I'm glad I got to read mjb's posts because of you guys quoting him, but why did you delete them? I do think the banned members at least deserve to have their side of the story for public view, it would be the democratic thing to do.
Anyways regarding the MMA areas of the forum, I think they need a revamp. I mean, look at the "In The Ring!" section; 12 subsections to click on! IMO it is a little intimidating and makes the forum look sloppy. What about making "Western MMA", "Eastern MMA" and (maybe) "European MMA" subsections so you can have several promotions within one click? Remember, interweb users are lazy as can be, so the less searching and clicking the better.
Other sections could use a little cleaning up too, like the "More MMA Discussion" area. If you condense the "In The Ring!" section you could probably just merge the two. Might be good to get rid of the "Women of MMA" section, that place tends to be a cesspool anyways, a lot of that discussion can go in the General MMA area or the Lounge.
And the rep system, I see this problem a lot; the older a forum gets the more broken the rep system will become. People have such powerful rep nowadays that 1 pos rep will jolt a new user to full bars - there is definitely something wrong with this. Perhaps a complete rep wipe every year or two would help fix this. By the end of the year, maybe giving awards or just a thread showing who got the most rep would give the system a little more meaning, especially if everyone had to start from scratch.
I'm just throwing some ideas out there because imo this forum could use a little spring cleaning.
We got in trouble with the rep system when we did the reset on the credits. There were certain members that we actually repping according to the amount of credits they had and not the amount of rep. That's how the system got to where it is today.
I have to admit that I'd like to see the rep system get reset, but I don't know if it's possible or not. We'll have to look in to that.
For right now, try and actually read the posts and decide for your selves if the poster is good or not.
I know it's not much, but it's all I can tell you.
And as far as MJB's post, it got deleted becuase he really needs to be talking to myself, Norway or TBF right now and not crying out to members for sympathy.
We need to take a look at everything that occured and figure out the best path for the forum it's self.
As much as I like a democratic way of doing things, that's not what we have here. We have a business that's run and paid for by a corporation and these guys were trying to mess with their money. No one likes their money messed with and we are trying to see what can be done to get things as close to normal as they used to be.