Ok, with all the recent drama, I suppose I need to say my piece. It's about the word "scam", as well as multiple other issues.
This word is used so much by the Cubic community. Players use it as an insult for anyone they don't like, as well as a term for anyone who breaks any kind of rule. Did you guys know that there are around 200,000 words in the English language but the only word you can use is "scam" or "scammer"? The definition of scam is someone who sets up a scheme to trick someone of their valuables. This does apply to some, but not all, cases. If someone with permission in your place steals your stuff and runs, that is not a scam, that is a robbery. Here are a few synonyms for the ridiculously overused word:
If something is "overpriced" (though this is a free market, nothing is ever truly overpriced), then it is a "rip-off", not a scam.
If someone claims to do a giveaway just to get you to their vending shop, that is not a scam. It's certainly not very nice, and is a rather sleazy way to get customers, but is it a scam? No. It is a gimmick; a machination.
Another term for a shady person is "swindler". It means literally the same thing as scammer, but it is not overused to the point of exhaustion.
While I'm on this note, who thought it was a great idea to go around Pen's Yard Rentals with a low level account, offer to sell something expensive for a low price, and then call the buyer a scammer? All while recording for "scam awareness"? If someone offers to sell you something for a good price, you won't say no. Why would they assume the "new player" doesn't know the price? It is incredibly unlikely that a new person would have something like that and yet not know its worth.
Stop making speeches about how "the community is cancerous and full of scammers".
Stop whining about "mods cheating to get stuff and not doing their jobs". They're doing the best they can.
Stop calling everything a "scam".
Stop fishing for attention by starting meaningless flame wars.
Stop putting polls at the end of your whiny speeches asking if you're right.
It saddens me to see the direction several players are going; the fights they're starting, and the sides they're taking. We aren't starting a civil war here. Yes, there are people who would love to steal your stuff. Those people will always exist. But moderators cannot punish them without solid evidence. It's not their fault you can't remember the player's username and don't have any screenshots or anything to help. Just like in real life, court cases are not won on the word of one witness. Just don't give people permission around your valuables. If you hate the community and don't trust anyone, why do you give them access?
Space is doing the best he can for official event prizes. He can't put a prize dispenser at the end because people always abuse those. All it takes is a desktop PC, a phone, an iPad, and 3 accounts, and said person can have 3 helpings of prizes. These raffles are the only way to distribute prizes. If you're salty because you lost, too bad. No one likes a sore loser, and it won't help your case to whine on the forums in all caps with a poll asking if you're right.
Guys, just play smart. Don't fall for tricks. If you must give people permission, stash your valuables in another room. Don't buy shady warp crunch. Don't spam the "Trade" button in the register or they will switch the item. Don't rent plots and place valuables unless it's at a trusted place such as Pen's. Don't play drop games.
But most of all, Do not complain. Do not cause controversy. Do not insult other players. Do not blame the mods. Do not whine. Do not spread rumors. Do not cause fights. Common human courtesy is all we need, and several of you are severely lacking in that department. I'm not naming names, but you know who you are. A little kindness goes a long way. Everyone is opinionated. We have the right of free speech online. That doesn't mean you need to abuse it. If everyone chose their words and actions carefully, maybe the community wouldn't be so bad.
TL;DR: Llamas are taking over the world and Space is secretly a Mooshroom.