread.

 

 

However, should you take issue with a thread's lock or removal, or wish to request its return, here is the place to do so. If the answer is no, then that will be the final word on the subject. Use the simple form attached:

[b]Thread link:[/b] (link to the original thread if possible)
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Do not abuse this service, and do not post in this thread unless you are requesting an investigation. In the future all threads regarding "Where did my topic go?" or "Why was my topic locked" will be deleted and the original poster will be publicly flogged.

 

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 12:54 AM

Will the member photos thread ever return? Same goes for the unpopular opinions thread

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 02:21 AM

First of all, thanks for not reading the first post and skipping the instructions entirely. :p

Secondly, yes, both threads will return when the cloud of spam that has been gathering around them dissipates, or the current offenders ebd up getting banned. Not likely going to be a long time before they return.
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Posted 05 April 2014 - 09:00 AM

Thread Title: Odesza...I did it again...

 

Justification: The thread was to a piece I wrote as a satire format summary of what the GTAO forum is buzzing about. I wrote one previously during the business event because the threads were 20+ pages. Odesza and I had a quoted conversation of how I should do that and make it funny because sometimes people get a little serious. Nothing NSFW was in there or the page you were routed to. Many other threads have NSFW in there so why was a link to a satire article deleted?


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Posted 05 April 2014 - 04:34 PM

Took a look. I think the biggest problem, other than the general chattiness of the topic, is that the first post is nothing but a link to an external blog. That's a little too advertisey for us.

Anyhow, in the future, these sort of topics are better suited for Gen Chat, though you'll still be required to flesh out the initial post and avoid creating a spam party.

So, no, it wont be returned, and I apologize for jumping the gun and issuing you a reminder but next time don't attempt to subvert a staff decision, please.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 02:17 PM

Thread Title: Xbox live 12 months free giveaway.
Thread justification: I was doing a give away there was no links to any other sources, it was on the online forum because it is a gold subscription so that people can play GTA online and I also do not take any ones details.
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Posted 09 April 2014 - 02:52 PM

Looking into that for you... Hold tight. I'll edit this when I get to the bottom of it.

 

OK, turns out it was binned because you asked members to "like" your first post in order to enter. A technicality that might seems a little silly, but it's something we frown upon. Feel free to open your topic asking people to reply to enter, or something else non commital (and internal) and please don't rip anyone off. :p

 

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:45 PM

Looking into that for you... Hold tight. I'll edit this when I get to the bottom of it.
 
OK, turns out it was binned because you asked members to "like" your first post in order to enter. A technicality that might seems a little silly, but it's something we frown upon. Feel free to open your topic asking people to reply to enter, or something else non commital (and internal) and please don't rip anyone off. :p
 
Thanks!

Thank I have now re posted the thread and changed the rules and time.

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#9

Posted 17 April 2014 - 10:47 PM

so where did my new thread go?

Got a great white $1,250,000 shark card give away. (Xbox 360)

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 11:55 PM

Advertising give-aways or contests not allowed, unless it's part of this network or R*'s content.

 

If you're interested in organizing such thing, contact the area led-by or a moderator in order to arrange one.


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Posted 18 April 2014 - 04:25 AM

Furthermore, the last "winner" let me know via PM that you gave him a bunk code. Plz esplain.

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#12

Posted 21 April 2014 - 08:38 AM Edited by AiraCobra, 21 April 2014 - 08:40 AM.

Why was this thread locked?

 

http://gtaforums.com...humor-bout-420/

 

I know the title mentions the 4/20 but the thread itself had nothing to do with the update nor talked about it in anyway it was about the crews online and how R* promotes them and sivispacem locked it posting this link "http://gtaforums.com...entry1065194744" referring me to a thread about the "high life update"

 

I've never contested a lock thread before but this one was locked for no reason and the link given has no association with the subject of my thread at all the only thing in common is the 4/20


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#13

Posted 21 April 2014 - 11:28 AM

Error on my part, I locked the wrong thread. Open again.
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Posted 22 April 2014 - 09:53 AM

Thanks for the acknowledgment and unlocking it


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 03:00 PM Edited by blingdiablo, 23 April 2014 - 03:02 PM.

Thread link: http://gtaforums.com...entry1065243929
 

Thread Title: GTA:O Experiment? 
 

Thread justification: Discussion/speculation regarding in game behaviors correlating to real world personalities, meant to provoke thoughtful consideration and introspection.   

 

I'm posting here, because I'm relatively new, it was my first thread creation on the site, and it was subsequently locked a few hours later with no warning and no explanation. As far as I can tell, my thread was not in any kind of violation of the site. If it was, I humbly apologize and would like some explanation as to why, precisely, it was locked. If I understand why, I can avoid making the same mistake in the future. However, I don't yet see any justification for it being locked... Thank you for your help. 

