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Sadly, a wonderful idea and potentially one of the coolest forums on Earth, if not for major flaws that completely ruin any enjoyment from it's users.

1. The basic system:
- Possibly the most inconvenient, inaccessible and unintuitive message board system I've EVER seen. Everything you are allowed to do, even the most basic amenities of forum usage are presented as "rewards" for accumulating high "karma" (an ironic term at best). Basically a badge of honor and level of validity to one's membership gained simply by signing on. You could type by mashing the keys with your face everyday for a year and be more accepted than a newbie with halfway decent ideas.
"Want to delete a post? Sorry Karma is too low. Want to search your own posts? Sorry. Mark a troll for harassing you? Sorry. Want to post more than ten times a day? Sorry" get the picture.
- There is no messaging system, so communicating on a personal level is impossible. They even make a point of saying the possible inclusion of such, is not even up for discussion.
- No 'Edit post' feature at all. Which means a lot of deleted posts which still take up room, and a LOT of double or triple posting and even more typos that certainly fail to go unnoticed by the site's "grammar police".
You think with all the pop ups and drop downs, this place could spring for some convenience...
- The karma system only serves to create an elitist atmosphere where the opinions of anyone with low karma are immediately written off as invalid or trollish.
- The codes for posting aren't presented to the poster when posting. You get a box. You type in the box. If you don't know the codes for italics or quoting. Meh, tuff shit.

2. Moderation:
If you look up corrupt in the dictionary.....
(or inept)
THE worst I've ever seen.
Anyone with intellect needs to seriously watch out, because apparently, the moderating staff is made up almost entirely of CJayC's punk-ass little brother's best friends. With all the anti-intelligence and pro-childish fight mob mentality you'd expect from thirteen year old boys.
Things that can net you moderation:
- Whole words and sentences
- Honesty
- Individuality
- Refusal to kowtow
- not kissing the right ass
- presenting a counter to fanboy supported games
- Being a decent person

3. The People:
Imagine a pool filled with people and no water. Imagine that 90% of said people are under the age of 18. Hopped up on sugar and bolstered by "Internet courage" Each one more "1337" than the last. Now imagine the remaining 10% are buried under the former struggling to breath and claw their way through the idiot kids only to reach the surface to be kicked in the face by a moderator and pushed back down into the depths of Internet Hell.

GAMEFAQS - Come for the FAQ's...stay for nothing else.
"Did you know I was banned from the gamefaqs message boards yesterday?"
"No way!"
"Yeah, it was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me."
by FlowersInMidgar September 28, 2006
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A message board on the internet that has been destroyed by ignorant people, who call other people ignorant trolls. They constantly tell people that they're ignorant if they state a minor opinion. Look at examples for troll vs. non-troll. The game boards are flooded with fanboys who think that their games are gods. The social boards are invaded with losers(and the other kind by same pronounciation, if you know what I mean) who have no good life and live on the social boards. The Regs and Vets are often the rulers of either a gaming board or a social board, because they aren't good enough for the higher social boards.
User1: I think that Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask was better than Ocarina of Time because the story was much more deeper, and that the dungeons were more challenging, although there were only 4 main dungeons. The sidequests did make up for the limited dungeons, too.

User2: You are an ignorant troll for posting this crap. You need to DIE because you think that MM is better than OoT. OoT is THE BEST ZELDA GAME with NO FLAWS. Limited sidequests in OoT is a bunch of BS. Go back to your troll cave, troll. *Mods u lolz*

User1: hey i just played wind waker bc my friends said it was good. well, i didnt really like it that much bc the game was waay too short compared to the rest of the series. i hope that the next game will be better!

User2: There is NO such thing as a short Zelda game. You're a blind troll just bashing tWW because you think its graphics were kiddy. Admit it, you KNOW it's true that you think the graphics were kiddy! C'mon! ADMIT IT!

