Okay I feel I need to jump in here, considering a lot of this happens on my shift. First I will address the matter of TEA, then Da Man, etc.
First off, TEA has been constantly causing issues and saying some very inflammatory things just to get a rise out of everyone for a couple of months now. Back in the day, he was nothing more than a harmless console fanboy who would say things that incited many an argument. In lieu of getting the banhammer, he took a self-imposed sabbatical. When he came back, he was on his best behavior for a while, like a new and improved TEA so to speak. He let it go to his head, he went to far, we've told him politely to calm down, he went "beyond" far this time.
Secondly, on the subject of Da Man. I take full responsibility for him. The reason why is because the majority of his derailing, stalking other posters ad nauseum happened on my shift. I should have done something about it, but I had no idea we were allowed to delete user accounts. I should have pressed more, but I didn't think it was in my power. I also don't like to do that, but I apologize and admit I should have done something about him long ago.
However, he seemed to have calmed down a bit lately due to everyone ignoring him (and Michael's absence seemed to take away his "fun") - therefore he wasn't posting near as much. I thought his trolling had been remedied.
All of you, are free to believe what you wish. Live how you want, do what you want, etc. Disagreeing with someone's religion, sexual orientation, or political leanings will not get you banned. FACT.
Yet, should you spew hatred - whether it is to entice a response for shits and giggles or because you are a racist/homophobic/intolerant/sexist prick you will be called out. Plain and simple. If you continue to act like a fuckwit for the sake of it, you will be deleted.
We are not Nazis here at VG247. We expect you to act like the adults you are - plain and simple. We do not have the time to stick our finger into every petty argument that occurs on the site. That is something you can control yourselves. We love providing everyone with a format to contribute, discuss, make friends, and have friendly debates (even heated) on the subject of games. However, when you cross the line, you cross the line. TEA crossed the line. You cannot ask for something to be done about someone and then when it finally is, call it an abuse of power or going over the line. It can't go both ways. For now it is one or the other.
Until our new system is in place - AND IT WILL BE I PROMISE YOU - we can only do what we can in between writing news, doing interviews, posting features and all the other content you come here for. I am constantly trolling feeds, my email, Twitter and the like trying to find enough news to quell your appetites.
News takes up every minute of my working day (barring my lunch hour if I have time to take one). If there is something that needs to be addressed RIGHT AWAY you can always email me. It's my first name at VG247 dot com. I promise I will respond.
VG247 appreciates our users, our visitors, and we would be no where without you. But until we can get a new system in place, we are asking that all of you try your best to act on here AS YOU WOULD IN PUBLIC until we can get some sort of community functionality added to the site.
Please be patient, I promise it will be worth it. And please, try to be good to one another okay?