 

Cheers.


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 03:44 PM

Thread link: http://gtaforums.com...entry1065243929
 
Thread Title: GTA:O Experiment? 
 
Thread justification: Discussion/speculation regarding in game behaviors correlating to real world personalities, meant to provoke thoughtful consideration and introspection.   
 
I'm posting here, because I'm relatively new, it was my first thread creation on the site, and it was subsequently locked a few hours later with no warning and no explanation. As far as I can tell, my thread was not in any kind of violation of the site. If it was, I humbly apologize and would like some explanation as to why, precisely, it was locked. If I understand why, I can avoid making the same mistake in the future. However, I don't yet see any justification for it being locked... Thank you for your help. 
 
Cheers.


It was likely locked because of the off topic banter. Not your fault. Interesting topic for discussion.
I've unlocked it with a reminder that off topic posts will not be tolerated. If it continues, report the offending members and don't respond to them in the thread.

Thanks!

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 04:16 PM

 

Thread link: http://gtaforums.com...entry1065243929
 
Thread Title: GTA:O Experiment? 
 
Thread justification: Discussion/speculation regarding in game behaviors correlating to real world personalities, meant to provoke thoughtful consideration and introspection.   
 
I'm posting here, because I'm relatively new, it was my first thread creation on the site, and it was subsequently locked a few hours later with no warning and no explanation. As far as I can tell, my thread was not in any kind of violation of the site. If it was, I humbly apologize and would like some explanation as to why, precisely, it was locked. If I understand why, I can avoid making the same mistake in the future. However, I don't yet see any justification for it being locked... Thank you for your help. 
 
Cheers.


It was likely locked because of the off topic banter. Not your fault. Interesting topic for discussion.
I've unlocked it with a reminder that off topic posts will not be tolerated. If it continues, report the offending members and don't respond to them in the thread.

Thanks!

 

 

Thanks for the quick response. As far as I can tell even, only one person posted off topic (Thisguyherenow) and it was locked right after that. No offense, but if that's the system for locking threads, that's a very poor system, and an easily abused thing... All one has to do is post something random and it gets a thread locked? Upside though is if the OP bothers to bring it up, it can be resolved, so I guess there's that. Seems kind of like unnecessary busy-work for both of us, but I appreciate that it can be unlocked. Also, now I know about the report option (and I probably wouldn't reply to random off-topic BS anyway), so thanks for the head's up. 

 

Thanks again, I appreciate your help. 

 

Cheers!


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Posted 02 May 2014 - 03:30 AM Edited by Deadly Aviator, 02 May 2014 - 03:34 AM.

Thread Link: http://gtaforums.com...ebook-comments/

Thread Justification: The following are partial quotes from my messages with Vanzant, the mod who locked the thread

 

"The posts on Rockstar's facebook page and the comments there pertain to GTA Online, so in what forum does it's discussion belong if not here?"

 

"It was locked as it does not pertain to GTA: Online."-Vanzant
 
-But I posted it in the 'GTA Online' Forum, which is described as being "a General Discussion forum for Grand Theft Auto online"
The thread I made was about Rockstar and the community surrounding GTA Online, which would you not agree is part of general discussion about the game? Had it been posted in the Gameplay section it would be inappropriate but it was not.
 
"Spam posted on Facebook or on RockStars official website is not welcome anywhere here on the forums."-Vanzant
 
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Started by Impact, Jun 27 2004 10:05 PM)
 
I am not encouraging spamming but in fact mocking it, the posts I was hoping to encourage is not spam, but is thought out posts surrounding the discussion of 'spam' and the opinions of other GTA Online players outside of this forum community.
 
-Additionally I am unsatisfied with the responses from the moderator Vanzant as he just states his opinion without justification of it, I wouldn't post a PM, but he is a moderator and should not be afraid of anything he says being seen, so here's a quote:
"Garbage posts on facebook and RockStars website are not worth making a topic about. It's mostly underage individuals who shouldn't be playing adult game content in the first place. It isn't even funny, it's rather sad."

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 02:08 PM

Looks like you already have your answers.

- the topic, regardless of whether or not it was well intentioned, was not presented well.
- it's off topic (we have an off topic forum)
- it promotes spam.

Now, you could try to recreate the thread in genchat but I'd recommend you get the lay of the land before you create a topic in there. And then, in that case, I'd suggest putting more effort into your initial post so as not to promote spam and general wankery.

