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Just going to be straightforward here. This amazingly friendly community between gamers is the reason 99% of us stay. BGG'ers (and VGG'ers/RPG'ers as well) are some of the friendliest people I have ever met, online or otherwise. There is nothing to be gained from being mean; If this hobby flourishes, it is only going to get better for us.

When I see threads where Geeks are name calling, posting discourteous things and suggesting we change the website name to incrediblywhineygeek.com or kickstartspam.com . . . . . come on Geeks. No matter how much our tastes differ on certain subjects, we have to be kind to each other, or people are going to be turned off from the hobby. I play absolutely no wargames, and a lot of them have been making the Hot list under pictures. Does that make me upset, heck no. I think it is awesome that wargames are getting a bit of a presence. Love your own geek interests (rather it be the game format, genre or anything) but please respect your fellow Geek's interests.

Just because I don't like something doesn't mean that other geeks should not be allowed to see it. There are so many controls available to limit what is posted on your front page feeds. In the same amount of time it would take for you to post a hateful or impolite thread, you could do some research on HowToBGG and figure out how to get the website to work for you. Or just skim over it, ignore it. . . . The last thing we need to do is let something start driving a rift between us. And this specific issue is becoming more and more prevalent. Bite your tongue geeks, and lets keep this community friendly
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Great... You just alienated all the war gamers!


Just kidding.
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I hate this thread! whistle
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I must not frequent the same forums on this site, as I don't really know what you're referencing, but I guess that's a good sign: I hadn't noticed an uptick in trollery.

As a pop cultural media nut, I have dabbled in a number of fan communities in the Age of the Internet. BGG is the best by far. Just like the community I occupy in real life, most people here are cordial, many people are helpful, and only a few are jerkwads. They can be ignored fairly easily as their numbers are few (and, thanks to the Internet, I don't have to make nice with them over the backyard fence).

Maybe as numbers grow this will be less true over time, but by and large, you can still enjoy an afternoon on your front porch in this town, and the passers by are more likely to wave back than flip you the bird.
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We have over 850K users now on BGG. We will always have a certain subset of people who are upset at the direction of the hobby. No where on the internet is a bastion of unicorns and rainbows, but BGG is one of the nicer places.

My suggestion is to either ignore it or add constructive criticism.
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MWChapel wrote:
We have over 850K users now on BGG. We will always have a certain subset of people who are upset at the direction of the hobby. No where on the internet is a bastion of unicorns and rainbows, but BGG is one of the nicer places.


I beg to differ: http://www.cornify.com/

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Amen, sir.

On the whole I find the BGG community to be quite friendly and helpful.

goatfarmer03 wrote:
... or kickstartspam.com...


And on a side note: I could click the button to turn off the ads, but I like the Kickstarter ads. I like seeing what's up and coming.
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I have probably missed out on all this unfriendlyness you speak of... I have a great time on the geek. It doesn`t define the way I look at gaming at all. People are intitled to their oppinion, and yes, some might be hurtful for some people. We just need to learn to see past that, and rather not bother with threads that we find insulting or upsetting to read...

But that`s me...
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We've got to get back to basics.

Good 'ol eurosnoots vs. ameritrashers.

That's what I say.
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goatfarmer03 wrote:
Just going to be straightforward here. This amazingly friendly community between gamers is the reason 99% of us stay. BGG'ers (and VGG'ers/RPG'ers as well) are some of the friendliest people I have ever met, online or otherwise. There is nothing to be gained from being mean; If this hobby flourishes, it is only going to get better for us.

When I see threads where Geeks are name calling, posting discourteous things and suggesting we change the website name to incrediblywhineygeek.com or kickstartspam.com . . . . . come on Geeks. No matter how much our tastes differ on certain subjects, we have to be kind to each other, or people are going to be turned off from the hobby. I play absolutely no wargames, and a lot of them have been making the Hot list under pictures. Does that make me upset, heck no. I think it is awesome that wargames are getting a bit of a presence. Love your own geek interests (rather it be the game format, genre or anything) but please respect your fellow Geek's interests.

Just because I don't like something doesn't mean that other geeks should not be allowed to see it. There are so many controls available to limit what is posted on your front page feeds. In the same amount of time it would take for you to post a hateful or impolite thread, you could do some research on HowToBGG and figure out how to get the website to work for you. Or just skim over it, ignore it. . . . The last thing we need to do is let something start driving a rift between us. And this specific issue is becoming more and more prevalent. Bite your tongue geeks, and lets keep this community friendly


I completely agree with everything in your post.

Furthermore, this is the ONLY website on the ENTIRE internetwebsideshow for which I have DISABLED my adblocker software so I can see the ads! I am interested in the kick-starter stuff, and all the other ads on the site, and clik-through pretty frequently with actual interest (about three ads per day I would say).

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So you are asking people to be open-minded, reasonable and nice. Should be possible.
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At least it hasn't gotten to be like startrek.com. The trolls run rampant there.
 
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This place is too 'friendly' as it is. Enforced by the use
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Just because some posts something inflammatory doesn't necessarily mean you have to respond at all.

If people want to be jerks, let them.

That said, I find the proportion of jerks here is incredibly low, when compared to most other sites on the net.
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Oh, you're right. I've never thought I should be nicer. I'll change that right away.

Besides, if anybody's going to be turned off by the hobby, it's going to be my weird body odors, my addiction to cheetos and mountain dew, and the fact that all my meetings are held in my parent's dungeon basement, not a mean person on a website dedicated to the hobby.
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You're driving the community apart!!!!
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Thunkd wrote:
Great... You just alienated all the war gamers!


Just kidding.


To be fair, anything he would have written would have alienated all the wargamers
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George Takei said it well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvTCr5Z-0lA
 
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How can you be a good community if you can't handle conflict and opposite opinions? Communism is dead, right? Right? Oh come on guys and gals, stick with me here...



Enrichment comes from different views bouncing off each other and creating something new in the process.

So instead of saying: "be friendly" I would rather say: "don't get upset". If no one gets upset, then everything works fine. And it's also a good shift from trying to please others to trying to accept others.
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"be friendly" seems like a more positive message than "dont get upset" (to me)

But both of them are good suggestions to follow, even when posting opposing opinions on something.
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Please say that thread devolved. Pretty please.
 
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