grinding to a halt
BANNED: No underwear can be visible
While the rules on Grind are excessive to the threshold of batshit insanity, it is kind of refreshing not to be bombarded with extreme nude closeups (not morally offended, they are just boring) and people’s unique fetishes. There are enough alternatives for that sort of thing, so don’t see the need to bitch about them for at least attempting to class things up and not pander to negative stereotypes. That being said, Grindr’s major problem is the total void of rational customer service. It seems that so long as a member reports someone, they can be banned (when/if the moderators get around to it) with absolutely no review. This is why some things slip through the cracks (like the cock-shots). Also, their rules as to written content seem to be totally up to the moderator in question- for example, I was banned the first time for calling myself a comic book geek, geek being considered offensive. The second time I was banned for good (until I got a new phone) when my good friend’s ex reported me (and his ex and all of his friends on Grindr) for harassment. He admitted to doing it for purely vindictive reasons, and no one harassed him, but Grind is like like the honey-badger, it don’t give a shit. When I went through the obnoxious process of requesting a review of the situation, not only did it take over a month for a response, but when I did get one it was to ask if my issue (something totally unrelated to my inquiry) was resolved and to rate my “customer service experience”. Most frustrating of all was that “shit-storm nosebleed cluster-fuck” was not an option.
Also, I have heard people complain about being banned for being transsexual or HIV pos. As lame as that is on its own, from their standpoint as a business it is extremely irresponsible to PUNISH responsible behavior (ie- pos users letting other know upfront). Granted, in the trans case, they argue that Grindr is specifically designed to GAY MALES (transgender folks fought hard to be their own separate but related group so based on their own wishes I do not consider them gay or lesbian) Grindr seems to be totally fine with guys saying they are bi (which is not strictly homosexual as per Grindr’s anti-tranny argument)and females looking to make gay friends. Maybe its just me, I just think so long as everyone follows their STATED rules they shouldn’t be discriminated against, on of all things, a gay-male-specific social app.