My experience with the forums
If you know me (in which you probably don’t), I joined the Episode forums around June of 2020. Back then, a lot of users were suspended and I didn’t know that until around October (I think). But I was so engaged in the threads created such as bad featured stories, how to create a good story, and just chats in general. It was so fun for me! But then around the middle of October, things started to change.
First off, the new threads that were popping up every minute on the Episode forums weren’t interesting to read because they were always R4R or asking for a background. But the worst part about the changes these forums went through is the flagging system. Every minute, a random user would get flagged for being off-topic or promoting spam. In some cases, these flags were comprehensible. But other times, they are completely unnecessary. Take me, for example. I must have been flagged around or more than 15 times between last year and this year. I just got flagged 3 times today for being off-topic when I wasn’t even that off-topic. I even blurred it to make sure the thread was on topic! I mean, what’s that all about?!
Me getting flagged
I remember the first time that I got flagged. I asked for advice on how to make my high school story worth reading, and I mentioned how it was not Episode-related because I was making this into a book (keep in mind, I didn’t directly state this in my post, though). When the Forum Admin (whoever he or she is) messaged me, they said that my post was flagged and removed for being spam/promotion. From perspective, I can see how my post violated the guidelines, but at the same time, I was asking for story advice. Not that that was the only kind of topic that I could create, but I thought Episode moderators encouraged users to ask others for story advice, so… What the hll?
I made another thread on if users would rather read my story on Episode, Wattpad, both, or neither. It seemed like a good idea, but again, it got flagged and removed for the same reason. So I guess that proves you literally can’t talk about anything but something Episode-related. We can’t even spread positivity to others because when we try, our threads get flagged and removed! What kind of grade A bullsht is that?!
The forum moderators and others who control it
Idk how they were back then to you guys (except for Arlene thanks to @ShanniiWrites post), but ever since I’ve been on the Episode forums, they been unfair and stupid to me and others, especially Sydney H. I don’t understand how anyone even likes her. She keeps talking about how she’ll fix the flagging issue, and while she does do that by unflagging certain posts, that doesn’t stop the trolls or (my accusation and assumption) forum moderators by torturing us by flagging posts that don’t deserve to be flagged. I mean, there’s a whole thread on this issue, and guess what? Flags are seen on that thread too. Seriously, who hired these idiots to be forum moderators in the first place and why? They can’t even handle the biggest issue and downfall of these forums! These flags are causing innocent users to be suspended, and even banned for life!
Now that I'm done with the Episode forums...
- How do I permanently block the website from my phone?
- What am I gonna do about my high school story that hasn’t even been published on Episode? I’ve got only 1 background, which is not even close to the number I need (besides, my story is still ongoing despite my revisions which I haven’t even gotten started on yet)! I also need overlays, an organized Episode Instagram account, and plenty of writing help!
- Are these forums okay with chatting about Episode stories, help, and chatting? Dumb question, but Idk everything about these forums yet.