Another month has gone by, and just before we all jump into the juicy February releases I thought I’d do a quick update.
The Staff, members and You
It seems there is a requirement to clarify that part of your being a member of the forum is that you agree to cooperate with the staff as they try to make the community as great as it can be. Ergo, if you are warned your posts are encouraging toxic behavior or not coming up to the standard of the conversation - you should definitely take that on board and not double down.
Certainly if you continue to double down, you should not then update your profile to attempt insult staff members and their loved ones, but only reveal your own unfortunately and unflattering hangups.
Similarly, if you are asked by a member to take into consideration how your posts are making some members uncomfortable or are not suitable in the area you’ve posted them - the appropriate action is to take that into consideration and think how you might be able to make the forum a better place. Certainly do not try to get passive aggressive or double down on it while ignoring the individuals.
Update to Civilized Conversation Primer
An update has been added to this regarding a form of trolling that has been coming up lately of people deliberately posting content with the intent on making others feel uncomfortable or unwelcome on the forum.
The main demonstration of this lately has been people displaying a frankly worrying preoccupation with trying to showcase death and other horrible events being inflicted on Diana. While it is true that Diana is a fictional person, and so these misguided attempts at sadism are against an imaginary person, she is also a rare gem for female characters in video games so is of great importance to people who are passionate about quality depictions of women as well as a cornerstone of the Hitmanverse.
We have attempted to have the conversation about this, and while I am proud that the forum has often been home to many complicated conversations on difficult topics - the unfortunate reality here is that it doesn’t go well and there just isn’t currently the foundation of respect for the problems to facilitate it. Ergo, I must ask that people refrain from sharing media depicting horrible fates for Diana - be it screenshots, videos, fan art or … I don’t know what you kids do these days… TikToks?
Other aspects covered under this include no use of MAGA Pepes for avatars, dogwhistles (eg “redpilled!” as an exclamation of endorsement), and linking to any other kind of content which is generally at the expense of someone who just wants to exist in our cruel world. Let’s all not make it any crueler or more difficult than it is already.
Due to the nature of it, final judgement will be at the say of the staff (and ultimate judgement with myself) and there will probably be further discussions - but for now the big emphasis is: If you know it’s primary contribution is going to be making people feel unwelcome - don’t post it. If the response you get is people saying it makes them feel unwelcome,
Should anyone want to discuss it - I encourage you to do so in the Civilized Conversation topics - not in whatever topics that it happens to come up in. People go to topics for topical content.
Should any of this be an issue that you find intolerable, I urge you to support the forum by using this link to build your own site to host your content on - competition is good for character or something.
I have approached and promoted a fresh batch of Heralds. As per the previous update, these are people that I and the rest of the staff are setting an excellent example on the forum.
Thank you all for helping make the forum a civilized, welcoming and enjoyable place.