I don't see how Civ fanboyz couldn't be the worst. They are backed by 2k which I believe stacks the deck using shills. These people are there 24-7 to post immediately if you post a dissenting remark. Most aspire to work there, are beta testers, or other types of coders. I found one guy who was actually a beta tester there. His name is Dale. He can say whatever he wants to you in response to your post, but when you reply back even briefly it is trolling. Pretty much any type of dissent is conveniently classified trolling. Meanwhile the same person you responded to and got in trouble will post 20 more times in the thread. Usually extremely long paragraphs to the point where it will take up more than half of the page. You can't even comment on it. I was banned from 2k the day Civ V came out, and I thought that I was being well behaved. I posted about a number of bugs, and problems my friend had experienced. Suddenly I'm responding to people saying I don't even have a friend. Not to mention that the bugs really don't exist. It's impossible for you not to be able to get onto Steam. Everything you are saying is completely idiotic. What do you mean your friends game isn't really on the disk do you know how ignorant you are sounding? If your friend bought the game why isn't he here? Why wouldn't he have the internet at his house no such person even exists. Steam servers are never busy either you're a troll. Banned!
Everything I said was later proven true of course, but no apologies from the fanboys or anyone else. I came back much later and found that post I had made, and responded that it was true. Banned for trolling. I found the Civfanatics sites and others linked to them exactly the same. No surprise really as I stared at the 1up banner selling the game.
Feel free to comment on that Shafer, heh.
Dale 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.