Guys, this is not about letting people only speak positively about the game, allowing people to flame those complaining, or anything like that. Allow me to paraphrase: Keep. It. Civil.
If someone is excessively flaming someone complaining about the game, report it.
If someone is excessively flaming someone praising the game, report it.
If someone is crossing the line with flaming or personal attacks period, report it.
Pikko is not wrong in saying there have been too many ad hominem attacks and entire threads being blanket karma bombed lately. The forums have taken a very hostile, negative air lately, and that's never fun to deal with. I totally understand the frustrations with XIV and SE; I have many myself. But there have been too many "extreme" cases of what Pikko is talking about. We as admins like helping and building the community. We don't like having to be babysitters. Let's just please keep it civil, guys...
Regarding karma bombing, I was going to make my own thread about this. However, I've had a pretty long, busy, drunk weekend and Pikko covered it here, but I'd like to add my own blurb.
I've seen too many threads be blindly karma bombed by certain users lately. I've already NORATE'd (removed ability to rate) about 4-5 users in the last few weeks for this. Most temporarily, some...not so temporarily. And there are still users who I know to be doing this who I haven't gotten around to yet.
This is an abuse of the karma system. I suggest people look over the rules regarding karma
. If you go into a thread, particularly a thread that is trying to have a productive discussion
, and rate every single post down regardless of content, you are abusing the karma system. If you make it a point to rate down (or up) everything a given user posts, you're going to be looked at for karma camping. We have very handy tools to look at rate history. It's easy for us to see when it happens. Don't do it.
Bottom line guys... let's have a productive community here. The game may not be going so well, but that's not reason not to act civilly. I miss these days...
Instead of a Complaints topic how about a Complaints/Flame board and simply move flame threads into it. KI used that setup for FFXI and it worked fine, for the most part keeps everyone happy and the General Discussion Forum clean and neat. (During DRG and RNG nerfs it was common for half of the post in General Discuss to be moved to Flame Wars because that's where those topics led). Just an idea I wanted to toss out there
I believe it's been requested before, but you'll want to post that idea here