Hello everyone and welcome to a long overdue edition of dbull's Corner.  Sorry I haven't been keeping up with this too well but lately I've been pretty busy with work (actually getting some decent hours lately) and playing Final Fantasy XIII and Pokemon Soulsilver.  But I'll talk about those games in a different volume.

Today, I'm going to focus on some things I've seen going on in the community.  First of all, for those of you that are thinking that the forums are void of fun these days: if you want a place to goof around with your fellow forum members, there's always the unofficial Game Informer IRC chat room, just put in a nickname (preferably the same as your username here, click connect and have fun.  There's not a lot of people there yet but the more people that join up the more fun it'll be!

Alright, now that that shameless plug for the chat room is out of the way, let's move on to the next issue.  I'm starting to see some people getting annoyed with members such as Nakedsnake and jpow11 "mini-modding" in threads.  Seriously, that's nothing to get annoyed about.  These members are providing useful information to other members of the forums, pointing them in the right direction, and showing new members the ropes, and to be frank they do a good job of it.

Why should it matter whether a mod or a regular user provides useful information to other members?  As long as it's essentially the same information it shouldn't matter who provides it.  Who cares if it's a mod or a regular user that tells someone:  "hey, this is a duplicate thread, here's a link to the other thread" or "hey, vs threads are generally frowned upon as they often start flame wars," and so forth?.  It's the same information, and if it's said well enough by a regular user then a passing mod likely won't see the need to add anything else, so they can just lock down the thread (or whatever needs to be done with it), and move on.

I for one am glad that we have members that care enough to try to help out around the community.  As long as these people don't overstep any bounds and recognize what sorts of things only mods should handle, then I'd say these people should be commended for helping out instead of being frowned upon.  Let the mods use their own discretion on what they feel is acceptable for regular users to try to help out with.  Trust us, if we have a problem with what someone is doing we will deal with them ourselves.