In the Myst/Uru MMO world there has long been a debate, usually devolving into a flame war, about the fan run guilds fighting for power and dominance over the game and fans. Having been involved in the founding of the GoC and participant down to now, I have some inside knowledge. So the recent round of accusations appearing on the GoMa forum ticks me off, as I think it should others. As the fan base works hard to stay together these silly fights split us farther apart. It is my belief that the sick parts of the fan base need to be helped. I think innuendo needs to be replaced by facts and evidence, if we are to hold the family together. I think everyone needs to take an active part. Can you help?
Relating personal feelings and beliefs is not a help. Quoting posts of others feelings and beliefs is not evidence. We need facts and evidence that people can honestly evaluate. When one must deny something the only thing of value is your personal experience. Saying you have yet to see it, not experienced it, heard of it, that it is not true for you; are about the only things one can say. There just is no such thing as proving the ‘non-existence’ of anything.
However, when a mistake is seen one can point to the facts and correct it. When one makes an accusation one can provide the evidence, facts and reasons for the accusation. Without evidence, one is just engaging in liable and slander.
It is my belief that the rational people in the community go out of their way to avoid getting into these debates and arguments. Often many of the participants are ‘debate challenged’ so it often seems pointless. It can seem that there is no end. I suggest that this behavior only allows the problems to persist. The end to debates is in demanding the accusers provide their proof and examine their accusations in a manner that allows all to evaluate and decide.
I am inspired by the recent speech of Daniel Hannan. It is a clear attack on ideas and beliefs and a statesman like personal attack made to reveal the flaws in the PM’s position. Evidence from independent authorities is used to support the statements. Our debates need to step up to this level.
If you are wondering where the latest outbreak of war is happening, try this thread: GoMa General – Drizzle Old Dead Subject