Okay, I’m taking a step away from the game itself to discuss something that has been brought to my attention in a pretty ugly way lately.
I admit, with my hand upon my blog screen, that I am a “Forum People.” (That’s what Ultraking calls it). I haven’t been as on top of them lately, because I’ve been playing and blogging more, but I used to be addicted to my realm forum and its drama. Yes, sometimes the drama was too much, and we begged people to stop feeding the trolls, reported irritating and inappropriate posts, and hoped that the Big Forum Gurus (BFGs) would slap the idiots around a little.
Boy, have they swung in the other direction.
In the past several weeks, they have started deleting everything on the Durotan forum regardless of its drama or nondrama if it’s not explicitly GAME RELATED.
I liked the forums. They allowed people to get to know each other in ways that can’t be done in the middle of an instance group or in Trade chat. On the forums, you have time to think and express yourself in paragraphs (or lack thereof) for better or for worse. There are many, many people I have rarely run across in the game itself that I feel I know fairly well from the forums. I love that community and camraderie.
And now: this. It started with a song thread. That’s right; nothing obnoxious, nothing dramatic, nothing even rude. It was simply a place for people to share lyrics from their favorite songs. It was deleted. The next day, a thread wondering why it was deleted was also deleted, and a new one was started. Then a few more posts were deleted. And then a thread about the fact that the moderators seemed to be coming down pretty hard was deleted and resulted in at least one ban that I’m aware of.
I’m sorry, I really try to avoid any allusion to immaturity on my blog, but WTF?!
Here is a the most recent thread about it, assuming it is not also deleted within hours.
I want to know if this is widespread or just our little corner of the forum globe–I used to also follow the druid forums closely, as it used to be a particularly strong community class forum, but I was downsized when I became a stay-at-home mom (young children are much more demanding than any of my former bosses)–so tell me, fellow Forum People, have you seen this happening on your favorite WoW forums?
Some of my favorite things have been unrelated posts about songs, poetry, books, and family. So we’re not allowed to list the 5 most important things in our life, share poetry we’ve read or written, link pictures of fun trips or guild meetings we attended?
Good game, BFGs; GG indeed.
Update: The thread I linked has indeed been deleted, so let me sum up what it said for you:
Person 1 said, “this is getting out of hand.” Person 2 agreed and suggested complaints be emailed to Blizzard. Person 3 posted what I can only imagine was a response from such a report that said something to the affect of: the forums exists for players to talk about game-related activities. If you want to see the content changed, use the Suggestions forum. A few more posts, and then someone postulated if someone is just reporting every post and the forum moderators are just deleting each one they receive.