Delphy Doublespeaks And Don Babilon Resigns In The Great Mod The Sims Off Topic Prize Fight

Over at Mod The Sims, the recent bizarre announcement by Delphy that they were getting rid of their off topic section has been met with almost universal howls of outrage, with Attuned and SuperSimoholic leading the lamentations:

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Delphy however was having none of it:

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Right. So after a year of the EA forum being forced into having an off topic section to keep the site alive – surely Graham Nardone’s been giving you the low down on this during one of his visits to MTS looking for the more impressionable to kiss his fat arse? – you Delphy all of a sudden think it’s time to get rid of one of the main differentials that gave you an edge over the official forum in the first place?

Hmmm, this sudden wish to focus on creating and modding… wouldn’t have anything to do with you trying to get more people to use your revenue generating Simsfileshare service would it?

Our concerns over shamateurism aside, it quickly became clear that the MTSsers were having none of it, with Simmer22 being polite…

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… and Hugbug993 being not so polite…

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‘If this is a small portion of the site, then what exactly is the problem?’

This was a prelude to what proved to be one of the thread’s big guns – Bl00diedHell – moving into the battle with a reasoned demolition job of Delphy’s logic:

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Pizza and Viktor86 decided to get themselves a piece of the action – see if you can spot the tongue-in-cheek dig at CoolSim22 in the process!

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Viktor86’s words about mods was to prove ironic later, but this became the point where he and Delphy clashed over definitions of ‘forum dramas’ – although Victor86 was too polite to say some of the ‘dramas’ at MTS over the last few years has concerned the behaviour of those purporting to run the site…

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Bl00diedHell went swiftly weighing in, giving Delphy’s nonsensical argument about the social aspect of off-topic the old one-two:

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bravo  bravo

Whenever Delphy is getting it in the neck from the rank and file members, you can be sure that the moderators will instantly spring to his defence, and so MustLuvCatz’ response was somewhat predictable – although the consequences of her choice of ‘Exhibit A’ was to prove one of the biggest mistakes ever made over at MTS by the end of the affair:

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The next part was almost beyond belief:

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She actually had the gall to moan about people daring to hit the disagree flags below her earlier post (now you know where the EA forum nicked that idea from), a system that was largely instigated in order to pressurise members into conforming with the hive mind as defined by Delphy and his acolytes, as anyone finding themselves on the wrong side of a moderator on the forum would soon find their posts being peppered with ‘red cards’ by the MTS sheeple tendency.

Something had to give at this point, and sure enough, ex-GI Tsyokawe gave the inevitable answer:

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And indeed, Tsyokawe was to be permabanned for just that – but we’re getting a bit ahead of the story here:

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Tsyokawe was having none of it – and here came the moment members probably started diving into the nearest bomb shelter considering the topic of paedophilia is a bit of a sensitive one over at Mod The Sims for obvious reasons:

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Don Babilon posted in defence of his honour, with Buzzler providing accompanying ‘baaaa!’ noises:

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Here’s the aforementioned screenshots:

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Which all seems rather hair-splitting: Don claiming Tsyokawe called someone a nonce and the latter denying they had – which is the actual crux of the matter, and well they know it. As for accusing someone of doxing… erm, this is the same Mod The Sims that wanted people once upon a time to send in photos of themselves for their ‘yearbook’?

whistling mares nest version  whistling mares nest version

It didn’t matter, because Tsyokawe then promptly landed himself right in it!

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So now you are admitting you did call someone a paedophile after all – and more to the point it is the very person Don Babilon said you were. Game, set and match, wethinks – although it does seem strange that Mod The Sims seems to have so much bother with attracting paedophiles… or maybe it isn’t?

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Don… eat your Snickers!

There was a rather bizarre post script to this: Don Babilon flouncing off in a huff and handing in his badge, although Buzzler and MustLuvKatz as ever tried to put a positive spin on it:

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And as if matters couldn’t get any more odd, World Explorer Pary threw a wobbly on Don Babilon’s behalf:

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Even Honeywell got a sting in:

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But Harvee delivered a sharp rebuke to those playing the ‘how dare you be beastly to a moderator!’ card.

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Looking in as the neutral observer, flouncing off with a petted lip isn’t exactly very edifying, no matter how right Don was proven: and to do so over such a trivial matter seems like snatching spectacular fail from the jaws of victory.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, MustLuvKatz was busily losing the plot with Viktor86:

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shakehead  shakehead

Inbetween the above, Delphy now became proffering a carrot to the dissentors – or should that be carrot cake?

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One minute you’re shutting it because you want to focus on creation and mods – the next you are ‘considering alternatives’?

Sorry, but this all smacks of the sort of bumnuggetry Black Pearl Sims were roundly crucified for last summer – saying what they thought the members wanted to hear about contentious decisions to stop them going ‘rabble! rabble! rabble!’ before big fat doing it anyway.

It certainly appeared to be too late for master lot builder Crowkeeper:

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‘I thought that MTS actually cares about the members – it seems that I was wrong.’

And in any case, Delphy’s ‘alternatives’ provided more grist for Bl00diedHell’s mill:

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Somewhere in all this babble, there was the need for some utmost clarity of thought, and this fell to Siletka, who was to make a number of brilliantly concise contributions:

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bravo  bravo

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This all echoed the earlier lamentations of Bigsimsfan12 and Maxon – the latter making it clear this was an issue that would mean a parting of the ways:

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But this was to be picked up by r_deNoube – calling out SIMplicity and Recepticle Refugees as the two places that MTSers were jumping ship to in anticipation of the closing of off-topic…

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– which perhaps shows the real reason Delphy was suddenly anxious to compromise!

For lo and behold:

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But as Ghost celebrated, even then Delphy was quick to remind her that this was merely a stay of execution:

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So at the cost of enormously unnecessary ill-will, one lost moderator and two renegade forums set up in their wake, Delphy is ultimately ploughing on with his and his moderators’ ‘vision’ and Mod The Sims readers will either have to take it or leave it, same as the Black Pearl Sims members last year – sugaring the pill with vague promises of an off-topic successor which may prove to be nothing more than hot air.

For Delphy’s sake, he’d better hope that it is worth it – or it could prove the fool’s gamble that sees Mod The Sims go the way More Awesome Than You or even The Simmers Club went when the owner took his members for granted.

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