Thanks. You can trust Vanzant at face value in the future. He's far less corrupt than the rest of us.
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Posted 08 May 2014 - 09:44 PM

http://gtaforums.com...oleplay-milsim/

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The thread was moved from public gang chat to recruitment. I'm assuming it's because it isn't even an "unnofficial" crew yet. I made a a thread asking why this happened, but they referred me to this thread, which still didn't really answer my question. I'm sure there's a good reason why it was moved, and this is probably the only way I'll get an answer. If it was something in the OP itself then I'll change it no problem.

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 10:17 PM

Public Gang Chat is for gangs/crews/groups that are basing themselves on GTAForums only; socialising from here, recruiting from here, etc. If you're just looking to advertise to build a big crew on R*'s Social Cub, then it belongs in Crew Recruitment (and I assume that's what the staff member that moved it there thought it was). What are your intentions? If you're planning to stay and build as a GTAForums gang, then we can consider moving it back with a slight title adjustment.


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Posted 09 May 2014 - 02:17 AM

Public Gang Chat is for gangs/crews/groups that are basing themselves on GTAForums only; socialising from here, recruiting from here, etc. If you're just looking to advertise to build a big crew on R*'s Social Cub, then it belongs in Crew Recruitment (and I assume that's what the staff member that moved it there thought it was). What are your intentions? If you're planning to stay and build as a GTAForums gang, then we can consider moving it back with a slight title adjustment.

Then I'm guessing they moved it because of the link to the website at the bottom. I see plenty of threads in public gang chat with website in their OP, some even have forums; ours doesn't. Should I make the link less noticeable or something? All the info that's on the website will be here first. In fact, I can't even edit the website atm so it's a little out of date.


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Posted 09 May 2014 - 07:07 AM

An external website should only serve the purpose of providing your members a place away from the prying eyes here. Majority of your social and multiplayer activities should take place here on GTAForums (for eg., recruiting members, getting to know them, interacting with other gangs, organizing & participating in MP events, etc.). If that's what your intentions are, then you're free to host a topic in the PGC.

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 10:18 PM

My thread Dlc For Women was locked because it should be put in the wishlist thread?My thread was here way before that thread. Mine in February 2014 Ciaran (who also locked mine, such a coincidence) started his wishlist thread three weeks ago. The thread does nothing wrong or breaks any of the rules, how is this fair? It seems he locked it because it conflicted with his and mine was becoming too popular ect? Please help me as I'm rather p**ed off to say the least.

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 10:24 PM Edited by Ciaran, 10 May 2014 - 10:27 PM.

My thread Dlc For Women was locked because it should be put in the wishlist thread?My thread was here way before that thread. Mine in February 2014 Ciaran (who also locked mine, such a coincidence) started his wishlist thread three weeks ago. The thread does nothing wrong or breaks any of the rules, how is this fair? It seems he locked it because it conflicted with his and mine was becoming too popular ect? Please help me as I'm rather p**ed off to say the least.

I locked it because there was little effort out into making the thread, If you put some more time and effort into it, I'll unlock it.

PM me when you have it sorted.


E:There was no need to make that topic either, you could've simply pm'd me.

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 12:34 AM

Perhaps mine was too popular and conflicted with yours. So you wanted the people to stop posting in my thread and post in yours instead to make yours more viewed ect. The reason in the thread why you locked it was because it should be in YOUR thread but now you've changed it to being because I didn't put enough effort into? Make up your mind. I don't want to speak to you as your just annoying me frankly.


First of all, the locking of topics is at the discretion of staff members of this forum, not the creators of said topics. They have every right to remove topics and direct them to other ones because that is what staff are here for, to moderate and keep their sections tidy; it doesn't matter when it was created or who created it. There are no ulterior motives to do with popularity here, so please kindly leave those kind of childish comments at the door. In future use this forum or PM a online staff member, don't make topics to complain.

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 10:45 AM Edited by AiraCobra, 04 June 2014 - 10:50 AM.

It;s taken care of..


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 11:20 AM

Hello, I posted a thread in online a short while ago titled 'crippled online' and it seems to have been removed.

 

Ever since the High-Life update my online experience has been next to nothing! If I try to join the 'Go' feature in multi-player, 99% of the time I get an 'error' or 'timed out' notice on my screen and get dropped back to single-player.

 

What has happened? Is there a fix for this I can find, please? Can you PM me with some info?

 

Thanks very much :)


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 11:29 AM

It hasn't been removed, it was simply moved to troubleshooting :^:
http://gtaforums.com...rippled-online/
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Posted 05 June 2014 - 11:07 PM

Modder CIARAN is deleting my on topic posts. This needs to stop.




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