For the sake of not being warned for non-constructive criticism or general rudeness, I will be attempting to keep this as constructive as possible. I will be referencing posts as examples for post boosting below, all names will be cropped out to avoid any player being harassed or targeted for anything they have posted. I do not intend to put any hate to anyone with this thread, I'm simply just voicing my opinion. Note: The first part of the thread will be regarding the removal of the post boosting rule, the second part will be my message to aspiring trainees. A few months ago, I found out that the post boosting rule had been completely removed from the Forum Rules. Whilst this may have happened a while ago, I don't follow the server enough anymore to keep up with when all the rules are changed, but I found out when I attempted to report someone for blatantly post boosting near the middle of 2019, it was rejected since the rule no longer existed. What I want to know is, why was it removed? It was the main rule that stopped people from posting with the only intention being to increase their post count. I browse the forums quite often just looking for things that I can put my input on, but if I don't feel that it's necessary or that it won't add anything, I won't post it at all. Though, I rarely like posts either, so I will either ignore it and move on, or occasionally I will like a post that summarizes exactly what my thoughts are on the discussion that is ongoing. However, over the past few months, I've seen a huge increase in the number of people that are posting stuff that is irrelevant to the thread, doesn't add anything at all to the discussion and just isn't necessary on the thread. When I was part of the forum moderation team, post boosting as one of the most common things to look out for as it happened so much, people would post on ideas or anything with just exactly the same message that was mentioned above them, adding nothing to the thread. The amount of post boosting has decreased since then, but it's still one of the most common things you can see around the forums. So again my question is: If it's so common, why was the rule removed? The rule made a difference to the content that was posted on the forums, people would actually try to give their own opinion and add things to the threads, but now all you see is people trying to get as many posts as they can by posting stuff that adds nothing to the thread, instead of simply just putting a like on the post that they agree with. The OP posted a thread in which he was advertising his youtube video, of which he was teamed on in Solo Survival games. At the bottom of the thread, this was what they wrote: Then, a player responded with this: This is just one example, but this is one of the most common things to happen on the forums, players posting things that have already been said, in the original post, or in one of the replies. It's one of the most obvious examples of post boosting. My message to aspiring trainees: I'm going to get straight to the point here. As someone that was on the staff team for almost two years, and someone who went through the process of applying for Trainee myself, I understand that you want to make yourself look as good as you can during the application phase, and even in the running up to applying. However, what a lot of aspiring trainees think is that having a lot of posts will make you look good, however, it's really the opposite. I've mentioned this to a few aspiring trainees already and I'm saying it again, having a lot of posts will not make you look good if the community does not like you, or what you are doing. Your goal as a staff member would be to assist the community and give the best customer service that you possibly can, and I can assure you if you are disliked by the community, that will not be easy. When you're posting on the forums or anywhere, think about it and re-read what you're writing before you post it. If you have nothing to add to the thread, simply just add like the post that you agree with. If you post something on the thread that doesn't add to the post, your community reputation will fall, the community will notice that you're an aspiring trainee, and if you're posting stuff that doesn't add to the post, you will be classified as a "trainee tryhard". For anyone that doesn't know what a trainee tryhard is, it's a term used to describe those that are aspiring to become a Trainee but are being what's considered as "too professional". When you're aspiring for Trainee, the best thing to do is be yourself. The community is not very supportive of those that "tryhard" for Trainee and I can assure you they won't be afraid to voice their opinion on it, they will be rude to you and send you hate comments, so to avoid that, just be yourself. Personally, as much as I don't agree with all of the decisions that are made by higher-ups, I am more than happy to support anyone that has the goal of becoming a staff member whilst I continue to play on the server, but if you are going to try to act like someone that you are not, I cannot and will not be afraid to call it out and give my thoughts, whilst trying to be constructive.