Usually when something stupid happens I ask a simple question “Is it me?” Most of the time I come back with, “It might be me…” This time it isn’t me. Truthfully, there has been a meaningful period of time where I haven’t been particularly active on the Spartan Facebook pages. There was a time when I/We were extremely active in the Spartan community, and in the OCR community in general. However, I can remember when it all changed and I remember my frustration when they started moderating content, any and all content. I feel like they have gone too far now, and it is at a point where it is just flat out dumb.
My recent reignition in interest for posting content was thwarted when I made a reference to an article on instructing people how to sync their Peloton and Garmin activities. I, personally, found the need to sync so useful that I decided to write an article about it. I felt that if it was something I was searching for, there had to be someone else out there searching for the same thing. I wrote the article, posted it to our page, a few other pages, and the Spartan Facebook groups. It was declined. So, I thought to myself “Ok, maybe since this isn’t Spartan related,” and went about my business.
Then, I decided to post a link to an article we wrote a couple of years ago for those of you that might be tackling your first Ultra. North Carolina is right around the corner and in my renewed enthusiasm for running Ultras, I figured I would share some of our wisdom with the rest of the community. Unfortunately, the Spartan Content Moderation Mafia didn’t think our “Ultra Beast Must Haves” article was helpful enough for the community to allow them to see it. This one confused me because it is Spartan related.
With the confusion, I thought maybe it was me again… maybe I am overreacting again? I figured I should read the Spartan content policies on Facebook to see if I am not aligning to some obscure rule that I had either misinterpreted or ignored.
Nope, not the case. I was there to support my fellow Spartans by providing them with some information about our Ultra Experience and some simple tools to make sure they are better prepared.
After reading the rules, fermenting for a bit, it all came flooding back to me. The ridiculousness of the Spartan Content Moderation Mafia and how frustrating they are. How their content moderation policies squashed much of our interest in continuing our pursuits of becoming the number one content production media company for obstacle course racing. Now, I am not here on my high horse thinking “how dare they decline a post from OCRAddict.com.” Instead, I am wondering why would the stop the community from reading something that could benefit them. Why would they stop the community from interacting with anyone but Spartan, even though we have been a HUGE proponent of the Spartan Community, the Spartan lifestyle, the ideals, etc. Why crap on your advocate?
With this, and the fact that Facebook has become a cesspool of disgusting activity and horrible business/social practices is why we have created our own forums. A place where we can respectfully discuss the sport we love so much without the stupidity of Facebook or the Spartan Content Moderation Mafia.
Join us here: Forums – OCRAddict