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Wednesday, 7th June, 2006, 07:15 PM #151
Defender (Lvl 8)
Originally Posted by green slime"Illegitimis non carborundum." - General Joseph Stilwell
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Wednesday, 7th June, 2006, 07:20 PM #152
Defender (Lvl 8)
Because we are such a bunch of fun people!!!Originally Posted by hexgrid
Take a look at this very thread here... it has not (yet, and only in my humble opinion naturally) developed into a flamefest!
Wednesday, 7th June, 2006, 07:34 PM #153
The Great Druid (Lvl 17)
Well, I will say this: I would rather see more "X day suspensions" than shutting down threads....even if it meant that I was the one suspended. I have seen "I hate this kind of thread; stop talking about it" type posts far too often....shortly followed by the thread being closed.
Of course, to me, even a few examples is "far too often".
I don't like Kender, so if I see a thread about Kender I just ignore it. That seems easy to me. I like threads about comparing current to previous editions, so if I see a thread about that topic it is all too soon closed.
With respect to CH, if he could just point out one of those non-flaming still open threads he mentioned, I'd love to participate amicably.
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Wednesday, 7th June, 2006, 07:35 PM #154
Novice (Lvl 1)
Actually it's a:Originally Posted by JustaPlayer
Level 100 halfdragonhalfweretigerhalfvampire dark elf ninja pirate
Muchachos, la contienda es desigual, pero, ßnimo y valor. Nunca se ha arriado nuestra bandera ante el enemigo y espero que no sea Ústa la ocasiˇn de hacerlo. Por mi parte, os aseguro que mientras yo viva, esa bandera flamearß en su lugar y si yo muero, mis oficiales sabrßn cumplir con su deber. - Arturo Prat
Wednesday, 7th June, 2006, 07:41 PM #155
Gallant (Lvl 3)
Oh yes, Eric did a fantastic job. As did his Grandmother.Originally Posted by Piratecat
IMO, part of it does come down to the fact that moderators act more quickly, giving warning before the thread in question disappears underneath a flood of lava. Probably in part due to more people reporting questionable posts. I know these days, if I find myself getting irritated at something, I'll start a retort, then midway, realise I should actually report it and let the mods handle it. Having that report button helps keep the number of warnings I recieve down
Are we really that many more active posters these days? How many more people are actively posting per day/week now as opposed to three or four years ago? Anyone have the statistics for ENWorld? Is there a breakdown per forum?
Wednesday, 7th June, 2006, 07:48 PM #156
Gallant (Lvl 3)
You don't suppose that the implied antagonism in "all the other editions are just poor imitations of the real thing," might have something to do with the lack of interest in your opinion? I know that when I go to a party and meet new people, when I open a conversation with "wow, your taste in music sucks," it does not generally go well for me. Perhaps the same principle is at work here. I am beginning to suspect that people don't like being told that their fun hobbies are "poor imitations" of anything, much less other hobbies that they have no interest in. In fact, I theorize that people more or less universally dislike it when things they like are compared unfavourably to things they don't care about, when the comparison is couched in the language of fact or even simply authority. I also believe that, upon becoming offended by a speaker, there exists a tendency to look forward to a chance to tell that speaker "where to stick it," so as to convey to the speaker the regard in which his opinion is held. This is, I hypothesize, how flame wars get started.Originally Posted by diaglo
Strange, I know. But who understands these silly hu-mans?
Last edited by Lonely Tylenol; Wednesday, 7th June, 2006 at 07:54 PM.
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Wednesday, 7th June, 2006, 08:43 PM #157
A 1e title so awesome it's not in the book (Lvl 21)
Not including lurkers? We have about 2600 unique registered people active in the forums on any given day, and are adding 40 registrations a day. There are about 2500 posts made per day, and somewhere between 100 and 150 threads are created. Many, many more people browse without registering -- we have between 15,000 and 16,000 unique visitors per day. For instance, right now 432 members and 1772 guests are on the site.Originally Posted by green slime
That's much bigger than three or four years ago, when the server couldn't even handle more than 200 people active at once.
Last edited by Piratecat; Wednesday, 7th June, 2006 at 08:53 PM.
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Wednesday, 7th June, 2006, 08:49 PM #158
I'm not sure of your exact experiences, but I think a big part of the problem in what you're mentioning is that these kinds of threads are construed as part of the Edition War. I don't exactly know what's really motivating the Edition War. Any criticism of any edition can lay the ground-work for another battle in the War. I used to think that being a big fan of 1st AND 3rd edition would somehow allow me to make comments in those kinds of threads without getting my virtual head ripped off. That doesn't seem to be the case.Originally Posted by big dummy
Then there is the "Thespian vs. Munchkin" War. Seems to be a crusade for some folks.
I think people should post intelligently, but at the same time, I think communication is a two-way street and if you go ballistic because of one statement where someone forgot a smiley face, IMO you have a problem that you can't blame on someone else.
I'm sure others have remarked on this - but when I think for a few moments about two people who play some version of Dungeons and Dragons getting angry at each other, it seems so ridiculous. You would think us geeks would bond more than we do. Oh well, I'm not calling for an EnWorld group-hug or anything.
Wednesday, 7th June, 2006, 08:56 PM #159
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
So why do so many of these discussions end badly?
Because we're all socially maladjusted freaks who can't cope with people.
A bit more seriously, we're enthusiastic hobbyists. We have favorite aspects of the hobby and defend them and can't really understand why other people don't share our clearly well thought-out opinions and judgements. If we were more casual about our hobbyism, we probably wouldn't participate in such online discussions at all and our blood pressures would all be much lower.
And if you're like me, you tend to react to the tone of other people's posts more than the actual content. That's a real recipe for escalation of flamewars. People talking crap (as I see it) but being polite about it are a lot easier to ignore than people talking crap and being jerks as well.
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Wednesday, 7th June, 2006, 09:11 PM #160
Gallant (Lvl 3)
Firstly, thanks for that information, Pkitty!Originally Posted by Piratecat
mmm.... that was impressive! BTW, what counts as a "unique visitor"? Could it be, for instance, glancing by from work (without logging in a "Guest"), and then surfing in after work from home, on a different IP-address? Do I then count as three seperate unique visitors if I visit from my 3G-mobile on the way home on the train? I suppose to some extent, the same behaviour was prevalent even 3-4 years ago, and so maybe irrelevant.