Discord is diluting our appeal hugely.
Nobody needs ours any more, and it's hurting our community terribly. I can literally see it dwindling before my very eyes. So many people are choosing to use their own that we're not together any more. I can't pop into channel and ask how people are, how someone's mum is, or how work is going. I don't get to hear random banter, and people moan about mundane shit, and I'm missing it terribly. Of course, I still drop into the insurgency channel from time to time and do exactly that. I even pop into BF once in a while to say hi to new guys, or just "easy now", then off, but there are so many people missing that I'm really grateful for those still around.
We know why. Many of us have drifted away from insurgency and over to battlegrounds.
We've never intended to be a game-specific community. I know that the recruitment is done through our dedicated game servers, but if we don't have a hub for everyone, then we end up being based purely on our dedicated servers and lose everyone who moves on to a new game.
If a member chooses to use another discord and other members follow, then we're not only losing the original guy but he's actively taking additional members away from the community as a direct result of his action. Whether or not you admit it, with or without excuses, to yourself or publicly; I can't stress this enough; not only is it not sustaining or growing us, it is also choosing to actively harm the community.
The "interests" would be gaming.community
1.a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
"Montreal's Italian community"
2.the condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common.
"the sense of community that organized religion can provide"
The "characteristic" is enjoying gaming with other people as part of our community.
Surely the "attitude" should be a shared desire to do good for the community and certainly not harm it?
If you are an admin, you are expected to use our discord as much as possible, actively encourage other members to do the same, and actively discourage members from doing otherwise. I'm not for a moment suggesting that you can't do what you like. I'm in no way saying that you should fall out with people or try to force anyone into anything. I am insisting that your first suggestion should always be to use EBS. Admins should be proud to be ambassadors of the community across all games, all the time. If you're not, then you shouldn't be an admin. So, if you're not comfortable with that, or you don't agree, then please pm me and I'll demote you accordingly.
I would like to be able to say: "Nobody on steam playing your game? Pop onto EBS, member or not, there's almost always someone knocking about. If nobody's playing the game you want, maybe there'll be someone playing that game that you forgot about, and you could join in with them. Maybe someone you don't know yet will ask for a game and become your new best mate."
We should all be using discord no matter what multiplayer game we're on. Why aren't we happy to? In what way is a member a member if they don't play with other members?
So, pubg then.
If you don't want to play with a specific person, then you should be able to word it nicely enough to not overtly offend, and they should be big enough to accept it. You should also be willing to play with people less gifted than you from time to time, for a change, to maintain friendships and help keep the community together.
I am well aware, and have been for many years, that there are plenty of people who don't even like me, let alone want to game with me for one reason or another. Sometimes it's a bit of a shock when I find out that I actually really like one of those people, and never really knew that they didn't like me, but I remain retrospective about it. I would like to think that we're all adults and can deal with the facts of life.
I am suggesting here and now that we create and adhere to an etiquette for discord in order to help this situation.
I will edit and create channels as DND, and limit the channel slots. If someone is in a DND channel, then I propose that this be respected at face value. Do Not Disturb. Not disturbing would include not sending steam messages as well as not joining the channel. Not invited? Don't ask, as refusal often offends.
This is less than ideal, but will help end the problem.
If you've read this post with disdain, disagree with it, and basically just want to take what you can get when you can get it and do nothing in return, then please remove yourself from our steam group, take off your tags, and quietly disappear. In this instance a short and to-the-point pm would be helpful, if you could be arsed to actually help.
I sincerely hope that this post makes absolutely crystal clear how important this issue is to us as a community, and that all our members have a renewed sense of the importance of their part in it.