This blog is directed at NASCAR.COM Community which is a site run by Time Warner for NASCAR. My issues are not with NASCAR, they are with Turner Sports Interactive. Why NASCAR.COM COMMUNITY Sucks & Blows too: NASCAR has a loyal fan base. There are about 80 million fans. So why are there so few "Community" members that are regulars on nascar.com? Because the rules, the Admin, and the Moderators SUCK! Here's how in no particular order other than RANT: - They allow 13 year olds to be members. So everything is "child proof" downed so the adults are treated like minors, actually worse than minors. I allow my 8 year old son to say "poop" but that word is censored on nascar.com - The site is horribly buggy and they never fix things, nor do they care to. One bug is the screwed up text comments, where you try to add bold etc. within a blog comment and the text comes out all jumbled. On time a blogger wasn't even allowed comments to their own blog and this went on for days. The web master is obviously a neanderthal. - Text comments are only in gray color and there's no option to make your comments in color. How bland is that? - The site is run by Time Warner. Do I need to say more? NASCAR respects it's fan base, Time Warner does not so NASCAR fans are treated like crap on this site! - The site is SLOW. Pages load slow, comments post slow (sometimes taking minutes to show up) - They give members a "privacy" option but this infringes on other's rights. When responding to a blog, the blogger can chose to "pre-approve" all comments before they're posted, so a blogger can use this feature to post an annoying blog and then sit back and laugh by never approving any replies of those people who have taken the time to reply. This sucks BIG TIME! - CENSORSHIP/over moderation like you wouldn't believe. They go way beyond the stated rules in the Terms of Service, and they make up rules as they go along. Post a blog, and if the mods don't like what you say, even though no rules have been broken, they delete your blog. Post a comment that the mods don't like, even though no rules have been broken, they delete your comment. You ask them in a blog or a comment WHY your post was deleted (because they will not get back to you directly nor is there any way to PM them about questions) and they will delete your question too! The mods are FASCIST PIGS but only because the Admin is a stupid QUEEN BEYOTCH. I hope you're reading this QUEEN BEYOTCH! Try to delete this! You can't you stupid fascist beyotch! - After posting a blog you're lucky if 5 people comment on it before it gets buried with all the other blogs. They have no system to keep the blogs fresh when new comments are added, so all your hard work writing a good blog is basically in vain. - They are inconsistent. They tell one member they can't upload pics with skin, but others can and do and get away with it. - The Mods are NOT ALLOWED to speak to you. If you have a question, they will not answer it. You cannot even private message a mod because they are not on your "buddy list" and like I said, the mods will not speak with you directly. You must contact the ONE Admin, and she often doesn't bother replying to your PM. - You can't PM just anyone. They have to be your "buddie" first. This is because of the kids on the site again. - You don't know how many members, or who, is on line at any given moment. So it's very tough trying to see if your friends are on line. Again, this is for protection of the kiddies. - WHEN you break the rules (and everyone does because it's so strict) they send you a PM/E mail that has the title "YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED". They don't bother explaining how you broke the rules, they just tell you to PM the Admin if you have questions. But she never gets back to you, remember? They give you (2) strikes and if you get a third within a 7 day period they BOOT YOUR ASS OUT. But I can't say ass there so that would be another violation. - Too many people use multiple profiles on the site so the membership numbers are not only inflated, but trolls use these profiles to post inflammatory blogs and comments and then hide from retribution using a "privacy" like I described above. And the mods protect the trolls like they're real users besides. If you get nasty with a troll that is a "personal attack" and YOU will be the one in trouble. - nascar.com Community is loaded with TROLLS. The mods allow stupid blog after stupid blog to post, but they don't delete the blogs. They just allow driver bash blogs, written with the spelling and grammatical mistakes of an 8 year old to stand. These bash blogs are inflammatory and serve no purpose but to cause problems for real fan members on the site (all 50 of them). The stupid mods allow these bash blogs to exist while they take down perfectly rational blogs, written with supporting arguments. So the mods are doing exactly the OPPOSITE of what SHOULD be done. - The Admin this NCSVP1 lies like a rug. She tells members that improvements are coming but they never do. There hasn't been any improvement to the "Community" since the new format was put into place this year, and it's not like people don't continue to complain about all the issues, it's just that the members are intentionally ignored. - The word filter is ridiculous. They filter the most harmless of words. You are not allowed to use the word "hard" because it will come out "****". So you can't say "He's hard on that engine" without it being filtered. STUPID! You can't say "crap" either because it's filtered. Get the picture? Here's a list of some of the words/terms that you cannot say because of the Word Filter: balls, hard, jackass, butt, poop, crap, retard, pee-pee, moron, bitch, bastard, piss, WTF, and you can't even say "Dick Trickle" which is a driver's name because it comes out as "**** Trickle". - I guarantee that if NASCAR knew what was actually going on at nascar.com they would make Time Warner Sports (which runs the site) take an opinion poll on how many members are currently happy with the site. NASCAR would find out that NOBODY (except the trolls, which are easy to figure out because they are the ones with the brand new accounts that start all the bash blogs and bash comments) is HAPPY with this site. All real NASCAR fans on this site have complained, continue to complain, and like I said, NOTHING gets done. NASCAR doesn't treat it's fan base like this, but for some reason they unknowingly allow a sub contractor to abuse it's loyal fans. GET WITH IT NASCAR! YOU ARE LOSING FANS IN THE STANDS, TV RATINGS, ETC ETC ETC YET YOU CAN'T EVEN TAKE SOME SIMPLE CORRECTIVE ACTION HERE!!! I will mention that there's are some good things about nascar.com though. The videos, driver stats, news postings, etc. are all great. But get this: You don't have to be a "member of the Community" to enjoy all of this! It's just the NASCAR "Community" that SUCKS, the one that allows it's members to post on the Forum and Blogs. If you want to join a FORUM to discuss NASCAR, don't join this one! It SUCKS! Bottom line: This is the WORST freakin site I've ever been on! It is exasperating and intolerable to many! It's probably why they only have about 50 regular members and everyone else leaves after a short time. They boast having 170,000 members, but at any given time there's about 30 people logged in actually posting/commenting. What this all boils down to is that NASCAR.COM Community is more aggravation than it's worth, and you should really go elsewhere to talk NASCAR, I have. What a freakin joke this site is, IT SUCKS! If you're reading this because you are totally frustrated with nascar.com, you may want to try this site instead: http://www.boards.nascarfrontpage.com/
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