To start with, this is my first post in here. I will try my best not to disapoint the hard work before me.
Let me ask you a question – and I want you to try answer it. So… How many eyes does a man have on his face? How many on 10 faces?If you think like most people the answer will be “2” and “20”, the first answer is correct, and the second is wrong. This is call a shortcut, one of simple ones, called conditioning by association. 1 man – 2 eyes on a facec . 10 faces … And then some smart … guy or girl came and built a trap.
Anyway, where is a manipulation on 9D boards?
What does a normal man (girl) do? What? Staying on a internet board lots of time?! Get out!
There are few types of mental shortcuts, some of them can be created (we show a nice ‘face’ to the community -‘Acclaim’s goal is to create a fun and safe environment to play our games.’ ), while ‘violating any of these rules could mean the temporary banning or permanent banning of your account(s) across all of our games and forums‘. In your mind. Installed by Acclaim and ready to be used. Will go like this : our rules- me, the customer- net, all people place. But, the slogan “customer is king” or “customer is god” or “the customer is always right” indicate the importance of customers to businesses. Why not adjust the rules after the customer ?
So-called reciprocation rule
Works like this : “if someone does you a favor, you owe him a favor in return”. This is a “preinstalled” rule, which means you learned it when you were a child. Something like “always return favors, or people will dislike you”. A very powerful belief that almost no one questions.
And of course, it can be used to manipulate people. Have you tried to moderate for free a forum? Wait a second! Acclaim just gave you a job to do it for free – it can be qualified as a favor! What can you do in return? Job free, favour? You think you do a favour and it is your free time ? What you get in return ? The power to control the community ? That is a manipulative power, but you must be smart to use it. From your point is free, from Acclaim point is free so where is the deal?
The deal is that Acclaim will never use smart people to control the community. Will use only people who can be control and manipulate for their own purpose. For example, in the links above, we have BluFlash answer (topic closed) and moderators answers ( margeman2k3, drakenfyre75, darkfiregoth ).
They are very similar, no personal stamp in it. I would speak about generalization, deletion and distortion by now. Now, compare this:
“Would you like to have fun playing a game for ..$. money?”
Would you like to try this free game? (It is not polite to decline, right?) And then – “Would you like to keep it alive by buying coins and play by our rules?” (by saying “no” you will refuse to return a favor).
By the way, the “rule” does not mention the size of a favor. Should I do same amount of “good” in return? Not necessarily. So it is possible to do a small favor and to ask for a big one in return. Just like this one:
Hi, I would like to present our 9D board ( GD, PHP, SS, Off-topic…)
Thank you, I do not…
No, no, please look at it…
Would you consider playing by our rules and don’t post nothing bad against us, even yours thinking is against us… What waits for you? A hell of locking, deleting?
How can you censor people minds? It is against a free mind principle.Why you delete his/her topic when he/she put so much effort to write it ? A new manipulative tehnique? Delete or locking for not trying again ? This is a shortcut for a weak mind.