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Hebrind
03.13.2012 , 09:14 PM | #11
Quote: Originally Posted by Benfea View Post
None of us can solve this problem. If enough of us work together, the best we can hope for is to vaguely steer the community in a certain direction. However, as interactions between other people matters in this type of game, even a small change would be welcome.

If you feel it is not worth your effort, that is certainly your call to make. That is certainly the decision most people will make whether or not they read this thread. However, if everyone makes that decision, then this community will remain what you describe. The other way there is at least a chance for improvement however small.

It starts by remembering that the other person matters, even if they are being a jerk.
I'm not saying it's not worth the effort, not at all. I'm more than happy, as you can see, to hold a conversation without degenerating into some kind of troll-like creature and yelling obscenities that would make a dock worker blush at you. So we are two - if any of the other 50-odd people who have viewed this topic would like to start a movement, now is the time to speak and take action! Let's get this thread stickied, and let's see if there's a difference made!

On the other hand, we'll get a troll who starts a flame war... and the thread will be closed down by a moderator.

So which is it to be? Dark side or Light side? Paragon or Renegade? Good or bad?

I vote good. Let's get this stickied, and let's start cleaning this place up.
*Bweeeeeeeee biddleboddle boopboop!*

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Benfea
03.13.2012 , 09:27 PM | #12
Dear forum moderators,

OK, this thread got moved to the more appropriate forum very quickly, so I know there are moderators reading this.

Remember that other message board I mentioned? One thing the moderators there get very right is that they communicate to infractors very clearly what line has been crossed, and even quote the relevant segment of the post that brought about the infraction in a private message to the guilty party. By making it very clear what the infraction is for, it is easier for the community to avoid crossing the lines that are set.

One of the big failures of the WoW community I think was the lack of communication to infractors. Like anyone else, I lose my cool sometimes, and I've received infractions at both the unnamed message board previously mentioned and at the official WoW forums. The thing is, I was never entirely clear on what lines I crossed at the WoW forums, and thus had to try and guess how to behave in the future. Given the way the WoW community turned out, I think it is safe to say that others were just as confused as I was.

Another thing they do differently is that when there is an infraction, they do not close the entire thread. Rather, they edit out the parts of the posts that cross the line, and allow the rest of the thread to continue. The part that is removed is replaced with a message from the moderator that makes it clear to everyone in the thread that the editing occurred and more importantly why the editing occurred (e.g. [This section removed for personal attacks] [this section removed for link to potential copyright infringement]).

This allows the discussion to continue, while leaving in reminders to all who read the thread in the future what lines should not be crossed in your community. When you just lock the entire thread, the entire thread flows off the bottom of the thread list to be lost down the memory hole forever. There are times when threads get out of control and should be locked, but I think moderators at official forums are generally to quick to lock, when editing would be better.
"It's great to be known, but it's even better to be known as strange."
-Takeshi Kaga

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Acidcool
03.13.2012 , 09:33 PM | #13
World of Warcrafts main issue is that it happens to have a rather large over abundance of unsupervised 14 year olds who feel that as there is no way in heaven or hell any one would ever find them, (minus certain hackers I may or may not know who do make a habit of tracking these people down and messing things up) and so take it as a free check to curse their little hearts out, and since most of their parents are perfectly content to just allow them to sit in front of a computer all day and let the inter webs raise their child rather then actually trying to do any real parenting the kid just grows up cursing like a little retard and this attitude carries on into teenage years.

As far as a community, Id like to see one without an overabundance of nerd raging 14 year olds who are aloud to do as they please because they have no parental supervision. Barring that utterly impossible dream, I wouldn't mind seeing one that actually has a level of courtesy and a little more warm, rather then every one ignoring every one. That being said if the community devolves into world of Warcraft im gone.

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Benfea
03.13.2012 , 09:40 PM | #14
Quote: Originally Posted by Acidcool View Post
World of Warcrafts main issue is that it happens to have a rather large over abundance of unsupervised 14 year olds who feel that as there is no way in heaven or hell any one would ever find them, (minus certain hackers I may or may not know who do make a habit of tracking these people down and messing things up) and so take it as a free check to curse their little hearts out, and since most of their parents are perfectly content to just allow them to sit in front of a computer all day and let the inter webs raise their child rather then actually trying to do any real parenting the kid just grows up cursing like a little retard and this attitude carries on into teenage years.
Well, if what you say is true, then there is truly nothing that can be done.


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As far as a community, Id like to see one without an overabundance of nerd raging 14 year olds who are aloud to do as they please because they have no parental supervision. Barring that utterly impossible dream, I wouldn't mind seeing one that actually has a level of courtesy and a little more warm, rather then every one ignoring every one. That being said if the community devolves into world of Warcraft im gone.
Quite honestly, a lot of the people who appear to be rampaging unsupervised 14 year olds are socially stunted 20something and 30somethings, which is even more sad.

