Quoting Thormodr, reply 13Dale is absolutely brutal. I cannot fathom how he can moderate or help run the We play civ forums the way he carries on on the Civ fanatics forums and the 2K Forums.
He certainly has a hate on for Stardock and loves taking jabs at Brad, Kael, Sullla and other extremely talented people.
He also says ciV is basically bug free and calls people that have problems with bugs "liars" or worse. Personally, I think he has severe emotional problems or life issues that cause him to act the way he does. In that way, I feel sorry for him.
However, I have found the moderators on Civ Fanatics to be pretty good. They have chopped Dale down to size a few times when he's gotten out of hand. They really do do the best they can.
Dale is how I came to use the word shill. Others such as aeligos or zephyrtr I could be inclined to believe were actually disturbed. I observed how they work in a tandem with some others to flame a thread to crap instantly. As troglyte says his thread simply disappeared. I've witnessed them do this on several occasions where someone makes a legitimate post. They try to start a flame war with the poster, and if that fails they'll just spam the hell out of the thread. Boom, thread closed... deleted, whatever. It's toast. The main point I want to make regarding that is they are allowed to do it. If you make one post they don't like you're a troll. Check your inbox you've got 3 warnings about it now and by the time you read them you're banned for a few days. Meanwhile they're still in the thread you created trashing it and calling you every name in the book.
I thought for the first month that civfanatics was going to tow the line, but they appear to have relented. In my opinion it had become to obvious for them to continue censoring. Make no mistake though. They did have several polls on whether or not any dissenters should be allowed to post. It annoyed them.
Wow, ouch! Got examples, I need a good laugh. hahaha.
Is that the same guy who made the age of discovery mod for that poor attempt of a remake, civcol? He was pretty helpful and polite when I had problems getting the mod to run. The mod actually made the game playable.
Anyways, I think farmville fanboys are worst, continuously filling your facebook page with requests to be friends and give them some fuel.