Yeah, I joined on the ass-end of that period and it still wasn't pretty. I think the main reason nick_bang is peeved is the negativity bias our brains tend to impose on us. There's tons of nice things being said, so the bad things being said stand out more.
Doesn't help that the latter also tends to be way more dramatic, either.
Why would I be? And why would you think I am ?
I dont challenge the fact that lots of nice things are being said, however that is somewhat beside the point as this is not a scale upon which good and bad should be measured.
If so then obviously with the volume of traffic on the site being what it is then the neutral or good would statistically outweigh the bad.
But I feel like people are taking this as an attack which they have to defend against, which was not my intention at all.
I dont feel like im stirring up something: again why would I?
Im an successfull private contractor and have more than enough in my 11 hour workdays to challenge me.
But the fact of the matter is that I have seen quite a lot of trainers for games I still actively play being retired because of negative and unconstructive dailogue.
Or rather 2-way monologues.
Does this mean its worse now than 2005-2007... probably not. I wouldnt know as I joined after that.
Do I find it annoying ... definitely.
So with all due respect for the things put forth above:
Then I stand by what I wrote.
[Edited by nick_bang, 1/15/2013 3:33:21 PM]
^the above was copied & pasted directly from an earlier topic made on this board with a similar theme to this one - Link
It's not personal, it's cognitive. Just how the mind works, is all. Good/bad obviously isn't a sliding scale, but it's all about weighting. When the good outweighs the bad, the bad is simply more prominent when you do see it - your subconscious sees to that.
And if you feel like you're stirring things up, I really don't see any of the other posters particularly stirred. Infinite_gamer might have been snarky, but definitely not upset. Maybe you're just a bit paranoid? (or literally minded)
That might explain why things seem so negative, eh?