It seems, of late, that the Admin department is getting out of hand. People are getting sitebanned, everywhere I turn. People who deserve to play here. People who have put exausting hours into playertesting this Beta MUD. People who find bugs, that a newer player would never find. People who have stuck with this MUD because they love it, with the changes that we all hated, but accepted. Changes that effected the way we play this game greatly. No more power levelling. No more Pkill. These same people, that didn't turn thier noses to such changes, because they were dedicated to this MUD. And you are banning them, without batting an eyelash.
They may be high maintainence players. They may occasionally get upset and swear on chat. But they've earned thier place on this MUD, they've earned the right to be all of the above, in my opinion.
These are the same people that make this MUD turn. Without these players, this MUD wouldn't be what it is. These players have found nasty bugs for years, and reported them, instead of abusing them, because they are dedicated to this MUD, and truly hope that the code one day goes public, to see something they have helped create make a profit.
I won't lie, I love this MUD.
Nontheless, I am ashamed of the Immortal Staff, for not caring about the people who have made this all possible.
I'm sure if you've read this much, you're wondering who I am. I've been playing here for over six years. Who I am doesn't matter, the facts above remain the same, whoever writes it.
I have been here, off and on, for something like 4-5 years. There have been many changes, with virtually no exception, for the worse, yet I keep coming back. I have played other muds, and if I am not mistaken, I have never lasted more than a few weeks, 8 tops, on any other. Why? Because they were all BORING! train hp, practice stats, mud school. Bah!
I admit, there are about 3 -good- imms here... but the rest can kma, for all the good they do.
But I still keep coming back...
Valley of the Dead, River of tears...
Zandy, sorry bud, but you were the first one -not- to make the list, perhaps you need to go back to being just a player for 6 months or so and reset your perspective.
To those imms who fall between the "good list" and the "kma list," keep an eye on Rufus, you could learn a lot from a dummy -tongue Rufus- (gee, that social looks funny when done that way =P)
In any case, the one big deal here, IMHO, is that the players (imms too) let their personal (read OOC) opinions of people affect their character (read IC) actions way too much.
For a player it causes the occasional oddness, but in an imm, it has the unfortunate effect of misuse of Imm Commands.
Thats my rant,
We have been ot lenient up until about a year ago, people expect to get more and more and more chances before disciplinary actions are taken.
That would be rewarding people for following the rules by allowing them to break them. seems fairly backwards to me. People should follow the rules and enjoy the game. Worry about your own behavior and let others worry about theirs. If you feel you see soemthing that is unjust bring it to an admin's attention in a civil manner. Tell Zandy about it in an email or mudmail. If you don't trust the admn staff talk to Kaige or any other imm if you feel you must.
Don't expect to see people's punishments and the reason for them posted publically. You may never know if someone was reprimanded or not. Chances are if they were caught there was some sort of administrative action taken. The only time that these decisions get posted and discussed publically is through the actions of the player who has crossed the line of following and not following the rules. So if you see nothing about a sotuation that you reported there is a good chance that the person just don't want to make a martyr of themselves.
It was me who archive locked Herbert, not Zandy.
We don't have enough time to -target- people here... We are kept plenty busy without even having to look for trouble makers, trust me.
Because you were here a long time, does not make you immune to punishment. Everyone has the same set of rules to go by when you make a new character. Whether you have been here 6 years or 6 months, we expect you to follow those rules. They are simple and very easy to understand.
There are so many people that play this game, get lots of enjoyment and -stagger- they don't break any rules! So give it a try, play by the rules and see how fun it is when you don't get warned/punished.
It can be argued that players who have been here a long time have made a large number of contributions to Legend and if they violate the rules in some minor, petty way there should be some leniency. I have to disagree for some of the same reasons Choc gave. In addition, I would say that long time players have had a long time to learn the rules and have even less excuse to break them. Also, as long time players, they should realize that they are setting an example for those who have just arrived at Legend. Poor behavior among those who have been here the longest (obviously, this includes the imm staff) should not be tolerated.
This is, of course, just my personal opinion.
It's rather unfortunate I don't have much time to do anything here anymore, but down to it, I don't do much. A bit here and there. That's not what the imms should strive for =)
And I'm guessng you've never encountered me in an admin role before. I'm a bit faster with the siteban/playerdelete/lock triggers than the more level-headed folks in the admin department.
My personal view - if you can't follow the rules, bye. End of story.
You should feel lucky that people get as many warnings as they do. The rules are readily available. Follow them, or leave. If there's a problem with a rule, bring it to an imm. Don't intentionally break the rule because you think it's stupid. Because THAT is stupid and will only get you warned. Break rules at your own risk, but know that in the end, that it's the player who is ultimately responsible for their actions.
My _personal_ opinion. Your mileage might vary. Void where prohibited.
And it's not just Zandy or Wraith's rules, it's the mud's rules. That includes the entire imm staff including those that founded the paradigm from which these rules come forth, and the community who has determined through their actions what rules are necessary.
If someone views breaking rules as a form of expression, an act of defiance... here's a simple illustration: