And how do you plan on proving that? There is absolutely no way to prove that people only like posts based on the person and not the content. Some users may be more likable, but simply is because their post content is more likable. There has to be a reason as to why people like a person to begin with, and on these forums, it is what they are posting that gets the likes. The only people that get likes based on who they are, as apposed to their content, are folks like you who have an established name in the community.
You seem to enjoy exaggerating, don't you? I'm sure there are plenty of places were 22 people are the majority, but to try and prove your point you've made a claim that belittles the facts, to imply that it is less than what it really is.
The point still stands that 22 members thought it was like-worthy. Whether or not they liked it today, yesterday, or last year, they still liked the post. If we were debating the popularity of images over time, it could be a factor, but the point of sharing the post was to point out, with evidence, that image replies can be of value on their own.
But the point of the image still stands, seeing as how Lego shouldn't have any different values across different brands, with Bionicle and Hero Factory both needing to uphold the same values.
(It's just a linked image, not an uploaded one, so it doesn't waste your serverspace)
A meme would be reusing a popular image or phrase, not just any funny image.
The definition of a meme: "An element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation. A humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users."
"The boards are virtually broken": Any user can figure this out.
"members are leaving": Actual posts from boards member saying they aren't coming back, members just up and leaving (technically could be for other reasons as well), and even boards members becoming more active on other platforms and crediting it to the level of brokeness the boards are going through.
"ranks being lost": Moderators (who would know just as much, if not presumably more than you) have stated this before, and sited it as one of the reasons PROJECT MESSAGE has been discontinued on the boards.
"It takes hundreds of times to post a comment, like a post, etc": This may have been an embellishment, but close to a hundred tries is not. There are posts with records of how many tries it took to post, and the fact that doing so has caught on is sad.
As stated above, we do have the word of the Moderators, and that imo (and presumably for others as well) is more important than yours, seeing as how the Moderators are the ones who quite obviously have dedicated large sums of time to using the boards, the back-end, and interacting with the users; far more than you personally have done.
No, we don't have specifically the exact numbers, but unless you can be any more transparent with revealing the true statistics that you say you have access to, we don't have any evidence that you aren't bluffing. If you want to claim that our remarks aren't of substance, you first need to prove that yours are, and with more than just the "I'm Eljay from TTV which means I'm more important and knowledgeable than you or any of your sources".
And I'll repeat, we have both the experience of using the boards and the word of the Moderators who presumably would know more than you. Give us reason to believe otherwise and we might, but so far all you have been doing is saying that we know nothing and that you know everything and only citing being a cast member as your source.
I'd wager that he does indeed understand the issue quite well, if not all the ins and out on the technical side. 502s and 403s have made the site fairly unusable, and new rules like this can make it less enjoyable.
Don't act like the boards are solely something you guys are doing for the sake of the fans, a sort of sacrifice without any gains. First, the most obvious point to make, is the ad revenue. I can't say how much you make off of it, but there are plenty of users that are visiting with ads that are generating at least some revenue. Granted, I don't have exact numbers, but if the ads weren't profitable, and you were solely going for the best user exprience out of pure kindness of the heart, there wouldn't be ads. They are worth something. Secondly, having your own community helps with fan retention. If a fan joins your message boards as a regularly visiting member, the TTV brand is embedded deeper into their everyday life, which will mean they will be more likely to watch your videos over a longer period of time, as opposed to just having you in their subscription feed. And of course, those retained viewers due to the boards also add to their worth.
First off, Skype? Ew. Skype is almost as broken as your site has been the past week or so.
But yes, Discord. The place were most of the boards users already have migrated to, due to the issues and fallout here has been.
All this to say that, as always, Eljay really shouldn't try being the TTV PR guy. Unintentional Instigator, the PR guy? Really? I believe the real issue that Scar, I, and others have is that the user experience has been declining for a while, but has gotten extremely rapid lately, and adding another rule instead of solving the other problems isn't gonna help. Most users haven't left simply because they'd miss the people, not the service.