In a bit of a pensive mood today, so.. more a rant than anything else. So bear with me please. :) And no, it's not nasty.. yet, but it well could turn out to be.
I know Elvi's been feeling a lot down lately - due to a combination of many events online and real life, and she does a helluva lot more to keep the rest of us in line than the other gods combined (with apologies). And why am I saying this? Because I think she needs a hug and support from the group of mortals to show that what her role is (the mother hen) is needed around these parts, for she gets abused too much by the general populace. I fully support her stance on most things and think that our problem players should not be allowed to destroy the well-being of the community - been there, seen that, and it's not pretty.
There have been a spate of nasty god on mortal spats recently, from petty disagreements that have blown out of proportion to all out rude attacks flying across the board. And those are only things that we mortals can see.. I shudder to know what goes on behind the scenes. Why? Why all the bad blood eating away at us like the rotting apple in the basket?
Please, I beseech you all.. we are all adults here, and that means we all should have the capacity to associate with each other in relative harmony and not go out of our way to antagonise each other. Being an adult and having rights doesn't mean you have the right to say or do whatever you want, especially when a goddess says otherwise, but that you have the right of reason and to think and act in a cultured manner - or get the boot.
While you may disagree with a goddess, no matter the situation, the correct thing to do is not to goad or insult back, but instead to take it politely to PMs or to take it up with the Mother Superior hen (that's Lilac). Is it that difficult to comprehend? It is NOT wrong to disagree, there are channels and polite ways of saying so, but it IS wrong as well as extremely childish to blatantly do an 'Up yours' sort of reply. That's what playground bullies do. If the immortals were always correct they would be goddesses, not humans behind the keyboard as well.
And after all, what are you gaining besides the scorn of the rest of the community when you answer a perceived insult with further insult? It's nothing but a poor attempt at an ego boost (look, I can talk big to a goddess and they won't punish me) at the cost of not only the other person, but making the site look bad.
As an adult site already we have many things to worry about and not cross the line with, for we are enough persecuted enough (see Zakharra's thread, or that one about the law trying to close down that adult gaming site, can't find that thread anymore) without being able to have the luxury of eating away at each other's throats, or letting black and white slowly turn into grey and paint a big legal bulls-eye on ourselves.
For everyone's sake, it is better to be regulated too closely than to be too lax and let a bunch of oversexed underaged children (or adults. For not all adults are emotionally grown up - just look around) take over the site by lying about their age and spreading their immaturity. For when that point in time comes, we will have NO Elliquiy to play on.
So please, the next time something eats away at you bad enough that you need to make a nasty demeaning retort for no other reason than to insult (and the gods know I want to do that sometimes, too!) a goddess or player, take a step back, breathe slowly, count to ten, and ask yourself, is it really necessary?
If the answer is yes, please, leave, we do not want troublemakers as part of our community. No one is that important to the site that we cannot do without you - and with that attitude, I think it is fair to surmise that you won't get many scenes or sympathy from the majority of the players here anyway.
I have faith that we are not a bad group of people. I can show you far worse sites. But we are all guests while here, with the exception of the server owner and site admin, this is not our place to lord it over others at every opportunity - mortals too, but especially imms picked by the site admin to help take care of the site and are doing a damned fine job of screening the icky bad from the quality good. How much do you help build instead of destroy around here?
Have an apple on the way out,
Edit: Thanks for voting, too. Just curious as to where people lie. Please feel free to vote, even if to disagree. It wouldn't seem right if some didn't.