...is a horrible way to make change happen.
I've been more inactive when it comes to posting on these forums, but have still kept an eye on the way most complainst about the Tribunal are made.
For those who feel the Tribunal needs to be improved, here I have a few tips:
-The Tribunal is not going to go away anytime soon, thus spamming 'remove the Tribunal' is useless
-Spamming 'The Tribunal is broken!' won't help either, as it is not. It has some flaws but is far from broken.
-Please review your own cases as objectively as you can, as many of you attract way too many attention for cases that were entirely justifiable punishes. You actually keep the attention away from valid complaints/suggestions.
Now...you may think about the ways you could get to get a discussion going as you want changes to the Tribunal. Have you considered the following:
Why not think of ways to improve the system or encourage the readers of the thread to think with you in an attempt to improve it? I'd say such threads are far more valuable than 'Tribunal is broken' or 'Tribunal is a joke' threads that are far too common. They often result in a pointless mud-slinging contest anyway.
-Be respectful towards your readers
Spamming your opening post with how Tribunal voters are 'pussies', 'doormats', 'no-lifers' etc. etc. will not help your point at all. It will only alienate readers and in turn distract the attention from the actual issue to the insults and it often results in a mud-slinging contest. Try to keep it respectful and be amazed by how discussions may start.
-Be open-minded for the opinion of others
Far too often do I see people ignoring the arguments of others, until someone who agrees with the OP comes into the thread and the OP quickly replies with 'this x1000'. Why? Was the only purpose of you to be agreed with? Many of these threads claimed to want to see improvements, but that is a two-way street. Be open for criticism or advice of others.
-Stop thinking in absolutes.
This guy got unfairly banned, thus the system is broken. I got banned for defending myself, thus I need to be a robot. etc. etc.
False. People need to stop thinking and posting in absolutes, as there is a huge grey area in between that is worthy of being discussed.
But, above all others:
Make sure you know how the Tribunal works.
This is a very important aspect to get a discussion going, as it is impossible to argue with someone who still claims people spam punish for IP. It is impossible to argue with people who claim 'everyone spams punish' (see last point as well)
In order to make improvements for a system, you need to be sure you are up-to-date of the workings of the Tribunal. The FAQ is a great start for this.
I am just ashamed to see the quality of these forums to be just as bad as 1,5 years ago. Why not give it a try to become a source of discussion and information for Riot, instead of becoming and maintaining the status of 'junkyard' of these forums?
TL;DR We need to change the way discussion is being held on these forums if we want to see change happen.