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Author: Hrothmund

Our "Wonderful" Community

Posted by Hrothmund Friday December 14 2007 at 12:56AM
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I would like to pose a question to you all. Why is it that online communities seem to strive on proclaiming failure and discontent? Hell, if my office was filled with the sort of whiners that inhabit most forums, I'd probably end up fighting every Friday when we go out for pints as a collective. Now, I'm not here to suggest that living in a lobotomized state of bliss is something to strive for, but I think some people really need to unequip their +10 critical blade of whining.


Yes, if a game is crap, fire away, I'm not afraid to do that. The fact is, most of the "expert" opinions we see on online forum boards are not based on first hand experience of the issue they are regarding. My experience is that most of the content in online communities is created by bandwagon monkeys, people who just ape other users opinions, writing styles and even avatars to fit in and create a name for themselves. In many cases, this is not unfortunate, many times the generalized opinion of the clone community is not far away from the truth. However, there are cases where an influential user, or group of users(In either case a small minority of the community.) manage to manipulate their opinions to be the accepted reality.  This, is where the "cumulative"(What I mean by this, is that the opinions seem to grow from moderate to extreme, as more people pick up on the idea.) opinion of online communities is at its worst.


This issue for me is a double-edged sword, no matter how much I dislike the extremity of the opinions on online forums, the fact that you can express yourself without any censorship is a wonderful freedom, that I think many people do not appreciate enough. We are given such an excellent medium for communication with the internet that we should be thankful for just being able to experience a complete freedom of speech and opinion, a freedom that even our parents could not experience. I just hope that we could all remember this more often when posting.

Kenny3000 writes:

sounds bout right, thank you

Fri Dec 14 2007 8:13AM Report
Arioc writes:

As much as I wish it were true most reviews, opinions and statments of fact are indeed overblown. Hyperbole is no stranger to the internet forums. People are frustrated, irritated, disappointed and just plane sad when a game does not meet their expectations (even if they are unreasonable or overblown due to false advertising). They vent on the forums, it's human nature. There is no way we're going to get someone to say "I found the lack of sway in the flora to create a serile environment" verses "The environments in the game suck! This game is ass!"

Fri Dec 14 2007 1:34PM Report
soulwynd writes:

It's the hate that unites us. Deal with it.

Sat Dec 15 2007 11:27AM Report
JB47394 writes:

Hrothmund: "Why is it that online communities seem to strive on proclaiming failure and discontent?"

People who are discontent are more motivated to speak.  The fact that the forums are anonymous only makes the barrier to entry that much lower.  As you say, if people whined at your office like they do here, you'd get pretty annoyed.  That's why discontents come to the forums.  Their friends and coworkers don't think any more of it than you do.

Also, consider that it only takes one moment of being sufficiently discontent to post something.  I don't know if you're encountering the same habituallly-discontented people over and over or if it's a constant stream of new faces.  I know that I've seen quite a few one-off blog authors.  They have something to say just once and then they get back to their life.

Sat Dec 15 2007 11:50AM Report writes:
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