As the title suggests, I'm taking a month off(starting in about 5 minutes) from the General Forum for FFXIV, here on ZAM.
A month ago, the general forum was awesome, informative and generally pleasant. Right now, It's a pageful of "under 100 posts" posters complaining about a game I'm really enjoying, reiterating and rehashing the same exact topics 80 times a day. It sucks and becomes a headache for me when the only 2-3 threads on the first page I care to see are the stickies at the top.
The game has flaws, and will continue to have flaws for awhile. Alternatively, the game is also awesome and has the best graphics in the genre to date, and is currently meeting all of my expectations(aside from failed synths on hempen cloth, but maybe I'm just not meant to be a weaver. Maybe Nald'Thal has different plans for me).
I'm taking the month off(until the 5th of November). I know 99.9% of people reading this don't care what I do(make that 100%, because none of you know me from Lojack). I'm doing it for myself, and hopefully to make a statement(well, two statements):
1)Zam needs a forum dedicated to haters for each game, and it needs to be separate from the general category. Just as SE is doing everything they can to curb Gilselling in FFXIV, Zam needs to curb the troll/hate threads and keep them herded together. /move them, /lock them, /redirect them. Something to separate the hate from the love, because I come here to get information about a game I enjoy in my spare time, and I've done it for years on various MMOs and don't want to lose my Zam(it's my homepage when I start up Explorer or Firefox, darn it!)
2)If we stop feeding the trolls, they will die. I'm a firm believer in this. I'd like to see it done finally, once and for all.
I'm just as guilty as anyone over the last few weeks, feeding into the hate threads, but now my game is released, and I'm having a good time, meeting people in game, teaching people new to the genre, or new to SE's "mechanical differences".
I just want a place to chat about my MMO when I'm not in the MMO, without having to wade through pages of junk mail.
So, for the next month, I'm setting up residence in the Wutai forums, or the various class forums. Even if I happen upon a thread or link to a thread in general discussion, I am vowing not to post anywhere near the general forums.
I'm hoping others will follow and just let the haters post their threads with little to no responses. When that happens, those threads will sink to the bottoms of the threads pretty quickly.
And with a month of no food, TROLLS WILL DIE! =)
See you in a month(or in the class forums or Wutai forum!)
Edited, Oct 5th 2010 12:19am by ButterflyM