User1: no i actually liked the graphi--
andor3: STFU you troll.
by Lance9384 June 11, 2005
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A place full of losers who piss and moan about spelling mistakes and grammar (although half the time when they refer to "grammar", they really mean spelling)

Also the game boards are populated with more losers who blindly defend the respective game, and automatically label any dissenters fanboys/trolls. (anyone who doesn't like GoldenEye: Rogue Agent is automatically labelled a GoldenEye or Halo fanboy for example) Anyone who doesn't particularly like whatever game the board is based on is automatically a troll and must be banned.
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent boards at GameFAQs. There was one topic on there where the starter explained his reasons for disliking Rogue Agent. The whole thing was completely thrown off topic because of a couple of people who couldn't get over the fact that he didn't use capitals - they thought this was "bad grammar".
by DCI December 06, 2004
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One of the most irritating places on the web.The reson?
well, if you have ass kissing points below
30(aka karma) normal users assume your a dumbass and treat you like shit,even if your just asking a simple question and arnt trying to troll. This is becouse most people there tend to be very elitist. People also have an annoying
tendency to bitch and complain about simple spelling errors, (like spelling ganon with two n's instead of one) while completly ignorring the tc's topic. their are also a shit load of annoying fanboys that get pissed off over very trivial things (like not likeing there show) and like to debate on dumb things like who could win in a fight between monkey D. luffy and sora.(note that said topics only lead to flame wars). So if your a normal person with a real life and you like to play video games just go the gamefaqs for the faqs and avoid the hell hole message boards.
topic from GameFAQs Message Boards normal person: are they realy makeing a Tales of Symphoneia anime?

elitist gamefaqer 1: you stupid noob! symPHONia doen't have an e in it, lol.

elitist gamefaqer 2: yeah! learn to spell, retard!

annoying fanboy: rofl,we've all known about it for a year,

normal person: ooookay... can any one answer my question?
by lostandfound May 23, 2007
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the most horrible place in the world

where gamefaqs moderators delete your posts when u try to voice out your opinion
i got 10 karma deleted for voicing my opinion
by anonymous August 24, 2004
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Let's start with a basic description of the GameFAQs Message Boards and the moderators. The mods are basically like a certain group in history that tried to kill anyone that they did not like. I will put these guys into simple catergories for easier reading.

Users - These guys could either be the civilians that snitch on people in hiding for cash(which, in this case, is karma)or these guys could be the short-lived rebellion. Within the rebellion group, we have the sub-catergories. We've got the defensive ones that don't do anything unless they are provoked into doing so and then you've got the offensive guys, who will try to strike first. The defensive guys are basically the users that usually do good enough to not get any moderations, but when they get a moderation for something silly, that's when they cuss out people, thus resulting in more heat from the mods. The offensive guys, are the guys that intentionally get themselves modded, as a symbol of defiance. Most of these guys are the trolls(who are explained later) and the account suiciders. These guys, ironically, are the only reason to even step near the message boards. They are so entertaining, that even the suckiest troll/account suicide topics are hilarious in some way.

Then you've got the snitches. The guys that are the "I never do anything wrong!" type of guys. They mark messages here and there, thinking that they are doing anything of significance. These guys have hopes of becoming moderators(as weird as that may sound) and they believe that by getting on a mod's good side, they will eventually be raised up to moderator level. One benefit that these guys have is that they DO get on a mod's good side by doing this, and therefore, are banned less than the regular users. By regular users, I basically mean people who post a "Help Me!" topic once every two weeks.

Mods - "The Green Police" as they call it. These guys are responsible for everything, yet nothing. What I mean is that they do all the work, but truthfully, they are not the masterminds behind it. These guys are the most unforgiving bastards you will ever see, and I'm including real-life, too. If these guys don't agree with your opinion, your post is considered trolling. One user has even gotten warned because his sig separator wasn't the default GameFaqs one. If these guys don't understand how your topic is on-topic, they'll simply mark it as "Off-Topic." Posting a telephone number for a phone company is considered harassment. These guys can ban you for ANYTHING. They will even go as far as to create a temporary rule that you 'coincidentally' broke at the same moment this rule was created. Topics with pornography in it last about half an hour, but anything mentioning how abusive the mods are gets deleted within the first 5 seconds of its lifespan. Remember, there is nothing in the rules that says you can't have an opinion against moderators. It IS against the rules to post porn, and as a matter of fact, it is one of the worst weapons to be used by account suiciders. Apparently, talking about how corrupted the mods are is considered "Trolling: Inciting Other Users to Post With Flames." It seems that everytime one of these topics come up, the only users offended by it are the mods themselves. When you try to contest a moderation, the response you get most of the time will be "It was a ToS violation" with no further explanation. Now, if you have a mod that's experiencing a period, that's another story. Banned right away.

