Currently, a suggestion went up asking for a salt/rant channel, which split off into another discussion that I thought I would bring up: the negativity within the community.
In the time I’ve been around PMU, there’s always been some sort of drama that arises, whether it be because of players against players, staff against players, or even staff against staff. Sometimes it’s big. Sometimes small. But no matter what, there’s never a day where I come onto PMU without feeling like some sort of problem will happen, demotivating me from participating within the community or game.
Now, there’s multitude of reasons why this happens. I’ll make a list of my own observations. The problems within the community comes from either betrayal, hatred, annoyance, or misunderstanding. The biggest problem I feel though is annoyance. With current events, it’s easy to lose oneself in these troublesome times, and we may have get annoyed easier. We already have had a lot of tensions in the past, but I feel like they’re adding on due to everything that’s going on. Some players are quick to call someone out for their misdeeds instead of trying to keep calm. Some players ignore what others say to them and continue to cause problems because they want to ignore what’s going on. A lot of players are ready to attack each other for just the smallest things, and it keeps growing more unsettled each and every day.
So let me ask a question. How, as a PMU Community, help lessen the negativity against each other? At the moment, it’s very difficult because of how the global chat is visible for all to see, meaning that anyone can respond. If something controversial is stated, chances are that a war would break out. A main suggestion would be “ignore global”, but that’s kinda hard when you’re running a dungeon and have to look towards the sidebar on item you pick up. So what other suggestions are there? Report the troublesome user? Would be nice, but the problem is that staff is extremely small at the moment, and we haven’t had any notice of when new staff will come in, making the report slow to process. Players could also try to help staff by trying to calm the situation by asking the trouble user to stop, but sometimes they won’t listen. It’s difficult to think of any solutions when chat is heaved together, so the best suggestion I feel is just learning to “tolerate” each other. Yes, it’s hard to do, but in the state of PMU and everything else, we as a playerbase should try to lift each other up and try not to let each other get on each other’s nerves.
There are multitude of other factors, but if we work on one singular problem as a community, I feel like we’ll be able to help bring the community closer. But what do you guys think? Do you think the problem in the community is due to us getting annoyed too easily? Or are there other problems much bigger than this? Do you feel like there’s a better solution to handle the negativity abound within the community?
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