What can we do to decrease the toxicity that runs pretty rampant on this forum
And yes i know i’ve been a contributor of that myself on many occasions
But would be nice to see a change and get back to being a forum of positivity
Some players wont even read the forum or participate in conversations anymore due to the risk of flamings and false accusations. Shoudn’t be that way
Players should be second guessing negative thoughts or posts and conversations. Not second guessing positive ones.
2 years ago, the forum was an excellent source of information and conversation
Those 2 things still remain but get cluttered up, missed, or skipped over a lot of the time now due to threads derailing into personal attacks, conspiracy theories, and false accusations.
I don’t know about you guys, but i’d like to start looking forward to catching up on the forum again rather than be indecisive if i even want to read a response or open a thread. Could just be me that thinks this way, but i doubt it.
We have a hand full of staff involved in the forum and only 4 moderators that i know of. Vs thousands of people, the work load is heavily stacked against them. Sure they can flag a few posts or hide some threads or lock some threads. But that’s not enough to dam up the flood when someone wants to go on a rant and just open up new threads or visit other similar threads to finish their toxic thoughts. The bashing of moderators for voluntarily trying to help this forum be a comfortable and organized place for E&P discussions/conversations should definitely without a doubt come to a screeching halt.
We’re all adults. So best start is to start thinking further about what we say before we say it. Simple thoughts such as “Does this contribute anything to the conversation?”, “is this towards an idea or topic, or am i targeting the player(s)?”, “do i have facts behind my theory?”, “will this upset anyone, if so then why? Due to content or topic? How i can i alter it so it has a more constructive approach?”, etc etc. Trying to see both sides of the coin would definitely help improve many discussions in this forum. No topic has 1 side. Both sides should be heard CONSTRUCTIVELY.
Just a little bit of self control, self awareness, respect for others, can all go a very long way.
This thread has actually been in my head for awhile, just figured it would be hypocritical of me to start it. Probably still is but i have no problem taking the heat for that if it’s something i think could be better for the community and/or the game.
When i see in Line or even this forum itself on a daily basis where multiple players say “i avoid the forum due to all the trolls and toxic behavior that goes on”, some of those players could be solid contributors, yet they are silenced in a media that is supposed to be welcoming to fellow players and game discussions. That’s not right and it’s not fair. If anyone should be silenced it’s the ones that contribute to the toxicity, not the other way around.