There are two things you can do in this world:
1) Roll over and let things just happen.
2) Do something about it.
I posted this thread to start a dialogue and now it's five pages of discussion regarding this topic. I do believe that this is something which needs to be addressed and people are discussing it. I don't know if this is going to lead to anything or not but I hope it gets people thinking a little. Maybe it'll change things on the forums... more then likely it wont immediately do anything. Regardless, people share simular thoughs, feelings, and opinions while some others do not.
Was it wrong to have this discussion? I don't know. Personally, I think it was a relevant topic for discussion.
We are, as a community, going to have to address the state of these forums eventually. I don't want to just "ignore" the issues we're having, I want to spend time modding, discussing things, and enjoying this game. Unfortunately, it's becoming more difficult to enjoy these forums because of the current state of affairs and conduct on these forums. I can't just ignore it.
Lastly, regarding the 'angry kids' comment, it wasn't addressing anyone one person specifically but the sort of perception I've been getting. If anything it was referring to the people who are spouting things like, "Go kill yourself" and "Brad should be fired" because its so ridiculous. I have no doubt that there are not some "angry kids" on these forums who are just being destructive and counter-productive. There are certainly some people who just immediately attack any sort of authority and, unfortunately, Brad is an "authority" on these forums and is, in some ways, being unfairly attacked. Apologies if I offended you with the 'angry kids' comment or if I sounded like an 'arrogent prick' but I felt it needed to be addressed and couldn't come up with a more diplomatic way of saying it.
But seriously, when you are typing something out, your voicing yourself. People are going to judge you by what your saying and how you say it. Just remember, that, in doing so, it is showing some of your character.
Anyways, thank you all for joining in this discussion. I'm glad we're having it and hope that this helps the community.
Good thread, after reading the latest journal entry today and Brad's comment in this thread it is clear Stardock is getting tired of some people outright attacking the game in an unreasonable manner and rightfully so. Reasonable constructive criticism is one thing, but launching personal attacks is completely unwarranted and its where the line is drawn for me and this community.
Thank you. This is precisely why I posted this thread. I enjoy reading the Journal entries and don't want to see them stopped because people can't control themselves. Actions have consequences, this is a consequence from the actions of the current community.