Originally Posted by sonny
Has that been fully explained? I understand the new rules and even the ORG members having sole rights to post in a game thread, but I did like rubbing elbows with the ORG members. It does seem divisive to a point.
GIK is taking a much deserved mini-break from the board tonight so I'm going to try my best to answer in his absence.
The reasons were multi-fold:
1) The admins wanted to make ORG the feature of Redszone. They want to make the two synonymous. ORG = Redszone and vice versa. It's also the reason why ORG has a game thread and the SD does not.
The whole point of the reputation system was to dangle a carrot in front of new posters. That carrot was ORG. Except it didn't work because everyone had posting access to RL. Many ORG posters posted new threads and used RL as their default forum as activity on ORG reduced further. ORG became less and less of a carrot. I think the changes restore ORG to its original intent.
We played around with a few other ideas, but it was only the complete separation of forums that allowed ORG to be the centerpiece of Redszone. Everything else was a variation of the status quo.
2) Quite a few ORG (not all) posters didn't place nice with new posters in RL. Discussions we've had many times were dealt with negatively when brought up by a new poster (ignorant of the history here). That was completely unfair to the new posters.
I think there were a few additional reasons, but those are the biggies.