Long post incomming, no tl;dr. Recently I've become quite cautious of Steamrep and started doubting the integrity of the website as a whole. A few things have happened in the past couple of months (and longer) that have been causing the trading community to start distrusting Steamrep. About a year ago at the same time, a quick survey among community members and admins would reveal an overwhelming positive feedback regarding the way things are handled. The same small survey today is quite different. I'm genuinely concerned about the direction SR is taking with all this stupid crap happening, so let me explain: First of all, few months ago, a couple people got slapped with cautions for "abusing" a pricing error in the scrap.tf system, and a whole shitfest followed: http://forums.steamrep.com/threads/scrap-tf.18260/page-3#post-90707 Now, backpack.tf slaps a scammer tag on a fellow for "abusing" a pricing error in their trading card system: http://forums.steamrep.com/threads/...6561198017965767-teh_rhesus-sr-scammer.38308/ I'm extremely curious as to why this is a punishable offence. First of all, it is the fault of the website in question for not being properly coded, not that of the user. See any other website ever (e.g. amazon), who honor price mistakes instead of publicly shaming people. This "offence" is not punished by Valve either, who honor pricing mistakes on the Steam store. Now the answer I will most likely get to this is that people who abuse glitches must be tagged, but this SHOULD NOT be the case. I'm amazed to see SR punish for something that no one else does. A person should receive a scammer tag for being a threat to the community, not for stumbling upon the incompetence of a website owner. Second of all, I would like to address an issue with an affiliate community, GoV. For a lack of better terms, GoV is a f✿✿✿✿✿✿ shitty community with admins who buy from scammers (proof below), and run by absolute morons (VenGanza, Tony). See community admin section for my complaints on the latter, more specifically on the thread where Tony defends sharking amongst his admins. As for scumming GoV admins, we have here Oggun and Fair Killer who have a very nice collection of OG duped items. Now either they just really like duped items, or they are buying from him/resellers. http://www.tf2outpost.com/trade/9792671 http://www.tf2outpost.com/trade/9792566 http://www.tf2outpost.com/trade/10035053 http://www.tf2outpost.com/trade/10135069 http://www.tf2outpost.com/trade/10165411 http://www.tf2outpost.com/trade/10311102 I know Penguin from MCT also has a nice bit of information on GoV admins he's managed to demote. It's mind-boggling to see that this community is still affiliated. Next we have the problem of these steamrep vigilantes, or "helpers", i.e. random members who comment on every thread asking for proof and passing judgement where it is not their call. I've had a few problems over the past few months were I would get people wrongly redirected to appeal on my forums, where they shouldn't have had to. http://forums.acefortress.com/threads/marked-as-scammer-on-steamrep-by-incorrect-reason.19930/ This confuses the person appealing, and causes trouble for nothing. These people shouldn't be able to post at all. I've also recently noticed a hike in fake reports amongst the communities to get people tagged. When I used to work as a mod, I remember shooting down a couple of reports using fake evidence, but now I just see these slip by right in front of admins, without saying a thing. I don't believe anyone even knows how easy it is to pass off a fake report, especially as a community admins. Reports I used to submit to SR admins to proxy tag were done without review, and I have seen some pass without concrete evidence. These people then have to follow the extremely long appeals process that the seemingly only working SR admin (Butane) will process in many months time. It's sad to see people waiting from 6 months to a year to get their appeal sorted out. Although it's to be expected when there's only one admin working appeals. I know the admins have lives to live, but the community is losing faith very fast in this system. I know how the recruitment process works, and it's extremely dumb and slow. Please improve on that; the number of useless SR admins hired over the past years is incredible. Thanks for reading.