I am wholeheartedly appealing to MTF and its memebers to get rid of the ACC contest for a number of concerning reasons which are outlined below:
i) Firtly it encourages member to actively seek out trolls who can be nominated for the contest, hence giving trolls/'tards publicity and even more attention than they recieve, they get MTF-wide recognition, which is exactly what they crave. If this contest is shut down or abolished, the trolls/'tards will not be getting the attention which they do not deserve.
ii) Secondly it encourages trolls to be trolling 'big time' on General messages. As you all will be aware of course, General messages is the main board on this forum where we can discuss the latest tennis results, news etc and I believe the quality of the posts is too poor at this moment in time, and I largely attribute this due to the fact that an unprecedented number of trolls are lurking GM, ready to troll and spam. Seingeist himself in another topic says these are the conditions to be nominated for the ACC contest:
Originally Posted by Seingeist
Achieving ass clown status in GM is a bit more difficult, and requires more persistence to stand out from the herd. A couple ideas:
1. Bitch unrelentingly (a la Abraxas)
2. Take fanboyism to a truly irrational extreme, such that you significantly overvalue your player and undervalue his opponents, all the while making yourself as vocal as possible about it (a la many posters such as Sapeod, Feldman, MonfilsFanatic, Muzzahlovah, Grassquet, and so many Nadaltards, most of whom have "Nadal" in their username).
As you can see he himself says you need to be 'presistent' to stand out of the horde, showing the sheer magnitude of trolls on GM and this contest does nothing but fall right into their objectives; to get attention.
iii) Thirdly getting nominated into the ACC should not be something to be praised, as I have seen a bit on the contest threads, people are happy/joyous of making it into the nomination.
iv) Never have I, in my young existence seen on any forums where trolls/'tards have a contest for themselves. They are usually shunned by the other members and ignored, whereas here I have seen a different mentality. Posters who share the same tennis allegiance with a 'tard will do whatever if take (Even if they are not 'tards themselves) to hype up their 'tard and to get them to annoy people.
v) The 'tards blouting their annoying rhetoric on GM gets repetitive really fast and hence again the quality of posts suffer.
vi) Perhaps the most important point; The 'tards spouting their annoying crap also in turn means good and articulate posts are often overlooked in favour of people replying to 'tards (Usually 'tards themselves of another tennis player) and causes a big argument which turns the whole attention of the posters to the 'flame war' going on between the 'tards and instead of ignoring the 'flame war' and reporting the 'tards to a mod.
I have many other reasons but I'm afraid time is not on my side. Hopefully everyone will read this post and realise the truth that we are falling right into the 'tards' hands by making this joke of a contest.
Thank you for taking your time to read.
Just saw that the mod started this topic. Says it all really. The mods should not adhere to such a contest, but I do not blame them as everyone is involved here (Even the very best of the posters that I know around here), we are all falling for the 'tards' charms. Please do not allow it happen. Make a stand this year.
In all honesty I am all up for banter any time and would not really mind either if the ACC was all just light hearted banter.
But when you see posts like these in the ACC thread:
Originally Posted by safin-rules-no.1
I nominiate Clay Death for being mentally backward, and Hewitt=legend for being a Hewitt fan, which is sick in itself.
Originally Posted by Hewitt=Legend
I said FUCK OFF, I don't care seriously, like whatever biatch.... Bolelli...
Originally Posted by Tennizen
Nostalgiatards remind me of parents who refuse to accept their kids are gay and protest against gay marriage( while believing they still love their kid) when instead they could be introducing their kid to Filo V and anticipating grand parenting of their adopted grandchildren.
Originally Posted by v-money
Amber Spyglass aka Djokovic's mom
Just like Heaven aka Nadal's mom
Originally Posted by filo-v
As for nominations, if you're good with me, and you know if you are, then you're a good poster and undeserving of winning this event. If I don't like you, then you're a loser, and you're who I nominate.
I'll leave it to everyone here to figure it out.
And these are just some of the few examples I've picked out. We see here that not even all of these posters are 'tards per se and yet look at what this contest is doing to them; allowing them to make personal insults and get angry at people. This is not 'fun' imo but a bitchfest.
Compare it to my relatively calm and 'funny' reply when fast_clay nominated me (And I'm clearly not a 'tard or anything as my username may allude):
Originally Posted by GOAT=Fed
You nominated me? Lolwut?
Come on people! Make a stand.