Adminstrators - Finally, we've got the Nazi leader himself(or themselves, in this case). They do nothing but sit on their fat asses waiting for a mod to give them a user's contest. These guys are rarely known for any direct engaging, and are more strategic. They give out orders to the mods, which is basically a one liner that says "Eliminate them all." The mods give them a contest, and because Mod Joey and Admin Frank are pals, Frank takes Joey word for it. They don't read the responses. This makes the contest system absolutely worthless. And the message it has above the box where you post your contest, "However, because two mods agreed that it was a moderation, you most likely won't get it restored."After you contest it for the admin, and he disagrees with you (or disregards the fact that you even typed anything) there's no more hope left. You're finished, and you can't do another contest not 3 days, no not a week, no, not even a month, but THREE MONTHS. It's a pretty stupid penalty for having a different viewpoint from the admin, who grinds on the mod's dicks anyway. At this point, you should just say 'Fuck GameFaqs' and the leave the site. Of course, there's one group of people that will make you stay.

Trolls - Ironically, it's these guys that keep you on the website. These are the guys that generally push people away from GameFaqs, but these guys also rope in much more than the amount that they made leave. These guys are clever, funny, and believe it or not, intelligent(for the most part). These guys are not aligned with either the users or moderators. These are just crazy guys that unintentionally piss of the mods and all of GameFaq's moderators. Their hilariousness will keep you coming back to GameFaqs. These guys are the general target of the GameFaq's staff.
The Mods and the GameFAQs Message Boards suck balls!!!
by Jovonnie Williams January 18, 2008
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Like the dude above me said, GameFAQS comes very close to Fascism. Cjayc (the owner) must know this because if you call some one a Fascist or compare anything to Fascism you'd be dealt with severely. Cjayc wants you to believe that he does this for good reasons, because no one deserves that comparison. He also insults you saying any one who does make that comparison has no knowledge of history. Way to protect your ass. Cjayc being the leader obviously represents Hitler. Then there are a select few in a class called Admin. If you contest a moderation, these people will review it, MOST likely side with the moderator (I've never heard of it going the other way around). The moderator could be dead wrong and the admin will STILL side with them (this I know from personal experience). I'll go more into detail about how flawed this is in my example. Simply put, the Admin could be compared to General Rommel except nowhere near as intelligent or strategic. Then you have the moderators themselves who can be compared to the Gestapo, the secret police. I tell you write now, I have never seen a more corrupt form of executive power than these people. What really seperates the Admin from the Moderators is the maturity factor. The Moderators more than often take sides, and join in the arguments themselves. And of course it is no surprise that the moderators are dimwits and when they see they are losing the arguement, THEN they mod you. Finally you have the regular posters. You can split them into two categories. MMA Whores and "Trolls". MMA whores kiss up to the moderators and look for every chance they have to mod some one, they're back stabbers and squealers. MMA means Marked Message Accuracy, strong is the highest ranking and this is what they aim for. I had strong and I can tell you, it does nothing. MMA doesn't mean anything. What MMA is really for is to encourage people to mark messages for moderation more often. Sadly the MMA Whores fall for this. These MMA Whores are the blind supporters of the Moderators, and it is their dream to become one. Then you have the only group of people (Besides the VIPs) who post on GameFAQS that are intelligent. Believe it or not, it is the trolls. They're funny, smart, talented, opinionated, targeted, and persecuted.
Let me show you an example now of the moderation system. Say some one calls me a moron and then I call him an idiot. We both mark each other for moderation. Marked messages apparently go to some inbox that the moderator reviews. The moderator usually picks a side and will mod one, but not the other. So he'll mod me for calling some one an idiot, but won't mod them for calling me a moron. Now you can contest this moderation. And when you do you write out what you have to say. Let us suppose that I wrote to the moderator, "Hey he called me a moron, and you didn't mod him." The moderator will usually respond with "You should have marked him for moderation then."

HELLO THAT'S WHAT I DID! You the have the option to contest this to an admin. Here's the biggest flaw in the system, you don't have the chance to write out another commect counter attacking the moderator's comment. Since the moderator has the last word, the admin thinks he has the better argument and will side with them. You'd think GameFAQS, would at least give you the option to counter what the moderator said, Ebay has a system like this when people leave negative feedback.
by Protoman84 November 10, 2004
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