One of my posts
seems to have gotten a little bit of attention (in the copied and pasted to another thread sort of way). So I've decided to flesh it out a bit here in a blog.
First of all, I like the free code drops. I've grabbed a couple things from them since they came around. They were a nice way for CAGs to share something amongst themselves - like handing something off to a friend. But then, info about the drops spread - I'll say this mainly has to do with the Xbox Code Drop thread. And a couple months after the thread was started, it was bombarded with people who simply joined the site to beg for codes.
These were people had no interest in being CAGs, no interest in being a part of the community, no interest in even reading the FAQs or posting guidelines. They were just here for the freebies... increasingly in the rudest and most obnoxious ways possible. And soon they began to branch out from the free stuff forum into the rest of the site.
Unfortunately, they don't want to join the site in any positive way. Ever noticed how many threads have just been reduced to nothing but griefing and witty retorts like "STFU F@GGiT!!11" over the last year? It seems to me that CAG had a greater sense of community before. You could ask a question and get an honest answer - whether it was about an opinion on a game or to find out if a store nearby was honoring a particular deal or virtually anything else. Now more and more, instead of getting an answer or having a friendly chat, you get flamed or trolled.
At this point, I think the only way to shed some of the site's recently acquired negative elements would be get rid of the main thing that they're here for. Once the code drops are gone, they'll lose all interest in CAG and move on to another site for their freebies. They'll go and troll and make general asses of themselves there instead, too. And Cheap Ass Gamer can go back to being a community again.
Will I miss getting some free stuff myself? No doubt about it. Do I think it sucks for all real CAGs here to lose that part of the site? Again, yea. But do I really feel like it would be best for the site? Absolutely.
I can only hope that one of the mods or even Cheapy D himself reads this and takes this into consideration: Please delete the code drop threads, they're more trouble than they're worth.