Joined: Thu May 11, 2006 5:22 pm
|Every so many months we go through this discussion. All the opinions and actions described and discussed are common human actions and reactions. So, if this is new information to you or you have the idea things should be different then you must be new… either young or new to online games and communities.
What happens in our online community and game is a mirror of RL in a small community. We have an enforcement team (police & justice system), vigilantes, victims, counselors, the oblivious, the ideologues, party people, griefers, and all the other descriptive types one can think of. It is a complex environment with numerous factions just as in real life.
We see people with expectations of how things should be and what they want. We can watch to see how well they cope with what they find. Some persist, some rage quite, others silently fade away, and some abuse others that don’t conform to their expectations or ideals.
How a person deals with all of this can reveal who a person is. I never paid attention to who posted and idea as I only cared about the idea and its merit. Then I realized for others who posted what was a major consideration of any idea. As I began to pay attention to who were abusive, thoughtful, helpful, ridged, curmudgeons, young, elitist, arrogant, and all the attributive adjectives I saw patterns. The patterns reveal noble and ignoble aspects of people and their level of self-awareness.
MOULa has changed little since it opened. We can pretty well predict what is going to happen in a given situation. When it is going to happen is unpredictable. Those have been around awhile can predict who is going to take what position. It is even possible to make reasonably accurate predictions of how new fans will handle issues based on their initial reaction to problems.
So, when we see:
Then shut down the cavern. If you're not going to allow people to give others an accurate assessment of the risks of being in game, it is *hideously* irresponsible to keep it running.
It isn’t the first time we’ve seen the attitude and sentiment. Many old timers seem to have a problem recognizing this is not a single person posting an identical sentiment for the umpteenth time. People do get tired of repetition. I am perpetually amazed Cyan and the moderators tolerate such repetitions so well.
The only questions left are whether Keiya, or whoever is filling the role of incredulous, outraged, irate, or [whatever appropriate adjective here] fan at the time, will figure out what is going on while gaining some self-awareness and how people will handle them.
Each post reveals more about who a person is. If Main_Avvie chooses to stop posting, it is certainly his right. It reveals something about his nature. Whether you see that as good or bad reveals something about you.
Since posting reveals you, the final question distills down to how you want to be seen, who you want to be, and what you hope to become. Doesn’t that affect how you post and behave in-Cavern?
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