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UtsuMikiUtsuMiki14 days ago
I find it extremely strange that MFC doesn't allow blogs discussing Shop questions or reviews. They say that, "Articles should encourage a discussion and be related in the broadest means to the hobby" and shops/websites are an integral part to the hobby.

Does anyone know why this was banned? Because it just seems like a particularly odd and finicky rule.
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ddarko14 days ago#97909773Because MFC has connection to these shops to varying extent. So somewhat naturally, it would be odd awkward to allow stuff that bad-mouths the very people providing funds in form of advertising for support. Kind of sucks, but it is what it is.

Yeah definitely not that. The Chinese figure / Goods index issue is also definitely not related to MFC financial matters xD
14 days ago
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ddarko14 days ago#97909773Because MFC has connection to these shops to varying extent. So somewhat naturally, it would be odd awkward to allow stuff that bad-mouths the very people providing funds in form of advertising for support. Kind of sucks, but it is what it is.

Definitely not that. I can assure you, we don’t (at least I don’t have) remove negative shop forum discussion entries or bad feedback on the shop feedback pages - with the exception of personal details, as anyone would do.
The reason is really simply down to the amount and repeated questions which have been answered multiple times.

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...difficulty to post in forum, because you need to “join a club”...

From a media/forum concept, I agree, at the beginning, it was a bit strange for me too, needing to “join a club”, before I was able to post, but come on, it’s not rocket science.
Historically, so far as I know, this concept was used on purpose by the developer, to differentiate the MFC database site from other social or media sites.

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“...easier to post an article...”

To be blunt, because users have had the same questions a number of times before, a simple search does help too.

Tip: To use a so called wildcard search, place the word you’re looking for in between percent signs - %custom%
14 days ago
I moderate on another site. The vast majority of shop questions have zero discussion value, and 80% of them can be answered by reading the FAQ for the shop. Then of the leftovers, most are asking which shop(s) are best, of which there are many advice guides across the internet if people could be bothered to search (and for where I moderate... reading the general FAQ).

It's easier to enforce a blanket ban than it is to have shades of grey, hence why no shop threads are allowed to survive - if it's at moderator's discretion, you open up the moderators to extra abuse from people who swear their post should be the exception.

So whilst we do lose a handful of actual discussions, it does keep the blog section useable and not flooded with "does soandso charge upfront for preorders?".
14 days ago
Because once upon a time, there was a flood of Articles about shop reviews, rants, or just basic questions (like if x shop charges immediately or upon shipping) that buried anything else. So a ruling was made that it has to be handled through the Forums to allow more articles on varying topics and other such discussions or figure reviews, while sort of corralling all the more simple and easy to answer questions into one area
14 days ago
mintbunny The Geeky Bunny
As other said they want the forums to be used despite being a pain in the ass. You have you join the club before you can post in their forum. Annoying.

The other thing is, do you want to spend your time on a beautiful loot/review post just get drowned out and thrown off the front page in 20 minutes by one sentence questions?
14 days ago
I think it's better that way. Most of the shop articles were just "help how do i use amiami" and other one-off questions that have already been answered a million times. Not much of a discussion.
14 days ago
Because there was a time when the articles section was flooded with shop stuff: Does AmiAmi allow cancellation? Can I cancel with ____? What will happen if___? Shop ____ wont let me cancel, ugh they suck!

Esp. the first one was asked on a daily basis. Literally. One could not even find interesting articles anymore in between all the articles about shops.
Seriously, the forums are not that hard to find. If people can scour the internet to pirate anime and manga they should be able to find the forums here as well.
14 days ago
Yeah because shop forum. I’ve had multiple articles removed and mfc sends out emails as to why. Pretty much every it’s because it belongs in a certain group or forum.
14 days ago
I think it's because each shop has a forum thread, so they want shop discussion to go there. Downside to that is it's a lot harder to get answers if you have a question pertaining to a shop to go post it there, as it gets less traffic than articles since those show up on the homepage when they're posted.
14 days ago
Shops usually have their own thread in the shops forum, which is where questions and reviews of them are supposed to go.
14 days ago
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