Well, I have been out of the loop of the community for the past few
months. I apologize. However, what I want to know is-What happened? Last I
was there, people used to be nice to each other, now suddenly there is so
much hostility I can barely visit the forum anymore! So, this is more of a
rant than an editorial. I'm not going to name names of offenders, because
you know who you are.
I know that a lot of new people have showed up. Some of them have been
nice, some of them haven't. This has caused two problems-Jerks coming in and
stirring up trouble, and jerks (and even regulars) making fun of new people.
The former happens more often than the latter, however.
Case in point-This month's interview. I'm disgusted with the responce
on the board. Apparently, a lot of people didn't like Woodarts. That's
fine, but he asked to be interviewed, and we gave it to him. The interviews
are NOT a place to carry out virtual flamewars. It's already bad enough they
have constantly showed up in other posts, but even AFTER we told people to
stop posting insults, they persisted.
Second, Kara Ann Vortex showed up. She had been the butt of jokes for a
long time, before showing up. I had guessed when hearing she showed up,
people would stop. Instead, they CONTINUED, with some really rotten posts
coming up aimed at her. Guys, what ever happened to being constructive? I'm
glad that others showed up with more maturity to help her out and calm her
down, but the jokes were uncalled for. I didn't read them all, but I've run
Even while I was still posting regularly to the forum, the Dracoa
incident came up. Guys, why do you have to resort to using swears and
childish remarks in response to someone who is obviously trying to get you
angry? This is called "Trolling." Can you please try to grow up?
So what happens when someone arrives and throws out insults and tries to
ignite fights? Do what they do on newsgroups-IGNORE THEM. If you argue
back, they're going to keep it up. When they've caused arguments and a flame
war, they know they've succeeded. Please, guys. Don't respond to trolls.
Next, no matter HOW you feel about someone, don't stoop to their level
and start insulting THEM out of nowhere. Why does that make you better than
them if you come out with attacks on other people when they haven't done
anything? Easy-it doesn't.
The hostility on the board has me apprehensive on returning to the
community again. I seriously hope that I have misunderstood the situation,
but I really miss the old community where everyone treated each other with
respect. Let's try that again, to make the forum much more friendly, before
we start chasing people away for good.