It is sad, but brings up an important point. I say "socially stunted" because I'm a nerd myself. Like most nerds, I'm socially awkward and easily hurt. When I feel hurt, I do not always react in an appropriate or mature manner. However, unlike an unreasonable 14 year old who is behaving that way because of rampaging hormones, I can be talked down when I get out of control, particularly if people speak to me in a way that is... a bit more diplomatic and in a way that takes into account that I am a socially awkward nerd who is easily hurt and temporarily off my rocker for emotional reasons. I may need to be reminded to step away from the keyboard and take a breather, but I can be talked down, and I bet this is true of other people in games like this.
"It's great to be known, but it's even better to be known as strange."
-Takeshi Kaga

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Benfea
03.13.2012 , 09:49 PM | #15
One thing we as players can do.

Moderators are not omnipotent. This game is fairly popular and the amount of text that flows across the screen on the forums and in the game can be considerable.

This is more true of in game behavior than behavior on the forum, but when you see behavior that is inappropriate, REPORT IT. If the behavior did not violate the rules, then no action will be taken as a result of your report. If the behavior did violate the rules, then the guilty party will receive negative reinforcement from the moderators.

I can't speak for others, but I know that too often in the game, I do not report bad behavior because I just want to get back to playing my game.
"It's great to be known, but it's even better to be known as strange."
-Takeshi Kaga

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MORTTUUM
03.14.2012 , 02:04 AM | #16
Quote: Originally Posted by Hebrind View Post
I would like to see a community who takes time to get their facts straight before tip-tap-tapping away at their keyboard like they're being paid by the word.

I'd like to see a community who, instead of touting snarky comments straight from 4Chan, actually has an intellectual conversation about why the OP thinks something is wrong/right, and make valid, objective points out it.

I would like a community who knows the difference between SUBjectivity, amd OBjectivity. If you don't, please feel free to look them up.

I would like a community that, instead of frothing at the mouth about every single hurdle BioWare and EA fail to jump over, to concisely and calmly point out that it's not right instead of going into an all-caps rage every time a Sorcerer beats them in PVP or something.

I would like a community who, instead of berating each other and trying to play out their own little courtroom dramas in forum threads, to actually get along. Instead of scanning a post to find the buzzwords, actually take the 5 minutes to take it on board, and think of a suitable answer.

I'd like a community that throws off the shackles of internet memes, appallingly dull and vacuous sites such as 4Chan or 9GAG, and cast aside their prejudices against other members of the community - whatever the background.

I'd like a community who used manners - "please", "thankyou", and maybe even a "sorry" once in a while wouldn't kill them. It might even make them look more respectable!

A man can dream, eh?
Yes, please.
I hate violence. I'm just really, really prepared for Peace.

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Scorpienne
03.14.2012 , 06:18 AM | #17
Trying to keep this community civil is difficult, and the best thing one can do is to lead by example.

In game, you can join guilds that won't tolerate griefing in any venue, and encourage the growth of these guilds.

The greater internet "poopwad*" theory indicates that

Normal person +
Anonymity +
Audience =
"poopwad"

The thing we can remove from this equation is "anonymity". In game, if you're in a guild, and you're being horrid, your GL might hear about it. That guild tag means you're no longer anyonymous.

But that's only in-game.

The internet Real ID "thing" is a double edged sword. On the good side, if I am forced to register with my real name on all message boards, I lack the protection of anonymity, so I'm unlikely to be a "poopwad" where my mom, or my boss, or my boyfriend might see me doing so. On the other hand, [insert all the problems with Real ID here].

Doesn't BW limit the forums to paying customers? That should keep the "poopwads" down because 1) getting a new forum handle is going to cost you $ so being a "poopwad" will draw moderator attention and 2) even the people that are complaining are paying customers, so the random drive-by trolls are going to have to pay $.


Paige



* Original name involves bad language. Penny Arcade summarizes it here: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/03/19

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Benfea
03.14.2012 , 07:20 PM | #18
I'm well familiar with Gabriel's infamous Greater Internet F***wad theory, and yes, it's very funny, but I really think social games are an environment in which normal negative and positive reinforcement of behavior can apply because people (whether they realize it or not) value the social space in which they operate.

Yes, there are trolls who simply get a thrill from angering as many people as possible, and for them there is the "Report" button. I hope people will still attempt to speak out at negative behavior (as gently as you are able) in hopes that the person you are dealing with is not one of those, and in hopes of driving home the point that it is not only the moderators who find that kind of behavior unacceptable.

I mean, negative social reinforcement works in real life even when the other person could kick your rear end.
"It's great to be known, but it's even better to be known as strange."
-Takeshi Kaga